Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Sheriff Mark Kelsey

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.

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

Press Release


Re: Gunshot Victim

On November 25, 2015 at 11:07am the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a gunshot victim on Gurno Lake Road in the Township of Hayward. Sawyer County Deputies and LCO Tribal Police Officers responded immediately to the scene. The adult male victim was deceased at the scene, apparently from a gunshot wound. A few minutes later, an adult male suspect turned himself in to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and is in custody.

The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time. This incident remains under investigation by the LCO Tribal Police Department, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation.

Chief Deputy Craig Faulstich

Scam Phone Calls

We have taken many phone calls recently on scam calls from the IRS. Below is a link from the IRS with ways to identify if the phone call is a scam. Please remember not to give out any information to these callers.


Deputy Cain Recognized

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team gave special recognition to retiring member Deputy Jeff Cain at the Sawyer County Board of Supervisor’s meeting last Thursday. Cain held the highest rank of SWAT Commander and was honored for his 17 years of service. Chief Deputy Craig Faultstich presented him with an award of excellence on behalf of the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Sawyer County. New Commander Detective Brian Deyo also gave Cain a plaque of appreciation and a few parting gifts on behalf of the SWAT team. Congratulations and many thanks to Jeff for his service and dedication.
-Photo by Sue JohnstonJeff Cain