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SPECIAL REPORT: DHS investigates Golden Age facility in Tomahawk Submitted: 07/31/2014
TOMAHAWK - We first told you about concerns about a nursing home operator in Tomahawk back in December. Now, we have new information on Golden Age in Tomahawk.

The state Department of Health and Human Services completed an investigation into the facility at the end of last month. The report became available to WJFW Thursday morning.

The 311-page report gives details into why the facility was cited for sub-standard quality of care.

Golden Age broke 21 federal nursing home rules.

The report states that nurses weren't keeping accurate records of bathroom breaks and showers for patients. Some of those patients went nearly three weeks without a shower or routine skin checks.

The state also found that at least two patients were physically restrained, which is illegal.

The facility serves patients with specific dementia care needs. Those responsible for that care were cited for not being focused enough on individual patient needs.

Nurses at the facility were seen as more dependent on medication for treating those patients, instead of one-on-one interaction.

The nursing home is owned by GoldenLiving Centers, which is based out of Texas. They're one of the largest nursing home operators in the country.

We want to be clear, that GoldenLiving Centers owns two facilities in Tomahawk. The facility in question is Golden Age.

We reached out to the corporate headquarters after former employees told us the director of nursing and executive director had recently left their jobs. This is Golden Living's response: "It's our policy and practice not to discuss employment matters with third parties as it is the employee's personal and confidential information. "

If you'd like to follow the discussion, or to learn more about the DHS report, you can join the discussion on our Facebook page.




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Accused driver had received license only weeks before deadly crash, case moves forwardSubmitted: 07/31/2014

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CRANDON - The case against an 18-year-old Laona man will go ahead after a Forest County judge found enough evidence to move forward Wednesday.

Austin Ginter, 18, faces reckless homicide charges in Forest County after a car crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus. Another 16-year-old girl was also injured in the July 13th car crash on Old 8 Road west of Crandon.

New information from a preliminary hearing Wednesday shows that Ginter only had his driver's license for two weeks before the crash.

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Update-Man dead after being pulled from a Vilas County LakeSubmitted: 07/31/2014

CONOVER - We now know the man pulled from the water of a Vilas County lake Wednesday died.

The Sheriff's Department says the man was in Upper Buckatabon Lake in Conover.

They now say the man collapsed over the side of his boat before being rescued from the water.

The first call to the sheriff's department yesterday afternoon said it appeared the man was hit by his own boat.

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Hawkins Library incorporates science into their summer reading programSubmitted: 07/31/2014

HAWKINS - You could face challenges trying to get kids to sit down and read during summer. But kids in Hawkins believe they're doing more than reading this summer. It's all part of a country wide theme called Fizz, Boom, Read.

"The whole idea is to get kids excited about reading, to keep them coming to the library to check out great books, and hopefully have some happy teachers at the end of the summer," says Hawkins Library Director Arlene Mabie.

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Man sent to hospital after ATV crashSubmitted: 07/31/2014

TOMAHAWK - An ATV crash sent a Tomahawk man to the hospital last night.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's department tells us 49 year old Michael Van Strydonk was hurt around 11 last night just outside of Tomahawk.

His ATV had been going south on Cloverbelt road.

It rolled over as Van Strydonk approached the intersection with County D.

He was conscious and talking right after the crash, but was unresponsive by the time emergency personnel arrived.

Van Strydonk was taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Marshfield, where he was in stable condition Thursday morning.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter identification lawSubmitted: 07/31/2014

MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning voters can be required to show photo identification at the polls.

But that law remains blocked by a federal court decision.

The law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee.

His ruling is under appeal.

A federal appeals court would have act for the voter I-D law to take effect.

Four lawsuits have been filed over the law passed in 2011.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued rulings in two cases on the question Thursday morning, concluding in both that the law was constitutional.

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Law limiting collective bargaining upheldSubmitted: 07/31/2014

MADISON - After protests, recall elections and lawsuits, a state supreme court decision came down Thursday morning on the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

The court has upheld the 2011 law in a split decision.

The court ruled 5-2 Thursday morning that the law is valid.

The decision came in a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee public workers.

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2 plane crashes are probably related to the EAA conventionSubmitted: 07/31/2014

OSHKOSH - There are reports of 2 separate plane crashes in Oshkosh, one yesterday and another one this morning. Both appear to be related to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention.

Oshkosh authorities say a small plane crash Wednesday has left two people injured. The Oshkosh Fire Department says the homebuilt plane crashed when it lost power as it was attempting to land.

The pilot and passenger are brothers from Kentucky. Fire officials say the men had to be removed from the wreckage. Their injuries aren't life-threatening. The cause of the power outage is unclear.

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Man accused of holding wife against her willSubmitted: 07/30/2014

FON DU LAC - An armed standoff in Fond du Lac has ended with the arrest of a man accused of holding a gun to his wife's head and refusing to let her leave their home.

Police say the 37-year-old man was arrested shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday after the 28-year-old woman fled from the house. Authorities say two children in the home were not harmed.

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