Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 04/21/2017 under News Officers investigated a youth dog bite which occurred Sunday evening on West Leather Avenue. They were able to contact the owner. At just after midnight Monday, an officer conducted a traffic stop and found the 19 year old driver had alcohol in the vehicle. An alcohol test of the driver came back negative. The alcohol was disposed. Officers responded to a pair of accidents Tuesday evening that occurred at roughly the same time. The first, at Tomahawk and Wisconsin Avenues, had one injury that required medical treatment. The second occurred at Bradley Farm and School Roads. No injuries were reported; one of the drivers was cited for failure to yield. Probation and parole made checks on several Tomahawk residents. During those checks, a 39 year old male was found to be in violation of his no drink order and was taken into custody. A Tomahawk resident reported an altercation early Thursday morning. Those at the scene offered conflicting stories, all had been consuming alcohol. As part of the investigation, the officer found a 47 year old male had violated his probation and was taken into custody for that violation.
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ADRC of Central Wisconsin Continues to Benefit Lincoln County Residents
Published on 04/21/2017 under News More than six years in, the local Aging and Disability Resource Center continues to benefit the residents in participating counties. This week the Lincoln County Board heard a presentation from Central Wisconsin ADRC executive director Linda Weitz. The Central Wisconsin group includes Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon and Wood Counties. Weitz explained that their services continue to be a model in the state as well as being cost effective with no increase in the Lincoln County contribution in six years. She says they provide a variety of services allowing older and disabled adults to maintain their physical, financial and psychological health and independence. Weitz then turned to the 2016 data. She says they were contacted by nearly 10,000 individuals in their 4 county region including almost 1,000 in Lincoln County. She also highlighted their nutrition program, which served more than 220,000 meals including 37,000 in Lincoln County. She closed by providing an anecdote from a woman who told Weitz she was able to care for her husband with Alzheimers by utilizing the programs provided by the ADRC-CW. That woman is not alone in praising the group. Customer surveys reported improved nutrition and quality of life for more than 88 percent of respondents.
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Tomahawk School District, TEAPIE Host Student Opportunities Fair
Published on 04/21/2017 under News Local professionals will be visiting the Tomahawk School District later today as part of the second annual Opportunities Fair. The event is put on by the newly renamed Tomahawk Extended Area Partners in Education or TEAPIE. Organizers say the goal of today's event is career educational awareness, while also providing networking for older students with current and future job opportunities in the community. In addition to High School participants, the event will also be available for sixth graders in Tomahawk Middle School. We, at WJJQ, will have a booth among the numerous other Tomahawk area business partners working with our local youth.
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Sen. Tiffany, Rep Jacque Circulating Woodchuck Hunting Bill
Published on 04/21/2017 under News Republican lawmakers, including our local state senator, are bringing back a bill that would establish a Wisconsin woodchuck hunting season. Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Tom Tiffany began circulating the bill for co-sponsors yesterday. The measure would remove woodchucks from the state's protected species list and establish a hunting season for them from the beginning of July through the end of December with no bag limits. The legislators say the animal is abundant and they've heard complaints about woodchucks eating gardens and flowerbeds and causing damage by burrowing along sidewalks, driveways and building foundations. According to the AP report, Jacque introduced an almost identical bill in 2013. It generated a backlash from animal lovers and never got out of the Assembly's natural resources committee.
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Odds and Ends from Public Works Department
Published on 04/21/2017 under News A message to pass along from Tomahawk Public Works Director John Cole. He says that Public Service crews will be working on the stoplight on North 4th Street Friday morning. During that work, the traffic signals will be temporarily disabled. They will have the intersection signed, as well as traffic control while the light is off. The work is expected to begin around 10am Friday morning and will last about an hour. The road will remain open. Please use caution in that work area. For Tomahawk residents taking advantage of Earth Day and the pleasant weather this weekend to get some yard work done, the City will be conducting their annual yard waste pick up next week. Brush should be neatly piled with cut ends facing the street. Yard waste should be placed in plastic bags and set in the terrace area of the street. Please have items out for pick-up by 7am Monday morning. As always, residents can also bring their yard waste to the old garbage site on South Tomahawk Ave outside of the collection week. The city announced that another resident has won the Recycling Rewards Program. This past week, a 3rd Street residence was randomly selected and had their recyclables properly sorted from their refuse. By doing so, the resident received the progressive pot, which had grown to $40 in Chamber Bucks.
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DoT:Watch for Adopt-a-Highway Volunteers; Other Local Earth Day Events
Published on 04/21/2017 under News Among the many planned activities for Earth Day this week are highway cleanups. The Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be alert for those volunteers while promoting the program. DoT secretary Dave Ross says, "Wisconsin's Adopt-a-Highway volunteers provide a tremendous service to taxpayers by helping keep our roadsides looking attractive for both state residents and tourists." According to the DoT, last year nearly 3,000 Adopt-a-Highway groups collected more than 180 tons of trash and recyclables. The Adopt-a-Highway workers are asked to clean-up their assigned two-mile state highway segment at least three times per year. The DoT says nearly 2/3rds of the states 11,800 miles of highways are accounted for. Any groups interested in the program can visit the WisDOT website. Other local Earth Day activities planned for this weekend -Nicolet College and Sustainability Northwoods partnering for their annual Sustainability Fair. This event is now in its 7th year. They'll be set up at Lakeside Center on the Nicolet Campus tomorrow starting at 11:30 with a variety of demonstrations, informational booths, activities and entertainment. -Here in Tomahawk, the High School Science Club will be handing out free re-useable grocery bags to the public. The program is sponsored by the Ann Agnew & Treehaven Environmental Leadership Program. The students will be stationed outside Nelson's County Market from 10-1 tomorrow. They'll have have baked goods for sale as a fundraiser for the group.
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Tomahawk Stove Junction wins North American Sales Achievement Award
Published on 04/20/2017 under News Tomahawk Stove Junction was honored by a sales partner yesterday with a North American sales award. George Dalbec and his staff were presented with the Valor Outstanding Sales Achievement Award. President Paul Miles says that Tomahawk Stove Junction has only been a dealer of their product for 2 years, but they have increased sales and exceeded projections. He noted that Tomahawk, not located in a major market, requires extra effort and service to secure their volume of business. One draw is the location, the former Tomahawk Railroad Depot, built more than a century ago. Dalbec said they retained the buildings historic looks while also letting people know the business they are in. Tomahawk Stove Junction has operated in Tomahawk since 2006.
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Statewide Tornado Drill Thursday Afternoon
Published on 04/20/2017 under News All week long we have been observing Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Those efforts will culminate with a pair of tornado drills coming up today. Participants in the drills include the National Weather Service, local and state emergency management teams, local schools and, of course the media passing along those communications. The drill is scheduled to begin this afternoon when a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1pm. That'll be followed by a mock warning at 1:45pm. In recent years, a second drill has been scheduled in the evening allowing families to discuss tornado safety. The second warning is planned for 6:45. Officials note that today is a good time to go over home and work tornado preparedness to familiarize yourself with safety procedures. As we told you earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes each year, including 16 confirmed last year.
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Hartford Man Sentenced for Computer Sex Crime in Oneida County
Published on 04/20/2017 under News A Hartford man was sentenced to 8 years of prison following a sexual assault case in Oneida County. Robert Weiss learned his sentence at a hearing yesterday morning. The 52 year old was accused of traveling to Oneida County last fall to meet a 14 year old girl he met online. Earlier this year, Weiss pleaded no contest to a single count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. In exchange, two other charges were dismissed, but read in during yesterday's sentencing. According to court records, in addition to the 8 years of prison, Weiss was also ordered to 7 years of extended supervision and pay more than $1,000 in restitution. Jailed since the time of his arrest, Weiss will receive credit for 174 days of time served.
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Crandon Woman Charged for Animal Mistreatment
Published on 04/20/2017 under News Last month, officials seized more than 40 animals from a Crandon home, now the owner is facing more than 100 charges related to the conditions there. Fifty two year old Patricia Kirker made her initial appearance in Forest County Court yesterday. She is charged with 6 felonies for mistreatment of animals causing death, plus 150 misdemeanors for animal mistreatment, failure to provide food, and failure to provide water. In March, the Sheriff's Office worked with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to remove more than 40 wolf-dog hybrids and horses from the property. The investigators also found several dead animals and described the conditions as deplorable. A preliminary hearing on these charges was scheduled for May 3. In separate case, Kirker was also charged last month with a conspiracy to bring drugs into the county jail.
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Nicolet Hosting Healthcare Careers for Men Discussion
Published on 04/20/2017 under News Traditionally nursing is a field often associated with women, but this evening Nicolet College will host an event for men interested in the field, and health care in general. The Healthcare Careers for Men event will feature a panel discussion led by men working in healthcare and a special presentation by author and nurse Keith Rischer, who holds advanced credentials in the field and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings over the past 35 years while also penning several books. Those attending will also have the opportunity to tour labs and classrooms, meet instructors, and view different demonstrations. Information will be available about financial aid, scholarships, the admissions process, and academic advising. Nicolet currently offers 11 different programs in the health occupations. Tonight's event is from 6 to 8pm in Northwoods Center 207 on the Nicolet Campus.
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4 Alderpersons Sworn In, Tomahawk City Meeting Recap
Published on 04/19/2017 under News Due to the election earlier this month, the City of Tomahawk held their April meetings last night. At Public Works, the board approved the non complaint lawn mowing services contractor contract to Tom Emmer at $18 per hour. Most of the meeting was then spent on several ongoing storm water issues in the city. The Board had previously approved conducting a storm water study and received 6 bids for the project. Last night they awarded Ruekert/Mielke with that contract at slightly below the anticipated cost. Director John Cole anticipated their study beginning later this week. Cole also gave a presentation on several scenarios to address the flooding issues at the properties near Bradley Farm and Kings Road. The board agreed that something needed to be done to address the issue there. They instructed Cole to come back with cost estimates next month. At Health and Safety, the board approved liquor and tobacco licenses with minimal discussion. They also approved the Party in the Park July 3 event and had preliminary Fall Ride planning discussions. Most of the meeting involved discussions about the city potentially purchasing two to six port-a-potties, which could be rented for events that require more restrooms than the current facilities provide. They'll receive pricing for next month before making a decision. The Finance Committee held a brief meeting, noting that they have received some feedback on their continued efforts to acquire a small stretch of land from CN Railroad for the Bicycle Trail System Project. Those negotiations are ongoing with the Railroad and the DOT. The topic has been on the agenda for several years with minimal progress. Lastly, it was the City Council meeting, which began with the Oath of Office for Pat Haskin, Dale Ernst, Will Garske and Ding Bartz. Each incumbent won their respective elections earlier this month. Jeff Kahle was again elected Council President and the council approved committee appointments with minimal discussion. The Council approved the licenses and applications forwarded from Health and Safety. They authorized Police Chief Al Elvins to make a contract offer to the patrol officer selected from next week's interviews from the pool of 5 finalists. That vacancy was created earlier this month when a former officer took a position in his hometown. Finally, as is done each April, the Council approve the city's official newspaper and depositories.
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Tomahawk City Council Approves Marijuana, Public Intoxication, Social Host Ordinances
Published on 04/19/2017 under News The Tomahawk City Council adopted several ordinances last night, including three addressing drugs and alcohol. The first ordinance added possession of marijuana to the city code. It addresses individuals with small amounts (less than 5 grams) who are first time offenders. The second ordinance was for public intoxication. The third created a social host ordinance for those who host underage drinking parties. The first two ordinances carry a $100 bond plus court costs, while the social host ordinance carries a $250 fine plus court costs. Each measure was introduced at March council meeting. Prior to last night's unanimous vote was a public hearing where no one spoke on the changes.
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Police Investigating Church Burglaries
Published on 04/19/2017 under News Police are investigating a series of burglaries at churches in Lincoln County. That includes Prince of Peace and Redeemer Churches in Tomahawk as well as a third church in the Merrill area. It wasn't immediately clear if the cases in the two communities were connected. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins briefly mentioned the case during his regular monthly report to the City's Health and Safety Committee last night. He noted that the suspects targeted cash and Wal-Mart gift cards specifically. In addition to the thefts, the suspects also caused damage to the churches. The incidents occurred this past weekend, anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County.
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Lincoln County Board April Recap
Published on 04/19/2017 under News The Lincoln County Board held their April meeting yesterday morning with a relatively light agenda. The board heard a report on the ADRC of Central Wisconsin from Executive Director Linda Weitz. We'll have more on her presentation later this week. Finance Director Dan Leydet once again noted that the 2017 budget remains tight due to some unforeseen cost overruns. Their department is still early in the 2018 budget process. A pair of resolutions were passed with near unanimous support. The first was a proclamation of April as Fair Housing month, the second recognized Earth Day activities this coming weekend. The board then passed four ordinance amendments addressing cash receipts, deposits, and petty cash. Finance director Dan Leydet addressed the ordinances as a group, noting that they simply updated the ordinances to match previous policy changes.
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