SAWYER COUNTY -- 3 people have been arrested in Sawyer County after authorities responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress at the Black Iron Bar and Grill in the Town of Spider Lake, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On October 08, 2020, at 3:01 a.m., Sawyer County Deputies assisted by the City of Hayward Police and the LCO Police Department responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress at the Black Iron Bar and Grill located at 12131W State Highway 77 in the Town of Spider Lake.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that there were possibly two suspects wearing masks attempting to break into the bar. The two fled on foot into the woods when the owner arrived.

Other responding deputies observed a vehicle leaving the area and later were able to locate that vehicle parked on a near-by road. Questioning of the occupants o the vehicle determined they were involved with the burglary and were attempting to pick up the two suspects that fled from the bar. Deputies were able to acquire the identities of the two suspects that fled which led to their apprehension.

Larry J. Rush


Steven G. Martin


Arrested were Larry J. Rush, 65, of Park Falls, WI and Steven G. Martin, 28, of Success, AR. Both men were charged with Burglary to Building or Dwelling, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Criminal Damage to Property, Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Vicki A. Hirtreiter


Deputies also arrested Vicki A. Hirtreiter, 56, of Park Falls, WI. Hirtreiter was charged with Party to the Crime of Burglary to Building or Dwelling, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Burglarious Tools and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



The burglary is currently under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest of suspects has assisted and is likely associated with other burglary investigations in Sawyer, Ashland, Price and Iron Counties.

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

- Per Sheriff Mrotek


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