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February 26, 2020

High court won't hear Oneida County OWI case
The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Friday it will not hear an appeal of a conviction stemming from a 2016 Oneida County OWI accident, leaving the defendant's conviction to stand. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Complaint details case against Canadian man accused of striking vehicles in Lake Tomahawk
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 5 for a Canadian man accused of striking 13 parked vehicles in the Town of Lake Tomahawk Friday evening and one day later creating a disturbance at a Rhinelander hotel. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Minocqua man facing federal child pornography charges has state charges dismissed
A 49-year-old Minocqua man had a number of charges including failure to maintain sex offender registry, two counts registered sex offender intentionally photograph a minor without consent, knowingly fail to notify a school of sex offender status and 10 counts of possession of child pornography dismissed Tuesday afternoon after Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek explained that the defendant is now facing a federal indictment on related charges. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 20, 2020

In appeal brief, Lussier claims constitutional rights violated
One of the five men convicted of participating in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau in Iron County in December 2017 has filed an appeal claiming his rights were violated when the judge went straight from trial to sentencing. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Liebscher pleads guilty to hit-and-run causing death
A 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused of fatally striking a motorcyclist on State Highway 17 last August and then fleeing the scene entered a guilty plea to one count of hit-and-run causing death Friday afternoon in Oneida County Circuit Court, pursuant to a plea agreement. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Rhinelander man receives jail sentence for inappropriate touching
A 68-year-old Rhinelander man convicted of molesting two girls in the Rhinelander Walmart store in 2016, and inappropriately touching a young female clerk in another local store last September, pled no contest Tuesday to reduced charges and was sentenced to nine months in jail. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Oneida County zoning official set for trial on misdemeanor charges
Oneida County assistant planning and zoning director Peter Wegner is scheduled for a two-day jury trial in September on two misdemeanor charges filed last year in Lincoln County Circuit Court, according to online court records. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Liebscher to enter a plea in vehicular homicide case
A Sugar Camp man accused of fatally striking a motorcyclist on State Highway 17 in Sugar Camp Aug. 28, and leaving the scene, is scheduled to appear in Oneida County Circuit Court Friday afternoon for what court records list as a plea/sentencing hearing. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

LdF 'racketeering' case dismissed by federal court
A federal lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania man against Lac du Flambeau Tribal lenders accusing them of an interest rate scam has been dismissed by justices in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

City settles Walmart 'dark store' lawsuits, refunds retailer $65,813.93
Lawyers for the City of Rhinelander and Walmart reached an agreement in September 2019 resolving three lawsuits the retailer had ­filed against the municipality alleging its property on Lincoln Street had been assessed at a value higher than what it would have been if it were vacant. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Rhinelander man gets jail sentence in elder abuse case
A Rhinelander man received a jail sentence Thursday on a charge of aggravated abuse of an elderly person. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 6, 2020

County files response to lawsuit filed in connection with Sanns Street incident
Attorneys for Oneida County, the town of Minocqua, and two local law enforcement officers have filed a response to a lawsuit filed in late 2019 by the estate of a Rhinelander man who died in April 2017, 11 days after a large-scale police operation took place at his residence. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Three charged in Eagle River meth bust
Three Vilas County residents have been charged with felonies following a meth raid led by the Eagle River Police Department, Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Clandestine Lab Unit. (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Oungst receives 22-year prison term as last of Valliere homicide defendants is sentenced
Two portraits of an Arbor Vitae man were painted in Iron County Circuit Court on Tuesday: One of a remorseful, family-focused and community-driven man; another of a drug-addled, gang member and co-conspirator to a brutal murder. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Woodruff man charged with child sex crime picks up new charges
A 36-year-old Woodruff man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl has picked up two more misdemeanor charges in connection with an alleged incident at the Oneida County Jail in December. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Lawyers spar over motion to dismiss walking quorum case
Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom will issue a written ruling on or before Jan. 31 on a motion filed by the mayor of the city of Rhinelander and four of its alderpersons seeking dismissal of an open meetings lawsuit brought by Northwoods River News and Lakeland Times general manager Heather Holmes. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Wolfe sentenced to 28 years in prison for 'cowardly, heinous' murder
For what he described as a "heinous, cowardly, gangster murder," a judge handed down a 28-year prison sentence Wednesday to one of several men convicted of participating in the execution-style murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in December 2017. (sSubscriber access)
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Another defendant sentenced in St. Germain drug house raid
A woman charged following a drug bust last summer in St. Germain has been sentenced in Vilas County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sayner woman draws jail time in embezzlement case
A 49-year-old Sayner woman who admitted to stealing $25,000 from the Trig's South Gas Station in Minocqua over the course of a year received a withheld sentence, three years of probation and four months in jail, after pleading no contest Tuesday morning to a reduced charge. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lawmakers, realtors launch effort to preserve riparian rights
Conservative lawmakers in the state Legislature and a group spearheaded by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) have launched an effort to preserve what they say is an endangered right of pier placement on the state's flowages, after a Supreme Court ruling denied such rights to property owners in 2018. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Merrill man draws year in jail, probation on ICAC charges
A 40-year-old Merrill man was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and 10 years probation after accepting a plea deal in connection with two internet crimes against children (ICAC) charges stemming from his traveling to Rhinelander for what he believed would be a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rhinelander man changes plea in sexual assault case
A 22-year-old Rhinelander man facing five felony counts and two misdemeanors related to the alleged physical and sexual assault of an elderly town of Pelican woman in her home in June 2018 entered no contest pleas Tuesday afternoon to two amended charges. (subscriber access)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CNN settles defamation lawsuit with Kentucky high school student
CNN has settled a lawsuit with a Kentucky high school student who had sued the cable giant for defamation, alleging that CNN engaged in a "vicious attack" on the student which falsely accused him and his Covington, Kentucky, classmates 􏰄􏰄of instigating a threatening confrontation with Native Americans who were in the middle of prayer following an Indigenous Peoples March at the National Mall a year ago. (subscriber
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Kummer indicted on child pornography charges
Already facing state charges, a registered sex offender from Minocqua must now answer a federal indictment for new crimes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Oungst 'haunted by the ramifications' of Valliere murder
Evan Oungst of Arbor Vitae is scheduled to sentenced this month for his involvement in the December 2017 execution-style beating and killing of Wayne Valliere Jr., 25, Lac du Flambeau. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Drug case against St. Germain man progresses
A 59-year-old St. Germain man facing four drug-related felony charges had a pre-trial conference Tuesday at which time attorneys on both sides of the case told Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O'Melia that they have yet to reach a plea agreement. (subscriber access)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Wausau woman enters not guilty pleas in case involving fatal UTV crash
A 49-year-old Wausau woman accused of causing the death of a 49-year-old Athens man in a 2018 UTV accident waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court and entered not guilty pleas. (subscriber access)
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Oneida County, two officers sued in connection with 2017 incident at Sanns Street residence
Oneida County, the town of Minocqua, and two local law enforcement officers have been sued by the estate of a Rhinelander man who died in April 2017, 11 days after a large-scale police operation took place at his residence. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Schofield man facing theft in business setting charge
A 45-year-old Schofield man made his initial court appearance Monday on a charge of theft in a business setting of between $5,000 and $10,000. (subscriber access)
Thursday, January 9, 2020

One bail jumping charge dropped in alleged OWI rollover case
One count of bail jumping has been dismissed in the case of a St. Germain woman accused of injuring three children while by driving intoxicated last spring. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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