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October 24, 2017


Crandon officer uses 'deadly force' during struggle
CRANDON (AP) - Crandon police say an officer has used "deadly force" during a struggle following a traffic stop.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Woodboro town board discusses nuisance ordinance
The Woodboro town board held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of enacting a nuisance ordinance. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Building the Oneida County budget
In meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Oneida County Administration Committee went through the 2018 budget and deliberated on what to remove and what to approve and send onward to the county board in November. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ATV ordinance to be discussed at Oct. 26 Newbold meeting
The Newbold town board held a relatively light meeting on Oct. 13. Discussion and action at the meeting included approval of an aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention grant for Two Sisters Lake and approval of the purchase of a new voting machine. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Short-term rentals now legal throughout Wisconsin
Homeowners who have been prevented by their municipalities from renting their homes on a short-term basis can now do so under certain conditions, under a late amendment to the state budget bill that Gov. Scott Walker did not veto. (subscriber access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

ATV/UTV ordinance discussion at Cassian board meeting becomes heated
Monday's Cassian town board meeting featured a brief, heated exchange over ATV/UTV usage on town roads. (Subscriber Access)
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oneida County sergeant seeks sheriff's post
The voters won't go to the polls for over a year, but signs are pointing toward a lively race for Oneida County sheriff in 2018. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Veteran county officer to run for sheriff
Another candidate for Oneida County sheriff has emerged.

Gregory J. Gardner, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff's office, announced his candidacy for the office of Oneida County Sheriff via a press release issued late Monday. Gardner is a lifelong resident of Oneida County and currently resides in the township of Sugar Camp.

According to the press release, Gardner's campaign is promoting a message of transparency, experience, and integrity. "He welcomes scrutiny and understands that he is responsible to the taxpayers of Oneida County," the release states.

Monday, October 9, 2017

One killed in Lincoln County crash (Updated)
A Gleason man was killed Sunday morning when his vehicle left State Road 17 and rolled over.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 11:30 a.m. reporting a one-vehicle accident in the town of Schley.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

In sexual assault case, truth is a hard-won thing
These days, former Oneida County detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach is fighting battles on multiple, though connected, fronts - she continues to try to clear her name for what she says are trumped up charges of misconduct against her, and she is pursuing justice in the criminal prosecution of the man she says raped her in 2011, former Oneida County deputy Lee Lech. (subscriber access)
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Neuman says he won't compromise confidential info
When it comes to internal probes at the Oneida County sheriff's department, sheriff Grady Hartman has turned increasingly to jail administrator Mark Neuman and captain Terri Hook to lead the investigations of their fellow officers. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

County highway facility maintenance pushed to 2019
The Oneida County Public Works Committee voted Wednesday to make highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek wait a little longer for key upgrades to his Kemp Street facility in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vilas County supervisors compromise on compensation
The compensation of county board supervisors is a hot topic this fall.

The Oneida County administration committee is looking to revamp pay and compensation for board supervisors in that county and Vilas County supervisors last week approved a compromise on a resolution regarding supervisor pay. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oneida-Vilas transit commission to get funds
In an effort to cut costs, the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission, the board of directors which oversees Northwoods Transit Connections (NTC), last week approved changes in how NTC will operate. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Oneida County closer to electronic voting for officials
In separate meetings on Sept. 20, the Oneida County capital improvement and administration committees discussed a proposal which would cause members of the county board to cast their votes electronically in the future. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lake Tomahawk runaways found safe
Three young Lake Tomahawk girls are safe after apparently attempting to run away from home.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pine Lake board rejects library budget, looks to replace rescue unit
The complicated subject of library funding was on the agenda Wednesday for the Pine Lake town board as the panel reviewed the library's proposed 2018 budget. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Home permits increase in Oneida County
On Sept. 20, the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee revealed the total amount of home permits issued has increased in the region during the same eight-month time frame of January to August, which was used for evaluation last year. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Northwoods Transit Connections adjusts 'on call' procedure
Growing pains.

That's the way Jim Altenburg, the director og Northwoods Transit Connections, describes the current situation with the organization, put together under the umbrella of the Oneida and Vilas Transit Commission. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former Oneida sheriff's deputy charged with sexual assault
A former Oneida County sheriff's deputy has been charged in Dane County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a coworker while the two were in Madison for a training session in October 2011. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Audit says Oneida County running in strong position
Oneida County auditors have once again wrapped up their annual tasks, and once again they report the county to be in strong financial position as a new budget year approaches. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 21, 2017

fall ride
Participants from this past weekend's 36th Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA head south on U.S. Highway 51 Sunday morning. The weekend drew tens of thousands of visitors to several sites in Tomahawk and Oneida County. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

County committee hears fair report
Despite some occasional rain showers, approximately 15,000 people attended the 2017 Oneida County Fair, the Oneida County Conservation and UW-Extension committee learned Sept. 11. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal has reported. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One killed in Lincoln County crash (Updated)
A 57-year-old Wausau woman was killed Friday afternoon when her vehicle was struck by a pickup truck operated by an Irma teenager.

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 3:14 p.m. Friday reporting a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road Q and Joe Snow Road in the town of Scott.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Two injured, one arrested in Bradley bike crash
Two men were injured Saturday in a motorcycle crash in the town of Bradley and one of them was arrested for operating while intoxicated (4th offense).

According to the Lincoln County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 12:52 a.m. Saturday reporting a two-motocycle crash at County Road L at Theisen Road in the town of Bradley.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcenbach seeks to amend federal lawsuit
Following the announcement Monday that the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee had heeded the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fired Sara Welcenbach for conduct unbecoming an officer and general ineffiency, the former Oneida County detective sergeant quickly filed a motion to amend her federal lawsuit against both Hartman and the county. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lake Tomahawk town supervisor selected
Lake Tomahawk's next town supervisor has been chosen.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two injured in motorcycle crash in Cassian
Two people were injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 51 near Little Bearskin Road.

According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 11:10 a.m. reporting a two-motorcycle crash near Little Bearskin Road in the town of Cassian.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cyclist dies following three-vehicle accident in Pelican
A cyclist involved in a three-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in the town of Pelican has died. According to the Oneida County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 3:41 p.m. Thursday reporting a motorcycle versus truck accident on County Highway P. The operator of the motorcycle, Charles S. Eye, 26, of Rhinelander, was transported to Ascension Saint Mary's Hospital and then airlifted by helicopter to a hospital outside the area. Eye later died of his injuries, the sheriff's office said Friday.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Oneida County fires Welcenbach
Though it made no finding on the most serious charge against Sara Welcenbach, the Oneida County Law Enforcement Grievance Committee found enough grief last week to heed the wishes of sheriff Grady Hartman and fire the detective sergeant formerly known as Sara Gardner. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Retired detective contradicts testimony of Hook
The Oneida County law enforcement grievance committee hearing against former detective sergeant Sara Welcenbach (see related story at top) had its dramatic high points last week, but none more so than when a retired detective sergeant contradicted the sworn testimony of one of the county sheriff's top officers. (subscriber access)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has low delay, cancellation rates
When Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport commission chairman Robert Heck heard that some people are choosing to fly out of other airports because of an impression that Rhinelander has a lot of delays and cancellations he decided to take a close look at the numbers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stefonek seeks fuel tank upgrades
When safety risks at a government facility are so commonplace every worker knows about them, it's time to spend money on upgrades.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Timber up in Oneida County
While speaking to the Oneida County Forestry Committee last Wednesday, county assistant forest director Paul Fiene briefed members on good news he didn't quite understand. (subscriber access)
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Highway shop priorities discussed
The Oneida County board's public works, highway and solid waste committee last week approved an assessment of the highway department's shop facility on Kemp Street in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

(UPDATE) Missing boater identified
Authorities have identified the missing boater whose body was found in Big Sand Lake in Vilas County.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a Department of Natural Resources warden found the missing boater at approximately 6:50 a.m. Saturday.

He has since been identified as Eric Reese, 48, of Stoughton.

Authorities had been looking for the boater since a call was received at 12:46 p.m. Aug. 28 reporting a fishing boat had been seen up against the shoreline with its running lights on and motor running but with no operator present.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eagle River man in custody following weekend shooting
A 19-year-old Eagle River man is being held in the Vilas County jail on suspicion of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.

According to the Eagle River Police Department, a call came in at approximately 11:42 p.m. Sept. 3 reporting a disturbance at 421 E. Wall Street in the city of Eagle River and that a male had sustained a gunshot wound.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hartman wants mechanic for sheriff's department
A proposal from Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman to add a mechanic to his department generated considerable discussion Tuesday at a meeting of the county's highway, public works and solid waste committee. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Conover business destroyed by fire
A business in the town of Conover was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

According to the Vilas County sheriff's office, a call came in at approximately 4:37 a.m. Saturday reporting a structure fire at Twin Haven Resort in the township of Conover.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Speed limit in front of Camp American Legion to be reduced
Don Grundy, the new director of Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk, is one step closer to accomplishing his goal of having the speed limit on County Highway D reduced. (subscriber access)
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

HOPE Consortium tackles opioid epidemic
About 140 people gathered at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau Aug. 24 and 25 for a HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Consortium meeting. (Subscriber access)
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Oneida County horse tests positive for West Nile Virus
A horse in Oneida County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the Oneida County Health Department announced Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rape allegation went unreported to sheriff for three years
At least two Oneida County sheriff's department officers failed to report a sexual assault allegation against former deputy Lee Lech to the county sheriff for almost three years after learning of it in 2011, despite civil service requirements that officers report other officers engaged in crime and despite the sheriff's own assertion that it is important to investigate such allegations immediately, recent testimony in the Sara Welcenbach hearing asserts. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Stepp resigns to take EPA position
DNR secretary Cathy Stepp has resigned from the agency to take a deputy administrator position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Stepp announced this week. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Stenz rules in favor of Carlin Lake Association
Forest County circuit court judge Leon Stenz ruled Friday Carlin Club Properties LLC violated a temporary injunction he issued against the company in March. (subscriber access)
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pine Lake board discusses roadwork, voting machines
The Pine Lake Town Board took a recommendation from its highway department last week and accepted a per unit bid from Pitlik and Wick for work to be done on Shepard Lake Road. (subscriber access)
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Massive fire destroys spa
A spa and retreat center in the town of Crescent was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 25, 2017

Tiffany pushes end to state's mining moratorium
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) have introduced a bill to repeal the state's moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining, a ban that came about because of the Crandon mine struggles of the 1990s and before. (subscriber access)
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Thursday, August 24, 2017


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