Whitehall, Wis. - The following people appeared in Trempealeau County District Court.


Paula P. Hayden, 36, of Whitehall was sentenced to one year in prison and two years on extended supervision for felony and misdemeanor theft by false representation. She was ordered to pay restitution and assessments totaling more than $5,000.

A complaint said Hayden cashed a $2,000 "holiday loan certificate" at a Kwik Trip in Arcadia on Nov. 28, 2004. She made it look like a personal check, according to police. The other charge, dated Dec. 29, was at Strum, where she deposited a $4,300 check at Partners Credit Union from an account she closed with Waumandee State Bank in Buffalo County. Her sentence runs consecutive to a jail sentence she is serving for check forgery in Rock County, Wis.

Charles G. Rubel, 34, of Independence pleaded guilty to a charge of felony bail jumping and was sentenced to two years in prison and three years on extended supervision. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. Other charges of bail jumping, violating a restraining order and driving a vehicle without consent were dismissed. The prison sentence runs consecutive to a prison term Rubel is serving at Jackson Correctional Institute in Black River Falls, Wis.

Edward A. Tschumper, 40, of Trempealeau pleaded no contest to charges of hit-and-run and failure to yield to a bicyclist at an intersection. He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $6,159 restitution for injuries sustained by a bicycle rider that was struck along Highway 35/54 in the town of Trempealeau on Sept. 12. Tschumper was fined $459. A 30-day jail sentence was stayed, pending completion of 240 hours community service work.

Elizabeth M. Watkins, 19, of Whitehall pleaded no contest to a charge of theft, amended from felony burglary, and was placed on probation for one year. Whitehall police said Watkins entered an apartment March 4 where she stole DVD and VCR players along with video and music discs. A 10-day jail sentence was stayed, pending completion of 80 hours of community service work.

Kevin J. Christianson, 20, of Whitehall pleaded no contest to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was placed on probation for three years with orders to pay $18 restitution and $97 in court costs. A charge of receiving stolen property was dismissed. Christianson was ordered to obtain counseling and avoid drinking intoxicants.

Casey J. Salmon, 19, of Hixton, Wis., pleaded no contest to a charge of theft and was placed on probation for

18 months. Salmon stole money from an apartment in Galesville on Sept. 16. He was ordered to pay $119 restitution, court costs and apologize to the victim.

Jeffery S. Cowell of Eau Claire, Wis., was fined $429 for disorderly conduct and fined $367 for endangering safety by reckless driving, amended from a charge of operating while intoxicated.


Josef P. Lauper, 65, of Independence pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of stalking a Trempealeau County woman.

Lauper was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing in front of Judge John Damon in circuit court at Whitehall. A case status conference is scheduled July 22.

Sheriff's Detective Stephen Jelen said a woman reported numerous instances of Lauper stalking her over a period of 12 months.

The woman claimed Lauper followed her, watched her home and place of work and occasionally confronted her at public or private locales.

The woman said she found a slashed Valentine's card inside a brown bag in her mailbox in February. On another occasion, she said, Lauper confronted her during the night at a motel where she was staying.

Judge John Damon released Lauper on a $1,000 signature bond with conditions that Lauper stay away from the woman, keeping a distance of at least six blocks from her residence and place of employment.

The judge also called for above-average security measures to be taken inside the courthouse whenever Lauper enters the building.

According to court records, Lauper threatened a judge in 2004 and was viewed as a threat to other courthouse personnel.

If convicted, Lauper could be fined $10,000 and serve more than three years in prison.

Matthew J. Vinson, 19, of La Crosse, Wis., was charged for burglary, theft and party-to-the-crime of theft.

Police said Vinson was involved in a burglary Jan. 27 at Squeaky Clean Car Wash in Trempealeau.

A complaint accuses Vinson of stealing a change machine and assorted boxes of cleaning supplies. Police said burglary tools and stolen property were found inside a vehicle stopped for having a defective exhaust system Feb. 3 in the town of Trempealeau.

Court records say stereo equipment, allegedly stolen from a vehicle in La Crosse County on Jan. 20, also was found inside the car.

A separate theft charge accuses Vinson of being involved in theft of a coin machine from a car wash in Ettrick on Jan. 27.

Ettrick police say the coin machine was valued at $1,000 to $2,000 and contained about $15 in coins.

Timothy J. Myers, 38, of Beloit, Wis., was bound over for trial on a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault by use of force and second-degree felony sexual assault of a child. Trempealeau Police Chief Stan Ridgeway said a 15-year-old girl said Myers raped her at a house in Trempealeau on May 15. Myers allegedly fled the house and drove a pickup truck to Beloit, Wis., where he was arrested.

James C. Stach, 34, of Mondovi was charged for felony second-degree reckless endangerment of safety. He was bound over for trial, but did not enter a plea. A woman told a sheriff's deputy that Stach ran into her with his car after she exited the vehicle along Highway 93 in the town of Hale on April 21. Stach is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference June 29.

Joseph R. Crane, 21, of Madison was bound over for trial on a felony charge of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, psilocin. He's also charged for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An arraignment on the felony charge is scheduled June 17.

Juan Bonilla-Huerta, 19, of Arcadia was bound over for trial on a felony charge of third-degree sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman. The victim told police she was raped at a residence in Arcadia on April 22. Bonilla-Huerta is scheduled to have a pre-trial conference June 29.

Aaron J. Bagniewski, 26, of Arcadia pleaded not guilty to a charge of battery/domestic abuse. A woman told police that Bagniewski threw her down on a driveway and pushed her against a wall on April 2 in Arcadia. A $150 cash bond was ordered with a pre-trial conference scheduled June 15.

n Christopher A. Hall, 26, of Arcadia was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of bail jumping. He did not enter a plea. He's also accused of operating after license revocation.

Misty D. Peplinski, 36, of Trempealeau was charged with theft in a complaint accusing her of stealing a personal check from a man's residence in the town of Trempealeau on April 5. She allegedly forged the man's signature on a $700 check.

Michael G. Shafer, 50, of Strum was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing this week on a felony charge of third-offense operating while intoxicated, driving with a passenger younger than 16.

Michael F. Maciosek, 20, of Whitehall was charged for felony first-degree sexual assault of a child. He's scheduled to have a pre-trial conference June 15.

By David Brommerich for Winona Daily News.

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