Loading
Search
TOP STORY

Update: Names released in deadly double murder-suicide Submitted: 04/29/2016
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - We now know who were the three people killed during Wednesday's double-murder suicide in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department says  36-year-old Justin Bohn of Wisconsin Rapids shot and killed his 5-year-old daughter, Paige, and his 3-year-old son, Devon.




Details from the autopsy released Friday show that each person died from a single gunshot wound.

Officers are still investigating the case.




Thursday April, 28th ; 4:29 p.m.

Wisconsin Rapids Police expect to release the three names from Wednesday's double-murder suicide soon. The department is waiting for today's autopsies to be finished before releasing those names.

Officers search the Wisconsin Rapids home Wednesday morning and found three bodies.

Police believe a 36-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man had shot himself after shooting his two young children. The girl was five, while the boy was three.

The police department expects to release the names Thursday, however it doesn't have a timeline for when the autopsies will be completed.




Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story



 LOCAL NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/29/2016

- Local schools have stepped up to show their support for the Antigo community after last weekend's prom shooting. We'll show you what that effort looks like at Lakeland.

- Plus, a local greenhouse that was destroyed by a tornado in 2011 and was rebuilt is celebrating it's20th anniversary. We'll take you to the celebration.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

ONEIDA COUNTY - Just over a week ago more than 10 different agencies rushed out to rural western Oneida County for a man threatening to blow up his house.

When crews got there, 60-year-old Kenneth Welsh was sitting on his porch with a long gun, for three hours he held police up in a standoff.

Last week he was charged with attempted first degree homicide among other felonies.

Welsh appeared in court Friday to hear the judge's decision if there's enough evidence in the case against him to move forward.

Ultimately Judge Michael Bloom did decide to move it forward, but not without hearing testimony.

Welsh didn't waive his preliminary hearing because his public defender said there was information she wanted to get on the record.

"He has a right to a preliminary hearing and this is a very serious charge and I wasn't going to waive that," said Welsh's public defender Mary Roth Burns.

For instance, Roth Burns asked Detective Sergeant Chad Wanta, who testified, about Welsh's medical condition during the standoff, since he had been shot in the shoulder. She also asked about Welsh's wife, Mary Butler, who changed her story multiple times. In the criminal complaint, Butler made inconsistent statements about Welsh was drinking and if he pointed a gun at her before she shot him, which investigators concluded was in self defense.

"The wife said he wasn't going to go down without a fight and made it sound like he was really violent," Roth Burns said. "And he basically went down, he never shot, fired a shot anyone, he never made a threat at anyone."

When asked if she thought Welsh went down without a fight, Roth Burns responded, "absolutely."

In the search warrant investigators found several guns, a few loaded, and one semi automatic shotgun. Roth Burns asked if Welsh ever shot at police during the standoff. The detective testifying said no.

The detective also said when crews shot the bean bag rounds at him to try to arrest him, Welsh said, "Just kill me, just kill me, just shoot me."

Roth Burns said there's other evidence she still needs to see. For instance, police flew a drone over the Welsh home. The detective said Welsh aimed at the drone, but not at police.

"There was a drone, I'd like to see video of the drone if that shows him sitting on the steps waiting for law enforcement to arrive," Roth Burns said. "That's not threatening anyone."

She said it's still early, but they are considering defense strategies—not excluding a possible competency examination.

Welsh will be back in court on May 16 for an arraignment. 

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Companies in any industry always try to come out with the latest and greatest technology.

The logging industry is no different. 

Pioneer Equipment demonstrated its latest Rottne forestry equipment Friday.

The company showed off a harvester and a forwarder. 

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - Lakeland and Antigo generally square off as rivals in Great Northern Conference competition. But on Friday, nearly a week removed from the prom shootings in Antigo, Lakeland wanted to show it was on Antigo's side.

"It's hard to react to react to something like this, because you want to be concerned, and you want to help, but it's hard to know how to help," said Maggie Laurence, a Lakeland sophomore and Student Council member.

+ Read More
+ More Local News







 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Many businesses in the northwoods rely on money from visitors.

Last year, tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin, according to a report released by the state Department of Tourism today.  It found tourism spending went up about $500 million from 2014.

+ Read More

HUDSON, WI - Achieving a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is a feat that less than one-tenth of one percent of American students achieve annually.

So it's highly unlikely that two students from the same high school would score a perfect 36 on the exam. But that's just what happened to Hudson High School juniors Brandon Bagley and Parker Holum. They both thought they did pretty well on the ACT test. Then they learned recently they reached the pinnacle.

+ Read More

MADISON - Assembly Democrats want to know why state health officials delayed telling people that a blood infection was spreading in Wisconsin.

The Department of Health Services began investigating an Elizabethkingia outbreak in December. The agency told hospitals to be on the lookout for infections in January but didn't announce it to the public until March.

+ Read More

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - The gray wolf population in Michigan's Upper Peninsula appears to have declined slightly in recent years, but state biologists say it's stable and healthy.

+ Read More
+ More Regional News
Search: 







Click Here