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November 11, 2019

9/28/2019 7:30:00 AM
More charges filed against St. Germain man accused in drug case
Abigail Bostwick
Of the Lakeland Times

A St. Germain man alleged to have been maintaining a drug trafficking house has been jailed in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond on additional felony charges of manufacturing/delivering narcotics while out on bond in the first matter.

Timothy O. Birchbauer, 40, was taken into custody after a Vilas County Sheriff's Department deputy was called to respond to an emergency call in the Oneida County town of Newbold in mid-September where a man was believed to have overdosed. CPR was being administered as the deputy was en route, according to Vilas County court documents.

When the officer arrived, the victim's pulse was faint and he was gasping for air. The deputy administered nasal narcan and when the victim's breathing did not improve, a second dose was given. He did slowly recover, based on the criminal complaint.

A second person in the house informed deputies where the victim had obtained the drugs, citing Birchbauer.

Birchbauer was free on a $5,000 cash bond from an open case in Vilas County where his home, which he shared with girlfriend Rebeca Richter, was raided and shut down in May. In that case, Birchbauer was charged with felony possession of a firearm as a felon and possession with intent of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and maintaining a drug trafficking place, as party to a crime, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child, all as party to crime.

He is said to have violated that bond shortly thereafter in May. According to court records, Birchbauer allegedly did not heed the no contact provisions of his bond by speaking with Richter over jail phone calls, where she phoned a friend who reportedly passed the phone to a male with what sounded like "a disguised ... and mumbled voice," court records read.

Birchbauer is further contesting a civil suit filed by the state of Wisconsin for him to forfeit $860 found on his person during the drug raid.

In the newest case, Birchbauer is also up against three felony bail jumping counts and possessing drug paraphernalia, all in Vilas County Circuit Court. He is represented by public defender Stephen Donald Willett.

Meanwhile, Richter, 34, St. Germain, was charged in the original case with felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and maintaining a drug trafficking place, all as party to a crime and a repeat offender. Misdemeanors she faces include possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child, all as party to a crime and as a repeat offender. She will be seen in court for a pre-trial conference in November.

Also charged in that same matter were Grace Barbolla, 24, Sayner, with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia all as party to a crime, and Justin Sernovitz, 38, St. Germain, charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, second offense possession THC and possession of drug paraphernalia, all as party to a crime. Barbolla has a hearing set for Oct. 1 and Sernovitz has court date in late October. Sernovitz also faces additional felony cases including four felony counts of neglecting a child related to the drug bust incident.





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