WASHBURN COUNTY -- A man charged with threatening Washburn County law enforcement with a gun is now set to have a jury trial this fall on his charges.
Blaine Skadsberg faces charges in Washburn County Circuit Court of threatening law enforcement with a gun. Public record indicates that Skadsberg appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on August 21, 2017, and that a jury trial has been scheduled on his charges.
Skadberg's charges stem from an incident which occurred on May 3, 2016, when area law enforcement, including the Washburn County Sheriff's Office, Shell Lake Police Department, Spooner Police Department and the Washburn County Special Response Team, joined together in response to a call of a man endangering others with a gun. Although the incident could have ended tragically, officers brought it to a close relatively quickly without any major incident occurring.
DrydenWire reported in July of 2016 that Skadsberg was in the custody of the State of Minnesota on other charges and that his Washburn County case would be continued for future hearings.
Skadsberg is charged with Class H Felony Battery or Threat to a Law Enforcement Officer, Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.
Public record for Minnesota District Courts indicates that Skadsberg was convicted in March 2017 for 1st Degree Possession of 25 grams or more of Cocaine/Heroin/Meth and that he has been sentenced to serve 74 months in Minnesota State Prison on that conviction.
Skadsberg appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court while in custody and is scheduled to have a jury trial on his charges on October 6, 2017.
Jamie Baker, now of Birchwood, WI, was also involved in this incident, according to the initial reports released by law enforcement. Baker is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer. In December of 2016, a warrant was issued for Baker's arrest due to failure to appear for a court hearing. According to public record, she appeared on March 14, 2017, when the Court placed her on a $1,000 cash bond. That cash bond was posted on May 22, 2017, and Baker remains out of custody and under conditions of bond at the time of this post. Baker is scheduled to have a jury trial on her charges on January 18, 2018.
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.