Etter Enters Plea in Tavern Burglaries

6/9/11 – A West Salem man has entered a “no contest” plea in connection with a series of Dodge County tavern break-ins. 33-year-old Nicholas J. Etter and two others were charged with breaking into the Dockside Pub and Grille in the Town of Westford in January, Jumpers Bar in the Town of Beaver Dam in February and Chances Bar in the Town of Burnett in March. Thousands of dollars was stolen from poker machines, ATM’s and safes. Etter pleaded to one felony count of Burglary and had two other felony counts dismissed. According to the criminal complaint, Etter admitted that he was involved but blamed another man for orchestrating the break-ins. 44-year-old Thomas Dahlgren of Mauston was charged this week with three felony counts of Burglary and three misdemeanor counts of Theft. Dahlgren was on probation for Attempted Homicide at the time of his arrest and is currently incarcerated at the Waupun Correctional Institution. 32-year-old Michelle L. Novak of Mayville reportedly admitted to being the getaway driver and lookout. Novak has court activity on the calendar in July. Etter faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison when he is sentenced in September.