Probation Ordered for Hayward Woman on Meth Conviction

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


The Court ordered a withheld sentence and 3 years of probation for a Hayward, WI woman on her convictions of Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Felony Bail Jumping.

According to online circuit court records, Julie Pankratz, of Hayward, WI appeared in Sawyer County Circuit Court on March 7, 2018 for a plea/sentencing hearing. Pankratz entered pleas of guilty to her charges of Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Felony Bail Jumping. A charge of Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia was dismissed but read in.

SawyerWire.com reported previously that Pankratz was facing charges stemming from an incident in June 2017 that resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Pankratz was also ordered to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment within 45 days and follow-through with the recommendations of that assessment.

Online circuit court records show that Pankratz is still facing criminal charges for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana), and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia in a case filed in Washburn County Circuit Court. 

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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Court Quashes Warrant: Sets Cash Bond for Hayward Woman

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | by Ben Dryden

SawyerWire.com reported on December 7, 2017, that Sawyer County Circuit Court had issued an arrest warrant for Julie Pankratz, of Hayward, WI.

Online circuit court records show that Pankratz appeared in Sawyer County Circuit Court yesterday, February 28, 2018, to address her warrant.

Pankratz appeared for her hearing while in the custody of the Sawyer County Jail. The Court reinstated Pankratz’s signature bail bond of $2,500 and then amended her bond to $500 cash. 

Pankratz is facing charges of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia following an incident in which Pankratz was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by an officer of the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Police Department for an expired plate and not license plate lamp. The criminal complaint states that inside of Pankratz’s purse officers found a small baggie containing a white crystallized substance and a razor blade. 

Pankratz is scheduled to appear next in March for a preliminary examination hearing on her felony charges.

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.



Woman Wanted for Failure to Appear on Meth Charges

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | SawyerWire

A Hayward woman has been charged in Sawyer County Circuit Court with felony bail jumping after failing to appear in court on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine filed against her back on June 12, 2017.

The court issued a body only bench warrant for Julie Pankratz, 35, of Juneau, Wis, formally of Hayward.

The complaint states on April 30, 2017, at approximately 2:56 a.m., an LCO Police Department officer made a traffic stop of a Chevy Impala traveling northbound on County Hwy E near Thoroughfare Road without a license plate lamp and an expired plate.

According to the complaint, Pankratz was the front passenger in the vehicle, along with a driver and a backseat passenger.

Another LCO Officer arrived on scene and noticed a white substance on the driver’s license. After the officer tested the substance with a swab, it was positive for meth. The three persons were all secured while a search of the vehicle was conducted.

“During the search of the vehicle, I found a needle full of methamphetamine in the glove box. I found a red Thera-Band cord used to tie off when ‘shooting up’ meth in the center counsel,” the officer reported.

According to the complaint, prescription pills were also found not in their proper containers. Officers searched Pankratz’ purse and found a small clear baggie containing a white crystallized substance and a razor blade which was located inside of a clear plastic container used for ‘cutting’ meth, according to the complaint.

The complaint further states Pankratz admitted to one of the officers that she owned the unused needle which she stated was loaded full of methamphetamine, the razor and the clear plastic baggie full of the white substance.

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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