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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/19/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

A Crandon mother reports her sixth-grade son had a knife and gun pulled on him by another student at a high school football game. Now, she's saying she wants justice for her son. We'll bring you the details.

Merrill Police are looking into several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week. We talk to the police captain and a man whose garage was vandalized.

And we introduce you to a woman in the Rhinelander area who keeps an eye on homes of people who are gone for the winter to make sure they're safe.

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




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MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.

Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday. 

Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.

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RHINELANDER - When Debby Glebke's friends were going back to the south to escape the Northwoods winter, they asked her to watch their home.

"It makes me feel good to help people, I just want to make their life easier," said Glebke. 

That favor sparked an idea that's lasted more than 20 years Glebke's business Snow Bird Home Watch.

"I have all this ambition or I have a lot of energy," said Glebke. 

When Glebke's husband died about fourteen years ago she turned her energy into an outlet.

"You know we always learn something from a crisis you always learn something good," said Glebke. 

Glebke also got a lot of firsts out of the situation too.

"It feels good just to own your own business, I've never really been in my own business," said Glebke. 

While creating something of her own she gave her grandchildren a new role model.

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CRANDON - Terri Burl wanted to ask more questions than make comments during Congressman Sean Duffy's town hall in Crandon on Thursday.

"Everybody's in the state of the unknown right now," Burl said.

Burl, a Republican, was thinking of her 26-year-old son in Oshkosh as she asked Duffy (R-Wausau) about health care concerns.  She worries about tax penalties for her uninsured son and the GOP's lack of solid ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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MERRILL - Tucked away in the southwest corner of Merrill you can find one of only 19 World War One memorials in Wisconsin. 

People from Lincoln County who died during the war are honored there. 
 
Wednesday, a group of volunteers paid their respects to those service men with some soap, water, and hard work. 

"It's a good opportunity to pay back that service," said Church Mutual employee Sheila Severt. 

Church Mutual employees get one day a year to volunteer in the community, Severt wanted to do something to help veterans.

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RHINELANDER - One Rhinelander man's love for drumming started in 6th grade.

That passion led him to start making his own drums.

Northland Music Center owner Will Roffers recently started hand-building custom snare drums.

Some of the shells he works with are pre-made, but his "stave" shells are shaped and sanded.

He used to build and race stock cars, so he knew how to weld and mold, but drum making was a bit more challenging.

"Working with wood is tough for me. You cut something wrong and there's not putting it back together ," says Will.

Will eventually wants to hand-build snare drums to sell to the public.

In the meantime, he restores and customizes sets for customers.

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APPLETON - At about 100 feet when fully extended, climbing to the top of the Merrill Fire Department's new ladder truck isn't for the faint of heart.

"It's a pretty cool feeling," firefighter Rick Sparks said.

But both standing 100 feet in the air and flat on the ground, Sparks was happy to look at his new truck from all sides.

"From the first ideas of a new ladder to seeing it here today and being able to go up on that platform was pretty neat," Sparks said.

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MADISON/IRMA - Update: The head of Wisconsin's prison system claims a troubled prison for juveniles is safe, a week after a staff member was punched by an inmate sending her to the hospital.

Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher said Thursday that the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake prisons "is a safe place for staff and offenders."

He spoke to reporters after testifying before a state Senate committee about overcrowding in the state prison system.

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