RHINELANDER - A teenager died in a car crash near Rhinelander late Saturday night.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders found a 17-year-old thrown from an overturned car in the ditch near County Highway C and Tenderfoot Road in the Town of Stella.
A family member called police around 11:45 p.m. Saturday to report the 17-year-old took a drive into town and hadn't returned.
The sheriff's office investigation shows the car went into the northbound shoulder on Tenderfoot Road. The driver over-corrected, crossed the road and crashed into several trees. The car rolled and the teenager was thrown from the car.
Oneida County Chief Deputy Daniel Hess confirmed the 17-year-old was the driver and only person in the car at the time of the crash.
The sheriff's office will not release the 17-year-old's name until family can be notified.
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's utility regulator is planning to spend more money on energy projects in rural areas, including a plan to help underwrite the use of systems that convert cattle manure into electricity.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the systems known as manure digesters also help farms manage waste, which has become an increasingly controversial issue in Wisconsin as the size of dairy farms grows.
Wisconsin Public Service Commission officials say they're considering spending $10 million to $20 million on manure digester technology.
The commission also voted Thursday to authorize at least $7.7 million in funding for rebates for solar, wind and geothermal projects around the state that would keep a rebate program in place for energy consumers.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee police officer who sparked several nights of protest after fatally shooting a black man in August has been charged with five counts of sexual misconduct in a separate case stemming from an alleged attack two days after the shooting.
The criminal complaint alleges Dominique Heaggan-Brown took the victim to a bar late on the night of Aug. 14 where they drank and watched TV as coverage of the protests aired. The victim told police he had trouble remembering everything that happened after they left the bar but that he felt drugged. He said he woke up to find Heaggan-Brown assaulting him.
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