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Court proceedings

Deferred prosecution

Nicholas J. Faude, 42, Medford, pled no contest to disorderly conduct-domestic abuse and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement for a period of six months. As terms of the agreement, Faude must not commit any criminal offenses during the period of the agreement; notify the Taylor County district attorney and clerk of court offices of any address change within 10 days; refrain from consuming or possessing any alcohol; and have no contact with the victim, except for what is permitted in another Taylor County case. Upon successful completion of the agreement, the state will move to dismiss the case.


Elias Antonio Santiago, 20, Abbotsford, pled no contest to an amended charge of operating without carrying license and forfeited $393.50. The original charge had been operating without a valid license-second offense within three years.

Sean M. Schreiner, 19, Rib Lake, pled no contest to a reduced charge of speeding 16-19 mph over the limit and forfeited $200.50.

Ashley L. Thums, 27, Ridgeland, pled no contest to possession of any fish in excess of total daily bag limit (as a party to a crime). She forfeited $544.50 and her DNR privileges were revoked/suspended for one year.

A separate charge of possession of an illegal size fish (as a party to a crime) against Thums was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

Peter L. Wagner, 43, Mequon, pled no contest to a reduced charge of speeding 11-15 mph over the limit and forfeited $175.30.

Prison sentence

Edward O. Brecke IV, 25, Medford, pled no contest to second degree recklessly endangering safety. He was sentenced to six years in prison consisting of two years initial confinement, concurrent to any other sentence, and four years of extended supervision. As conditions of his extended supervision, Brecke must pay a forfeiture of $518 and supervision fees as ordered by the Department of Corrections; submit to a DNA sample; obtain and maintain full-time employment or school at the probationary agent’s discretion; maintain absolute sobriety; and undergo counseling as deemed appropriate by the probationary agent. A count of vehicle operator fleeing or eluding an officer was dismissed but read in for sentencing purposes.

Additional charges of battery-repeater (domestic abuse-infliction of physical pain of injury), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse-infliction of physical pain of injury), contempt of court-disobeying an order; and resisting/ failing to stop against Brecke were dismissed but read in for sentencing purposes.

Charges of failing to signal a turn; two counts of reckless driving-endangering safety, operating without a valid license-first offense, operating a motorcycle without a valid license, speeding more than 45 mph over the limit, unreasonable and imprudent speed, and nonregistration of a vehicle against Brecke were dismissed on prosecutor’s motions.