BREAKING: Police Lock Down Rhinelander City Hall, Execute Warrants In Felony Investigation

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Oneida County sheriff's deputies enter Rhinelander City Hall as part of Thursday's execution of search warrants.
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Three sheriff’s offices and the Wisconsin Department of Justice locked Rhinelander City Hall on Thursday as they executed two state search warrants.

The investigation is into potential charges of tampering with public records and misconduct in public office, according to Oneida County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dan Hess.

Both crimes are felonies, and Hess confirmed the investigation focuses on a current city employee.

Rhinelander City Hall, as seen Thursday during the execution of search warrants.
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As of 3:00 p.m., City Hall remained locked, with officers inside.  Captain Tyler Young said city staff were excused except for one employee to help guide officers around the building.

Officers served the warrant at about 9:25 a.m. Thursday.

An Oneida County Sheriff's Office squad car leaves Rhinelander City Hall during the investigation.
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Hess said one individual is under investigation, but wouldn’t identify him or her.  He said no arrests have been made yet.

The Oneida, Price, and Vilas county sheriff’s offices have been conducting the investigation for “several months,” according to Hess.  Law enforcement officers from Oneida, Vilas, and Marathon counties, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Justice were on scene on Thursday.

Hess said agents were executing their search warrants for both paper and digital records.