Oneida County waives job vacancy review process to expedite replacing medical examinerSubmitted: 09/13/2018
Oneida County waives job vacancy review process to expedite replacing medical examiner
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
News Director

RHINELANDER - Oneida County wants to "fast track" its replacement for its medical examiner, according to Public Safety Committee Chairman Mike Timmons.

Thursday morning, the Public Safety Committee approved waiving a mandatory six-month job vacancy review to fill the medical examiner job faster.  County Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau asked the committee to take up the vote, which she says is common practice for many department openings.

Mathein was placed on paid administrative leave in late August, about a week before Newswatch 12 learned of a Vilas County Sheriff's Office investigation into Mathein.  He resigned August 31.

Charbarneau asked county board chairman Dave Hintz for permission to post the job opening last week.  The job pays between $48,249 to $55,142 a year based on qualifications, according to the county website.

Charbarneau says the county hopes to interview candidates on Sept. 26.  She added the county is "anxious" to fill the job because it is a state-mandated position and department head role.

Deputy medical examiner Chrystal Schwab has stepped up to help with scheduling, while the Lincoln County ME's Office and a retiree from Forest County are offering their services to fill any gaps.

Mathein, who lost a primary election bid for sheriff to incumbent Grady Hartman on Aug. 14, told Newswatch 12 after his resignation he planned to release a statement on his departure the following week, but as of Thursday night he had not done so.

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WISCONSIN DELLS, WIS. (AP) - Three Illinois men are dead after their sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup near Wisconsin Dells.

Columbia County sheriff's authorities say the men were in a Toyota 4Runner that collided with a Chevrolet Silverado at an intersection on State Highway 127 on Saturday.

Authorities say the Toyota SUV apparently failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The three men died at the scene. Authorities say they apparently were not wearing seat belts.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was flown to UW Hospital. Her passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to another hospital.

Names and hometowns of the victims were not released.

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MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.

Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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RHINELANDER - A man died after a house fire in Rhinelander on Friday night.

According to a press release from the Rhinelander Police Department, Rhinelander police and firefighters responded to the fire at 320 Rose Street near Hodag Park around 7:30 p.m.  

Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found an unresponsive man on the floor.  Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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RHINELANDER - A house fire in Rhinelander left one man dead Friday.

Emergency responders got the call around 7:30 p.m. for a home near Hodag Park.

Steve Smith heard a dispatch call over his step-sons radio about the fire at his neighbor's home on Rose Street.

"We walked out the front door and it was plain as day," said Smith. "The flames were rolling out of the front window."

At first, Smith wasn't sure if anyone was in the home. "There was a man they brought out," said Smith. "unfortunately, I heard he was deceased,"

Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier confirmed the victim was found dead on the scene.

"Life saving measures were done by the paramedics. Unfortunately, the male had passed away," said Gauthier. "At this point, it appears that it was due to something left on the stove."

Gauthier says more details about the victim will be released on Monday. 

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