One of Douglas County's 'most wanted' is behind bars

Former Duluth resident Wendy Lucinda Saathoff faces charges for failing to provide food and shelter to animals.


A woman who’s been on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s “most wanted” list for nearly seven years was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, March 24, after being arrested in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Wendy Lucinda Saathoff, 42, of Maple Lake, Minnesota, faces 17 misdemeanor charges of failing to provide food and shelter to more than a dozen animals at a Foxboro residence.

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Wendy Lucinda Saathoff



  • Charges filed in animal neglect case Superior Telegram Criminal charges were filed Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court against a woman accused of failing to provide food, drink and shelter to more than a dozen animals at a residence in Foxboro. Wendy Lucinda Saathoff, 35, faces...
  • Woman accused of animal neglect tops ‘Most Wanted’ list Superior Telegram A woman accused of neglecting nearly two dozen animals at a Foxboro residence has made it to the top of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office "Most Wanted" list. Wendy Lucinda Saathoff, 36, faces 17 misdemeanor charges in Douglas ...

Saathoff made her initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on June 26, 2014, and signed a $5,000 signature bond. She was ordered not to own, possess or care for any animals. The court was notified four days later that she had moved to Duluth. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest when Saathoff failed to appear for a status conference Sept. 2, 2014.
With her return to Douglas County, Saathoff made an appearance before Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy on Thursday, March 25. Cash bail of $5,000 was set for the Minnesota woman and she was ordered not to possess any animals. Her next appearance was set for May 21.

With the arrest of Saathoff, two individuals remain on the Douglas County “most wanted” list :

Kyle Ray Cribb, 26, faces one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. The arrest warrant for Cribb, whose last known address was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was filed Sept. 11, 2014.

Kyle Ray Cribb

Eric James Eskola, 55, faces two counts of first-degree child sex assault in Douglas County Circuit Court. The arrest warrant for Eskola, a former Superior man whose address and whereabouts are unknown, was filed Oct. 28, 2015. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, a federal warrant for the production and manufacture of child pornography has also been issued for Eskola.

Eric James Eskola


Neither Eskola or Cribb has made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on the charges, according to online court records. Anyone with information on Cribb or Eskola is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 715-394-4432 or 911.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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