Joe Fath

Source of Crime
10:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Unused and outdated prescriptions are the source for significant drug abuse.
Credit Bradley P Johnson

The Vilas County Sheriff says drug abuse continue to be a growing problem in the area.  Sheriff Joe Fath says the department works closely with Lac du Flambeau tribal police in its investigations. 

“Prescription medication, synthetic THC, heroin, those are the three big ones that we see affecting our communities.” 

Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders declared a state of emergency last spring to address a growing drug problem on the reservation. 

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Eighteen Years As Chief Deputy
2:03 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor-Appointed Vilas County Sheriff Says He'll Run For Election

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says he’ll run for election to the office next year.  Fath was appointed sheriff upon the death of Frank Tomlanovich in June.  To remain sheriff, he’ll have to be elected in November. 

Fath says he has been planning to run for over two years – even before his appointment. 

He says during most of his 18 years as chief deputy, federal law required chief deputies to abandon their posts before running for sheriff.  That provision was recently changed.

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Investigation Still In Progress
6:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Missing Woman's Remains Found; Cause of Death TBD

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 of Sayner went missing in 17 months ago in the Northern Highland Forest.  Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says forensic evidence helped make the positive ID.

“The teeth were intact in the jaw at the scene as part of the remains.  So we utilized a forensic anthropologist and dental records that we had obtained from Mr. Schinke when his wife went missing.”

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Succeeds Frank Tomlanovich
12:08 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Fath To Become Vilas County Sheriff On Sunday

Vilas County squad car

Governor Scott Walker has named long-time Vilas County Chief Deputy Joe Fath as the county's new sheriff.


Fath succeeds Frank Tomlanovich who died in June after a brief illness. Tomlanovich was elected as sheriff in 2010.


Fath says he is excited to begin, but challenges await...


 



"....I'm excited with my new position and the some of the duties I'm going to be involved with. Obviously we face some challenges ahead of us, particularly with the budget..."

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Financial Balancing Act
4:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

County Board Weighs Budget Options

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.  Nonetheless, Hilger says Vilas county is in good shape, with a reserve fund of more than $7 million.

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