Welcome to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department website.

We are dedicated to providing the safest environment and highest level of service possible in an effort to improve the quality of life for all citizens and visitors of Sawyer County. It is our goal, through innovative leadership and a partnership with those whom we serve, to enforce all laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property and maintain order. The men and women of the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department are dedicated to provide our citizens and visitors with a safe environment to live, work and play. Enjoy all that Sawyer County has to offer and be safe.


Press Release-Mark Lewis

*News Release*


On July 12, 2017, a Federal Grand Jury in the Western District of Wisconsin returned indictments against Mark W. Lewis, age 55, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Lewis is charged with two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The indictment alleges that on August 12, 2016 he possessed methamphetamine and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in Washburn County. Lewis was stopped by Washburn County Deputies, assisted by a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team.

The indictment further alleges that on September 21, 2016, he possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Sawyer County after being stopped by Sawyer County Deputies in the Town of Sand Lake.

If convicted, Lewis faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the first drug charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years on the charge alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a mandatory penalty of five years on the possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime charge. Federal law requires that this penalty be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug charge.

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Washburn and Sawyer County Sheriff’s Departments, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Reinhard.


Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Press Release


On June 12, 2017, one male suspect and one female suspect were arrested for their alleged involvement in the distribution of heroin in Sawyer County.  The male suspect has been identified as Oakley C. Kagigebi age 27; the female suspect has been identified as Veronica J.S. Belille, age 26.   During this investigation, amounts of heroin were purchased and seized from both Kagigebi and Belille.  Both are currently incarcerated in the Sawyer County Jail.

This investigation was conducted by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with assistance from the City of Hayward Police Department and the LCO Conservation Department.  Prosecution is being handled by Sawyer County Assistant District Attorney Aaron Marcoux.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office sincerely thanks these partners for their ongoing efforts in our combined mission to protect the citizens of Sawyer County.

Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Press Release-Koch

Press Release

On June 21, 2017 in Sawyer County Circuit Court, the Honorable Judge John Yackel sentenced William R. Koch, age 53 of W63002 Canestorp Rd. Winter WI. to a total of 28 years for his involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy in Sawyer County.  The sentence includes 15 years of confinement in prison and 13 years of extended supervision after his release from prison.  As a result of the investigation over 770 grams of methamphetamine was seized by Law Enforcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, the Northwest Area Crime Unit/Washburn County Sheriff’s Office/Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.  The case was prosecuted by Sawyer County Assistant District Attorney Aaron Marcoux.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office sincerely thanks these partners for their ongoing efforts in our combined mission to protect the citizens of Sawyer County.


Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Prescription Drug Take Back

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, City of Hayward Police Department and the LCO Police Department will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10am-2pm. The locations are as follows, the City of Hayward Police Department, 15880 W. Third St; the Winter Co-op, 5159 Main Street in Winter; and at the LCO Police Department, 9796N CTH K, south of the LCO Casino.

Guidelines for take back:

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreen), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometers

Press Release

On Friday, September 30th 2016 Washburn County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle traveling eastbound on State Hwy 77 between Minong and Hayward. The vehicle then fled and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended then the driver came to a stop on State Hwy 77 near Harper Road in Sawyer County. Shortly after being stopped the driver produced a handgun forcing the deputy to shoot in self-defense. After securing the scene the driver was transported to the Hayward Hospital by the Sawyer County ambulance. The incident is being investigated by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the City of Hayward Police, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sawyer County ambulance, the Winter Fire Department, the Town of Hayward Fire Department, and the City of Hayward Fire Department. For more information please direct inquiries to Johnny Koremenos, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Justice at Koremenosj@doj.state.wi.us or 608-266-1221

News Release

On Monday, August 15, 2016, Law Enforcement officers served two search warrants in Radisson and Exeland, WI as the result of two methamphetamine investigations. The first location, Edwards Road, Radisson, WI was the residence of Domminic A. Haugen, age 35. Haugen was arrested for felony bail jumping and suspicion of dealing methamphetamine. He is also suspected of also being involved in violent crimes related to weapons charges. Officers found three firearms and methamphetamine paraphernalia at his residence. Also arrested were William R. Koch (age 53), who was also on bond in Sawyer County, and Theodore W. Brown (age 23) for a probation violation out of Rusk County.
The second location was Lincoln Street, Exeland, WI, the residence of Christine L. Breault (age 24), who was on probation and a deferred sentence for felony methamphetamine charges out of Rusk County. Officers found several packages of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia at her residence. Breault was arrested for probation violation, deliveries of methamphetamine, and child neglect charges. Terry L. Meyers (age 35) was arrested on an active felony warrant after he was seen leaving this residence.
The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Northwest Area Crime Unit, Wisconsin State Patrol, Superior Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Road Closures

Below is a list of the current roads that are closed in Sawyer County.

US Hwy 63 in the city of Hayward is closed, detour is as followed from the south

US Hwy 63 to
State Hwy 27 south to
County Hwy B east to
County Hwy k north to
State Hwy 77 west

(Follow detour signs)

Also closed

In the City of Hayward
Nyman ave
East 2nd St
East 3rd St
East 4th St

All dams in Sawyer County are being monitored and are working properly.

Please avoid flooded areas as water levels continue to rise, the water is fast moving and unpredictable.

K-9 Handler Deputy Nelson

Hello, my name is Deputy Dennis Nelson. I have been given the opportunity to become a K-9 handler for the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department. I started working for the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. During my time with the department, I have had the chance to achieve many of my goals. I am an assistant team leader and training officer for the SWAT Team. I am also an EVOC instructor and have taught at the WITC academy. I have assisted Sgt. Al-Moghrabi and the K-9 program by serving as one of the decoys for Trace. The work I have done with Trace has been very fulfilling and has given me the confidence to work with a dog of my own.

This K-9 position is fully funded by the community. We are seeking $15,000 to secure spot in the Spring 2017 St. Paul Police Academy. If you are interested in making a monetary or other type of donation, please contact me at dnelson@sawyersheriff.org or 715-699-4805. Donations, as always, are only used for the K-9 program and are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Sawyer County K-9.

We greatly appreciate your support of the Sawyer County K-9 Program!

Donations that have been received for Trace will remain with Trace. We are building the funds for the new dog and once both are working the streets donations will support them equally.

Award of Excellence

Pictured below is Deputy Shepard of the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, who on October 23, 2015 responded to Towne View Road in the City of Hayward for an officer needing assistance call. After hearing yelling upon arrival and recognizing one of the voices coming from a City of Hayward Police Officer, Deputy Shepard entered the residence to find a large male subject who had the City Police Officer pinned against the wall with his forearm against the officer’s throat. After physically removing the subject and deploying his taser, Deputy Shepard and the City Officer again had to go hands on with the attacker. With the assistance of the City Officer they were able to gain control of the suspect and secure him with handcuffs.

Sheriff Kelsey along with Chief Clapero believe Deputy Shepard’s actions prevented serious physical harm or worse to the City Officer. Because of his quick actions and willingness to disregard his own safety to assist a fellow officer Deputy Shepard received the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office Award of Excellence. Thank you to Deputy Shepard and job well done.

Lucas Shepard