EAGLE RIVER - In school, kids learn not only how to read and write but also how to be good neighbors. A Northwoods school joined a national effort this week to show kindness to each other and the community.
Eagle River Elementary School will mark its first ever Kindness Week this week. It's part of a nationwide school celebration called The Great Kindness Challenge. Students of all grades are trying to perform as many random acts of kindness as they can.
The school plans to hold a series of events throughout the week. On Tuesday the students listened to a speaker talk about what it means to be a "good person." Students will also make a point to thank the bus drivers and custodians every day this week. There is also a door decorating contest. On Friday the students will wear pajamas to school to dream of kindness.
LAONA - The Laona Fire Department got a new fire truck this month with many updated features. The department thinks it will be able to protect its community more effectively after the major upgrade.
The department has a few trucks that are getting old, but they hope to slowly get rid of the aging fire trucks and replace them with newer equipment. Laona Fire Chief David Rosio said the department had some help getting the new truck.
CRANDON - Prosecutors think a Forest County woman protected her boyfriend after he threw her young son across a room in 2013.
Jennifer Shepard is charged with three felonies in the wake of the incident, including abuse, neglect, and helping a felon. Her boyfriend, Brandon Brunette, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison in October for throwing the boy.
Shepard was in court today to face another felony charge.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man is charged with fatally stabbing his infant daughter and another man during a domestic violence attack last week.
Twenty-year-old Ruben Garcia was charged Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his daughter, 5-month-old Kairii Dailey, and 39-year-old Paul Kucharczyk, a family friend.
Garcia also is charged with attempted homicide in the stabbings of 19-year-old Alexia Dailey _ the baby's mother and Garcia's ex-girlfriend _ and Dailey's current boyfriend, 22-year-old Christopher Hamilton.
Prosecutors say Garcia flew into a rage when his ex-girlfriend would not take him back.
Prosecutors say Garcia kissed his baby daughter, apologized and then slit her throat. Police found the girl dead in her crib.
Online court records do not list a defense attorney. Garcia remains in jail.
MADISON - Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken the first formal step toward running for president. He has formed a new tax-exempt group that can facilitate paying for his activities as he seriously eyes a 2016 White House bid.
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