WIAA State Girls Basketball Championships Begin Thursday Published on 03/07/2017 under Sports The 42nd annual WIAA Girls Basketball Championships begin on Thursday and continue Friday and Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Here is the schedule:Thursday, March 9
Division 3
Bloomer (22-4) vs. Martin Luther (25-1) - 1:35 p.m.
Wrightstown (23-3) vs. Edgewood (23-3)*
Division 4
Durand (23-3) vs. Howards Grove (25-1) - 6:35 p.m.
Shiocton (18-8) vs. Aquinas (26-0)*

Friday, March 10
Division 5
Clayton (27-0) vs. Milwaukee Academy of Science (22-4) - 9:05 a.m.
Loyal (23-4) vs. Bangor (24-3)*
Division 2
Hortonville (20-5) vs. Cudahy (19-7) - 1:35 p.m.
Beaver Dam (26-0) vs. Monroe (21-3)*
Division 1
Appleton North (26-0) vs. Milwaukee King (25-0) - 6:35 p.m.
De Pere (24-2) vs. Middleton (23-3)*

Saturday, March 11
3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*


In Other News

Update: Victims Identified in Wausau Area Shooting
Published on 03/24/2017 under News We've learned additional details including the names of the victims in this week's shooting event in the Wausau area. According to the Department of Justice, two women were killed at Marathon Savings Bank where the incident began at approximately 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Two bank employees, 67 year old Dianne Look and 62 year old Karen Barclay were fatally shot at the scene. Officials say the suspect then went to a law firm, where 43 year old attorney Sara Quirt was shot and killed. The DoJ says the suspect then barricaded himself in a Weston apartment where he allegedly exchanged gun fire with law enforcement. That is when Detective Jason Weiland was fatally struck. The suspect still has not been identified by name, but officials say he is a 45 year old male from Weston. He received non-life threatening injuries during the exchange of gun fire. The DoJ called this an isolated incident and the man in custody was the lone suspect. The believe it originated as a domestic incident. That victim was not harmed during the shooting. Nine local law enforcement agencies, in addition to state and federal agencies, assisted in the response. ______ (Thursday)-Four people are dead after several related shooting incidents in the Wausau Metro area yesterday afternoon. That incident began in the noon hour at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Police were initially requested for a domestic situation. They arrived on the scene to find two individuals with gunshot wounds. Investigators believe the suspect then headed to a law firm where a second shooting incident occurred. A third incident happened at a nearby apartment complex. Last evening Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said they now have a suspect in custody. The individual's name was not released. They also confirmed four deaths and that one of the victims was an Everest Police Officer. During the incidents, several nearby schools and hospital were on lock down. Officials do not believe there is any further threat to the public. No further details were provided yesterday, additional information is expected at a news conference later today.
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Drug Charges for Crandon Woman Involved in Horse, Wolf-Dog Seizure
Published on 03/24/2017 under News The owner of a Crandon home where wolf-dog hybrids and horses were seized last week, is now facing drug charges from a separate incident. The Sheriff's Office accuse 52 year old Patricia Kirker of assisting in an attempt to smuggle prescription drugs into the Forest County Jail. The alleged incidents happened on March 8. As a result she is facing five felonies. The complaint says that Kirker provided an inmate on work release with approximately 20 prescription pills to bring back into the jail. She'll be in court again on the drug charges March 29. Last Friday more than 40 animals were seized from Kirker's Crandon property in an investigation into animal cruelty. No charges have been filed from that incident at this time.
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Tomahawk Police Report; Alert Resident Avoids Scam
Published on 03/24/2017 under News An alert local man was able to avoid a recent scam attempt. According to the Tomahawk Police report, the Tripoli man received a letter that appeared to be from the US Department of Treasury. The authentic looking document stated that the man owed money. The man became suspicious as he did not think he had any debts. In this particular scam, the letter head actually listed the proper address of the Department of Treasury. It also had a fake number that directed the potential victim to the scammer. The officers worked with the man to verify it was a scam and also directed him to the proper federal agencies for reporting. Tomahawk Police Report An individual walking on the Hiawatha trail reported graffiti near the trestle, which was confirmed. Officers are investigating. Officers provided assistance to the Everest Metro Police in their investigation of a hit and run involving a car registered to a Tomahawk woman. Officers on Wednesday were to the waters near SARA Park for a dog that had fallen into the water. By the time the officer arrived on the scene, the owner was able to get the dog out safely. The pet was brought to a local vet for a check up and appeared to be recovering. There was one reported deer strike, which occurred on Highway 51 near the Wisconsin River Bridge.
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DNR Starting Catch and Release Record Book
Published on 03/24/2017 under News When the 2017 fishing season opens in a few weeks, anglers will be able to land a record fish while letting that fish live to fight another day. This spring, the DNR is rolling out a "catch-and-release" record book. The new program is part of a larger effort to promote quality fishing and encourage the careful release of trophy-size fish. The DNR noted that similar efforts have found success in other states and among some national record-keeping organizations. When the program is rolled out in May, it will, of course, have several rules. The fish will be verified by photographic evidence. The clear, color and sideview photos must include one with the fish lying along a ruler or measuring device and a second with the fish and the angler. A DNR fisheries biologist will then identify the species and verify the length from the photos. (additional rules are available on the DNR website) Justine Hasz, DNR fisheries bureau director says, "What we've seen with musky populations in areas where there is a strong catch and release ethic is that the fish are reaching larger sizes and providing more anglers with the experience of a lifetime. Since it can take 10 years or more for walleye to reach trophy size and 15 years or more for musky, our new catch and release record option means Wisconsin's legendary fish will create even more memories." The new live release record book will exist along side the current, standard record book.
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Jury Convicts Lincoln County Man of Sexual Assault Charges
Published on 03/24/2017 under News We have additional details on the conviction earlier this week of a Lincoln County man accused of sexual assault. As we told you yesterday, 57 year old Gary Ver Kilen was found guilty on 6 of 9 charges. The verdict came after approximately 5 hours of jury deliberation Wednesday afternoon. He was found guilty of 2 counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of stalking and two counts of child enticement with sexual contact. He was acquitted of three other child enticement charges. Investigators said Ver Kilen targeted girls ranging in age from 9 to 16 years old at several locations including his home and a local business. The three day trial began Monday. Ver Kilen did not testify. A sentencing date was not immediately set.
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Travelling Group Performing Laura Ingalls Wilder at Nicolet
Published on 03/24/2017 under News Nicolet College will be turning to the unsettled prairie frontiers of the late 1800's this weekend. The Nicolet Theater is welcoming the ArtsPower National Touring Theater for a presentation of the musical Laura Ingalls Wilder. In song and dance, the musical will tell the story of young Laura and her family as they journey west in the frontier days. Nicolet theater director Jim Nuttall says that the performance is geared for elementary aged children. He also praised the ArtsPower performers saying that "they do such an amazing job bringing literature and history to life for children." The touring group was founded in 1985 and has performed before an estimated 12 million people since that time. Their northwoods performance is scheduled for 11am tomorrow at the Nicolet Theatre.
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Hatchet Boys and Girls Track & Field Teams in action
Published on 03/23/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams are back in action on Thursday, as the Hatchet are hosting their annual indoor invitational at the Fieldhouse. Tomahawk will host Prentice, Mercer and Wisconsin Rapids, with the opening events at 4:30 pm.
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Four Dead in Wausau Area Shooting
Published on 03/23/2017 under News Four people are dead after several related shooting incidents in the Wausau Metro area yesterday afternoon. That incident began in the noon hour at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Police were initially requested for a domestic situation. They arrived on the scene to find two individuals with gunshot wounds. Investigators believe the suspect then headed to a law firm where a second shooting incident occurred. A third incident happened at a nearby apartment complex. Last evening Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said they now have a suspect in custody. The individual's name was not released. They also confirmed four deaths and that one of the victims was an Everest Police Officer. During the incidents, several nearby schools and hospital were on lock down. Officials do not believe there is any further threat to the public. No further details were provided yesterday, additional information is expected at a news conference later today.
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Prosecution Rests in Stephanie Low Homicide Trial
Published on 03/23/2017 under News Yesterday, the prosecution rested its case in a Wausau area homicide trial. Thirty seven year old Kristopher Torgerson is facing several charges including 1st degree intentional homicide in the 2010 death of Stephanie Low. Her body was recovered from a shallow grave in Forest County in 2014. Torgerson's trial began last week in Marathon County Court. In all, the prosecution called more than 35 witnesses to testify. The defense is expected to present their case when the trial resumes today. The jury trial was initially scheduled for 3 weeks.
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Merrill Fire Department Gets New Brush Truck
Published on 03/23/2017 under News With wild land fire season right around the corner, the Merrill Fire Department is better prepared. Earlier this month, the agency added a new brush truck to their fleet. The truck was purchased earlier this year and outfitted for fire response at an Indiana specialist. The truck carries a 350 gallon water tank as well as a foam system for smothering fighters. It also features new technology such ground nozzles and front end nozzle controlled by a joy stick. The new vehicle replaces and upgrades some of the features of their previous brush truck. The department anticipates at 20-25 year life for the vehicle.
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