Court Orders Probation for Hayward Man for Conviction on Gun Incident

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

The Court has ordered 2 years of probation for a man from Hayward, WI for his conviction related to a gun incident that occurred in January 2018.

Andrew Ahrens was facing charges of Class I Felony Substantial Battery, Domestic Abuse; Misdemeanor Endanger Safety/Use/Dangerous Weapon; Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct; and Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Marijuana) after an incident on January 13, 2018 when the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots fired.

According to a media release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office (see below), a victim in the incident reported that Ahrens had assaulted her and then fired a gun inside the residence after he assaulted her. Although the victim was not harmed by the gunshots, the media release stated that the victim did sustain injuries during the physical assault.

Online circuit court records show that at a recent hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court, Ahrens plead guilty to Misdemeanor Endanger Safety/Use/Dangerous Weapon, and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. Charges of Substantial Battery and Possession of THC were dismissed but read in by the Court.

The Court ordered a withheld sentence for Ahrens, with 2 years of probation; conditions of which require him to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow through with any counseling recommended.

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Man Arrested After Report of Shots Fired During Domestic Disturbance

Monday, January 15, 2018 | Press Release

LENROOT TOWNSHIP - On January 13, 2018 at about 01:12 a.m., the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received two calls reporting a domestic disturbance and shots fired at a residence on Valley Road in the Township of Lenroot.  Sawyer County Deputies, assisted by the City of Hayward Police Department and the Wisconsin DNR, responded to the scene.

Deputies met with the 40-year-old female victim, at a location away from the residence.  The victim advised that she was physically assaulted by the male suspect, identified as Andrew L. Ahrens, age 39, and that Mr. Ahrens fired a gun inside the residence after he assaulted her. The victim was not harmed by the gunshots, but did sustain injuries during the physical assault.  

A few minutes later, the suspect, Andrew Ahrens, called the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and advised that he would be waiting outside the residence with his hands up.   Mr. Ahrens was subsequently arrested without incident.  Potential criminal charges on Mr. Ahrens for Domestic Abuse Battery and Recklessly Endangering Safety with a Firearm will be forwarded to the Sawyer County District Attorney’s Office for review.  

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Sheriff Douglas Mrotek

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