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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[WI] Officer Ferencevich facing domestic charges that include gun use


Minocqua Police Officer Mark Ferencevich is facing charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct/domestic abuse. Ferencevich, who is now on administrative leave, has been employed at the Minocqua Police Department since 2010. Minocqua Police Chief Andrew Gee isn't sharing details. I'm opting to not post Officer Ferencevich's picture.
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13 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    07/25/12...Officer Feencevich false Domestic abuse charge as well as two counts armed w/intox. dismissed...Deferred prosecution of dc charge...one year good behavior that charge dismissed as well!

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  2. Anonymous2 but unomeJuly 27, 2012

    Such a liar and conniver. You hurried up and made a deal with the court before trial because you knew that you were guilty and because you didn't want the details of the domestic to come to light. You didn't want it on your record that you were handling a gun drunk or that you are abusive so you were allowed to wheel and deal with the disposition of your clear crimes.

    If the charges were lies you would not have to do the 30 hours of community service that you agreed to. If the charges were lies you would not have to go to an alcohol assessment and you would not have bargained by pleading guilty to lesser charges. But you win. In a year if you jump through the hoops then you get to have your crimes wiped from the courts records. (But can you wipe them from the internet?)

    And it seems in your little comment you forgot to mention you are fired come august 17. Buh-bye. You ARE the weakest link. Why twist and hide the truth? Because that is what liars do. The police arrested you for having a loaded gun while you were drunk because police love to arrest each other? No one believes that. You are getting away with your crimes - crimes that should ban you from the law enforcement profession - and will probably take your drunk self to another little police department.

    Luckily with a name like Ferencevich you shouldn't be hard to find.

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    1. just where do you get your information - you know it all? Apparently you know nothing - your commenets are so far from the truth, you should write fiction stories for a living. I happen to know the WHOLE story -straight from everyone's mouth - there was no domestic ANYTHING - "oh you're home" and "goodnight" were the only words exchanged. Why don't you call the supposed victim and ask her yourself? I know her personally - she was sleeping and disoriented- recanted everything - barely even remembers what happened.
      It is election year and apparently someone running for office again needed to look like he was actually doing his job - great publicity stunt - at some innnocent officer's expense

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    2. This story was so blown out of proportion and sensationalized - I'd like to call 20/20 or some other major broadcasting show - to blow this fictitious nightmare wide open. I have never imagined that a police officer could be so used and victimized. I'd like to see a real investigator show the public what a farce some police departments really are. The motive behind the scenes for this whole ordeal should be exposed

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    3. Officer is totally innocent- this story never should have reached this website. Get your facts straight - especially Anonymous2. Check it out and come back here and apologize for your stereotypical judgmental self-righteous opinions

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    4. I would like to comment on this myself, as the officer involved. Anon 2 is obviously using the stories from the news to make her points. All the of news stories are based on what my wife thought was going on after she woke up. I did not give my side of the story to the news or the police because I was told to not say anything by my union rep. My wife had left my bedroom because I had turned on the tv and she wanted to sleep. After she left the room I noticed my gun belt was next to my bed, and hadn't been cleared of rounds. I decided to unload (rack)the gun, as we have children in the home and they like to come and snuggle with us in the morning. Unbeknownst to me this frightened Kim, who had gone elsewhere to sleep. I had no clue she heard me put the gun away...that's it...there is no more to this. I apologized to her for accidentally scaring her and she apologized for not asking me what I had been doing. Once the DA found out what happened, he realized this was nothing more than a mistake. I wasn't waving or pointing a gun at my wife, or threatening her in any way. In fact I was in a separate room with the door closed. So anonymous 2, leave my wife and I alone as we move forward from this unfortunate incident!

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    5. The victimAugust 08, 2012

      It is clear we may know you, but it is even more clear that you don't know us. Mark never hurried up to make a deal. We were SET to go. We would NOT accept any deal other than one that cleared his name. Please--30 hours--if the DA felt he was truly guilty, he would have wanted more hours than that. We had already done the counseling, and as I had told the officers that night, and anytime after that Mark does not drink that much and that often. So SURPRISE the ETOH assessment came back that he didn't need to do anything further. The night was one big mistake after another. I have said my apologies to those that matter for my part, Mark has said his for his part. Mark is a very generous man. He has given so much to so many, including me and my children. He has accepted me and all my craziness, and I have accepted his. Every couple has issues, most of the time these are not made so public. It is unfortunate that it happened, but I am happy because it has made us a stronger couple, and ready for the next chapter of our lives. I am very sorry though to the person that did right the original message. I am very sad for you to have all the time in the world to sit around and point fingers at people. Maybe the next time you point that finger it should be at the mirror. Until you and your life is PERFECT, I would not be so quick to judge others.

      Kim

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  3. Mr. Ferencevich agreed to 30 hrs of community service for being disorderly by continually turning on his television, which disturbed his live in girlfriend. Ask his wife if she thinks he is guilty...! This incident happened in Feb.and settled in July...how is that a hurried deal? Come forward and identify yourself you pathetic coward.

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    1. Anonymous 2August 06, 2012

      HILARIOUS. 30 hrs of community service for turning on your tv. PSYCHO-liar. That makes no sense. And most of the women I've read about do recant because the cop faces losing his job. That is so weak: "she was sleeping and disoriented- recanted."

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  4. Providing excerpts from the news.

    SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO REVIEW POLICE OFFICER ARREST: DUE BACK IN COURT MARCH 19
    The Lakeland Times
    By Heather Schaefer of The Northwoods River News
    2/22/2012
    [Excerpts] A special prosecutor will be appointed to determine whether a Minocqua police officer [Mark Ferencevich] arrested early last Saturday morning should face criminal charges... [Oneida County district attorney Mike] Bloom said Ferencevich is free on $150 cash bail. He is prohibited from possessing weapons or consuming intoxicants while on bond... According to the Minocqua Police Department, Ferencevich was arrested after officers were called to his home at approximately 3:40 a.m. Feb. 18. Ferencevich was booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct (domestic abuse) and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. He was immediately placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, according to Minocqua police chief Andy Gee...
    http://lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=14763&PollID=24&btnView=1

    MINOCQUA POLICEMAN CHARGED
    The Northwoods River News
    By Heather Schaefer
    3/13/2012 7:23:00 AM
    [Excerpts] A Minocqua police officer was charged with one count of disorderly conduct (domestic abuse incident, use of a dangerous weapon) and two counts of possessing a firearm while intoxicated in connection with an incident at his home Feb. 18. According to a criminal complaint filed March 7, officer Mark T. Ferencevich's live-in girlfriend called police at approximately 3:40 a.m. Feb. 18 after Ferencevich allegedly began continuously cocking the slide on a loaded handgun while lying in bed. The girlfriend told police Ferencevich's behavior scared her so much she left the room, locked herself in her children's bedroom and called for help. According to the complaint, when Minocqua police officers arrived on scene they found Ferencevich walking down the stairs holding a gun. Ferencevich told the officers he grabbed his gun because he heard his dog bark and thought someone was trying to get in the house... "Mark said that he had not been doing anything with his gun at all, that he was just sleeping"... Ferencevich admitted to having six or seven beers at the bar in Rhinelander and a vodka lemonade after he returned home... After he was arrested, Ferencevich told officers "It's OK. That's what lawyers are for to clear up messes like this one," the report states... According to the complaint, [Ferencevich's girlfriend] told police she and Ferencevich had been having issues for a few weeks and he has told her in the past "If I wanted to kill ya I'd just shoot ya"... [The girlfriend] said that she is scared because Mark is just a 'ticking time bomb.' She said that having all of the guns in the house scares her because the kids could get into them and because Mark keeps everything in and you don't know when he might explode," the complaint states. The girlfriend is described in the complaint as being "very emotional" throughout the conversation... Oneida County District Attorney Mike Bloom has recused himself from the case, Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy has been assigned...
    http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=14859&SectionID=9

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  5. MINOCQUA COP CHARGED IN GUN WAVING INCIDENT
    WSAU
    Monday, March 19, 2012
    [Excerpts] A Minocqua police officer has made his first court appearance on charges he used a firearm while intoxicated. Mark Ferencevich stood mute so Oneida County Judge Patrick O’Melia entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Ferencevich is charged with two counts of operating a firearm while intoxicated and one count of disorderly conduct. The disorderly conduct charge includes enhancers for domestic abuse and use of a dangerous weapon. A woman called police to Ferencevich’s home early February 18th claiming that he was waving a loaded gun. Police arrested Ferencevich and the department put him on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation... Ferencevich is free on a $150 cash bond but cannot drink alcohol or possess weapons.
    http://wdez.com/news/articles/2012/mar/19/minocqua-cop-charged-in-gun-waving-incident/

    NOT GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN MINOCQUA POLICE OFFICER CASE
    The Northwoods River News
    3/20/2012 7:30:00 AM
    [Excerpts] Mark Ferencevich "stood mute" when asked to enter a plea during an appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. When a defendant chooses to stand mute, not guilty pleas are automatically entered on his or her behalf by the court. Ferencevich, 42, a Minocqua Police Officer, is charged with one count of disorderly conduct (domestic abuse incident, use of a dangerous weapon) and two counts of possessing a firearm while intoxicated in connection with an incident at his home Feb. 18... Ferencevich's live-in girlfriend called police at approximately 3:40 a.m. Feb. 18 after Ferencevich allegedly began continuously cocking the slide on a loaded handgun while lying in bed. The girlfriend told police Ferencevich's behavior scared her so much she left the room, locked herself in her children's bedroom and called for help. According to the complaint, when officers from the Minocqua Police Department arrived on scene, they found Ferencevich walking down the stairs holding a gun. Ferencevich told the officers he grabbed his gun because he heard his dog bark and thought someone was trying to get in the house... "Mark made the comment that he never pointed the gun at anyone or anything," the report states. During the conversation, the officers noted slurred speech and a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Ferencevich. When asked about his drinking that evening, Ferencevich admitted to having six or seven beers at a bar in Rhinelander and a vodka lemonade after he returned home. At 5:07 a.m. a preliminary breath test registered a reading of .16... Cash bond was set at $150. Ferencevich is prohibited from possessing weapons or consuming intoxicants while on bond. Monday, after the not guilty plea was entered, bail was continued and a pretrial conference was set for May 22. Ferencevich, who faces a maximum sentence of 27 months in prison if convicted of all three misdemeanors, has been placed on administrative leave... He has been employed at the Minocqua Police Department since 2010 and serves as a liaison officer.
    http://www.rhinelanderdailynews.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=51102

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  6. SUSPENDED MINOCQUA POLICEMAN, TOWN REACH SEPARATION AGREEMENT: Ferencevich to remain on Minocqua police payroll until Aug. 17
    Lakeland Times
    Joe VanDeLaarschot
    5/2/2012 8:42:00 AM
    [Excerpts] ...Tuesday night during a closed door meeting the Minocqua town board approved a settlement agreement with the officer which calls for him to quit his position with the Minocqua Police Department in August... According to a news release issued by the town following Tuesday night's closed session, "after consultation with legal counsel and careful examination of all options and outcomes, the town is confident the agreement reached represents the best outcome for the town." "The town may now move forward proactively without the uncertainty of employment litigation over the actions of Mr. Ferencevich that are presently the subject of a pending prosecution. It also allows Mr. Ferencevich to focus his attention on that criminal matter, secure new employment and move on to a new chapter in his life.
    http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=15188&SectionID=9

    JULY TRIAL SET FOR COP CHARGED IN DRUNKEN GUN INCIDENT
    News Talk 550 AM, 99.9 FM - WSAU.com
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:04 p.m. CDT
    [Excerpts] A Minocqua police officer will go on trial in late July on charges he waved a loaded gun at a woman during a fight in February. A judge scheduled a two-day jury trial for July 25th and 26th for Mark Ferencevich (fu-REN-suh-vitch). The judge also modified Ferencevich’s bond so the 42-year-old can drink at his wedding on June 30th... Ferencevich reached an agreement May 2nd with Minocqua town officials that will see him leave his job in mid-August...
    http://wsau.com/news/articles/2012/may/22/july-trial-set-for-cop-charged-in-drunken-gun-incident/

    MINOCQUA POLICE OFFICER HEADING TO TRIAL ON DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGE
    The Northwoods River News
    By Heather Schaefer
    5/24/2012 7:30:00 AM
    [Excerpts] ...[The woman] characterized Ferencevich as a "ticking time bomb." - "She said that having all of the guns in the house scares her because the kids could get into them and because Mark keeps everything in and you don't know when he might explode," the complaint states... After he was arrested, Ferencevich told officers, "It's OK. That's what lawyers are for to clear up messes like this one," the complaint states. Ferencevich is free on $150 cash bond. He is prohibited from possessing weapons and consuming intoxicants while on bond but the alcohol prohibition will not be in effect for one day next month. The defense requested Ferencevich be allowed to drink on his wedding day, June 30, and the state did not object. [Judge Patrick] O'Melia agreed to allow Ferencevich to drink on his wedding day but cautioned him not to overindulge. "I will allow a furlough on that particular day, and that day only, and I presume there won't be much alcohol consumption regardless on that day but as far as toasts or something goes, I'll allow that," he said. Ferencevich, who has come to a separation agreement with the Minocqua Police Department that will result in him leaving the force in August, faces a maximum sentence of 27 months in prison if convicted of all three misdemeanors...
    http://www.rhinelanderdailynews.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=52007

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  7. JURY TRIAL STILL A GO FOR MINOCQUA OFFICER
    The Northwoods River News
    By Kyle Rogers
    7/12/2012 7:30:00 AM
    [Excerpts] ...[Judge Patrick] O'Melia also noted that he would look at a plea deal if an agreement is reached before the jury trial. He said he wanted to keep the dates for the trial set, however, in case a deal isn't reached. Ferencevich, 42, who is on paid administrative leave from the Minocqua Police Department, was charged with one count of disorderly conduct (domestic abuse, use of a dangerous weapon) and two counts of operating a firearm while intoxicated following an incident at his home Feb. 18... "Mark said that he had not been doing anything with his gun at all, that he was just sleeping"...
    http://www.rhinelanderdailynews.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=52650

    MINOCQUA OFFICER SETTLES CASE ON DAY OF TRIAL
    WJFW News Team
    Submitted: 07/25/2012
    [Excerpts] On the day he was to go to trial, a Minocqua police officer has made a deal with the state over accusations he handled his gun while drunk. 43 year old Mark Ferencevich has pled guilty to disorderly conduct, but has a chance to have that charge wiped from his record. He entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the state. If Ferencevich fufills the terms of the agreement, the charge will be dropped one year from now. He will have to perform 30 hours of community service, and undergo counseling. He will also be assessed for alcohol problems. Two charges of operating a firearm while intoxicated were dismissed... The town of Minocqua previously placed him on paid leave until August 17th when he'll be let go...
    http://www.wjfw.com/print_story.html?SKU=20120725105433

    MINOCQUA POLICE OFFICER REACHES PLEA DEAL, AVOIDING TRIAL
    WSAW
    Reporter: WSAW Staff
    Jul 25, 2012
    ...[Minocqua Police Chief Andrew] Gee would also not say if the weapon involved was Ferencevich's police gun...
    http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/139748003.html

    MINOCQUA POLICE OFFICER ACCEPTS DEAL
    The Northwoods River News
    Kyle Rogers
    7/26/2012
    [Excerpts] ...[Minocqua Police Officer Mark]Ferencevich must complete 30 hours of community service, an alcohol-abuse treatment program and family counseling as needed. He also must pay the costs of Reserve Judge Robert Kinney, who was assigned to monitor Ferencevich's compliance with the agreement over the next year. Under the terms of the agreement, Ferencevich pled guilty Wednesday to the charge of disorderly conduct. The charge was amended to remove the modifiers of domestic abuse and use of a dangerous weapon. The two counts of operating a firearm while intoxicated were dismissed... "Mark said that he had not been doing anything with his gun at all, that he was just sleeping"... The court continued bond Wednesday, which prohibits Ferencevich from consuming any intoxicants...
    http://www.rhinelanderdailynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=103&ArticleID=52807&TM=46048.75

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