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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 43-year-old Elk Mound man has pleaded no contest and was found guilty in connection with delivering heroin to a resident at Arbor Place Treatment Center in Menomonie and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Steven M. Clickner appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court with his attorney, William F. Laman, March 18 for a plea and sentencing hearing before Judge James Peterson.
Clickner was charged in two separate cases with drug-related felonies.
In the case related to delivering heroin to a resident at Arbor Place, Clickner was charged with one felony count each of manufacturing or delivering schedule I and II narcotics and bail jumping as well as two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Peterson accepted Clickner’s plea of no contest and found him guilty on the felony count of manufacturing or delivering schedule I and II narcotics, withheld sentence and placed Clickner on three years of probation.
The judge dismissed the misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As a condition of probation, Judge Peterson sentenced Clickner to six months in jail and ordered him to report to the Dunn County jail by 5 p.m. March 29.
Judge Peterson also ordered Clickner to complete an alcohol and drug assessment, to have no contact with the 24-year-old woman to whom he had delivered heroin, and to not possess any controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
In the second case, in which Clickner was charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs as a party to a crime and another felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, Judge Peterson found Clickner guilty of felony possession of narcotic drugs, withheld sentence, and placed Clickner on two years of probation concurrent to the probation in the other case.
Judge Peterson dismissed the felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place.
Regarding the felony count of bail jumping, Judge Peterson would not accept Clickner’s plea of no contest but instead approved a deferred prosecution agreement and scheduled a hearing for March 15, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.
Clickner also was ordered to pay $55 in restitution, to pay court costs of $268 and a DNA surcharge of $250 and to provide a DNA sample to the Menomonie Police Department.
According to the criminal complaint, the Menomonie Police Department and the Menomonie Fire Department were dispatched to Arbor Place at around 9 p.m. February 14, 2018, for the potential overdose of a woman found unconscious with a hypodermic needle nearby.
Members of the Menomonie Fire Department treated the woman, and when she was asked what had caused her condition, she said she had consumed “approximately a ½ of a point of heroin” and that the dosage was about one-quarter of what she had historically ingested on a regular basis, the complaint states.
Police officers told the woman they had located the cap to a hypodermic needle with a heart and “luv u” written on it. The woman began to sob and said she had received the heroin from an “ex-significant other,” the complaint states.
The woman eventually identified the “ex-significant other” as Steven Clickner and said he had brought the needles pre-loaded with heroin to her at around 8 p.m. February 14 and had given them to her through the window, according to the complaint.
The complaint goes on to say the woman told officers she had been speaking with Clickner by telephone that day and had talked about her urges to use, and Clickner said he had located a gem pack underneath a sink in his shop, Clickner Auto Sales, that he had previously misplaced.
Clickner Auto Sales is located at 113 West Menomonie Street in Elk Mound.
The woman told investigators she had never purchased heroin from Clickner but that he “just provides it to her.” The woman said she believes Clickner gave her heroin “to keep her around” because he knew the woman was addicted, according to the complaint.
The woman said Clickner had arrived at about 8 p.m. and had cut the screen, placed the needles on the window ledge and had left quickly, the complaint states.