Wisconsin man allegedly threatens Lake County officials

By Gregory Harutunian For Chronicle Media

Timothy Hoeller

Lake County Sheriff’s detectives obtained an arrest warrant for a Milwaukee resident, who allegedly sent threatening letters to numerous offices and department of Lake County government, which were received Feb. 26.

According to a press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, “The warrant was for Threatening a Public Official (Class 3 Felony). The bond on the warrant was set at $750,000.”

Timothy Hoeller, 57, allegedly wrote that he was displeased with a recent electronic filing he made at the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office. The letters referenced the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.

“He stated his intention of the letter was to ‘scare’ the letter’s recipients,” according to the release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. “After obtaining the arrest warrant, sheriff’s detectives learned Hoeller was being held in the Waukesha (Wis.) County Jail regarding a separate incident. Hoeller remains held in the Waukesha County Jail, pending extradition hearings to Lake County. Sheriff (Mark) Curran reminds the public the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.”

The letter also referenced the recent murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer. The letter stated that the sender’s intention was to “scare the recipients.”

Hoeller is being held on one count of disorderly conduct, stemming from a harassment complaint filed by Waukesha, Wis.-based Carroll University.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department gave no motive for Hoeller contacting department and government officials in the press release.

He is slated to appear in court March 19 in Waukesha County.


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