RHINELANDER - Siphanh Phongsavath waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning.
Phongsavath faces five charges, two of which are felonies.
Charges include burglary and attempt of misdemeanor theft.
Phongsavath is charged with breaking into the Rhinelander Verizon store back in November.
Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Steve Michlig thinks Phongsavath's choice to waive the preliminary hearing benefits the state.
"This is a case which is a little bit unusual than other cases we have. there are allegations of other charges from other jurisdictions. I think before we resolve this case, we're going to have to take a look at what's going on in the other jurisdictions, including the potential for perhaps some federal charges," said Michlig.
Phongsavath is also suspected to be part of the Latin Kings gang.
The district attorney's office is hopeful the case will be resolved quickly.
"With the potential for other charges out there, it does offer the state a certain amount of leverage," said Michlig."The defendant has many things to worry about and I think that hopefully, it will lead to the ability to resolve this case with a result favorable to the state and probably more promptly than otherwise."
Phongsavath entered a not guilty plea. He'll be back in court March 18.
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VILAS COUNTY - When Dee Burlingame walks into the Sayner Cemetery, she walks to the very back of it, near the wooded area.
"When we bought that plot we did so laughing and saying that the deer would come and run across us," said Burlingame.
Dee and her husband of more than 34 years, John Burlingame, have called Sayner their home for many years, even though they met in Cleveland, Ohio. But about a year ago, Dee's life took an unexpected turn.
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