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April 25, 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


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

Man accused of sending inappropriate text messages to minor
A 29-year-old Rhinelander man is facing a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful descriptions after he allegedly sent a series of inappropriate text messages to a teenage relative. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Minocqua man charged with sexual assault of a child
A 36-year-old Minocqua man was charged Monday with second degree sexual assault of a child under age 16 after he admitted to having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female late last month. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Winston 'not guilty' by mental defect in reckless driving case
The Lake Tomahawk man facing three felony charges following a serious car accident last year that sent a teenager to the hospital has been found not guilty due to mental defect/disease. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mendez murder trial to begin Thursday
The court trial of Robin Mendez, accused of the 1982 murder of his wife Barbara at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua, will begin Thursday morning with opening statements after defense counsel Peter Prusinski advised Judge Jill Falstad Monday that additional evidence turned over by the state late in the trial preparation process has been fully vetted. (subscriber access)
Monday, April 8, 2019

Mendez trial delayed to give defense time to review new material
Just days before opening arguments were scheduled to begin, a Northwoods murder case that dates back to 1982 was postponed Wednesday after a judge ruled the defendant's right to effective assistance of counsel had left her no choice but to grant a defense motion for adjournment so counsel can review additional discovery material. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Northwoods men charged in internet child sex stings
A 27-year-old Rhinelander man and a 39-year-old Merrill man were charged in Oneida County Circuit Court this week with attempted sexual assault and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, both felonies. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Oungst to enter plea in homicide case
One of the last two men to be sentenced in connection with the brutal homicide of a Lac du Flambeau man in 2017 is now set to enter a plea in the case that could cancel a pending jury trial. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Felony theft charges filed after contractor alleges clients failed to pay for work on home
Felony theft charges were filed in Oneida County Circuit Court March 19 alleging Patrick H. Gilmore, 58, and Allen G. Eiselstein, 75, both of Rhinelander, failed to compensate a contractor they hired to work on a home improvement project. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Judge: Mendez defense free to argue third-party guilt
The defense team representing a 70-year-old Minocqua man charged with bludgeoning his wife to death in April 1982 will be able to introduce evidence that a third party committed the crime when the case goes to trial in Oneida County Circuit Court, however a late request for an adjournment has left the status of the trial in limbo. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Defense seeks to point finger at third party in 1982 bludgeoning case
An attorney for a 70-year-old Minocqua man charged with killing his wife in April 1982 has filed a motion seeking to introduce evidence that a third party bludgeoned Barbara Mendez in the course of a robbery at the credit union where she worked. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Schlosser facing third sexual assault charge after second resident alleges inappropriate touching at residential facility
An 18-year-old Arbor Vitae man accused of sexually assaulting a dementia patient earlier this month at a Minocqua residential facility where he was working as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) is facing an additional charge after a second resident of the same facility came forward to report unwanted sexual contact. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 28, 2019

State, defendant file briefs in OWI appeal
The appeal of a 47-year-old Arbor Vitae man seeking a new trial in an OWI case is in the hands of the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Wausau after both the state and the defense filed additional briefs this month on the issue of the admissibility of preliminary breath tests for intoxication. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arbor Vitae man charged with sexual assaulting dementia patient at residential facility
An 18-year-old Arbor Vitae man is facing two counts of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident at a Minocqua residential facility for the elderly March 19. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Child sexual abuse case resolved with DPA
A Rhinelander man has resolved a sexual assault case by accepting a deferred prosecution agreement. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dane County judge tosses lame-duck legislation
A Dane County circuit court judge has issued a temporary injunction against legislation passed during an extraordinary legislative session after last November's election, which stripped powers from incoming Gov. Tony Evers and attorney general Josh Kaul. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Oneida zoning official charged with battery
Oneida County assistant planning and zoning director Peter Wegner is facing two misdemeanor charges in Lincoln County for allegedly assaulting a snowplow driver with a baseball bat in early February. (subscriber access)
Saturday, March 23, 2019

May trial date set in sexual assault case
A 39-year-old Rhinelander man accused of sexually assaulting a woman Jan. 11, and preventing her from leaving his residence, will stand trial in May. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Case against Illinois driver in 2018 fatal crash awaits blood test results
The case against a 22-year-old Mount Prospect, Ill. man who is accused of being intoxicated when he crashed the car he was driving around 1 a.m. June 10, 2018 killing his 23-year-old passenger is awaiting the results of a second blood test by the state crime lab, it was learned at a hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court last Friday. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Teen charged with attempted sexual assault of child nears plea deal
A 17-year-old Rhinelander resident charged with attempting to have intercourse with a child under the age of 13 is close to having the case resolved short of trial. (subscriber access)
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Brunkow bound over for trial in child sex sting case
A 52-year-old Park Falls man accused of traveling from his home in Price County to Rhinelander Jan. 2 to meet a person he believed to be a 14-year-old female for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Wednesday. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 12, 2019


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