Vilas County Sheriff

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Eagle River, WI 54521
(715) 479-4441
(800) 472-7290

Sheriff Joseph Fath




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As of December 14, 2009 � Vilas County residents will now have quick access to custody information on offenders in the county jail. Today, Vilas County launched the WI-VINE service, an automated service that notifies registered crime victims and other concerned citizens when offenders are released from jail, and also provides around-the-clock access to offender information either by telephone or use of the Internet. In addition to crime victims, the VINE system can be used by family members, neighbors, business owners, law enforcement officers, criminal justice professionals � anyone impacted by crime � who is interested in knowing the location and custody status of criminal defendants and offenders housed in the County jail.

Individuals throughout the county who are interested in inquiring about an offender or receiving automated notification of an offender�s change in status can call 1-888-944-8463 or log on to and search by an offender�s name or booking number to obtain custody information. Those choosing to register for automated notification will be able to register multiple phones and/or e-mail addresses where they will be automatically notified when the offender is released, transferred, escapes from custody or their status changes.

In addition, live operator assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the toll free line at 1-888-944-8463, for callers who have questions or require additional help.


For Immediate Release
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Mark Collins, Lieutenant
St. Germain Township, Vilas County, Wisconsin, May 14, 2007

At 11:50 PM, May 13, 2007, Vilas County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 7664 STH 70 east of St. Germain. The owner of the residence awoke to smoke in the house and called the Sheriff's Department. By the time first responding fire personnel arrived on scene, the structure was completely engulfed in flames.

The owner of the home, Adam Schenkenberg, escaped uninjured. The home was a complete loss. St. Germain Fire Department and Rescue were assisted by Plum Lake Fire and EMS and the Eagle River Area Fire Department. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.



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John Niebuhr, Sheriff
John Butler, Lieutenant

Delivery truck strikes tree, one injury.

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. February 14, 2007 -- At approximately 0655 hours this date, a motorist called the Vilas County Sheriff's Department (VCSD) to report a one vehicle accident.

A Range Beverage delivery truck from Hurley, Wisconsin, left the southbound lane of USH51 near Island Lake Road and came to a rest after striking numerous trees. The driver was trapped in the cab of the truck, but remained concious.

Rescue personnel from The Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene, along with an ambulance from Howard Young Medical center. Firefighters used two sets of hydraulic rescue tools (jaws of life) to extricate the driver. He was transferred to Marshfield by the Flight for Life helicopter, which had landed at the Manitowish Waters Airport.



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John A. Niebuhr, Sheriff
Elliott Rising Sun, Chief of Police
Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police
Joint Drug Investigation and Search Warrant Executions
UPDATE 01/29/2007 2:15 PM

Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, Vilas County - January 26, 2007

The Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group Task Force, Oneida County Sheriff's Department and the Vilas County Sheriff's Department have been conducting a joint investigation into the distribution of illicit drugs on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation and the Lakeland area.

Several search warrants were executed this morning as a result of this ongoing investigation. Several arrests warrants have been issued by the Vilas County District Attorney's office for defendants involved in the distribution of illicit drugs.

Investigators are coordinating prosecution efforts with the Vilas County District Attorney, Oneida County District Attorney and United States Attorney.

Sheriff Niebuhr and Chief Rising Sun commend the officers involved in this investigation as well as assistance provided by members of the community. Law enforcement efforts are greatly enhanced when the community provides assistance and support.

Update 01/29/2007 2:15 PM by Sheriff Niebuhr
25 arrests were made associated with this investigation. 5 search warrants were executed on Friday, 01-26-02.
Seized Items:
Approximately 50 grams or powder cocaine
55 bags of crack cocaine (approximately 8.5 grams)
Approximately 16 grams of marijuana
$4145.00 US Currency
(7) firearms seized
(5) vehicles seized
Numerous items of drug paraphernalia (i.e. crack pipes, marijuana pipes, scales)


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John Niebuhr, Sheriff
Snowmobile Accident with one Fatality
Lone snowmobile strikes numerous trees
Saint Germain, Wisconsin. January 27, 2007 at 1355 hours;

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office received a cellular phone call reporting that a snowmobile accident had occurred on trail #7 (Ewald Lake Game Trail) and near the intersection trail #70. The reporting party and atleast three other individuals who were stopped at the intersection, witnessed the crash.

First Responders from The St. Germain Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with The Plum Lake Ambulance crew. The accident is being investigated by The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouces, with assistance from The Vilas County Sheriff's Office and The Vilas County Coroner's office.

The initial investation indicates that the victim's snowmobile was headed in a southerly direction on trail 7 at a high rate of speed, when in collided with several trees just south of the intersection with trail 70. The victim, a 49 year old man from Janesville, Wisconsin, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

It is not know if the use of alcohol was a factor in the crash, but it is believed that unfamilarity with the snowmobile that he was operating was a contributing factor.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time.BR Deceased is Michael Fisher, formally from Janesville, Wisconsin.
Sun Jan 28 15:08:38 CST 2007


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John Niebuhr, Sheriff
John Butler, Lieutenant
Snowmobile - Fatality
Presque Isle, WI, February 9, 2007

Snowmobile strikes tree, one person dies. Agency Case Number: 07-001429 At approximately 1118 hours this date, the Vilas County Sheriff's Office (VCSD) received a report of an apparent snowmobile accident. The accident occurred on the snowmobile trail near the intersection of Pomeroy Lake and Oxbow Roads. The caller, who came-upon the accident, found a snowmobiler lying on the trail. The snowmobile had come to a rest on it's side and against a tree nearby. CPR was initiated, and an ambulance from the Presque Fire Department (PFD) responded to the scene. The victim succumbed to his injuries at the location of the crash.

It has not been determined if some type of medical condition occurred prior to the snowmobile striking a series of small trees, or if the victim died as a result of the impact.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). However, alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor. Assisting at the scene was The VCSD, members of The PFD, and The Vilas County Coroner.

Deceased is a 66 year old man from Streator, Illinois, who was riding with his 41 year old son-in-law from Downers Grove, Illinois. The two had become separated just prior to the incident.

The accident remains under investigation.
Lieutenant John Butler Fri Feb 9 14:36:08 CST 2007
UPDATE: 02/10/2007 5:20 AM by Sheriff Niebuhr
66 year old James F. Campbell of Streator, IL was the victim of this accident.