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.
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.
An 18 year old Lac du Flambeau man has been captured early Wednesday by authorities after an escape and chase.
Vilas County deputies report Jeffrey Bauman, Jr. walked away from St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield late Tuesday evening. Bauman was taken there last Friday from the Vilas County Jail after saying he had paralysis to his lower body. About 12:40 this morning, Lac du Flambeau police saw Bauman in a car and pursued him. Bauman crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured about three this morning without incident.
A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.
Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.
A ground search in Vilas county has begun after a hunter turned up a jacket and a shoe in the town of Plum Lake.
Sheriff Joe Fath reports the hunter said he saw a child's or smaller adult jacket and a shoe along a snowmobile trail. Fath reports the hunter thought it was strange that the clothing was there. It appears to have been there for awhile.
A ground search in the area is looking for other evidence.
The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.