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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/23/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you what happened in the trial for a man accused of three felonies tied to an alleged attempted armed robbery and shooting in 2011 near Three Lakes.

In light of recent arrests, the Eagle River Police Department is teaming up with an organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking. We'll tell you about an upcoming event the two groups are hosting to discuss the topic with the public.

And we'll tell you why it's important to make sure your mail carrier has a clear path through the snow to your mailbox.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.






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 LOCAL NEWS

MERRILL - A Merrill pastor critically injured in a car crash near Rhinelander this month died Monday afternoon.

According to a post from his wife on a family-created CaringBridge page, James Weiland died at 2:20 p.m.

Weiland, 58, was hurt in a crash on Highway 8 several miles west of Rhinelander around 1 p.m. on Jan. 12.  His pickup truck crashed with a semi-truck, which led to a 4 1/2-hour closure of the highway.  Medics took Weiland from the scene in an ambulance before airlifting him to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.  The semi-truck driver was not hurt.

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RHINELANDER - Ninety-eight thousand pounds rumbling down a road at 45 miles per hour don't exactly stop or turn on a dime.

"If you try to get around us, it's like chasing a train," truck driver Scott Schoeneck said.  "There's only going to be problems."

That's why Schoeneck, who owns his own logging truck company, takes it slow, especially approaching a specific intersection in Rhinelander.

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RHINELANDER - A 14-member jury saw a bullet found at the crime scene, heard a panicked 911 call from the victim, and listened to Donald Dal Ponte's daughter describe his injuries during the first day of Edwin Hughes' jury trial in Oneida County Court on Monday.

Hughes is charged with playing a role in a 2011 attempted robbery and shooting in Three Lakes.

On February 9, 2011, two people entered into Dal Ponte's Three Lakes home and demanded money from him, according to prosecutors. One held a gun to Dal Ponte's legs as an intimidation tactic, then shot him. Prosecutors say Hughes is that man.

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EAGLE RIVER - Even with the snow falling down Monday, some people can't take a snow day.

Taxi drivers in the Northwoods can help people who can't drive make it to doctor's appointments, grocery stores and even lend a hand when their car breaks down.

Eagle River Taxi Service driver Kurt Schels says the snow is just another part of his job.

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - The Senate will put the finishing touches on a bill to help Wisconsin homeowners cover the cost of replacing lead pipes.

It would let public water utilities and local governments provide grants and loans to property owners.

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MADISON - A person who hits age 15 might soon be able to work as a lifeguard in Wisconsin.

The state Senate considers a bill to allow it Tuesday.

Current rules prohibit those ages 14 and 15 from working as lifeguards.

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MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has rejected confirmation of the leaders of the Elections and Ethics commission, despite unanimous bipartisan support from the boards that hired them.

The Senate voted 18-13 Tuesday against confirming Elections administrator Michael Haas and Ethics administrator Brian Bell.

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MADISON - A Wisconsin tribe is suing the federal government in hopes of blocking a proposed gold mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Aquila Resources Inc. wants to dig the so-called Back Forty mine on the Menominee River but needs a state permit to fill wetlands.

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