Spooner Man Sentenced on Drug Conviction

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


A Spooner, WI man was sentenced in Washburn County Circuit Court recently regarding charges of Possession of Methamphetamine that he was facing after an incident in June 2017.

Joshua Wallace, of Spooner, WI, was charged after a Spooner Police Officer stopped the vehicle that Wallace was driving. Washburn County K9 Unit assisted with the traffic stop, and two baggies that contained methamphetamine were located inside the vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, Wallace was also displaying nervous behavior, sweating profusely and his pupils were constricted.

Wallace was charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor 3rd Offense Operate While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance or Any Other Drug, Misdemeanor 3rd Offense Operate with Restricted Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Failure to Install Ignition Interlock Device, Misdemeanor Operate a Motor Vehicle While Revoked and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Online circuit court records show that in March 2018, Wallace plead No Contest to the charge of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine as well as the charge of Misdemeanor Operate With Restricted Controlled Substance. His other charges were dismissed but read in by the Court.

At that hearing in March, the Court sentenced Wallace to serve 60 days in County Jail for the conviction on Misdemeanor Operate WIth Restricted Controlled Substance with 45 days credit/good time.

At a sentencing hearing on May 17, 2018, regarding Wallace’s conviction for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, the Court sentenced Wallace to 3 years of probation, imposed, with 120 days of conditional jail time, to be served consecutively to his prior sentence.

The Court additionally ordered an imposed and stayed sentence of 1.5 years confinement in state prison and 1.5 years of extended supervision. An imposed and stayed sentence means that should Wallace’s probation be revoked, the Court may immediately order him to serve the imposed and stayed sentence.

Conditions of Wallace’s probation will require him to maintain absolute sobriety and complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow through with any recommendations.


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Court Finds Probable Cause, New Judge Requested by Defendant

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

Joshua Wallace appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on July 31, 2017, for a preliminary examination hearing.

The Court heard testimony from a Spooner Police Officer and did find probable cause for this case to continue in criminal court.

According to public record, Wallace filed a request for a new judge and no new court date is listed at this time.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Traffic Stop Results in Seizure of Meth from Spooner Man

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A traffic stop conducted by a Spooner Police Officer resulted in the location and seizure of methamphetamine and the arrest of one man, according to the criminal complaint.

On June 7, 2017, Joshua Wallace, of Spooner, WI, was stopped by Spooner Police Department for driving in the City of Spooner with a revoked driver's license. The criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Wallace states that when the officer made contact with Wallace, he was allegedly behaving in a nervous manner and sweating profusely with dry, white lips and constricted pupils.

When questioned by the officer about drug use, Wallace reportedly told the officer that he had just been released from prison about 1 month prior to the traffic stop and that he had used methamphetamine about 2 weeks prior to the traffic stop.

The Washburn County K9 Unit was called to the scene to perform a sniff of the vehicle that Wallace had been driving. The K9 gave a positive alert on the vehicle, indicating that controlled substances were inside it. Two baggies containing a white substance which tested positive for methamphetamine were found inside the vehicle.

A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper assisted Spooner Police at the scene of the traffic stop by conducting field sobriety testing. After the testing, Wallace was then transported to the Shell Lake Emergency Room where he consented to a blood draw for testing of his blood.

Wallace has been charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor 3rd Offense Operate While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance or Any Other Drug, Misdemeanor 3rd Offense Operate with Restricted Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor failure to Install Ignition Interlock Device, Misdemeanor Operate a Motor Vehicle While Revoked and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, Wallace was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated on September 15, 2012, in Rice Lake Municipal Court and on June 11, 2015, in Barron County Circuit Court.

Public record indicates that Wallace appeared on June 7 in Washburn County Circuit Court for a bail bond hearing at which time the Court placed him on a $2,500 signature bond. Wallace made an initial appearance on his criminal charges on July 24, 2017, and is set to appear again on July 31 for a preliminary examination.

According to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office, as of 9a., today, July 27, 2017, Wallace was still in custody in the County jail.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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