A man from Hayward, WI has been sentenced on felony charges of 5th Offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony.

Joseph Blackdeer of Hayward, WI, was facing multiple criminal charges in Sawyer County Circuit Court including 5th Offense OWI, Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked, Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing, Felony Bail Jumping, Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony, Felony Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Felony Possess Drug Paraphernalia to Manufacture/Compound/Convert/Produce or Store Methamphetamine, and Felony Possession of Methamphetamine filed against him in multiple court cases.

Online circuit court records show that Blackdeer made a court appearance on July 31, 2018 and entered pleas of No Contest to his charges of 5th Offense OWI, Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony, and Felony Bail Jump. The other charges filed against Blackdeer were dismissed but read in by the Court for consideration in his sentencing.

The Court found Blackdeer guilty and ordered a 10 year sentence on his conviction for Possess Firearm-Convicted of a Felony; 5 years confinement in State Prison followed by 5 years of extended supervision and placed Blackdeer on 5 years of probation.

Blackdeer was sentenced to 1 year county jail for his conviction of 5th Offense OWI, with credit for 353 days served. In addition, Blackdeer was ordered to pay over $1,500 in restitution, and $2,500 in fines and costs.

For his conviction of Felony Bail Jumping, the Court sentenced Blackdeer to 3 years of probation to be served concurrently with the probation on his firearm conviction.

Conditions of Blackdeer’s probation also require him to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment within 45 days and follow through on any recommendations; completing any counseling as recommended by his Probation Agent.

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Hayward Man Charged with Fifth OWI, Felon with Firearm and Multiple Drug Offenses

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 l by Joe Morey

A Hayward man, Joseph Blackdeer, 27, faces multiple felony charges stemming from a series of traffic stops resulting in seizure of prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine and a firearm.
Blackdeer also faces his fifth Operating while Intoxicated offense.

Blackdeer is scheduled to appear on January 2, 2018, at 8:15 a.m. on the following charges;
Felony charges of OWI, 5th Offense and criminal damage to property, as a result of an incident on October 9, 2016, where he also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

A felony bail jumping charge was filed against Blackdeer on March 8, 2017.

A traffic stop on April 29, 2017 resulted in felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon which he faces 10 years in prison; possession of narcotics (hydrocodone) which he faces 3 ½ years; possession of narcotics (tramadol) which he faces 3 ½ years; possession of drug paraphernalia for use of methamphetamine which he faces six years; felony bail jumping which he faces six years; and a misdemeanor operating after OWI revocation.

Another traffic stop one week later, May 6, 2017, resulted in another felony bail jumping charge which he faces six years in prison; possession of heroin which he faces 3 ½ years; and possession of methamphetamine which he faces 3 ½ years.

On Sunday, November 12, Blackdeer was apprehended for warrants and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, driving after OWI revocation and another felony bail jumping charge.

In June of 2014, Blackdeer was sentenced to 270 days in Sawyer County jail with Huber privileges for his fourth offense OWI and a felony bail jumping charge. He was fined $2,500 for the offense and his drivers license was suspended for 3 years.

On October 9, 2016, a criminal complaint against Blackdeer states at approximately 1:47 a.m. LCO Police responded to a call of a pick up truck hitting a residence in Giiwedin neighborhood of the LCO Reservation. The homeowner said the truck was driving erratically and struck the front of her residence. The homeowner gave the officer the license plate that fell off the front of the vehicle.

The complaint further states the officer approached Bacon Strip Road and noticed a white pick up truck that had front end damage and was missing its front plate.

“I turned east on Bacon Strip and the truck took off across Round Lake School Road and headed west on Poppletown Road at high rate of speed,” the complaint states. “I noticed the rear license plate of the truck matched the license plate I had collected at the residence.”

The officer activated his emergency lights and the truck pulled into a driveway in Poppletown. The driver got out of the vehicle and ran into the backyard of a residence, according to the complaint.

The officer yelled for him to stop several times, but the male continued to run, the complaint states.
“I caught up to the male and directed him to the ground and handcuffed him,” the officer reported. The suspect was Blackdeer and the officer also found a baggie on him that contained Tramadol hydrochloride pills. The officer also reported Blackdeer was having a hard time walking and was swaying a lot and smelled of alcohol.

While en route to the jail, dispatch advised the officer Blackdeer had four previous charges of Operating While Intoxicated. Blackdeer refused taking a sobriety field test or an evidentiary chemical test of his breath, according to the complaint. The officer was granted a search warrant for a blood draw, at which time, Blackdeer was taken to Hayward Hospital for the blood draw.

At 2:29 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, a Sawyer County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop of a vehicle that rolled through a stop sign at the four corners intersection on the LCO Reservation. After activating his emergency lights, the vehicle continued on for another 200 yards before coming to a stop, so the deputy called for assistance from LCO police officers, according to the criminal complaint.

The driver of the vehicle, Joseph Blackdeer, 27, was revoked for operating while intoxicated. During the contact with Blackdeer, the officers noticed a loose white pill on the passenger side floor board and a white cigarette cellophane that appeared to contain a white powder residue.

Blackdeer was placed under arrest for operating after OWI revocation. At that time, he was advised about the pill on the floor and he claimed he didn’t know anything about it. The vehicle he was driving was registered to a local female resident.

“The pill that was picked up off the of the floor had markings 377 on it and was identified through pill identifier as Tramadol hydrochloride which is a schedule four controlled substance,” the report stated.

During a search of the vehicle, another three small blue pills were found near the emergency brake, which were identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride, which is a schedule two controlled substance.

The complaint further states that inside the vehicle they found a total of 11 Tramadol pills, three Oxycodone pills, a cigarette cellophane with a possible white powdery substance inside, and a clear plastic baggy referred to as a GEM bad with white powdery residue inside. A test of that baggy with a meth swab showed that it came back positive as Methamphetamine. Also, another GEM bag with a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, was found.

The complaint states at that time officers popped the trunk to do a search and found a 9mm Luger handgun. The serial numbers were filed off and officers also found a sandwich bag with 10 Winchester 9mm bullets inside, according to the complaint.

Blackdeer later claimed that he didn’t know anything about all the things found in the vehicle. He told the deputy that he borrowed the car to bring his cousin home and then was in route back to the house to drop it off.

The complaint further states that the Hayward Police Department later received an anonymous letter stating that Blackdeer had been driving around and had purchased the black Nissan that he was stopped in and that he was selling prescription pills out of it.

On May 6, 2017, at approximately 2:42 a.m., a Sawyer County Deputy was initiating a traffic stop of a vehicle with expired registration.

The criminal complaint states, “I then activated my emergency lights and the vehicle did not stop. Instead, crossed over the center line completely into the other lane of travel and quickly corrected back into its own lane and drove off on the right shoulder, again quickly correcting itself back onto the roadway. It again crossed the center line, eventually coming to a stop. The vehicle was traveling approximately 30 to 40 mph during this time.”

The driver of the vehicle was a 31 year-old local man, and the passenger was Blackdeer. The officer reported in the complaint that Blackdeer was moving and continued to reach behind himself. The officer wrote that he recalled Blackdeer being pulled over in this same vehicle a week prior and was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm. He asked Blackdeer to stop making movements and remain calm but Blackdeer continued moving. The officer asked him to step out of the vehicle because he was making him nervous. The complaint states he eventually did as he requested.

Both Blackdeer and the driver were the detained because another officer noticed contraband on the passenger floor of the vehicle. A search revealed a small baggie with a “bindle” in it, which is a term used to describe an item used to contain a small amount of narcotics. After opening the bindle it contained a brown powdery substance, which the officers believed from their training and experience to be heroin.

The complaint further states during the search, another baggie was found containing what they believed to be methamphetamine. Five Tramadol pills were also found in the glove compartment.

While at the Sawyer County jail, the driver agreed to answer questions, according to the complaint. The driver said he was sleeping at Vista Village when Blackdeer asked him to hang out. He agreed to do so.

The driver stated that, “They were driving east on Peninsula approaching Hwy K, at that time Joseph was actually driving the vehicle, when they observed our squad cars they stated, ‘oh, it’s the cops.’ They then traveled south on Cty Hwy K from Peninsula Road. The driver stated Joseph asked him to switch seats as he was non-licensed. The driver stated it was just a split-second decision and he decided to switch positions in the vehicle while the vehicle was moving.”

The officer reported the story made sense because the vehicle crossed the center line twice and drove partially into the ditch at such a slow speed, and neither one of the individuals was intoxicated on alcohol.
The driver said he literally got into the vehicle just 20 minutes before and that he didn’t know what officers found in the vehicle.

Officers then spoke with Blackdeer who claimed everything in the vehicle belonged to the driver. The officer noted in the complaint that Blackdeer was arrested just one week prior for possession of narcotics and felon in possession of a firearm.

The complaint states that Blackdeer was charged with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine and narcotics and felony bail jumping.

At approximately 8:01 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2017, Sawyer County dispatch received a call that Joseph Blackdeer was getting gas in a white Kia at the LCO C-Store and that he was wanted. Dispatch confirmed Blackdeer had multiple warrants, according to the complaint.

About one minute later, two LCO officers arrived at the C-Store and approached from the front and back of the store. The Kia attempted to pull out of the C-Store going south on Hwy K. The officers attempted a pull over but Blackdeer, driver of the Kia, pulled over and jumped out and ran into the woods. The officers caught him and told him to stay down or he would be tazed.

Blackdeer was taken into custody and brought to the Sawyer County Jail. The officers searched through his property at the jail and discovered what appeared to be fraudulent checks.

“One check stated it was from the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board to Angelina Marie Blackdeer for $3,000. Another check was also from the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board and that check was blank,” the criminal complaint stated. “The last two checks were from Goodwin’s Consulting Services and those checks were also blank.”

The LCO Police officers state in the complaint they were aware of a large fraudulent check case in the same manner.

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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