Oneida County Sheriff Hartman reacts to Juel deaths
Story By Lane Kimble
RHINELANDER - We learned earlier this week two well-known people in Oneida County died tragically in a house fire.
Thursday, we heard some reaction from a person who worked closely with one of the victims.
Jail Administrator Kaye Juel and her husband Mark were killed in the fire at their home in Cassian early Tuesday morning.
The cause of that fire is still under investigation, but police think it was an accident.
Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman knew Kaye and spoke with her almost every day.
"Our entire office is deeply sadened by the sudden loss of Kaye and her husband Mark," Hartman said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family as well as her many friends in this community. At this point we're just going to honor Kaye's memory, Mark's memory and take it one day at a time."
Kaye had been a member of the Sheriff's Office since 1983.
Mark was an Iraq war veteran and served in the military for two decades.
A visitation for Mark and Kaye will be held Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
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