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Norway council member faces felony charges

September 15, 2012
LISA HOFFMANN - Staff Writer (lhoffmann@ironmountaindailynews.com) , The Daily News

CRANDON, Wis. - A Norway City Councilman is facing three counts of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety after an utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident that occurred on June 15 in Crandon.

Mark Steven Bubloni, 49, of Norway, also faces a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Sept . 4 in Forest County, Bubloni was the driver of an UTV at Brush Run Grounds in the town of Crandon at approximately 10:36 p.m. when he drove into the campgrounds, tried to spin a donut and flipped on its side.

Also riding in Bubloni's side-by-side all-terrain vehicle were Jason Norton, Karen A. Duprey, Tracy Ann LaFreniere and Lynn D. Weaver.

Weaver suffered a right shoulder dislocation, right humerus (upper arm) fracture, a radial neck fracture, sixth rib fracture, and a nasal fracture. Norton suffered a mild concussion.

The report indicated Duprey and LaFreniere sustained minor injuries.

When police and emergency response personnel responded to the accident, Bubloni was not in the immediate area, the complaint said.

The complaint states a witness told the Forest County Sheriff deputies that Bubloni was the driver of the UTV and was a few campsites away.

When confronted by police, Bubloni stated he wasn't driving, police said.

Bubloni later admitted to deputies that he was driving and traveling in a southwest direction when someone pulled out in front of him, the complaint says.

A witness later gave a statement that he observed the UTV come through the gate with those on board hollering, and the UTV attempted to spin a donut and flipped on its side.

Norton told deputies Bubloni was driving very responsibly but does remember him spinning the tires briefly just prior to the accident.

Norton and LaFreniere were seated in the box/cargo area of the UTV. When Norton struck his head, he suffered a mild concussion.

According to the complaint, Bubloni's preliminary breath examination resulted in a .14 percent of alcohol.

Back in June, Bubloni was fined for non-traffic ordinance violations of ATV intoxicated operation, and careless operation of an ATV.

Bubloni is scheduled for an initial appearance on the criminal charges on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. at Forest County Courthouse in Crandon.

The sentence for a Class G felony is not more than $25,000 in fines, or not more than 10 years in prison, or both.

Forest County's district attorney is Charles Simono. He said he is unable to comment on the case at this time. Bubloni did not comment on the incident.

When contacted by The Daily News, Norway City Manager Ray Anderson pointed out that Bubloni has only been charged, and has not convicted at this time.

He said Chapter 5 of the City Charter, Section 5.2 states a council member cannot be absent from the city for more than 60 days without permission from the council.

Also council members cannot miss more than four consecutive meetings or 25 percent of meetings in a calendar year.

Anderson said whether the council addresses Bubloni's court issue is up to the members of council.

Bubloni will remain a council member until he misses too many unexcused meetings or until council decides to take action.

"It is council-driven," Anderson said regarding whether the council will act on Bubloni's charges.

Anderson said the public should be aware of the actions of city staff and council members.

 
 

 

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