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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has ordered $3,500 in bail be forfeited by a 47-year-old Menomonie man found in a Colfax garage last August with methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Steven O. Johnson failed to appear for a court hearing June 10, and Judge James Peterson ordered cash bail totaling $3,500 in three separate cases be forfeited to Dunn County.
Judge Peterson authorized a bench warrant for Johnson’s arrest when he failed to appear at a court hearing last December.
Johnson was picked up on the arrest warrant and appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court December 20.
During a preliminary hearing January 25, Johnson communicated with the court by telephone.
Johnson again failed to appear for a court hearing March 22, and Judge Peterson issued another bench warrant for Johnson’s arrest and scheduled a bail forfeiture hearing for June 10.
Johnson is charged with two felony counts of burglary to a building and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two felony counts of bail jumping along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
In two separate cases filed in Dunn County, Johnson also is charged with additional felony counts of manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine and bail jumping as well as one felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
After hearing testimony at the preliminary hearing January 25 from Officer Daniel Westlund with the Menomonie Police Department, Deputy Adam Zukowski with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, and Colfax Police Chief William Anderson, Judge Peterson found probable cause in all three cases and bound Johnson over for an arraignment hearing on March 22.
According to the criminal complaint, the Colfax Police Department received a call about a possible burglary at a home in the 600 block of East Railroad Avenue on August 7, 2018.
The Colfax officer spoke to the owners of the property who said their shed had been burglarized and that several items were not where they were supposed to be.
The property owner said he had checked the ground level of the shed and did not see anyone, but a ladder, which was not supposed to be there, was leaning up against the loft and there was a bag with a phone in it at the bottom of the ladder that did not belong to either of the property owners.
The Colfax police officer searched the loft and found a man, later identified as Johnson, who appeared to be sleeping.
When the officer announced his presence and asked Johnson to show his hands, the defendant sat up and seemed surprised a police officer was there, according to the complaint.
The Colfax officer advised Dunn County dispatch of the situation. When a Dunn County deputy arrived at the scene, he said a warrant was out for Johnson’s arrest and the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department had been attempting to locate him earlier in the day, the complaint states.
After Johnson came down out of the loft, he told the officers he could not remember how he got to the shed, did know where he was, and the last thing he remembered was being in Eau Claire.