Joe Fath en Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise <p>The Vilas County Sheriff says drug abuse continue to be a growing problem in the area.&nbsp; Sheriff Joe Fath says the department works closely with Lac du Flambeau tribal police in its investigations.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“Prescription medication, synthetic THC, heroin, those are the three big ones that we see affecting our communities.”&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders declared a state of emergency last spring to address a growing drug problem on the reservation.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12475 at Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election <p>Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.&nbsp; Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.&nbsp; To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November.&nbsp;</p><p>Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment.&nbsp;</p><p>He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.&nbsp; That provision was recently changed.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:03:47 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12437 at Missing Woman's Remains Found; Cause of Death TBD <p>Vilas County authorities are still waiting to determine cause of death for a woman whose remains were found in the woods last week. 55-year-old Sandra Schinke&nbsp;of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest.&nbsp; Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.</p><blockquote><p>“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains.&nbsp; So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:41:24 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8387 at Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday <P>Governor Scott Walker has named long-time Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath as the county's new sheriff.</P> <P>Fath succeeds Frank Tomlanovich who died in June after a brief illness. Tomlanovich was elected as sheriff in 2010.</P> <P>Fath says he is excited to begin, but challenges await...</P> <P><I><U> </U></I></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><I><U>"....I'm excited with my new position and the some of the duties I'm going to be involved with. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:08:50 +0000 Ken Krall 7592 at Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday County Board Weighs Budget Options <p>At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors went through a second round of voicing their ideas for how to balance the 2014 budget. Finance director Jason Hilger says the county is facing a deficit of roughly $1.2 million for the upcoming year.&nbsp; Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:19:46 +0000 Mary Jo Berner 7175 at