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Firearm charge amended to citation post-‘unfounded shooting’

September 17, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

A Lac du Flambeau man pled guilty to an obstruction citation, down from an amended misdemeanor charge in Vilas County Court on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

Ronald V. Jones, 69, was investigated by Tribal police after spearfishers phoned in, stating “… someone was shooting at them” in May.  

The allegations of the two adults and a child were “unfounded” by police. Part of that investigation led them to Jones, where they conducted several searches of his home and conducted interviews with him. 

Residents in the area reported hearing what sounded like fireworks at the time of the alleged shooting, but were unsure. 

When initially approached, Jones was belligerent with police, court reports indicate. Jones was found in possession of several guns, not all of which he initially disclosed to police as having, leading to the three resisting/obstructing an officer charges, the criminal complaint reads. 

Jones pled not guilty to all counts in July. 

Before Judge Neal Nielsen, the first charge was amended to a citation of obstruction, which Jones pled no contest to. The other two counts were dismissed.

Jones will be fined $263.50. A review hearing is set for Nov. 5, by which Jones must pay the fine before. 

 

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