Minocqua Police


The St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua has given the Minocqua Police Department a donation of more than $10,000 to purchase body cameras.

Jan Degner manages the thrift shop. She says they received a written request from the police department....

"....I contacted committee members and they all thought it was a wonderful way for us to use some of our money to help the community so I contacted with Chief Jaeger and gave him a check to cover the cost of the 12 cameras to cover the department...."


A Minocqua cyclist has died after colliding with a commercial vehicle, and its driver has been arrested.

Minocqua Police report 55 year old Robin A. Kuzel died at the scene of the crash just before 3 a.m Thursday on U.S. Highway 51 south in Minocqua.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was 28-year-old Adam B. Lynch from Delavan, Wisconsin who was uninjured.

Lynch is being held at the Oneida County Jail pending charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, reckless driving causing great bodily harm and inattentive driving.


Law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up to put extra emphasis on "drive sober or get pulled over.

Chief David Jaeger from the Minocqua Police Department  says  the numbers of fatalities from alcohol related crashes has dropped in the last decade...

".....there has been a significant reduction in related crashes. Since 2003 (fatalities) have dropped from 348 in 2003 to 185 last year, a 47 percent reduction...."

Injuries from alcohol related crashes fell about 59 percent in the same time period.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

An Arbor Vitae woman has been arrested for what authorities allege is a large amount of money taken a business.
Mincoqua Police Chief David Jaeger has an update...

"...in April of 2013, it was reported to our department that a former employee had embezzled money from the Northwoods Animal Hospital located here in Mincoqua on Blumenstein Road. While investigating that theft it was found that large amounts of money were missing....."

Arrested was 47 year old Brenda J. Wigglesworth.


Law enforcement agencies were called Friday morning(5/16) as an alleged road rage incident was going on on U.S. Highway 51. The incident caused a lockdown at Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school.

An eyewitness said a gun was allegedly pointed at another vehicle. It was reported the suspect's vehicle drove through the parking lot at M-H-LT Elementary School. School administrators conducted a preventative lockdown.

Minocqua police are working to identify two suspects involved in a theft Monday.  Officers responded to a theft from Kurt’s Island sport shop.  The suspect or suspects are reported to have walked into the business office, opened a drawer where cash was kept, stole $1500 and walked out of the business after talking with employees.  The Minocqua Police Department is following up on several leads and is asking for anyone with information to come forward.  


After evaluating many options, it looks like Minocqua will continue with a police department and it's own police chief.

Following the resignation of Chief Andrew Gee, the board explored the option of discontinuing with a police department and contracting police services with Oneida county. Town Chair Mark Hartzheim says the board decided against it...



Two teenagers have been taken into custody for a series of recent burglaries in the Lakeland area.

Lieutenant Dan Hess from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a tip led to the arrests....


"...August 11 at about 2:30 in the morning, the sheriff's office received a call of a possible burglary at Whitman's Resort on Highway 51 in Hazelhurst. A concerned citizen called in and said there were two people inside the building. Oneida county sheriff's deputies, Vilas county deputies and Minocqua police responded..."