Vilas County Sheriff's Department

The name of the person killed in a Monday snowmobile crash in Vilas county has been released.

The Sheriff's Department reports the person killed was 63 year old David Orme of East Moline, Illinois.

Sheriff Joe Fath says they received a call shortly before 8:30 p.m. of a crash on trail 6 along Vandercook Road in Arbor Vitae.

Fath says the driver was operating along a marked snowmobile trail, following other snowmobiles in a group. He struck a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene.

This winter's first snowmobile fatality in the Northwoods has been reported in Vilas county.

The Vilas County Sheriff's office reports a 63 year old man from East Moline, Illinois crashed in the town of Arbor Vitae Monday night.

Sheriff Joe Fath says they received a call shortly before 8:30 p.m. of a crash on trail 6 along Vandercook Road.

Fath says the driver was operating along a marked snowmobile trail, following other snowmobiles in a group. He struck a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 17 year old man from Cascade, Wi. was found dead in a Vilas County lake Thursday.

The Sheriff's Department says  Edward Niedzialkowski was reported missing near Rummels Road and Donlo Lane in the town of Conover Wednesday evening.  Friends and family were looking for the young man for three hours prior to calling for help.

Emergency responders were joined by Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police K9 unit and a DNR aircraft in the search.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, Niedzialkowski was located in Deer Lake.  Authorities say the cause of death is undetermined.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the Tuesday drowning victim near Boulder Junction.

The victim was identified as 62 year old Charles Armitage of Mount Dora, Florida. His body was recovered just before 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Armitage fell overboard while fishing on White Sand Lake. He was not wearing a lifejacket. DNR wardens, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department Dive Team, Boulder Junction Fire and EMS and other agencies were involved in the recovery.

The name of the person found dead inside a vehicle near Phelps has not been released.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports being called about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning to a  crash along Highway 17 in Phelps.

Investigators think the vehicle left the road and went airborne, hit a tree, rolled onto it's side and caught fire.

Emergency crews put out the  fire and found one person dead inside the vehicle.

The identity of the victim will be released when relatives are notified.

Boating Accident Claims Life of Illinois Man

Jun 6, 2015

One person died in a boating accident in Arbor Vitae on Friday night. It happened on Arrowhead Lake.


The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says the 911 call came in at 10:45 pm, reporting a capsized boat and someone in the water.


According to an initial investigation, the boat that capsized was carrying two Illinois men. One was able to make it to shore, while the other was later found dead in the water.


Among the emergency crews responding to the scene were the Oneida County Dive Team and the Wisconsin DNR.


St. Germain Crash Injures Two

Jun 1, 2015

At least two people were injured Monday morning in a vehicle crash between a semi and an SUV.  It happened in St. Germain at the intersection of Highway 70 and County C.   The Vilas County Sheriff's Office got the 911 call at 8:42 Monday morning.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the Sheriff's office says the occupants of the SUV were partly ejected from the vehicle.   One injured person was transported by ambulance to Howard Young Medical Center, while another was flown by helicopter to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.


More drug busts in Vilas county. Sheriff Joe Fath reports nine arrests as part of a coordinated effort .

A search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at 3684 Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

The types of drugs seized were not reported.

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.

Fast work by the Vilas County Sheriff's office results in the apprehension of an alleged prowler in an Arbor Vitae home.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports a 9-1-1 call came in at 3:42 a.m. Friday from a home on Highway 70 east. The spouse of the caller heard a noise in their dining room and saw a figure bent over the floor. When she touched the person the man jumped up and ran out the door. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

The Vilas Sheriff's office K9 unit and deputies looked around the area. The K9 unit followed tracks to a neighboring home.

Seven people have been injured in two separate traffic crashes in Vilas county. Both were reported Friday morning.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 a.m. on Highway 70 near Eagle River. The Vilas Sheriff's office reports three people were injured and taken to Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Vilas County Sheriff's Department

An Eagle River man is facing attempted homicide charges in connection with an alleged stabbing incident Saturday.

28 year old Andrew L. Rosner of 4060 Deerskin Road was arrested in the alleged knifing incident. The victims were taken to a Marshfield Hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Joe Fath says Rosner made an appearance Wednesday in Vilas County Court....

"...the District Attorney has charged Andrew with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. One to the girlfriend, and one for the unborn child..."

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.

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. 

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.