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Five arrested for Waupaca County drug overdose, referred for reckless homicide charges

Jordan May, 33, died a couple days after his overdose
Five people were arrested for the drug overdose death of Jordan May in Waupaca County. Top...
Five people were arrested for the drug overdose death of Jordan May in Waupaca County. Top row: Jessica Bell, April Hardegen, Demargieon Hillard-Carter. Bottom row: Patrick Rhoden, Aaron Van Dyke.(Waupaca County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 9:36 AM CDT
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WAUPACA, Wis. (WBAY) - Waupaca County authorities have five people in custody for the death of Jordan May from a drug overdose. All five are accused of first-degree reckless homicide.

First responders were called about a suspected heroin overdose in the town of Lind on May 30. The 33-year-old victim died on June 1.

Authorities initially arrested Jessica Bell, 39, from Waupaca, and Patrick Rhoden, 36, of New London.

A few days later, authorities arrested 30-year-old April Hardegen and 31-year-old Aaron Van Dyke, both from New London. The two were already under investigation by the Waupaca County Narcotics Unit. The sheriff’s office says confidential informants made six drug purchases from Hardegen and Van Dyke. Detectives with a search warrant found heroin, methamphetamine, THC, and drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials at a home on W. Beacon Ave. in New London.

A fifth arrest in the case was made in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit arrested 20-year-old Demargieon Hillard-Carter. A search warrant of a home on W. Wabash Court found crack cocaine, fentanyl, THC, drug packaging materials, several weapons, and almost $10,000 in cash. Hillard-Carter was transported to Waupaca County, where he’s currently jailed.

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Bell is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, party to the crime of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, manufacturing or delivering heroin, and manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and possession of methamphetamines. Online records show she’ll be arraigned next month. She’s in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.

Rhoden will have his preliminary hearing on Friday, July 23, on charges being party to the crime of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, manufacturing or delivering heroin, and manufacturing or delivering amphetamine. He’s still jailed on $50,000 cash bond.

Hardegen is currently charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, Manufacturing or delivering heroin (2nd or subsequent offense) and felony bail jumping. She’s in custody on a $100,000 cash bond.

Van Dyke is also charged in another overdose death. He pleaded not guilty to both charges of being party to the crime of first-degree reckless homicide. He’s in custody on $100,000 cash bond.

Online court records show Hillard-Carter is charged with party to the crime of first-degree reckless homicide and has a court date in Waupaca County next week. He’s in custody on $50,000 cash bond.

The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office says it’s referring these charges to the district attorney:

Jessica A. Bell, 39

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide
  • Deliver Heroin
  • Deliver Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Methamphetamine

Patrick R. Rhoden, 36

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide
  • Deliver Heroin

April R. Hardegen, 30

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide
  • Deliver Methamphetamine
  • Deliver Heroin (4 counts)
  • Felony Bail Jumping (11 counts)
  • Neglecting a Child
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of THC
  • Possession of Schedule 2 Drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Certain Places Enhancer

Aaron B. Van Dyke, 31

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide
  • Deliver Methamphetamine (2 counts)
  • Deliver Heroin (Party to a Crime)
  • Neglecting a Child
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of THC
  • Possession of Schedule 2 Drugs
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Certain Places Enhancer

Demargieon P. Hillard-Carter, 20

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide

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