Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

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Times Herald Staff

Proceedings of Jan. 25

A May 31 jury trial was scheduled for Renee L. Lange, 46, Oconto Falls, on charges of identity theft to avoid a penalty and identity theft to harm a reputation in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 3, 2017. The criminal complaint states that Lange created Facebook messages that apparently came from another woman saying “I lied” when she accused Lange’s boyfriend of a crime. The phony account was traced back to Lange, according to the complaint. She is also charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and three misdemeanor charges in connection with the same incident. A motion hearing was scheduled for May 16.

Steven M. Francois, 34, Oconto, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment on a felony charge of failure to report to the county jail. He had been ordered to report Oct. 16 to serve a 15-day jail term after being convicted of discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building, a misdemeanor. Arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 8.

After a preliminary hearing, Ronald E. Oninski, 57, Lena, was bound over for arraignment on a felony charge of possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 8.

After a preliminary hearing, David M. Dolecki, 45, Wausaukee, was bound over for arraignment on a charge of theft in a business setting, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Oct. 19. Arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 8.

After a preliminary hearing, Michael G. Wendt, 51, Suring, was bound over for arraignment on 15 counts of failure to pay child support dating from 2012 to 2017. Arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 8.

Jessica M. Hensel, 27, Suring, failed to appear for a preliminary hearing felony charges of possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) and bail jumping, as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Jay N. Conley issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

David W. Pardee, 61, Lena, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to six months in the county jail, with credit for 60 days already served, in connection with an incident that occurred Dec. 2. Court fees of $1,126 were assessed. A felony charge of strangulation-suffocation was dismissed but read into the record.

Proceedings of Jan. 19

John J. Meng, 48, Oconto Falls, was placed on 18 months probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Oct. 7. The charge was reduced from a felony. Among conditions of his probation, Meng may not possess firearms and can have no contact with the victim without their consent or the consent of the Department of Corrections, and he must seek help from a professional for anger management and any other assessments deemed appropriate by authorities.