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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


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

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

Rhinelander man facing 4 felony counts for delivery of THC
An 18-year-old Rhinelander man is facing a number of marijuana-related charges as a result of a pair of recent traffic stops, one in a county park.

According to court records, a vehicle operated by Kristopher J. Vick, 22, of Rhinelander, in which Zane R.R. Olsen, 18, was a passenger, was stopped by an officer patrolling Almon County Park at about 10:26 p.m. March 26.

A sheriff's deputy observed the vehicle moving through parking lot after the park's posted closing time with its lights off. (subscriber access)
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Eliason defense teams seeks to prevent deposition of former lawyer
Lawyers continue to trade paperwork - and accusations - in the Eliason securities fraud case.

In a new development, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) wants to depose a lawyer who provided advice to the accused businessmen, Brian and David Eliason, but the defense is seeking to stop the question-and-answer session from taking place. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Charges filed against Tripoli man in standoff case
The 60-year-old Tripoli man accused of holding several law enforcement agencies at bay by threatening to blow up a residence on Clifford Road Tuesday has been formally charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a class B felony.

The criminal complaint in the case also accuses Kenneth Welsh of attempted first-degree reckless injury, a class D felony, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse), both class A misdemeanors. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Woodruff teenager pleads to reduced charges in sexting case
A 17-year-old Woodruff youth charged with six felonies related to the alleged transmission of inappropriate photos and allegedly propositioning of underage girls for sex acts pled no contest last week to two reduced charges. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 18, 2016

First Amendment a major factor in denial of gag order in Eliason case
When the matter of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's request for a gag order in the case of two St. Germain businessmen accused of securities fraud was weighed by the presiding judge Wednesday afternoon, arguments related to the free speech rights of the defendants and their lawyers, and the right of area media to report on the proceedings, won the day. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 15, 2016

Judge denies gag order request in Eliason case; brothers appear in court
A judge on Wednesday denied the state's request for a gag order in the case against two St. Germain businessmen charged with securities fraud. (subscriber access)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rhinelander woman gets deferred entry of judgment in theft from employer
A 40-year-old Rhinelander woman who was charged with stealing $6,850.42 worth of merchandise from a pet store while she was managing the business received a deferred entry of judgment agreement recently in Oneida County Circuit Court.

April A. Peter was charged Sept. 28 with ttheft of movable property ($5,000-$10,000), a class H felony, and made her initial court appearance before Judge Michael Bloom the same day. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Arbor Vitae man charged with OWI causing injury
A 44-year-old Arbor Vitae man is facing a felony charge of OWI causing injury, second and subsequent offense, after an April 3 accident in Woodruff left two people injured.

According to the criminal complaint, Woodruff police were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 47 around 1:15 p.m. April 3. (subscriber access)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Defense questions constitutionality of motion for gag order in Eliason case
The lawyer for one of the two St. Germain businessmen facing 10 counts of securities fraud in Vilas County Court filed a response Wednesday to the state of Wisconsin's request for a court order prohibiting the parties from offering comments to the media about the case.

The response brief, authored by Stephen Kravit, lead defense attorney for David J. Eliason, covers his client's case as well as that of Eliason's codefendant and brother, Brian E. Eliason. (subscriber access)

Friday, April 1, 2016


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