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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


Eagle River man accepts plea agreement on 38 forgery counts
A 24-year-old Eagle River man facing a total of 38 counts of forgery and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card in Oneida and Vilas counties will serve time in the Vilas County Jail instead of prison after a judge placed him on probation for five years July 7. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Woman charged with shoplifting, flushing concealed drugs at jail
A 29-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman has been charged with shoplifting at the Rhinelander Walmart and smuggling a medicine bottle into the Oneida County jail in a body cavity.

Codi L. Mayo was charged June 27 with felony retail theft and misdemeanor possession of an illegally obtained prescription. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rhinelander man spared prison time in meth case
A 50-year-old Rhinelander man was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday after a judge accepted a deferred entry of judgment on several felony drug charges and acceped his guilty plea to three counts of bail jumping. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sisco bound over for trial on child sex charges
A Rhinelander man connected with the Ashlee Martinson double homicide case was bound over for trial Friday on six sexual assault charges involving an underage girl.

Ryan D. Sisco, 23, who fled Oneida County with Martinson in March 2015 after she killed her mother and stepfather, was charged June 9 with six counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and exposing his genitals to a child. (subscriber access)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rhinelander man charged with child sexual assault waives prelims
A 28-year-old Rhinelander man who is already serving four years in prison for eluding law enforcement officers in Lincoln County for several hours in August 2015 made his initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court last week on first-degree child sexual assault and other charges. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Eagle River man resolves neighbor harassment case
A 51-year-old Eagle River man who was facing a felony stalking charge in connection with allegations he repeatedly harassed his former neighbors in a dispute that stretched back to 2012 was sentenced July 1 to nine months in jail and two years probation. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MHLT school board member gets DPA on misdemeanor
The vice president of the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk board of education who was charged with three misdemeanors following an incident at her Lake Tomahawk home May 9 received a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) this week on one of the charges while the other two were dismissed. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rhinelander man gets 9 months in jail for fatal OWI
A 21-year-old Rhinelander man who pled no contest to a charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with a Nov. 21 car crash that resulted in the death of his passenger was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail.

Randall J. Lego was also ordered to perform community service and pay fines totaling $2,500.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lac du Flambeau woman pleads guilty in theft case
A 49-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman facing seven felony charges and a misdemeanor stemming from her alleged theft of at least $104,393 from a Vilas County business between Jan. 1, 2011 and July 30, 2013, when she was fired, entered guilty pleas Tuesday to three charges. (subscriber access)
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Clark County sheriff: 'We're victims of Oneida County'
It might come down to a dueling war of words, but Clark County sheriff Greg Herrick has pushed back on Oneida County sheriff Grady Hartman's assertion that Hartman warned Clark County officials conducting a background check about a sexual assault allegation facing former Oneida County deputy Lee Lech. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rhinelander man spared retrial on 2013 child sex abuse charges
A 27-year-old Rhinelander man who saw his three-day jury trial in October of 2015, on two counts of first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with person under age of 13), end in a mistrial after the jury dead-locked will not face a second trial. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Two charged with string of burglaries around Three Lakes
Two men are facing multiple felony charges in connection with a string of burglaries in the Three Lakes area and some of the stolen items were recovered in pawn shops as far away as Appleton, according to court records.

Kevin S. Kottwitz, 46, Three Lakes, and Shannon W. Kramarczyk, 45, Chilton, made their initial appearances June 13 before Branch II Judge Michael Bloom. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 28, 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.

(Subscriber access)

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


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