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Woman charged in threat to Minocqua-area healthcare staff dies while in custodySubmitted: 12/05/2018
Woman charged in threat to Minocqua-area healthcare staff dies while in custody
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - A woman accused of teaming up with her ex-husband to violently threaten staff at a Northwoods clinic died while in custody Wednesday.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office reported Jillian Buza died at a Wausau-area hospital around 11:20 a.m.  

A press release says Buza had been in and out of the hospital for health-related issues.  Her cause of death appears to be from natural causes, but the Oneida County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.


Police arrested Buza, 39, and Joseph Buza following an incident at Marshfield Clinic's Minocqua Center on June 12, 2018. According to police, the Buzas locked a practitioner in an exam room, then threatened her with a hatchet and meat tenderizer.

Police believe the pair went to Marshfield Clinic Tuesday with the intention of crushing Jillian's nurse practitioner's feet and hands.

Joesph told police she was "making their lives a living hell."  The pair was upset with the practitioner for trying to wean Jillian off opioids. 

Buza faced false imprisonment, attempted aggravated battery, attempted mayhem, and disorderly conduct charges in Oneida County Court. She was being held on $250,000 cash bond and was due for a pre-trial conference Dec. 20.

Joseph Buza, 71, faces the same false imprisonment and battery charges his ex-wife did as well as carrying a concealed weapon, but does not face a mayhem charge. He is still in custody on a $250,000 cash bond.


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