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Stolen checks leads to Florence County charge

November 23, 2012
The Daily News

By NIKKI YOUNK

Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. - A Commonwealth, Wis. woman has been charged with multiple counts of uttering a forgery for allegedly passing stolen checks.

Stephanie K. Schuls, 36, faces four felony counts of uttering a forgery and one misdemeanor count of theft.

If convicted on all counts, she could spend up to 24 years in prison.

Schuls is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Florence County Court on Nov. 27.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Schuls allegedly stole a checkbook from a Florence woman in June. Schuls then allegedly wrote out and passed four of those checks at two Aurora, Wis. bars in October.

In other Florence County Court action:

- Benjamin Macario Martinez, 30, of Aurora has been charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana-second and subsequent offense, one felony count of felon in possession of a firearm, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 13 and a half years in prison.

Martinez is scheduled for an initial appearance in Florence County Court on Dec. 4.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, some Aurora residents called deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department to report a man shooting a gun on their property on Oct. 25. The man was identified as Martinez.

While executing a search warrant at Martinez's residence, deputies allegedly discovered marijuana, a metal smoking device, a bullet, and an empty box of shot shells.

Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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