State Crime and Courts Roundup: Stevens Point man sentenced to prison for selling heroin and throwing a handgunWisconsin News
-- A Stevens Point man will spend about three-and-a-half years in prison for selling heroin, and throwing a handgun from his vehicle while being chased by police officers.
STEVENS POINT - A Stevens Point man will spend about three-and-a-half years in prison for selling heroin, and throwing a handgun from his vehicle while being chased by police officers.
26-year-old Timothy Conway had pleaded no contest to a pair of 2011 cases in which he was convicted of possessing heroin with the intent to sell, running a drug trafficking place, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and bail jumping. Four other counts were dropped in plea deals. Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur credited Conway for time he spent in jail during his court cases – and he’ll have to spend six years under state supervision once he leaves prison. Both cases were from 2011. Conway was sentenced this week for both. In the latter incident, authorities said Conway refused to pull over during a traffic stop. And he tossed the gun during a chase because he wasn’t supposed to have the weapon due to prior convictions. The judge also ordered treatment for drug-and-alcohol addictions. And if Conway gets a driver’s license in the future, the judge said he must use an ignition interlock, so that he’s sober when he starts a vehicle.
A former Waupaca County man suspected of raping a woman in 1990, and possibly being involved in a double murder two years later, will stay in jail without bond. 41-year-old Glendon Gouker made his first court appearance yesterday on a new charge of first-degree sexual assault with a dangerous weapon. Cold case investigators said Gouker’s DNA was linked to the sexual attack of a woman at a park in Iola in 1990. Authorities said Gouker could also be connected to the slayings of 23-year-old Tanna Togstad and 35-year-old Tim Mumbrue in 1992 at Togstad’s home in Weyauwega. Gouker is due back in court a week from today on the sexual assault charge. A judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to send the case to a possible trial. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel asked for public tips on Monday about the killings. He said he has received numerous tips, and they’re all being checked on. Gouker was recently extradited to Wisconsin from Oklahoma, where he had moved in 1993. Officials say he’s awaiting trial there for the murder of a 19-year-old man, and the kidnapping and rape of the man’s girlfriend.
A state official said former Governor Jim Doyle’s administration might have let a Monroe medical transport firm get away with bilking a million-and-a-half dollars from Medicaid. Claire Smith of the state Health Services Department said the alleged fraud happened while the state was dramatically cutting back people who found and prevented those crimes. And with Scott Walker in charge, officials say they’re doing quarterly checks and annual audits of recipients – and they’ve added almost 20 more people to get the job done. Anthony Anglin of Monroe was recently charged with submitting false Medicaid claims from 2006-through-2010. Smith tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Anglin was a Medicaid provider during the years that the former Doyle administration re-assigned many fraud-and-prevention specialists. Soon after Walker took office two years ago, he created a new commission to root out government waste, fraud, and abuse. Smith said it found that Medicaid and Food-Share programs had increased dramatically over the last decade, while the number of state workers checking on those people fell by at least 50-percent. Anglin was recently charged with five federal counts of submitting false Medicaid claims. Prosecutors said he received false Medicaid reimbursements for patients he claimed were transported on cots-and-stretchers when they weren’t – and they received rides to appointments on days when they were not scheduled. A routine audit uncovered the alleged fraud.