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Rhinelander couple facing host of felony charges
Both accused of possessing firearm as convicted felons

Jamie Taylor
River News Reporter

A Rhinelander couple is facing numerous misdemeanor and felony charges, including possession of a firearm by convicted felons while the man is also charged with possession of a firearm silencer.

Jesse J. Achterberg, 36, was charged Jan. 9 with two counts of receiving stolen property less than $2,500, possession of a firearm silencer and possession of a firearm by a felon following the execution of a search warrant on his residence. His wife Katie A. Achterberg, 34, was charged Feb. 17 obstructing an officer, receiving stolen property less than $2,500, possession of THC (second and subsequent offense) and possession of a firearm by a felon.

An informant told investigators after the execution of the search warrant that the Achterbergs had presented he and his girlfriend a jewelry box that Jesse Achterberg had allegedly taken in a burglary. The source also told investigators that Jesse Achterberg would make frequent trips to Appleton to get rid of items he stole during burglaries, including right before the search warrant was executed on his residence.

After the search warrant was executed at the Achterberg's residence, the source, fearing the jewelry box was stollen, he threw it out the window of his residence.

Katie Achterberg was not taken to jail on the day of the search of their residence, and when they called her to inform her she needed to come to the jail to complete the booking process. According to the deputy's report, he had told her the day of the search she would have to come in to be booked and released, and that he would call her to arrange when she should come. He was unable to contact her despite numerous attempts, and several attempts to find her at the house were unsuccessful.

Another source was interviewed by deputies and described a ring that Katie Achterberg was wearing right around the first of January. When shown a photograph of a ring allegedly stolen by Jesse Achterberg during a burglary, the source identified it as the one she had seen Katie Achterberg wearing.

According to the deputies' report, Katie Achterberg turned herself in at the jail, accompanied by her husband and attorney. She was booked, given a $5,000 signature bond and told she had to be in court on Feb. 17.

At his adjourned initial appearance March 6, Jesse Achterberg had not yet been appointed a public defender and his case was adjourned until April 3. That same day, Katie Achterberg had an adjourned initial appearance and a preliminary hearing was set for April 7.

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