28th Never Forgotten Honor Flight Heads to Washington DC
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Another group of northwoods veterans are traveling to our Nation's capitol today to visit the monuments built in their honor. Today marks the second Never Forgotten Honor Flight of the spring and the 28th mission overall. Ninety two veterans are scheduled to participate on today's trip including 87 from Vietnam and 5 from Korea. Traditionally the Never Forgotten Chapter, based in Wausau, takes 4 flights each year, two in the spring and two in the fall. Since the local flight began, they have brought more than 2,400 northwoods veterans to Washington DC. Their journey actually began last night with their traditional send off dinner. The veterans and their guardians took off earlier this morning for the day long trip. As always the public is invited to welcome the veterans home this evening at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee.
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Investigation into April Home Invasion in Tomahawk
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Two individuals from Milton are under investigation for an alleged home invasion, kidnapping and theft in Tomahawk last month. The Tomahawk Police Department says they were initially contacted about the incident overnight April 30 at a South Second St. apartment. Chief Al Elvins says that the two victims were located and returned safely. Elvins says that the motivation is believed to be an unpaid drug transaction. Investigators believe that a 41 year old male and 35 year old female from Milton traveled to Tomahawk to collect the debt. A request for a criminal complaint and arrest warrants have been sent to the District Attorney's Office for review.
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Published on 05/22/2017 under News Two days of severe weather kept the communications center and sheriff's office busy. The majority of the calls Tuesday were in the southern part of the county, while most of the Wednesday calls were in the Tomahawk area. Deputies assisted with the numerous downed trees and power lines across the county. They said a garage was knocked down on County D near Tomahawk. No injuries have been reported from the storms in our area. A 41 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested following a two vehicle crash Wednesday evening. The crash was reported at Highway 8 and County Road A at just before 8pm. One of the drivers showed signs of impairment and was eventually taken in for a second offense of operating while intoxicated. The driver of the other vehicle was treated on the scene for minor injuries and refused medical transport. A 25 year old Merrill man was arrested late Thursday on drug charges after deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle in the Town of Scott. Deputies found the vehicle in a business parking lot on Brandenburg Avenue after hours. The Marathon County k9 unit was dispatched and hit on the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up marijuana. A 43 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested Saturday morning on a criminal traffic charge. The deputy initially stopped the vehicle on St. Paul St. in Merrill after observing it traveling less than 10 miles per hour on the city streets and 20mph on County Hwy JJ. The driver refused field sobriety tests and will be cited for a second offense of operating while intoxicated. The number of car deer crashes was down this past week with just 3 reported. A driver also reported striking a bear on Highway 51 near Tomahawk.
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Merrill Students Craft 'Freedom Pens' for Honor Flight Vets
Published on 05/22/2017 under News The veterans participating on today's Never Forgotten Honor Flight will have a special keepsake thanks to a group of northwoods middle school students. At a presentation earlier this month, local Honor Flight organizer James Campbell was presented with 100 hand-crafted pens to be distributed to the veterans on today's flight. Known as 'Freedom Pens,' they were made by students at Prairie Rivers Middle School in Merrill. The local program was lead by Technology Education instructor Pete McConnell, who utilized a $1,000 "Beyond Crayons and Computers" grant from the Merrill Area Community Foundation. Its part of a larger Freedom Pen program within the nationwide Honor Flight network. McConnell traveled to Sun Prairie to learn about their program and bring the process here to the Northwoods. The students began their work on the project in January, completing their freedom pens in time for today's flight.
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Allan Bell Trail Dedication Monday
Published on 05/22/2017 under News A special nature trail will be dedicated to a longtime Tomahawk nature columnist today. For years, Allan Bell educated and entertained the greater Tomahawk area with his Birch Bark Nature Notes column in the Tomahawk Leader. Now the Friends of the Allan Bell Trail Committee and the Tomahawk School District have partnered to name the nature trail system at the school in Bell's honor. During the process, students from the high school designed and built a series of signs describing the flora and fauna along the route, just as Bell had in his many columns. Several benches had previously been completed and placed along the mile and a half trail network allowing people to stop and take in nature. A special memorial will be placed at the trail head designating it as the Allan Bell Memorial Nature Trail. A special unveiling and dedication is planned Monday afternoon at 2:45 pm.
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Inmate Fails to Return to Lincoln County Jail
Published on 05/22/2017 under News The Lincoln County Jail is seeking an inmate that failed to return to that facility this past Friday. The Sheriff's Office says Chastity Lerae Ritchie was released from the jail Friday on a court ordered furlough and failed to return. The 24 year old is currently serving a sentence in the jail for failure to pay child support. Officials described Ritchie as 5'2", approximately 120 pounds, with brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her back, chest and right arm. Deputies say she has ties to the Merrill and Wausau areas. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chastity L. Ritchie is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 715-536-6272, callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726, callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and can qualify for a cash reward.
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Merrill Man Cited for Underage Drinking after Entering Closed Tavern
Published on 05/22/2017 under News A Merrill man will be cited after he was found in a Lincoln County tavern after hours this past weekend. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says they were contacted by the owner of the establishment in Gleason after he discovered the suspect in the locked business. The tavern owner requested the twenty year old not be cited for entering the building. Deputies say the man will, however, be cited for underage drinking as a repeat offender.
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Storms Raise Water Levels, Lead to Flooding
Published on 05/19/2017 under News While the storms that hit Northern Wisconsin have moved on, they have left their mark on the Northwoods. Aside from the high winds that downed trees and damaged buildings across the region, those storms also brought several inches of rain. Coupled with an already wet spring, it has left area streams, rivers and lakes at their full water marks or higher. Several counties are reporting washed out roads, or locations with water standing over roads. There are also areas marked where the rain has washed away gravel shoulders of roadways. As always, drivers should avoid driving through standing water on roadways where possible to avoid hydroplaning or damaged road sections. Emergency Management teams are also monitoring for possible flooding of the Wisconsin and Rib Rivers as they crest in the next day.
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Additional Counties Follow Lincoln County, Pass Redistricting Resolutions
Published on 05/19/2017 under News Back in March, the Lincoln County Board passed an advisory resolution calling on legislators to draw district boundaries in a nonpartisan way. Now a handful of other counties have followed with similar measures. That resolution aims to end gerrymandering, a process where the party in power redraws irregular political lines to their benefit. Those lines are drawn at the state level, here in Wisconsin by the legislature. Several states in the country use a nonpartisan board to draw those lines including neighboring Iowa. Hans Breitenmoser, a Lincoln County Supervisor lead the push for the resolution in Lincoln County which passed by an 18-4 margin earlier this spring. At Tuesday's meeting he updated the board on other counties that have passed similar advisory resolutions. According to a Wisconsin Public Radio report, that list now includes Jefferson, Wood and Dunn Counties. Whether any changes are made in Madison remains to be seen. The state is currently appealing a ruling that found the 2010 Republican drawn lines as unconstitutional.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 05/19/2017 under News Officers received several reports of reckless driving causing property damage. On Monday a caller identified the truck at Memorial Park. Officers observed damage and were able to make contact with the 17 year old driver who will be cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle. Officers are investigating a report of car tires slashed while the vehicle was parked on North 4th Street. During the investigation, the officer learned that a 39 year old male had been consuming alcohol, a violation of a no-drink order. He was taken into custody for that violation. In a separate case, officers are investigating a vehicle that keyed while parked at West Leather Avenue. Officers were kept busy the past few days with numerous calls of downed or damaged trees due to the high winds in storms that passed the area Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Rhinelander, CWA get New TSA Scanners
Published on 05/19/2017 under News Northern Wisconsin travelers will have a quicker trip through the TSA security line thanks to some upgraded technology. Both Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee and the Rhinelander Airport debuted new Advanced Imaging Technology or AIT scanners at their respective airports. Frequent fliers are already familiar with the machines from larger airports. A quick scan using electromagnetic waves checks for weapons and explosives. The machines cost around $100,000 each. They were part of a larger nationwide investment at smaller airports. As part of that rollout, the TSA spent around $21 million. With Rhinelander and CWA getting machines, all commercial airports in Wisconsin are now equipped with the AIT scanning technology.
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Fatal Crash in Brokaw Wednesday Evening
Published on 05/19/2017 under News We now know some additional details in a fatal crash that occurred in Northern Marathon County Wednesday evening. That crash happened at around 6pm on County W in Brokaw. According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office, a northbound car was turning left into a business when it was struck by an oncoming SUV. A passenger in the car, 75 year old Ernest Paul Elliot of Wausau was killed in the crash. Both drivers, as well as a second passenger in the car, sustained injuries. The crash remains under investigation, speed of the SUV is believed to have played a role in the crash.
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Nicolet Graduation Ceremony Saturday
Published on 05/19/2017 under News Another group of students will close a chapter of their education this weekend as Nicolet is hosting their spring graduation. The school says that 540 students will earn their associate's degrees, diplomas or certificates tomorrow in one or more of the school's 67 academic programs. President Richard Nelson says, ""It's a milestone in life for each and every one of these individuals. The skills these graduates possess are exactly what they will need to enter the workforce or to continue their education at four-year colleges and universities." Nicolet will host a pair of commencement ceremonies tomorrow at 9am and 11am. Nicolet Cosmetology Instructor Suzanne Sandmann and Business Management Instructor Ellen Mathein will give the faculty salutation at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. ceremonies, respectively.
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Lac du Flambeau Youth Center Opening
Published on 05/19/2017 under News Lac du Flambeau Youth will soon be able to take advantage of a new Youth Center set for a grand opening. The new facility was conveniently built next to their public school. The new facility is larger than their previous building. Organizers envisioned the additional space will allow for more indoor and outdoor activities such as gardens for indigenous foods, a lacrosse area and a space to build birch bark canoes. Youth played a role in the color design inside as well, aimed at creating an inviting environment. There is still some outdoor landscaping to be completed, but the organizers hope to hit the ground running following the grand opening.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests in Tomahawk
Published on 05/18/2017 under News Three individuals were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Tomahawk earlier this week. Officers initially stopped the vehicle for speeding on North 4th Street Tuesday afternoon. During the stop and subsequent investigation, officers recovered methamphetamine, a variety of prescription medications and syringes. Three occupants in the vehicle were taken into custody on possession charges including 43 year old Edward Cover, 28 year old Tiffany Berry and a 17 year old female. Each is a resident of Rhinelander. The three made their initial appearances in Lincoln County Court, each released on a $2,000 signature bond. Each also will have additional court dates set at a hearing June 1.
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