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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/26/2017
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We'll take you live to Wausau where police arrested a firefighter/paramedic after receiving a sexual assault complaint from a female patient.

We'll tell you about a study that shows that CWD can be transferred from deer to primates.

And we'll show you how the recent warm weather is helping to create business for a newly renovated golf course in Three Lakes.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.



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WAUSAU - On Tuesday afternoon, the Wausau Fire Department sent the following press release:

On September 25th, Wausau Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Clifford (CJ) Heiser was arrested by the Wausau Police Department after receiving DNA results concerning a criminal investigation of an alleged sexual assault while on duty. The initial complaint was filed with the Wausau Police Department on September 13th by a 29 year old female patient from the Wausau area after being transported by a Wausau Fire Department ambulance from the scene to an area hospital. No other Wausau Fire Department personnel were part of the allegation.

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MERRILL - It might be hard to imagine running a business with your mother or daughter-in-law, but for one pair, a shared hobby helped create their DIY studio.

Mother and daughter-in-law duo Diane and Alicia Kucirek opened The Painted Door in Merrill just one month ago.

They take old, worn out furniture and make it new again using chalk paint.

The pair decided to open the studio when both of their houses started to get jam-packed with finished chalk paint projects.

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ELCHO - Two weeks ago, one high school student told her principal she felt intimidated when a classmate wore a Confederate flag sweatshirt. That complaint started a conversation--and a controversy.

On Monday night, members of the community for and against Confederate symbols in school had the chance to speak out on the issue.

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RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.

Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway.  The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.

They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time.  About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.

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RHINELANDER - With the push of a button and the whining of a winch, John Wendt singlehandedly symbolizes the end of a season.

"You see the changing of the leaves, I just love being out here every day," Wendt said.

Wednt hauls boats for Shoeder's RV & Marine in Rhinelander. Starting in September, he loads up fishing boats, pontoons, and jet skis and puts them away for the season.

"The weather's been nice, everybody doesn't want to put their boats away yet," Wendt said.  "But as soon as the weather starts turning, that's when it'll hit the fan."

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RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.

The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.

Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.

The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - Lake Tomahawk's Camp American Legion gives active military members, veterans, and their families a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. 

The new director of the camp, Don Grundy, saw some changes needed to be made, especially when it came to the speed limit near the entrance of the camp that sits off County Highway D. 

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