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Standoff suspect's bond reduced
A 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road in the town of Lynne April 19 had his cash bond reduced and will be allowed to have contact with his wife following a bail hearing June 15. (subscriber access)
Saturday, June 25, 2016


DFI subpoena of Eliason attorney quashed
The Department of Financial Institutions will not be allowed to depose an attorney who provided legal advice to two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud, a judge has ruled.

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wanted to question Terry Nelson, the lawyer who advised David and Brian Eliason about the financial disclosure at the heart of the criminal case against them in Vilas County. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Day of reckoning comes for Martinson
Two indisputable truths were repeatedly presented to Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom during a nearly 10-hour sentencing hearing Friday for 18-year-old Ashlee Martinson on two counts of second-degree intentional homicide.

The first truth was that sometime during the afternoon of March 7, 2015, Martinson's mother Jennifer Ayers and her stepfather Thomas Ayers died at her hands in their town of Piehl home just one day after she turned 17. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sisco facing new child sexual assault charge
A Rhinelander man connected with the Ashlee Martinson double homicide case was back in court this week on a new sex assault charge.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Martinson gets 23 years for 2015 double murder
The Rhinelander teenager who killed her mother and stepfather in their town of Piehl home March 7, 2015 was sentenced Friday to 23 years in prison.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Martinson gets 23 years for 2015 double murder
The Rhinelander teenager who killed her mother and stepfather in their town of Piehl home March 7, 2015 was sentenced Friday to 23 years in prison.

Following a marathon sentencing hearing that lasted over nine hours, Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom sentenced Ashlee Martinson, 18, to 23 years in prison to be followed by 17 years extended supervision.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Milwaukee man headed to jail on cocaine conviction
A 20-year-old Milwaukee man will spend the next year in jail as a condition of a five-year probation sentence for bringing cocaine into the Rhinelander area.

Desmond L. Love appeared before Branch II Judge Michael Bloom Friday afternoon for a sentencing hearing in a case that started when he was arrested May 29, 2015, along with his brother Tommy L. Love Jr., 28, following an investigation by the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) that included a controlled buy of cocaine. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rhinelander man draws probation for aiding alleged cocaine dealers
A 36-year-old Rhinelander man charged with taking part in a cocaine trafficking ring with two men from Milwaukee has been sentenced to one year probation as part of a plea agreement.

Jon E. Dykas was charged June 12, 2015 with manufacture or delivery of cocaine (conspiracy to commit). The criminal complaint alleges that he helped Tommy L. Love Jr. and Desmond L. Love (see related story Page 3) bring cocaine from Milwaukee to Oneida and Vilas counties and assisted in its distribution. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Two accused of stealing drugs, other items from terminally ill man
Two Rhinelander residents have been charged with stealing Oxycodone and other items, including two firearms, from a terminally ill man they were caring for.

Ryan J. Singer, 29, and Megan J. Birginal, 28, made their initial appearances before Branch I Judge Patrick O'Melia June 1. (subscriber access)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

DA's office gets new part-time assistant DA
With the recent departure of two of his assistants, Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has put in a lot of long hours over the last eight weeks. But that started to change April 18 when Mary M. Sowinski started as the new part-time assistant district attorney.

Sowinski, who was born and raised in Sugar Camp and graduated from Three Lakes High School, brings a wealth of experience to the position. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Judge: Eliason legal advisor appears to be target of DFI probe
A hearing scheduled for May 13 on a motion to quash a subpoena issued to the lawyer who provided legal advice to two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud was canceled when Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese recused herself from the case, according to court records.

Genovese was set to decide whether the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) can question Terry Nelson under oath regarding the advice he gave Brian and David Eliason related to the financial disclosure information at the heart of the criminal charges the brothers are facing in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

DA lowers boom on Woodruff man accused of stealing from Cassian couple
A 50-year-old Woodruff man accused of stealing over $570,000 from an elderly town of Cassian couple between May 2013 and July 2014 is now facing 108 separate charges after Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek amended the state's complaint.

Brian B. Smith has been facing criminal charges related to the alleged theft since August 2014. He was originally charged with one count of forgery, one count of identity theft for financial gain and theft of movable property over $10,000. (subscriber access)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Eliason attorneys move to dismiss criminal charges
Attorneys for two St. Germain businessmen charged with 10 counts of securities fraud filed a joint motion in Vilas County Circuit Court Monday asking circuit judge Leon Stenz to dismiss all charges against their clients.

In their motion, defense attorneys Stephen Kravit and Dean Strang argue the criminal securities fraud statute is void because it is unconstitutionally vague.

Their 32-page motion also makes the argument that Stenz could interpret the statute in such a way as to clear up the ambiguity, but the charges against Brian and David Eliason should still be dismissed because the state cannot show that the brothers "willfully" misled their investors. (subscriber access)

Monday, May 16, 2016

MHLT school board member facing misdemeanor charges
A member of the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk board of education is facing misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property charges in connection with an incident at her Lake Tomahawk home May 8.

The battery and disorderly conduct charges include the domestic abuse enhancer. (subscriber access)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Collateral damage: Other Eliason investors seek justice
When St. Germain businessmen Brian E. and David J. Eliason's financial enterprise imploded in June 2010 with the closure of Eliason Inc., a number of investors in the company - it had nearly 600 stakeholders according to a Lakeland Times article published at the time - lost money.

Of those investors, only 19 were involved in the deals that would eventually lead the state to charge each brother with 10 counts of securities fraud related to conduct prosecutors say took place in the fall of 2009. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rhinelander attorney reprimanded by state supreme court
A Rhinelander attorney who has been practicing law for 33 years has been publicly reprimanded by the Wisconsin Supreme Court related to a case involving the dissolution of a business partnership.

Kirk D. Reese received the public reprimand April 29 from Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) referee Catherine M. Rottier. The OLR is the disciplinary arm of the supreme court for actions involving lawyers. (subscriber access)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rhinelander man accused of possessing child porn
A 34-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice arrested Daniel E. Schellinger just after 8 a.m. May 5. (subscriber access)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rhinelander woman gets probation for posting man's nude photos
A 23-year-old Rhinelander woman who posted sexually explicit photos of a 25-year-old Rhinelander man on social media sites without his permission has been sentenced to probation. (subscriber access)
Monday, May 9, 2016

Woman who kicked deputy during August traffic stop draws probation
A 36-year-old Rhinelander woman who escalated a traffic stop into a felony after she kicked an Oneida County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to one year probation. (subscriber access)
Monday, May 9, 2016

Man draws probation for airsoft shooting spree last June
A 25-year-old Rhinelander man who went on a shooting spree in late June 2015 with an airsoft gun and then picked up another felony charge after he sent obscene images of himself to a 15-year-old girl in early December 2015 was recently sentenced to a combination of jail and probation in the two cases. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Suspect in Lynne standoff bound over for trial
A 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road in the town of Lynne April 19 was bound over for trial Friday morning. (subscriber access)
Monday, May 2, 2016


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