5/11/2019 7:30:00 AM Strip club owner facing felony charges still trying to secure legal counsel
Abigail Bostwick Of The Lakeland Times
An Eagle River strip club was shut down shortly after its owner, Carrie Jo Newmann, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating state tavern laws and five felony charges of possession of narcotics, in addition to misdemeanors of possession of an illegal prescription and drug paraphernalia days later.
Neumann, 55, Conover, appeared before Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen Monday morning in a third initial court appearance where she indicated she didn't "have enough money to retain an attorney" and was not eligible for a public defender. Without her business open, she owes taxes and cannot obtain a loan, she added.
Neumann was given an indigency form to fill out and hand back to the court.
The court opted to amend her $1,000 cash bond to a signature bond so those funds could be used to retain an attorney.
Another adjourned initial appearance is set for May 20.
Newmann is accused of filling labeled vodka bottles with water at her business, the Frontier Tavern, a misdemeanor, plus violation via not having licensed bartenders and liquor onsite not purchased from a state wholesaler.
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