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May 26, 2019

Mendez trial begins with testimony from daughter, medical examiner
Jamie Taylor/River NewsRetired Minocqua Police Chief Norb McMahon gestures toward an exhibit during his testimony Thursday, April 11 at the first-degree murder trial of Robin “Bob” Mendez. McMahon, a patrolman at the time, was the first officer on the scene at the Park City Credit Union on April 28, 1982, after the body of Barbara Mendez was found on the floor.
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Retired Minocqua Police Chief Norb McMahon gestures toward an exhibit during his testimony Thursday, April 11 at the first-degree murder trial of Robin “Bob” Mendez. McMahon, a patrolman at the time, was the first officer on the scene at the Park City Credit Union on April 28, 1982, after the body of Barbara Mendez was found on the floor.
The first-degree murder trial of Robin "Bob" Mendez opened Thursday morning with divergent theories as to what took place shortly after 5 p.m. April 28, 1982 when the defendant's wife, Park City Credit Union employee Barbara Mendez, was attacked as she closed the Minocqua office for the day. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 13, 2019


Metz in Vilas County custody on vehicular homicide, related charges
A man accused of causing the death of a Manitowish Waters resident after driving on snowy roads with meth, Vicodin and other drugs in his system is being held in Vilas County Jail. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Local teacher pleads not guilty to drug charges
A Rhinelander elementary school teacher entered not guilty pleas Monday to three separate drug charges. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Defendant chooses bench trial in murder weapon-related burglary case
Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom will oversee a three-day bench trial in September for a man charged in connection with a 2017 burglary in Lake Tomahawk where a pistol later used to kill a Lac du Flambeau man was stolen. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Woodruff man charged in online child sex sting
A 20-year-old Woodruff man is facing felony charges after he allegedly used a computer to arrange a sexual encounter with an undercover sheriff's detective posing as a 15-year-old female. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Strip club owner facing felony charges still trying to secure legal counsel
An Eagle River strip club was shut down shortly after its owner, Carrie Jo Newmann, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating state tavern laws and five felony charges of possession of narcotics, in addition to misdemeanors of possession of an illegal prescription and drug paraphernalia days later. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Oungst pleads guilty to reckless homicide
"He's ready to plead guilty today," said Milwaukee attorney Micheal Steinle, sitting next to his client Evan Oungst on Monday afternoon in a Price County courtroom. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Alleged drug-trafficking place raided in St. Germain, four charged
Four arrests have been made out of St. Germain following an investigation by the Vilas Count Sheriff's Department related to a suspected drug house. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Goll sentenced to prison in reckless homicide by heroin delivery case
A Rhinelander man convicted of second degree reckless homicide for delivering the heroin that led to the death of a 26-year-old man has been sentenced to prison in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mendez to be sentenced July 23
The final chapter in a long-running Northwoods mystery will be written July 23 when convicted murderer Robin "Bob' Mendez is sentenced in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Rhinelander man facing substantial battery, false imprisonment charges
A 45-year-old Rhinelander man is facing several felony charges after a woman reported he blocked the door, threw her to the ground and attempted to strangle her when she attempted to move out of his apartment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Court records outline plea agreement in Oungst case
An Arbor Vitae man was expected to plead guilty Monday afternoon to amended charges of homicide and delivery of prescription drugs as well as harboring a felon. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Danielczak sentenced to prison in attempted murder-for-hire case
A 28-year-old Rhinelander woman convicted of soliciting a hitman to murder her husband was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Carlin Club zoning issue goes back to board of adjustment
A week after the Carlin Lake Association was successful at the appellate court level, an attorney representing Carlin Club Properties, LLC, feels they were successful in another court proceeding. (subscriber access)
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Danielczak sentenced to prison in attempted murder-for-hire case
A 28-year-old Rhinelander woman convicted of soliticing a hitman to murder her husband was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

GUILTY
Thirty-seven years and two days after Barbara Mendez was struck from behind while wrapping up her workday as a teller at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua her husband, Robin "Bob" Mendez, was convicted of delivering the fatal blows, bringing closure to one of the Northwoods' most enduring cold cases. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

GUILTY: Mendez convicted in 1982 cold case murder
Thirty-seven years and two days after Barbara Mendez was fatally bludgeoned while wrapping up her workday at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua her husband, Robin "Bob" Mendez, was convicted of delivering the fatal blows.

In a 90-minute oral ruling Tuesday afternoon, Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad found the Oneida County district attorney's office had proven beyond a reasonable doubt it was the victim's husband, and not a robber, who struck Barbara from behind on April 28, 1982.

Mendez, now 70, was charged with first degree murder in February 2018 after the Oneida County detective bureau, with assistance from the television show "Cold Justice" reopened the unsolved case.






Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Cloud pleads guilty, Mason may take plea in murder weapon-related burglary
One of several men charged in Oneida County Circuit Court with a theft involving the gun used to murder a Lac du Flambeau man in 2018 has pled guilty. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Michigan woman arrested in Oneida County for OWI with child passenger
A 24-year-old Bessemer, Mich. woman was arrested Saturday evening on Highway 47 and Forest Road in Rhinelander on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 1st offense, with one child in the vehicle under the age of 16. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Court of appeals rules against Carlin Club Properties
The Wisconsin District III Court of Appeals issued a decision last week upholding a 2017 temporary injunction issued by Florence County judge Leon Stenz against Carlin Club Properties, LLC. (subscriber accees)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Former janitor in school assault case seeks new lawyer
On Tuesday, the public defenders representing the Tomahawk man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) student in November was granted a motion to withdraw as his attorney. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Nursing assistant accused of assaulting patients pleads not guilty
An 18-year-old Arbor Vitae man accused of sexually assaulting patients at a Minocqua residential facility where was working as a nursing assistant has entered not guilty pleas to all charges. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Minocqua man charged with child sexual assault
A 31-year-old Minocqua man was charged Monday with first-degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13) after a child reported an assault that reportedly took place several years ago while the child was sleeping. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Judge drops felonies in Mercer School Board case
Five felony cases against current and former Mercer School Board members were dropped Monday morning in Iron County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Judge denies doctor's request for return of bail money in toddler death case
The former Rhinelander physician whose former wife was convicted last fall of causing the death of his toddler son learned Wednesday the $50,000 he paid to bail his then-spouse out of jail when she was first charged with reckless homicide will not be returned to him. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Northwoods man charged with child sexual assault
A 34-year-old Northwoods man is facing a charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 12 after a child reported that the man touched him/her where he/she "is not supposed to be touched." (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Solis takes deal, enters 'no contest' plea to homicide by negligent handling of weapon
A Hazelhurst man has accepted a plea agreement in a 2017 homicide case in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Current, former Mercer school board members facing felony charges
Three days after the April 2 election for Mercer School Board, Iron County district attorney Matt Tingstad filed Class 1 felony charges against five former and current members of the Mercer school board. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

St. Germain man charged following internet sting
A 45-year-old St. Germain man was charged Wednesday with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and attempted second degree sexual assault of a child after he allegedly sent an explicit message to a police officer posing as a 15-year-old and attempted to meet the individual at a location in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Witnesses recall April 28, 1982 as Mendez murder trial continues
Six witnesses testified Tuesday in the murder of trial of Robin "Bob" Mendez. All of the witnesses had contact with either the defendant, his wife, Barbara, or both of them on April 28, 1982, the day Barbara was bludgeoned to death at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rhinelander man charged in 2018 assault outside tavern
A 27-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with sexually assaulting a nearly unconscious woman outside a local establishment nearly a year ago. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 18, 2019


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