RHINELANDER - Two people arrested in January for making meth in their Rhinelander home face more punishment for another apparent attempt to manufacture the drug.
Story By Lauren Stephenson
According to the criminal complaints, investigators received a tip in February that Nitscke bought muriatic acid, an ingredient used to make meth. The store confirmed Nitschke bought the chemical.
At the end of March, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a different complaint about illegal dumping in the Township of Stella. When investigators went through the garbage bag, they found numerous prescription pill bottles belonging to Healy and Nitschke. They also found marijuana pipes and containers with suspected marijuana, along with a manual titled "Methamphetamine Shake and Bake Guide."
Investigators checked logs at local pharmacies and found Healy and Nitschke made multiple pseudophedrine purchases in the span of just more than a month. Pseudophedrine is another ingredient used to make meth.
Special Prosecutor Jodi Bednar-Clemens says more charges could be on the way for Healy and Nitchske. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on the home Friday and apparently found meth and meth-related waste.
Bednar-Clemens asked Judge Patrick O'Melia to set a $10,000 cash bond for both Nitschke and Healy.
"I don't know what it's going to take for this individual to conform her activities to the dictates of the law," Bednar-Clemens. "We all know how serious the methamphetamine problem is in our community, and I really believe, your honor, that Ms. Healy is a large cause of that problem."
Healy's attorney, Richard Shawl, said Healy had been trying to get better. Shawl said Healy checked herself into rehab a week before she was arrested.
"That, in fact, was where she was arrested, and her treatment was interrupted by this proceeding," Shawl said. "And while that is something that the law enforcement community certainly has a right to pursue, it's also antithetical to one of the stated goals of proceeding to criminal prosecution, and that's rehabilitation."
Judge O'Melia revoked both $5,000 cash bonds and put in place two new $10,000 cash bonds. He also forbid Nitschke and Healy from contacting each other and from buying certain meth-making ingredients.
Updated March 18, 2015--3:44 p.m.
Two people arrested for making meth in their Rhinelander home in January face more punishment for new meth involvement.
Police arrested 47-year-old Andrea Healy and 48-year-old Richard Nitschke on Friday in Rhinelander. The two each face three felony charges involving meth-making and bail jumping.
More charges could be on the way. Investigators said they found meth and its waste in carrying out a search warrant on Friday. Nitschke and Healy were already facing charges for making meth in their home.
"I don't know what it's going to take for this individual to conform her activities to the dictates of the law," said special prosecutor Jodie Bednar-Clemens in court on Monday afternoon. "We all know how serious the methamphetamine problem is in our community and I really believe, your honor, that Ms. Healy is a large cause of that problem."
Healy's attorney argued Healy checked herself into rehab a week before she was arrested.
"That, in fact, was where she was arrested and her treatment was interrupted by this proceeding," said attorney Richard Shawl.
Healy and Nitschke each had their previous $5,000 cash bonds revoked, and each was placed on new cash bonds at $10,000. The two cannot have contact with each other and cannot buy certain ingredients that can be used to make meth.
The six month investigation leading to the arrests involved sheriff's deputies, Rhinelander Police, the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.