By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - Two Kingsford men are facing felony charges in Florence County for separate incidents involving controlled substances.
Gary Alfred Nabbefeldt, 59, faces one felony count of operating while intoxicated-fourth offense in five years, one felony count of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration-fourth offense in five years, one felony count of possession of marijuana-second or subsequent offense, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 15 and a half years in prison.
Nabbefeldt will appear in Florence County Court for an initial appearance on the charges on June 18.
The charges against Nabbefeldt stem from a May 10 incident in Aurora, Wis.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, officers from the Kingsford Public Safety Department (KPS) attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Nabbefeldt's vehicle after he allegedly ran a stop sign in Kingsford.
Officers claimed that Nabbefeldt did not stop until he was across the border in Wisconsin.
Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department arrived and had Nabbefeldt perform several sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test (PBT) showed a value of .16.
In addition, deputies found a smoking device with marijuana on Nabbefeldt.
Although KPS officers noted that Nabbefeldt is a medical marijuana patient, deputies pointed out that marijuana possession is still illegal in Wisconsin.
In a separate case, 27-year-old William Edward Fyvie faces one felony count of possession of marijuana-second or subsequent offense and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted, he could spend up to three and a half years in prison.
Fyvie will appear in Florence County Court for an initial appearance on the charges on June 4.
The charges against Fyvie stem from a May 26 incident in Homestead, Wis.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, a deputy pulled over a vehicle in which Fyvie was a passenger.
The deputy had pulled the vehicle over for expired registration decals, put he initiated a vehicle search after he noticed that the occupants had alcohol on their breaths and red eyes.
A search of the vehicle revealed a smoking device and several plastic bags of marijuana.
Fyvie allegedly admitted to the deputy that the items were his.
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