RHINELANDER - Ellen Tran, a 28-year-old Rhinelander woman, could now face up to 60 years in prison in the death of her 20-month-old stepson.
On Wednesday, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek amended the charge against Tran from Second Degree Reckless Homicide to First Degree Reckless Homicide.
An autopsy showed 20-month-old Avery Edwards died of blunt force trauma to the head on April 14. Tran was watching the boy, and told police Edwards fell in the shower. But doctors treating Edwards thought it looked more like a child abuse case.
A conviction for Second Degree Reckless Homicide carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. The new charge, First Degree Reckless Homicide, is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.
Reached at the Oneida County Courthouse on Wednesday, Schiek declined comment on the amended charge.
Tran will return to Oneida County Court on October 17 for a pre-trial conference.
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CRANDON - The lawyer for Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Chair Chris McGeshick repeated that allegations of battery and false imprisonment are "absolutely false" at McGeshick's first court appearance in Forest County Wednesday.
McGeshick faces one felony count and two misdemeanor counts in Forest County Court.
A former tribal member told police McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices in late June.
RHINELANDER - Our nervous system controls the whole show when it comes to our bodies, especially how they feel.
Chiropractic care is one method people use to keep that system moving.
Hometown Chiropractic is new to Rhinelander, but it's no stranger to the Northwoods; its main location is in Tomahawk. People might think traumas like slipping on ice or car accidents are the only reasons to see a chiropractor.
Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash says you don't need to be injured to come in.
"We want to get those misalignments checked. Sometimes they don't show up as a major pain symptom.
They show up as something smaller and less obvious," says Dr. Grace.
Dr. Grace says she sees babies as soon as one day old.
That's because nervous system issues should be treated sooner rather than later.
"We as adults know that they don't feel good. We want the best for our kids and we don't want to see them go through that," says Dr. Grace.
Hometown Chiropractic always accepts new patients.
EAGLE RIVER - A 40,000 square-foot addition designed to last 100 years opens up in less than two weeks. A number of Vilas County offices are set to move into the courthouse expansion in Eagle River on August 24th and 25th.
Construction on the building started in August 2016. The $11 million project stayed on budget and had just one week's worth of delays. That was due to getting a proper air handling unit shipped and installed.
"There was a lot of common sense and practicality that went into the design, but we've also designed for the future," county clerk Dave Alleman said. "We all certainly hope that there needs to be no more additions like this for Vilas County government."
EAGLE RIVER - With a digital clock's big red numbers counting down to zero over her shoulder, Claire Reese felt some pressure Tuesday morning.
"A lot rests upon our shoulders right now," Reese said.
But as the Northland Pines senior's team struggled to figure out code words and open locks, the pressure was less about solving this puzzle and more about making sure incoming students don't end up puzzled themselves.
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