Oneida County Sheriff's Department

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

The investigative team from  Oxygen Channel's Cold Justice program were instrumental in the arrest this week of a 36 year old murder case in Minocqua.

Authorities Monday arrested 69- year- old Robin Mendez for the murder of his wife Barbara in Minocqua in 1982.

The Cold Justice Team investigates cold cases across the U.S. and the program shows their methods of looking at evidence again to try to find the person responsible. Many of their cases are decades old, like the Minocqua homicide.

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After last Friday's large response by local emergency responders to a house in Rhinelander, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to make preparations should a person with a medical emergency need help.

Captain Terri Hook says one way is to contract with any one of a number of private companies that provide a type of "one touch" alert service for people who can't speak or get help any other way...

Car Vs Motorcycle Crash Near Rhinelander

Aug 20, 2015

    One person was taken to the hospital after an SUV collided with a motorcycle on Highway 17 and North Shore Drive on Thursday.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department reports the driver of the SUV failed to yield while making a left turn. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital.

A meeting has been set for Wednesday evening in Minocqua so the public can find out more information about allegations against a registered sex offender.

31 year old Albert Chagnon was scheduled to be released from state prison in Oshkosh when officers found a book that allegedly contained photos of about 250 young girls collected from various publications. He was convicted on child pornography charges and has been in and out of prison, most recently for violating sex offender rules.

Motorcycle Crash Injures One In Woodboro

Jul 21, 2014

A motorcyclist injured in a crash in Oneida County has been identified as 33-year-old Jed M. Travis of Weston. 

He was injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday evening in the town of Woodboro.

Around 5:30 pm, the Oneida County Sheriff’s office received several 911 calls of a motorcycle accident on Highway 8 near Birch Bay Road.

Travis was the only person involved in the accident.  He was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

Officials are continuing their investigation and believe the motorcyclist had been drinking.

Two crime-related stories for April 16:

A jury in Lincoln county has found 50 year old Mark Bucki guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body last year.

Bucki was arrested May 13, 2013 after his wife's body was found in a swamp in Taylor county. Anita Bucki had disappeared several days before.

The 1st degree homicide verdict requires a minimum of life in prison.

A sentencing date was not set.

In Oneida county, A large drug bust near Rhinelander has led to the arrest of four persons for alleged methamphetamine use, production and distribution.

One person died, two others injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning west of Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports they were called shortly before 10 a.m. to a crash involving a passenger car and a van on Highway 8 and Shady Rest Road in the Town of Woodboro.

One person died at the scene and two others were transported to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

Several emergency response groups were at the scene. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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The Oneida county courthouse opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, after being evacuated Monday during a bomb scare.  

A black duffel bag was found outside the Social Services department on the buildings first floor.

According to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the bag was found at approximately 10 a.m on Monday, and attempts to identify the owner were unsuccessful. 

The Oneida/Marathon County Bomb Team was called in to examine the bag, and the building was evacuated pending further investigation.

An autopsy is being done to positively identify the victim of a Monday afternoon house fire in the Oneida county town of Cassian.

Oneida County Sheriff's officials report the fire at 3892 Woodland Trail...north of Tomahawk. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Lieutenant Dan Hess says further investigation on the body of the victim is being done...


A Minocqua propane truck driver and two young women died in a two-vehicle wreck on slippery U.S. 51 in the town of Cassian Tuesday afternoon.

Killed in the crash was propane truck driver, 22 year old Jeremy J. Ritchie of Minocqua. Two occupants in the passenger car, Justine Ringberg of Bayfield, Wisconsin and Raquel Nunez of New York city were also killed. Both women also were 22 years of age.

Law Enforcement On Lookout for Drunk Holiday Driving

Dec 9, 2013

Vilas and Oneida County Sheriff’s Departments are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting this weekend.  The statewide Booze and Belts campaigns also targets drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts. 

Vilas County Captain Russ Kennedy says grants from the state Department of Transportation pay for deputies to work overtime, targeting drunk driving and unbuckled seatbelts. 

Law Enforcement Busts 19 For Drugs in Oneida County

Nov 22, 2013

Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.

Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Misleading Text Messages May Claim to be From Your Bank

Nov 7, 2013
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Oneida County Sheriff’s office wants to put people on the alert for text messages that falsely appear to be from local banks.  

The Sheriff’s department received two separate reports this week…of text messages warning of an approaching card limit.  Lieutenant Lloyd Gauthier says the messages asked for card and pin numbers, and appeared to be coming from two Rhinelander credit unions. 

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oct 21, 2013
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With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules. 

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Authorities continue to search for an inmate who walked away from the Camp McNaughton State Prison in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday evening.

54 year old Todd Brecht walked away from a job site on Highway 70 in Vilas county.

Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman says Brecht is 5'6" tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Camp McNaughton is a minimum security facility. Authorities say if you have any information on Brecht to call your local law enforcement agency.