RHINELANDER - Deputies think the Oneida County Sheriff's Office is operating smoothly.
But that doesn't mean they'll try to keep everything the same.
The man becoming the county's new sheriff is planning on making some changes to the department.
After more than 30 years on the force, Oneida County Sheriff Jeff Hoffman retired last month.
Within weeks, Lieutenant Jim Wood, who had been around for almost three decades, retired as well.
Chief Deputy John Sweeney worked with them for years.
"Jim had worked in all of the divisions our department has and had a big impact on the training. (There were) a lot of leadership qualities he retired with," says Sweeney. "Much like Jim, Jeff also had an opportunity to serve in a variety of our jobs, in different divisions."
Later this week, Grady Hartman will be sworn in as the new Sheriff.
He was picked by Governor Scott Walker for the job.
A Rhinelander native, Hartman has been with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office since 1999.
"About four or five years ago, I decided that I wanted to eventually become Sheriff of Oneida County, and I set my sights on that," says Hartman.
Veterans like Hartman, Sweeney, Hoffman, and Wood had worked together to lead the office.
That had put Oneida County in a stable place.
But now, two of them are gone and Hartman is running the department.
You can expect some changes with the new lineup.
"We have an organization of very qualified, very quality people. I think we appreciate change as an important part of that. I fully expect that Sheriff Hartman will take some time, review our operations, and I fully expect changes," says Sweeney.
Hartman will be officially sworn in on Friday.
We'll bring you coverage of the ceremony on Newswatch 12.
After that, we should learn even more about just what those changes in Oneida County will look like.
STEVENS POINT - Stevens Point police want your help finding suspects in two possible stabbings. The stabbings happened early Friday morning and early Sunday morning near downtown Stevens Point.
Friday, four young men got into a fight on Main Street. One man said he was stabbed in the chest. Police say the suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5' 9" tall, with a muscular build and short hair. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.
Sunday morning, police responded to an incident at 2nd Street and Crosby Avenue. Witnesses heard glass breaking and people yelling about a stabbing. Police don't have a victim or suspect description in that case, but they don't believe the two stabbings are connected.
If you have any information about the stabbings, call Detective Sgt. Gruber at 715-346-1518.
You can also call Portage County Crimestoppers to remain anonymous at 888-346-6600.
TOWN OF LITTLE RICE - Dennis Schoeneck's pickup truck sloshes through muddy logging roads these days. But he'd prefer it if a much larger truck could even make it down the path.
"Heck, I think you could spit and make mud here," the Enterprise Forest Products owner said Tuesday morning.
Foot-deep ruts make up most of the logging road leading back to 23 acres of private land the long-time logger harvests in the western Oneida County town of Little Rice. Schoeneck started logging professionally in 1979 and says 2016 has been "exceptionally wet" compared to any other year.
"The old adage, make hay while the sun shines, that's not just for farmers," Schoeneck said. "That's for us too."
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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