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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 01/23/2018
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll show you what happened in the trial for a man accused of three felonies tied to an alleged attempted armed robbery and shooting in 2011 near Three Lakes.

In light of recent arrests, the Eagle River Police Department is teaming up with an organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking. We'll tell you about an upcoming event the two groups are hosting to discuss the topic with the public.

And we'll tell you why it's important to make sure your mail carrier has a clear path through the snow to your mailbox.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.






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MERRILL - A Merrill pastor critically injured in a car crash near Rhinelander this month died Monday afternoon.

According to a post from his wife on a family-created CaringBridge page, James Weiland died at 2:20 p.m.

Weiland, 58, was hurt in a crash on Highway 8 several miles west of Rhinelander around 1 p.m. on Jan. 12.  His pickup truck crashed with a semi-truck, which led to a 4 1/2-hour closure of the highway.  Medics took Weiland from the scene in an ambulance before airlifting him to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.  The semi-truck driver was not hurt.

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RHINELANDER - Ninety-eight thousand pounds rumbling down a road at 45 miles per hour don't exactly stop or turn on a dime.

"If you try to get around us, it's like chasing a train," truck driver Scott Schoeneck said.  "There's only going to be problems."

That's why Schoeneck, who owns his own logging truck company, takes it slow, especially approaching a specific intersection in Rhinelander.

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RHINELANDER - A 14-member jury saw a bullet found at the crime scene, heard a panicked 911 call from the victim, and listened to Donald Dal Ponte's daughter describe his injuries during the first day of Edwin Hughes' jury trial in Oneida County Court on Monday.

Hughes is charged with playing a role in a 2011 attempted robbery and shooting in Three Lakes.

On February 9, 2011, two people entered into Dal Ponte's Three Lakes home and demanded money from him, according to prosecutors. One held a gun to Dal Ponte's legs as an intimidation tactic, then shot him. Prosecutors say Hughes is that man.

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EAGLE RIVER - Even with the snow falling down Monday, some people can't take a snow day.

Taxi drivers in the Northwoods can help people who can't drive make it to doctor's appointments, grocery stores and even lend a hand when their car breaks down.

Eagle River Taxi Service driver Kurt Schels says the snow is just another part of his job.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - The DNR found a case of chronic wasting disease in Lincoln County.

A two-year-old buck harvested in northeastern Lincoln County, south of Rhinelander, tested positive for the deadly brain disease.

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RHINELANDER - The Oneida County Sheriff says that being in jail is a constant battle with boredom. Inmates can watch TV, play cards, and message their families but that's about it. Now, thanks to a new program, inmates can work towards getting a high school education.

The Oneida County jail recently paired up with Nicolet Technical College to create a GED certification program for some of its inmates. The program is designed to set inmates up for success once they are released from jail.

A teacher from Nicolet College comes to the jail four times a week for about an hour to teach nine state inmates. Although the program is open to county and state inmates, there are only state inmates involved at this time.

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Heavy snow great for ski slopesSubmitted: 01/22/2018

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WAUSAU - Heavy snowfall may make for bad road conditions, but it makes for great ski slopes.

Granite Peak Ski Area in Rib Mountain hasn't needed to make artificial snow since December 31.

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