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SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Cody Potack to convictions for criminal charges he received in connection to a series of Sawyer County burglaries.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in December 2021 regarding a series of burglaries and theft complaints in the Hayward area. Multiple construction storage containers and storage units had been entered by force and multiple items were taken from each.

A cooperative investigation was conducted by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the LCO Police Department, and the Town of Hayward Police Department, and three men were taken into custody and later charged in connection to the burglaries; Cody Potack, Michael Denasha, and Chad Headley.

In January 2022, Trevor Wilson was also arrested and then later charged for his alleged involvement in the burglaries. Online circuit court records show that a 5th person, Reid Warner, has also received criminal charges in connection to the burglaries.

Cody Potack was charged with Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, as a Party to a Crime. Potack appeared most recently on June 8, 2022, for a hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, and the Hon. John Yackel accepted Potack’s plea of Guilty to his charge of Burglary and to a charge of Class H Felony Battery by Prisoner that was filed against Potack in a separate court case. Potack was also facing charges of Class I Felony Substantial Battery-Intend Bodily Harm, and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer filed against him in other Sawyer County court cases. Those charges were dismissed but read in according to online court records.

Potack received an 8-year prison sentence for his Burglary conviction, with 4 years of initial confinement followed by 4 years of extended supervision. For his conviction of Battery by Prisoners, Judge Yackel ordered Potack to serve a 3.5-year prison sentence with 1.5 years of initial confinement followed by 1.5 years of extended supervision. Online court records also show that Potack’s probation was revoked in a 2018 Sawyer County court case in which he had been convicted of Class F Felony Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g). Judge Yackel ordered a 7-year prison sentence for that conviction, 4 years of initial confinement followed by 3 years of extended supervision. Potack is ordered to serve all his sentences concurrently, with credit for time already served in confinement.  Conditions of supervision will require Potack to complete any counseling and programming deemed appropriate by his agent, and follow through.

Michael Denasha received 3 charges of Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, as a Party to a Crime filed against him in 3 separate Sawyer County court cases in January 2022. Online court records show that at a hearing on February 1, 2022, Judge Yackel ordered a $10,000 cash bond for Denasha with conditions that he has no contact with the victims, maintains absolute sobriety, and is subject to drug testing. Denasha is also charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of THC, Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, and 3 charges of Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Office filed against him in 2021 in 3 separate Sawyer County court cases. Denasha appeared most recently in May 2022 and is set to appear again on all his charges in August 2022.

Trevor Wilson received 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary-Cargo Portion of Truck/Trailer and 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, as a Party to a Crime in 2 criminal complaints that were filed against him in January 2022. Wilson is also charged with 3 counts of Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, 2 counts of Misdemeanor Operating After Revocation, and Misdemeanor Ignition Interlock Device Tampering/Failure to Install/Violate Court Order filed against him in 5 separate Sawyer County court cases. Online court records show that at a hearing on February 1, 2022, Judge Yackel ordered a $10,000 cash bond for Wilson. Conditions of Wilson’s bond were not located in online records at the time of the post. Wilson appeared most recently in April 2022 and is to appear again in Sawyer County Court on all his charges in September 2022.

Chad Headley is charged with 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary-Cargo Portion of Truck/Trailer, as a Party to a Crime, 2 counts of Misdemeanor Receiving or Concealing Stolen Property (<=$2500), 1 count of Misdemeanor Theft-Movable Property <=$2500 filed against him in January 2022 in 4 separate Sawyer County court cases. Headley is also charged in 7 other Sawyer County court cases with Class H Felony Bail Jump, Class I Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Misdemeanor Violate Harassment Restraining Order, Misdemeanor Violate Temporary Restraining Order, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Online court records show that on February 3, 2022, an application for a different just was approved, and Headley appeared on May 9, 2022, before the Hon. Steven P. Anderson regarding his Sawyer County court cases. Judge Anderson ordered a $5,000 signature bond with conditions that Headley maintain absolute sobriety, and be subject to drug testing. He is scheduled to appear again on June 30, 2022.

Reid Warner is charged with Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, Misdemeanor Theft-Movable Property <=$2500 filed against Warner in 2 Sawyer County Court cases in January 2022. In 2021 a separate Sawyer County court case was filed against Warner charging him with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. At a hearing on February 8, 2022, Judge Yackel ordered a $10,000 signature bond for Warner with conditions that he maintain absolute sobriety and be subject to drug testing. Warner appeared most recently on June 14, 2022, and a status conference is scheduled for September 20, 2022.

DrydenWire.com will continue to follow this story and will update accordingly if information becomes available that charges have been filed against additional people.

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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