Boyceville woman pleads not guilty to burglary, drug charges

By Cara L. Dempski

MENOMONIE — A Boyceville woman pled not guilty for charges she was involved in a 2016 burglary at the local airport.

According to online court records, Hayley Chovan, age 23, plead not guilty to one count each of burglary of a building or dwelling, and misdemeanor bail jumping during her July 10 arraignment in Dunn County Circuit Court. The charges stem from the burglary of approximately $3,000 worth of audio equipment owned by the Boyceville Community Fire Department between late June and early July 2016.

[emember_protected] The items stolen were stored in the fire department’s concession stand at Boyceville’s municipal airport. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office, Chovan is one of six suspects involved in the case.

The complaint indicated Micah Minor told law enforcement he, and Hayley and Hope Chovan, transported the stolen items to the home of Robert Fawcett.

Both Minor and Fawcett are charged in the case, as are Hope Chovan and Andrew Meyer. The complaint alleges Meyer transported stolen items to a buyer in Menomonie after the person purchased the them.

The sixth suspect in the case, Andrew Helmueller, was listed in the criminal complaint as having accompanied Minor to the concession stand, and was reportedly present while Minor and both Chovans removed items from the building.

Helmueller has made statements outside of court that he was not involved in the burglary of the items.

According to online court records, his charges in the case were dismissed in April, but were read in and figured into the final amount at a recent restitution hearing for another case where he entered a guilty plea.

Chovan’s bail jumping charge likely stems from a 2016 drug possession case in which she was subject to a $100 signature bond.

Burglary of a building or dwelling is a class F felony in Wisconsin, and carries a penalty of a fine of up to $25,000, up to 12 years and six months imprisonment, or both. Misdemeanor bail jumping could result in a fine of up to $10,000, nine months in prison, or both.

Chovan is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in front of Judge Peterson August 29 at 2:45 p.m. [/emember_protected]