DA cites lack of proof in dismissal of numerous felony drug charges

Danielle Danford | Staff writer

SHELL LAKE—Four Spooner residents charged with numerous felony offenses in Washburn County court stemming from a search warrant of their residences for drug selling activity have had all charges against them dismissed.

According to Washburn County court documents, Sheriea Bryan, Kalob Stewart, Jonathon Bryan and Kristine Powers all faced felony charges stemming from a search warrant on their residences in September 2017.

Kalob Stewart
Jonathan Bryan
Kristine Powers
Sheriea Bryan

From the search warrants, law enforcement seized 12 items of drug paraphernalia, several electronics devices and $744 in cash, however, no amount of illegal drugs, other than residue, was seized or found in the search of the residences.

From the search court records show Sheriea Bryan was charged with two felony offenses; maintain drug trafficking place and possession of methamphetamine. Kalob Stewart was charged with two felony offenses; possession of methamphetamine and possession of THC second offense. Jonathan Bryan was charged with three felonies; two counts of felony bail jumping and possession of methamphetamine. Kristine Powers was charged with one felony charge; possession of methamphetamine.

Each of the court records in these cases show that all charges against these individuals were dismissed. A review of the court documents in the cases show three motions to dismiss all charges were filed for Sheriea Bryan, Kristine Powers and Jonathan Bryan signed by Washburn County district attorney Angeline Winton, Jan. 3, 2018. In the motion to dismiss document Winton cites the states belief in the lack of sufficient proof to support the charges. A judgement of dismissal was filed for Kalob Stewart, signed by Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington, Dec. 14, 2017.

Winton told the Register that the state is investigating new charges in these cases and could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

Court records show that the cause for the search warrants included observations made by Spooner police officers of the residences, citizen complaints, information from confidential sources, garbage picks at the residences by police officers compiled over two years and criminal history checks on the accused. The search warrants were signed by Washburn County court commissioner Andrew Lawton.