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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Kim Baltus leaves the defense table after receiving her sentence Tuesday afternoon. She has until Dec. 11 to report to the Oneida County Jail to begin serving her 100-day sentence. Photo by Jamie Taylor/River News.
Kim Baltus leaves the defense table after receiving her sentence Tuesday afternoon. She has until Dec. 11 to report to the Oneida County Jail to begin serving her 100-day sentence. Photo by Jamie Taylor/River News.
Friday, November 8, 2019 7:30 AM
The former director of the Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Rhinelander and Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation in Tomahawk will serve 100 days in jail for stealing almost $46,000 from her employer. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County board’s public works committee last week approved a five year road plan highway commissioner Bruce Stefonek put together.  (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Humane Society is asking for donations of favorite homemade holiday goodies and baked goods to help the pets at the OCHS-Adoption Center. Donations of goodies will be accepted at the Adoption Center, 1852 N. Stevens Street in Rhinelander until 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.  
  • Baltus to serve 100 days for stealing almost $46K from hospital foundations
    The former director of the Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Rhinelander and Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation in Tomahawk will serve 100 days in jail for stealing almost $46,000 from her employer. (subscriber access)
  • New charges have been filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court accusing Oneida County assistant planning and zoning director Peter Wegner of violating bond conditions and a restraining order when he allegedly yelled obscenities at a snowplow driver who has accused him of battery when the two crossed paths at an local gas station in late October. (subscriber access)
  • Looking for an excuse to get dirty hands, learn about invasive and native plants, chat about gardening, and help restore and enhance tender habitats throughout Oneida County? 

    Join the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Oneida County Courthouse Committee Room 2 (second floor) for a Seed Sowing Party. No need to bring seeds or supplies, help is just needed with the sowing. 
  • Tuesday crash
    Minocqua police chief Dave Jaeger consults with a member of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office while checking on a passenger of a car involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the intersection of U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 70. 
  • Slippery roads Monday morning are considered a factor in a two-car fatal crash near Mercer, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. (subscriber access)
  • Minocqua sex offender fails registry, new sex crime charges filed
    A registered sex offender living in Minocqua has failed to keep up with regulations under state law and now faces new charges, including having photos of female children being near a middle school, in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
  • An area woman used a relative’s credit card for more than $6,000 in unauthorized expenditures, according an Oneida County Circuit Court complaint. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Labor Relations and Employee Services committee (LRES) on Thursday, Oct. 31, approved an advisory for county employees regarding the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. (subscriber access)
  • State drops reckless homicide charge against Noble
    Bradley F. Noble, 59, of St. Germain, is no longer facing a reckless homicide charge alleging he provided the drugs which led to the overdose death of Wesley F. Hoeft in February of 2018. Just prior to a scheduled preliminary hearing in Noble’s case on Thursday, Oct. 31, Oneida County assistant district attorney Jillian Pfeifer filed an amended complaint which did not include the homicide charge. (subscriber access)
  • Liebscher waives prelim in fatal hit-and-run
    The 53-year-old Sugar Camp man accused of killing a motorcyclist in a traffic accident in August, and then fleeing the scene, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Oneida County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
  • The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest (NHAL) is 232,000 acres of pristine northern Wisconsin wilderness. It enables thousands of visitors every year to experience the sights, sounds, and serenity of the wild Northwoods. It is truly a public treasure. 

    Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates it as such. (subscriber access)
  • Minocqua to conduct meeting of the electors Nov. 19
    The Minocqua Town Board, meeting in special session Tuesday morning, scheduled a special meeting of town electors for Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

    What town residents will be asked to vote on is the purchase by the town for $150,000 plus closing costs of a house and property at 408 East Chicago Avenue. (subscriber access)
  • Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has declined to prosecute two Oneida County supervisors over a Lakeland Times complaint that they illegally discussed and advocated for a new highway facility at an August capital improvements meeting, the agenda for which did not include any such discussion. (subscriber access)
  • Going into this year’s budget process, Oneida County faced a huge deficit of almost a million dollars, but supervisors had a plan to deal with that — some creative budgeting, some would say risky budgeting, that uses potentially non-recurring revenues to balance the budget. (subscriber access)
  • One man died Tuesday morning after he was struck by car in the town of Schoepke. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Tourism Council (OCTC) is launching the first-ever Taste of Oneida County Restaurant Week, happening Nov. 4-10.
  • The Oneida County Transit Commission could find itself in a new location come December as it approved a motion to pursue a property in Eagle River.

    The Commission discussed Friday two new facility options in its most recent attempt to secure a new location that not only accommodated the Northwoods Transit Connections’ fleet, but also provided sufficient meeting and office space. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County board’s joint public works and highway committee on Thursday, Oct. 24 approved a motion to bring a financial resolution before the county board at its Nov. 12 meeting. (subscriber access)
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