A calm late week of Langlade County Court featured two plea and sentencing hearings and one return on warrant initial appearance.
Arthur J. Anderson, 53, Goodman, entered a no contest plea to a single felony charge of theft in a business setting, as a repeat offender. He was given a withheld sentence pending three years of probation, with conditions that he maintain full-time employment and pay court costs along with $5,200 in restitution. That amount will be reviewed at a future restitution hearing.
Anderson was previously convicted on five counts of theft by false representation in Outagamie County in March 2014.
The criminal complaint in the case asserts that on Aug. 22, 2017, a detective sergeant met with a town of Antigo homeowner who said that Anderson had come to her house and offered to do work on her deck. She agreed and provided $6,200 for materials between Aug. 1 and Aug. 7, 2017.
Anderson worked on the front porch rather than the agreed-upon deck, then on Aug. 7 packed up his tools and left the property with the work unfinished and had not returned.
Cedar M. Kennedy, 35, Weston, entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge disorderly conduct, amended from an original charge of illegal shining of deer or bears. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine plus court costs.
The complaint states that at 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2019,, a DNR warden stopped a vehicle at Highway T and Evergreen Road in the town of Parrish. Kennedy was a passenger in the vehicle and a 7 mm rifle was laying across the center console. The driver claimed they were hunting for coyotes, but the warden observed that the rifle would have been a poor choice for coyote hunting and more commonly used to hunt deer.
Randal J. Spencer, 40, 9333 Highway 47, made an initial appearance on Thursday for charges of strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, all with a domestic abuse enhancement. He was ordered to a $1,500 cash bond with the condition that he have no contact with the victim or her residence.
According to the complaint, on the afternoon of Sept. 27 officers responded to a city residence where the victim told them that Spencer had placed his hands around her neck, pulled her hair and slapped her face. The officers were unable to locate Spencer at that time.