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Mittelstadt sentenced to one year in jail for dealing meth in Colfax

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  A 48-year-old Colfax man arrested during a drug raid in March has been sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation for selling methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Dennis K. Mittelstadt appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court June 22 before Judge Rod Smeltzer for a sentencing hearing.

Mittelstadt has been in custody since March 26 when a cash bail of $5,000 was set.

The West Central Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and the Colfax Police Department, executed a search warrant Wednesday, March 25, at the apartment Mittelstadt occupied at 601 Main Street in Colfax.

Clifford Jonathan Cline, Jr., 38, and Alicia Lynn McMullin, 39, also were arrested at Mittelstadt’s apartment during the drug raid.

Mittelstadt, who was listed as the renter of the apartment, was charged with two felony counts of selling methamphetamine, one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, one felony count of bail jumping, and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

During a plea hearing April 28, Mittelstadt pleaded guilty to the felony counts of selling methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place. The remaining counts were dismissed on a motion by Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf.

Mittelstadt is the brother of Beth Mittelstadt, the 44-year-old woman who was shot in December at the same apartment on Main Street after she threatened Colfax Police Chief William Anderson with a machete. At the time of the incident, the Colfax police chief was serving a felony warrant for arson.

Mittelstadt was accused of setting fire to a house on Third Avenue in Colfax in May of 2014.

Beth Mittelstadt pleaded no contest June 10 and was found guilty of a single felony charge of criminal damage to property related to the house and also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of  two counts of felony first-degree recklessly endangering safety related to threatening the police chief and sheriff’s deputies with a machete. She is scheduled for a sentencing hearing September 29.

Sentence

Following the December incident at his apartment, Dennis Mittelstadt also was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

The charges from December were dismissed on a motion from the district attorney at the April 28 plea hearing.

During the June 22 sentencing hearing, Judge Smeltzer sentenced Dennis Mittelstadt to one year in jail with six months stayed if Mittelstadt is accepted into treatment court or if the Department of Corrections can set up a treatment program for him.

Mittelstadt also was sentenced to 60 days in jail concurrent to the one-year jail sentence for a 2013 case of obstructing an officer.

Mittelstadt pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge at the April 28 hearing.

At the time of the March 25 raid, Mittelstadt was out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond for the charges from December of possessing meth, drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

Dan Westlund, an investigator with the West Central Drug Task Force out of the Menomonie Police Department, testified during a preliminary hearing that he had arranged for a confidential informant to conduct two controlled buys of methamphetamine from Dennis Mittelstadt on March 3 and March 23 at Mittelstadt’s 601 Main Street apartment in Colfax.

The confidential informant was wearing a recording device for both buys, Westlund said.

McMullin

During an April 6 court hearing, the charges against McMullin from the March 25 drug raid were dismissed but were read into the record for sentencing.

McMullin, who is listed in court records as having a Menomonie address, pleaded no contest and was found guilty on a case from January of 2014 in which she was charged with selling methamphetamine as a party to a crime.

A felony charge of purchasing pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth was dismissed but read into the record.

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant used by people suffering from colds or allergies.

McMullin was sentenced to three years of probation and six months in jail.

Cline

Cline, also currently listed as having a Menomonie address, was found guilty following a jury trial earlier in June on the charges related to the March 25 drug raid in Colfax that included felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

A sentencing hearing for Cline is scheduled August 31 in Dunn County Circuit Court.

Cline, previously listed in court records as having a Glenwood City address, also is charged with felony counts of selling meth, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possessing drug paraphernalia to manufacture meth, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, purchasing pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth, bail jumping, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.