Hayward Woman Pleads Guilty to Forgery Charge

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


A Hayward, WI woman has plead guilty to a charge of felony forgery. As part of her plea deal, other charges filed against her including possession of methamphetamine were dismissed.

Elizabeth Reed, of Hayward, WI, was facing multiple felony charges in Sawyer County Circuit Court. SawyerWire.com reported on December 19, 2017, that a traffic stop in Sawyer County led to the seizure of over 60 grams of methamphetamine and criminal charges for Reed and 2 others; James Valentin and Koutkeo Lovan.

At the time of that incident, Reed had already been charged with 5 counts of Class H Felony forgery stemming from an incident in June 2017. 

According to online circuit court records, at a plea/sentencing hearing on March 7, 2018, Reed entered a Guilty plea to one of the counts of Felony Forgery, and to one count of Felony Bail Jumping. Charges of Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Possess/Illegally Obtained Prescription, and four of the counts of Felony Forgery were dismissed but read in.

Reed has been sentenced to 3 years of probation with 8 months of conditional jail time. According to online circuit court records, the Court imposed 4 months of jail time for Reed with credit for 92 already served. Reed was also ordered to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment (AODA) and to follow through with any recommendations. The Court ordered that the other 4 months of jail time be stayed. If the Department of Corrections imposes any sanctions against Reed, that final 4 months in jail is to be served.

The Court also ordered Reed to pay restitution to 3 area businesses, North Lakes, LCO Convenience Store, and Kwik Trip. 

Koutkeo Lovan is facing charges of Felony Bail Jumping, Felony Possess with Intent-Amphetamine, Felony Possess Drug Paraphernalia to Manufacture/Compound/Convert/Produce/or Store Methamphetamine in Sawyer County Circuit Court and is scheduled to appear later this month. In a separate case filed in Burnett County Circuit Court, Lovan is charged with Felony Possess with Intent THC (Marijuana). 

A charge of Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place is still pending in Sawyer County Circuit Court against James Valentin. He is due back in court in April 2018.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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[Pictured L/R: James Valentin, Koutkeo Lovan, Elizabeth Reed]

Details Emerge on Drug Investigation that Led to Three Charged

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | SawyerWire

Charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place have been filed against an LCO man, James Valentin, 51, as the result of an investigation into drug trafficking in Sawyer County and a traffic stop on Dec. 14, 2017.

Valentin faces three and a half years in prison and a fine of not more than $10,000 for his role in the drug activity that took place at his residence on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation at 7074 N Sandy Point Road.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 11, 2017, a confidential source contacted a Sawyer County detective about drug activity in the county. The source told the detective that Valentin had no job but was spending money “all over the place” including at the LCO Casino.

The source also said Valentin had a truck that was broke down and it was fixed, and that he didn’t have money to fix it.

“Two people from an ongoing drug investigation are now living with Valentin,” the source told the detective and said they knew one of the persons name was Elizabeth from a drug raid that occurred in June of 2017.

The detective reported this was Elizabeth Reed and the other was a male individual named Koutkeo Lovan, who were arrested in a June 30 Sawyer County SWAT raid at a residence on Oak Road. Lovan is believed to be in the Triads gang, according to the complaint.

Other information the detective obtained included Valentin’s mother owned all the land where he lived and her home which was next door on the same property. Valentin lived in a trailer on the property and he owned the trailer. Valentin, Reed and Lovan were using a bright red Ford 150 that belonged to his mother to drive back and forth to Minneapolis to buy drugs.

One source informed the detective that Valentin returned from the military and got addicted to pills, but, turned to methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, a trail camera was set up at the end of Valentin’s driveway, and the detective reported that you could identify Valentin driving the red Ford truck multiple times from the driveway and that he had multiple people with him on multiple occasions, but you couldn’t identify who they were.

“On Oct. 31, 2017, I met with a different confidential source at the Sawyer County Jail who, under Miranda warning, provided the following information about drug trafficking,” the detective reported. On Oct. 25, the source was arrested after leaving Valentin’s house by New Post and believed the house was being watched by the cops, according to the complaint.

“There is an oriental man named Smiley living there with his girlfriend Liz Reed,” the source told the detective.

The detective also reported that Lovan was arrested in November of 2016 for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in Burnett County, where Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Points shows he has a case pending.

The source told the detective that Smiley also sells methamphetamine and that he hasn’t stopped and that he frequents the Twin Cities to buy large amounts of meth and that he uses Valentin’s truck, according to the complaint.

On Nov. 27, the criminal complaint states that Judge John Yackel authorized a warrant for detectives to install a GPS tracker on Valentin’s truck, and on Nov. 28, detectives covertly installed the tracker on Valentin’s truck while it was parked at the residence, and they were undetected.

On Dec. 7, detectives using a confidential informant (CI) were able to make a controlled delivery of $550 to Lovan at the residence on Sandy Point Road in exchange for a half-ounce of methamphetamine, according to the complaint. The CI gave Lovan the money on Dec. 7 and picked up the half-ounce of meth on Dec. 8.

According to the complaint, Lovan is heard telling the CI on audio surveillance that he will get him the half-ounce for the $550 but had to wait for Jim (Valentin) to get back, and that CI should be able to pick up the meth on Dec. 8 in the morning.

The detective reported that the amount picked up was 19.6 grams of meth in packaged weight, the complaint stated.

On Dec. 12, the detective reported a similar transaction took place with $1,100 for a full ounce of meth on this occasion. The CI gave Lovan the money up front and Lovan brought him back the meth, according to the complaint.

On December 14, 2017 at about 2:10 a.m., Sawyer County Deputies, assisted by Sawyer County SWAT, Sawyer County K-9 Oscar and his handler Deputy Dennis Nelson, executed a traffic stop of a vehicle on Company Lake Road in the Town of Lenroot in Sawyer County, according to a sheriff’s office press release. K-9 Oscar subsequently indicated a positive hit in the dashboard area of the vehicle, where methamphetamine was located.

A search warrant was executed on the residence on Sandy Point Road as a result of the investigation as well. A total of 62.7 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and various items of drug paraphernalia were seized.

Valentin was charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place and has a scheduling conference on Jan. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

Lovan has been charged with possession with intent to deliver amphetamine and felony bail jumping. He also faces felony charges from the June 30 raid which include possession with intent to deliver amphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia meant to manufacture, produce or store methamphetamine. Lovan has a status conference set for Feb. 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Reed faces a possession of meth charge, as well as paraphernalia and felony bail jumping in this new case, and she has five counts of uttering a forgery against her filed in September, as well as possession of an illegally obtained prescription and felony bail jumping filed in October. Reed has court on Jan. 9 at 11:00 a.m.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 62.7 Grams of Meth

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | Press Release

On December 14, 2017 at about 2:10 a.m., Sawyer County Deputies, assisted by Sawyer County SWAT, Sawyer County K-9 Oscar and his handler Deputy Dennis Nelson, executed a traffic stop of a vehicle on Company Lake Road in the Town of Lenroot in Sawyer County.  K-9 Oscar subsequently indicated a positive hit in the dashboard area of the vehicle, where methamphetamine was located. The traffic stop was conducted as a result of an investigation into the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine in Sawyer County.

A search warrant was executed on a residence in the Town of Hunter as part of the investigation. The City of Hayward Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the LCO Conservation Department assisted in the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, two male suspects and one female suspect were taken into custody.   Koutkeo Lovan, age 40, was arrested for Possession of over 50 Grams of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Felony Bail Jumping, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. James A. Valentin, age 51, was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Elizabeth A. Reed, age 24, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

As a result of the investigation, 62.7 grams (over two ounces) of Methamphetamine were seized as were a digital scale and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Hayward Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the LCO Conservation Department and the Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office continue our combined efforts in our mission to protect the citizens of Sawyer County.

Per Sawyer County Sheriff Doug Mrotek



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