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March 30, 2020


Judge denies Plude motion for sentence modification
A Vilas County judge last week rejected a motion for sentence reduction filed by attorneys representing Doug Plude. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Minocqua man facing OWI, other charges after alleged chase
A 36-year-old Minocqua man is facing several criminal charges after he allegedly tried to elude Minocqua police early Sunday morning in an attempt to avoid a fifth charge of operating while intoxicated. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Brian Liebscher draws 8-month jail term in obstruction case tied to fatal hit and run
55-year-old Brian Liebscher of Sugar Camp will serve eight months in jail and pay a $2,000 fine for misleading investigators searching for his brother, Jeffrey, following a fatal car vs. motorcycle accident on State Highway 17 Aug. 27, 2019. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Second person charged in area meth ring
A second person has been charged in a recent alleged methamphetamine manufacturing operation. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Park Falls man receives jail sentence in ICAC sting
A 53-year-old Park Falls man was sentenced to five years probation and seven months in jail at a sentencing hearing Tuesday after he had earlier pled no contest in a plea agreement to resolve charges arising from an Internet crimes against children sting in January 2019. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Vilas County man draws jail for sexual assaults
A Vilas County man charged more than two years ago for sexually assaulting a woman twice on the same night in October 2017 will spend nearly two years in the Oneida County Jail after Judge Patrick O'Melia accepted a plea agreement Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Deferred judgment entered for sex offender violation
A man looking to live in the Oneida County area without first following his state-required sex offender obligations has been given a deferred judgment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Local 18-year-old charged with possession of child pornography
An 18-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography after local authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). (subscriber access)
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Kampf arrested in connection with death of Rhinelander woman
A 23-year-old Stevens Point man was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the August 2019 death of a Rhinelander woman, according to Oneida County sheriff's captain Tyler Young. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Former Rhinelander man headed to trial on ICAC charges
A trial date has been set for a 28-year-old former Rhinelander man charged with attempted sexual assault of a child under 16 and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, both class C felonies, following an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) operation last April. (subscriber access)
Thursday, February 27, 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

Judge sets deadlines in toddler death case
The case against a 29-year-old Rhinelander woman accused of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her 20-month-old stepson last April has not yet reached the trial stage but deadlines were set Tuesday for attorneys on both sides to disclose experts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eagle River man charged with homicide in September shooting
An Eagle River man accused of killing a 20-year-old Conover man after firing a gun he thought was unloaded has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a weapon (restricted controlled substance) and homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rhinelander man charged with sexually assaulting teen
A 30-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and sexual intercourse with a child. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Two Rhinelander residents arrested for drugs, child neglect
The North Central Drug Enforcement Group Task Force (NORDEG) and the Oneida County sheriff's office arrested two Rhinelander residents Sept. 22 on drug and child neglect charges. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chagnon enters not guilty pleas; bond reduced
A 24-year-old Rhinelander man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he was supervising as part of his job at a local business says he's not guilty. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lee Lech makes initial appearance in Dane County sexual assault case
Former Oneida County sheriff's deputy Lee Lech made his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday to answer to a sexual assault charge. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 30, 2017


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