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Aurora woman charged with child abuse

August 22, 2012
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

FLORENCE, Wis. - An Aurora, Wis. woman has been charged with felony child abuse following a Monday incident in Florence County.

Lisa Marie Urban, 24, faces one felony count of child abuse-reckless conduct with a probability of great bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

If convicted, she could spend up to six years in prison.

During Urban's initial appearance in Florence County Court on Tuesday, Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler said that the charges stem from an incident in which Urban was extremely intoxicated and allegedly "grabbed a child off of a bike, causing injury to the child's neck."

Drexler added that the seven-year-old child did not need to be hospitalized.

Both Drexler and Urban's attorney Michael Scholke agreed that Urban could be released on a signature bond, provided that she does not have unsupervised contact with the child.

Judge Leon D. Stenz granted the bond request.

A preliminary examination in the case is scheduled for Aug. 28.

In other Florence County Court action:

- Drexler dismissed felony drug charges against Derrick Allyn Dixon, 31, of Felch, since Dixon is currently incarcerated in the Michigan prison system for drug charges and will not complete his sentence and extended supervision until at least 2018.

Drexler has the ability to re-issue the charges once Dixon is released.

Dixon had faced one felony count of possession of an amphetamine-second and subsequent offense, one felony count of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid-second and subsequent offense, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Maisy Mae Peterson, 19, of Norway pleaded not guilty to one felony count of theft of movable property.

She will next appear in Florence County Court for a pre-trial on Dec. 11.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Peterson and Shelby Neuens, 23, of Florence allegedly stole jewelry and credit cards from a woman who had stopped to help them after their vehicle ran out of gas on Nov. 30, 2011 in Florence.

Neuens was sentenced earlier this year to serve six months in the Florence County Jail for her part in the crime.

- Jeffrey Anthony Van Frachen, 45, of Crivitz, Wis. was sentenced to serve 200 days in the Florence County Jail for drunk driving.

In addition, his drivers license will be revoked for two and a half years and he will need to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle for two years after that.

Van Frachen was originally charged with one felony count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-fourth offense in five years, one felony count of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration-fourth offense in five years, and one misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Pursuant to a plea deal with Drexler, Van Frachen agreed to plead guilty to an amended misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated-fourth. The other charges were dismissed.

The charges stem from a March 25 incident in Aurora. Van Frachen was driving his vehicle on County Road N when he registered a .245 on a preliminary breath test.

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