By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - A Niagara, Wis. man is facing charges for allegedly stealing two vehicles - one from Schomer Forest Products in Aurora, Wis. and one from a Spread Eagle, Wis. residence.
Tyler J. Schomer, 19, was in Florence County Court on Tuesday for an initial appearance.
Since he did not yet have an attorney, Judge Leon D. Stenz postponed his hearing until Jan. 21.
Schomer faces one felony count of operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent and one misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent-abandon vehicle.
If convicted, he could spend up to six years in prison.
The charges against Schomer stem from two separate incidents that occurred on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, Schomer is accused of taking a truck from Schomer Forest Products in order to drive to a party in Spread Eagle. While driving back from the party, he went into a ditch and was unable to get the truck out.
The complaint alleges that since Schomer was unable to summon any help from friends, he took a vehicle from a nearby residence and drove it back home.
When the owner of the stolen Spread Eagle vehicle noticed that his vehicle was missing, he informed deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department. Deputies searched the area and discovered the Schomer Forest Products truck in a ditch.
A subsequent investigation led deputies to name Schomer as the suspect.
Schomer Forest Products owner Joe Schomer informed deputies that Tyler Schomer did not have permission to use his truck. Both stolen vehicles were recovered undamaged.
In other Florence County Court action:
- Daniel J. Anderson, 54, of Kaukauna, Wis. was ordered to serve 10 months in jail for one felony count of operating while intoxicated-fifth offense.
Anderson also must serve three years of probation and perform 200 hours of community service work.
Conditions of probation include no consumption of alcohol, not to enter any bars, and obtain full-time employment.
As part of a plea agreement, Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler agreed to dismiss two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from an Oct. 23 incident in Florence.
A deputy and some Wisconsin State Patrol troopers were conducting a traffic and drug detail along U.S. 2. When one of the troopers stopped Anderson's vehicle for a faulty headlight, he found some marijuana and a smoking pipe in the vehicle.
The law enforcement officers determined that Anderson was operating under the influence of marijuana.
Anderson's prior operating while intoxicated charges occurred in 1992, 2000, 2001, and 2007.
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