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Father facing charges connected to false cancer claims from daughterSubmitted: 04/22/2014

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MERRILL - A Merrill man will face charges in connection to his daughter’s false cancer claim.

Police believe 57-year-old Edmund Winchell took advantage of businesses by asking for donations and putting out collection containers at their stores.

His daughter 19-year-old Celina Winchell posted statuses on Facebook late last year saying she had cancer.

A pizzeria employee in Wausau saw the post and offered to put a donation jar at the store. The problem is Winchell never had cancer. She faces two charges in Marathon County.

Her father Edmund Winchell now faces 18 charges including obstructing an officer and false representation.

The criminal complaint shows the family was having financial problems.

Edmund Winchell will be back in court in May.



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E-Cycling to help the communitySubmitted: 04/22/2014

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ANTIGO - Recycling your old electronics doesn't just save the environment.

It can also raise money for charity and help groups in the community.

Helping the Community with E-Cycling, Money from old electronics used for non-profit groups »

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Rhinelander receives award to upgrade sewersSubmitted: 04/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - Leaders in a Northwoods community want to make sure that their untreated waste water doesn't get into lakes and rivers.

That's why they applied for an award that will help them upgrade the sewers.

The city of Rhinelander won the award today.

The city got $3,754,000 in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve its downtown sewers.

Leaders say a flood with the current system could hurt local waterways.

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UPDATE: 28-year-old man gunman in custody after hostage standoff with policeSubmitted: 04/22/2014

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WITTENBERG - A 28-year-old Gillett man is in custody after a standoff with police in Shawano County, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Department.

Police say they received calls and reports of a gunman inside the Village of Wittenberg McDonalds / Shell station around 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to a police report, the gunman was not demanding money.

The gunman let all of the workers at the station out of the building and kept a lone worker behind as a hostage. He released that person just after 3:00 p.m.

Shawano County Sheriff's Department and Marathon County Sheriff's Office deputies set up a perimeter and closed a portion of State Highway 45 during the incident.

A hostage negotiator persuaded the gunman to surrender just after 4:00 p.m. The man was taken into police custody.

Leaders at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District locked down at least one of the district's schools Tuesday for about 45 minutes in response to the police situation near the school.

Students were released later once the area was safe.

We will report more information as it becomes available.

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Northwoods man initially charged with homicide, takes plea deal Submitted: 04/22/2014

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A Lac Du Flambeau man will take a plea deal before letting his case go to a jury.

31-year-old James Peterson was originally charged with first degree intentional homicide.

Witnesses told police he showed up to a party in 2013 with a knife and drunkenly started a fight, but other witnesses say Peterson was attacked.

Online records show Peterson accepted a plea deal in Vilas County court Monday.

He pleaded no contest to two lesser charges including hurting someone by carelessly using a weapon. He was also found guilty of a second OWI.

Peterson will face sentencing in August.

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 REGIONAL NEWS
It's time to start looking out for ticksSubmitted: 04/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - It may not feel like summer just yet, but it is time to start thinking about tick prevention.

The peak season for ticks is May through August but healthcare professionals suggest you be on the lookout as soon as the snow melts.

Last year, there were 153 reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in Oneida County alone.

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Family Care program to expandSubmitted: 04/22/2014

MADISON - A state program that provides in-home care for the elderly and disabled will expand to seven more Wisconsin counties.

Republican Governor Scott Walker announced in December of 2011 his administration would lift an enrollment cap on Family Care.

The program was also to be expanded to the 15 counties that don't currently offer it.

Walker said Monday the state is finally ready to start expanding the program to Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties.

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Northern Wisconsin fishermen can now keep largemouth bassSubmitted: 04/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - Fishermen in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season.

This is the first time in 22 years fishermen won't have to release the fish.

Under old restrictions, fishermen had to release largemouth bass from the season opener until the third Saturday in June.

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Another Democrat enters the Governor's raceSubmitted: 04/21/2014

MADISON - Democrats need a primary to decide who their candidate for Wisconsin Governor will be.

State Representative Brett Hulsey has announced he will run for governor.

Two other less well know democrats will also be on the ballot.

That forces a Democratic primary.

Mary Burke is widely seen as the front runner..

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