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Minocqua man charged with giving puppy pot brownie misses court appearance
An 18-year-old Minocqua man accused of allowing a 7-week old puppy to eat a marijuana-laced brownie failed to appear at a pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon, prompting Branch I Judge Patrick O'Melia to issue a warrant for his arrest. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rhinelander man bound over for trial on domestic abuse charges
A 41-year-old Rhinelander man facing domestic abuse-related charges related to an alleged altercation Jan. 14 was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court Feb. 19. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tomahawk man charged with biting, slicing, choking woman
A 21-year-old Tomahawk man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly battered and choked a woman Feb. 21 and 22 in the town of Nokomis. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nokomis man bound over for trial in sexual assault case
A 61-year-old Nokomis man charged in December with domestic abuse-related charges and third-degree sexual assault in two separate cases involving two different alleged victims has seen one of the cases advance through the preliminary hearing and arraignment stages. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 23, 2015

Minocqua man accused of intimidating witness in meth case
A 24-year-old Minocqua man charged with helping to make methamphetamine following a raid by the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) Task Force on Jan. 14 is facing additional charges after posting what authorities claim is an intimidating message about one of his codefendants on social media.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Rhinelander man charged in string of 2014 burglaries accepts plea agreement
A 35-year-old Rhinelander man facing 18 criminal charges related to four 2014 burglaries accepted a plea agreement earlier this month and entered no contest pleas to eight of those charges. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 20, 2015

Rhinelander man sentenced to jail for selling heroin
A 26-year-old Rhinelander man accused of selling heroin to an informant working with drug investigators has avoided a prison sentence by accepting a plea agreement.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Men charged in Eagle River bar fight headed down different paths
Two men from Central America charged in connection with a bar fight in Eagle River have seen their cases take different routes since their initial court appearances. Both men are in the U.S. illegally, law enforcement officials have said. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rhinelander man charged with incest has cash bond reduced
A 46-year-old Rhinelander man charged with one count of incest had his cash bond reduced at a hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court Feb. 5. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Complaint sheds light on 2003 cold case homicide
A 40-year-old Rhinelander man already serving a prison sentence for stabbing a woman in a vehicle on Sutliff Avenue in 2012 was charged Friday with the first-degree intentional homicide (as party to the crime) of Kenneth "Punky" Wells. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 16, 2015

Child abuse determination upheld
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming Oneida County wrongly determined that a Rhinelander man sexually abused a child. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 16, 2015

Woman gets prison for failing to declare embezzled money
In the wrap-up of yet another embezzlement case in the Northwoods, a former Trig's employee has been sentenced to prison for filing a false income tax return after embezzling $1.1 million from the company, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 16, 2015

Second person charged in cold case homicide
A second person has been charged in connection with the death of a Rhinelander man whose body was pulled from the Wisconsin River back in 2003. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 13, 2015

Rhinelander teen faces sexual assault charges
An 18-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 13, 2015

Police announce second arrest in cold case homicide
A second arrest has been made in connection with the death of Rhinelander man whose body was pulled from the Wisconsin River back in 2003.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Man who pointed shotgun at woman sentenced to probation
A 24-year-old Rhinelander man charged with enhanced misdemeanors after he pointed a shotgun at a woman in September has been sentenced to probation with a severe punishment hanging over his head if he violates it. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Convicted sex offender accepts plea agreement on new charges
A 26-year-old Rhinelander man convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl is headed back to prison. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 9, 2015

Rhinelander man accused of sexually assaulting teenager seeks NGI defense
A 21-year-old Rhinelander man charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 plans to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect (NGI), according to his public defender. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 6, 2015

Bar fight leads to charges for two men living in the U.S. illegally
A fight at an Eagle River bar late last month has led to the filing of criminal charges against two men from Central America who are in the United States illegally, the Eagle River Police Department reports. (Subscriber access)
Friday, February 6, 2015

Rhinelander man charged with incest bound over for trial
A 46-year-old Rhinelander man charged with one count of incest was bound over for trial late last month following a preliminary hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court. (Subscriber access)
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Northwoods embezzlers: A little jail, a lot of money
If you could pocket $50,000, and all you had to do was sit in jail for 74 days - about 10.5 weeks - would it be worth it? (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wigglesworth embezzlement trial delayed again
An Arbor Vitae woman charged with embezzling over $30,000 from the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua was in Oneida County Circuit Court Tuesday for a pretrial conference that was expected to be the last stop before a three-day jury trial next week. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mercer teen charged with selling pot at LUHS
A 17-year-old Mercer youth was arrested at Lakeland Union High School Jan. 20 after he was found to have over an ounce of marijuana as well as a digital scale and other paraphernalia commonly used for both smoking and selling the drug. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Preliminary hearing set for suspect in 2003 Rhinelander homicide
The Tomahawk woman charged in the 2003 death of a Rhinelander man now has an attorney. (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 2, 2015

Rhinelander woman charged with felony child abuse
A 31-year-old Rhinelander woman made her initial appearance last week in Oneida County Circuit Court on a felony charge of physical abuse of a child (intentionally cause bodily harm). (Subscriber access)
Monday, February 2, 2015

Rhinelander man accused of abusing woman must hire own attorney
A 27-year-old Rhinelander man accused of three felonies and four misdemeanors stemming from an alleged domestic abuse incident that reportedly occurred on Dec. 29 and 30 in the town of Pelican learned Monday afternoon that he did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney and must hire one at his own expense. (Subscriber access)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rhinelander residents charged with cooking meth
A 32-year-old Rhinelander man and 41-year-old Rhinelander woman are each facing three felony charges related to making methamphetamine. (Subscriber access)
Monday, January 26, 2015

Public defender's office having difficulty finding attorney to represent suspect in 2003 homicide
The state public defender's office is having trouble finding a qualified attorney to represent a 33-year-old Tomahawk woman accused in connection with the death of a Rhinelander man whose body was pulled from the Wisconsin River back in 2003. (Subscriber access)
Monday, January 26, 2015

Judge allows Woodboro Bible camp lawsuit to proceed
Backers of a proposed Bible camp in the town of Woodboro scored a victory last week when a judge ruled they could proceed with a lawsuit against Oneida County in state court, despite losing a similar federal case. (Subscriber access)
Monday, January 26, 2015

Judge keeps Bible camp case alive
A lawsuit over a proposed Bible camp in the town of Woodboro can continue, a judge has ruled.
Friday, January 23, 2015


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