Court News

Felony OWI

A Shawano man is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing on a charge of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated and felony possession of marijuana.

Robert J. Boettcher, 51, was pulled over Feb. 24 after he was spotted driving erratically by a Shawano police officer, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.309 percent, nearly four times the allowable limit.

Boettcher also had a plastic baggie in his pocket that turned out to contain marijuana, according to the complaint, which states he was also on probation at the time for a previous offense.

According to court records, Boettcher has four previous OWI convictions in Shawano County and one each in Brown and Outagamie counties. He was also convicted of marijuana possession in Brown County, according to the records.

Boettcher is being held on a $4,000 cash bond.

Felony OWI

A Seymour man is facing a charge of sixth offense operating while intoxicated after his vehicle stalled in the road in the town of Hartland last month.

Mark S. Ropella, 64, could face a maximum possible penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Ropella’s vehicle stalled in the middle of County Road BE on Feb. 10. A deputy responding to the disabled vehicle complaint found that Ropella was intoxicated, with a preliminary breath test of 0.134 percent.

He is free on a $3,500 signature bond and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance on March 19.

Ropella has four previous OWI convictions in Brown County and one in Oconto County, according to court records.