Dwight D. Schleif charged in connection with child abuse, intent to kill police officer
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
A Rhinelander man who allegedly told a Rhinelander detective that he was planning to shoot a police officer is being held in the Oneida County jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
Dwight D. Schleif, 41, was arrested July 5 and faces six felonies related to child abuse in addition to attempted first degree intentional homicide.
According to the criminal complaint, Rhinelander police officers went to Schleif’s home July 5 to investigate a child abuse allegation. Once there, police reported Schleif yelled at them through the door, but eventually a child was released to the officers. An adult female also exited the residence while Schleif reportedly began yelling and swearing at the officer, went inside and slammed the door. Officers then returned to the police station with the child.
The police made contact by phone with Schleif, he came to the police station and was arrested.
Schleif reportedly told a detective that he loaded two guns and had a loaded gun in his hand when the officer was at his front door, “but when he raised the gun and pointed it he realized that the officer had moved too far down the driveway.” He “informed the detective that he was waiting and watching for officers to come back to the home so that he could shoot them.”
Also stated in the criminal complaint were statements by the adult female who lived at the home that she had witnessed Schleif abusing the child, and that Schleif loaded two guns while the police officers were outside the home.
Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O’Melia set a $50,000 cash bond for Schleif at an initial appearance July 6. Schleif’s next court date is July 23.