A traffic stop by the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Spooner Police Department near Spooner, WI on January 9, 2018, has resulted in criminal drug-related charges for 4 individuals.
The 2 men and 2 women inside the vehicle initially each gave false names to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputy who conducted the traffic stop. During the process of checking all four names with Washburn County Dispatch, the deputy determined that the driver of the vehicle was in fact, Kyle Rufsholm, with an active arrest warrant out of Burnett County Circuit Court.
Rufsholm was placed under arrest. The criminal complaint filed against Rufsholm in Washburn County Circuit Court states that broken glass was found on Rufsholm’s seat in the vehicle, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.
After securing the 3 passengers inside squad cars, deputies searched the vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, items found in the vehicle included a pistol magazine with 9mm bullets in it, pipes for smoking marijuana and methamphetamine, a scale with white residue on it, various pills, a baggie containing methamphetamine, and a syringe.
During the course of the vehicle search, the 2 female passengers gave their true names to officers: Bobbi Rasmussen, and Rebecca Baker. It was confirmed with Washburn County Dispatch that both women had active arrest warrants from Washburn County Circuit Court.
All 4 people were transported to the Washburn County Jail, where further investigation revealed that the male passenger from the vehicle was Edwin Akana; online circuit court records show that Akana also had an active arrest warrant from Burnett County Circuit Court.
Kyle Rufsholm is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Class H Felony Bail Jump; Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer, and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. DrydenWire.com had previously reported in August 2017 that a warrant had been issued for Rufsholm’s arrest regarding an incident resulting in charges of Class I Felony Vehicle Operator Fleeing an Officer being filed against Rufsholm in Burnett County. He is also charged with Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct in a separate case in Burnett County; details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.
Rufsholm was placed on a $100 cash bail bond at a bail bond hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on January 10, 2018, which was posted on February 5, 2018.
Rebecca Baker is facing charges of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, 2 Counts of Class H Felony Bail Jump, Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer, Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Previously DrydenWire.com reported on criminal drug-related charges received by Baker following 2 separate incidents, the first in August 2017, and the 2nd in November 2017. According to online circuit court records a warrant had been issued for Baker’s arrest on December 12, 2017, after she failed to appear for a hearing scheduled on her criminal charges from the November incident.
Baker was placed on a $2,500 cash bail bond at a bail bond hearing on January 10, 2018. She remains in the custody of the Washburn County Jail at the time of this post.
Edwin Akana is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Class H Felony Bail Jumping, 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.
Although details are not known about the other criminal cases filed against Akana, he is facing charges for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Resisting/Obstructing, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, and Misdemeanor Intentionally Mistreat Animals in 3 separate Burnett County Cases. Online circuit court records show that warrants for Akana’s arrest had been issued on those cases in June 2017.
At a bail bond hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on January 10, 2018, the Court placed Akana on a $1,000 bail bond and he remains in custody at the time of this post.
Bobbi Rasmussen is now charged with Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer, 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.
Rasmussen is also charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine in Barron County Circuit Court, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia in Washburn County Circuit Court. Details of those other cases are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.
The Court placed Rasmussen on a $250 cash bail bond at a bail bond hearing on January 10, 2018, which was later posted.
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