Oneida County man arrested for attempted first degree homicide
By Star Journal staff
UPDATE 4/20/16 12:25 p.m. Kenneth S. Welsh, 60, was arrested April 19, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s office, for attempted first degree homicide. He was transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. One injury was reportedly sustained during an altercation with his wife; other injuries were sustained while Welsh was taken into custody.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Welsh and his wife, Mary K. Butler, age 59, engaged in an altercation where Butler fired a gun and hit Welsh in the arm. It is believed Butler was acting in self defense. According to the most recent report, as Butler was leaving the residence, Welsh fired a gun at, but did not penetrate the windshield of a vehicle she was driving. Butler was initially arrested, but following the investigation she will be released today.
When deputies arrived at the scene in the Town of Lynne, Welsh was armed and aimed his firearm at law enforcement equipment. When deputies approached the residence, Welsh was sitting on his porch with a firearm. After several requests to drop the firearm, less lethal bean bag rounds were used to take Welsh into custody. Deputies reported that upon entering the home, they found numerous loaded weapons throughout, and propane gas filling the home.
UPDATE: Approximately 3:30 p.m. April 19 two people were taken into custody in the Town of Lynne. One person was transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The case remains under investigation.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s office and ten additional local agencies are investigating a threat in the Town of Lynne in the Western part of Oneida County. In a press release, Chief Deputy Dan Hess stated that a 911 call was received by the Oneida County Dispatch Center approximately 11:20 this morning. The caller reported that a male subject was shot with a firearm and was threatening to blow up the residence if law enforcement responded.
The case is ongoing and will be updated as further information becomes available.
Assisting Oneida County are Willow Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Price County Sherriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Langlade County Sheriff’s Office, Rhinelander Police Department, Minocqua Police Department, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Oneida County Emergency Medical Services.