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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 07/27/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We take our Long Summer Weekend to Langlade County:

We talk about the importance of lumber industry in Langlade County and throughout Wisconsin, and we talk to Northcentral Technical College and a local lumber company about how NTC is like a pipeline of talent for the industry.

We show you the Langlade County Fair's annual horsemanship showcase and introduce you to some of the competitors.

And when you go shopping for produce, you normally take a list and pull straight from the store shelf. But tonight we take you to a Deerbrook farm where you buy a season's worth of vegetables without knowing what you'll get.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our long summer weekend in Langlade County tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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RHINELANDER - Learning of a cheating wife may have led a Waukesha man to light a van on fire, shoot off a gun, and trigger the Oneida County SWAT team near Pelican Lake last week.

Prosecutors filed formal charges against 51-year-old Richard Hitchcock in Oneida County Court on Thursday.

Hitchcock is accused of burning his van in the woods and firing three shots last Thursday. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded with its SWAT team, a drone, and canine units before arresting Hitchcock.

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RHINELANDER - Seventeen-year-old Ashlee Martinson was "incapable of making rational choices" when she killed her mother and stepfather in Oneida County two years ago, according to her lawyer.

Attorney Mark Schoenfeldt is arguing for a reduced sentence for Martinson, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence.

Schoenfeldt submitted his motion for post-conviction relief on Monday. He hopes to convince Judge Michael Bloom to reduce Martinson's sentence. Last June, Bloom decided to send Martinson to prison for 23 years, to be followed by 17 years on extended supervision.

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LANGLADE - A legacy that started in 1947 lives on in the small community of Langlade. 

Bob and Joni's bar has gone through three generations of owners and a few name changes since it opened more than 70 years ago. 

However, one thing has remained the same. 

"If you're not laughing, smiling, having a good time, you're probably at the wrong bar," said Bob and Joni's manager Jeremy Walters.

35- year-old Jeremy Walters jumped at the chance to help at his family's bar.

"You're supposed to be 18, I'm pretty sure I was a little early on that," said Walters. 

Walters' grandfather opened the bar in 1947 as the Northern Lights. 

It was passed along to Walters' father. 

Now Walters' manages the same bar, now Bob and Joni's. 
 
When Walters' grandfather first opened the bar, it used to attract 20 people.

 After more than 70 years in business, a lot has changed.

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WAUPACA COUNTY - A 15-year-old boy died after being accidentally shot in Waupaca County.

According to the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, police received a call just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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MERRILL - Twenty-one-year-old Tyler Monroe may have been looking to flee to Canada after killing his father last year in a Merrill apartment.

But in court on Wednesday, Monroe's defense attorney suggested it was also plausible someone else killed Kevin Monroe, 55.

On July 14, prosecutors charged Tyler Monroe with killing Kevin Monroe in January 2016 and hiding his corpse. On Wednesday, Lincoln County Judge Jay Tlusty found enough evidence to support the charge and allowed the case to continue.

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RHINELANDER - All the rain across the Northwoods this spring and summer likely didn't help get rid of any mosquitoes.  The pesky insects can carry the West Nile Virus, which has animal rehab workers worried about an increase in cases.

Wild Instincts Rehab Director Mark Naniot has seen between 10 to 15 cases of suspected West Nile Virus come in to his Rhinelander-area facility.  Naniot usually doesn't submit his birds for testing because they often come back negative.  But he received word from the state Wednesday saying there are 27 counties with confirmed cases -- including Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, and Langlade counties.

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RHINELANDER - If you want to toss some discs at a championship-caliber course by this fall, you'll need to put in some work to get it done.

Volunteers and workers poured about half of the concrete tee boxes at the Newbold Outdoor Recreation Area in the last few weeks.

The 18-hole course, hiking and snowshoe trails are carved out of an old landfill off Ole Lake Road. Committee chairman Pete Cody says planning goes back about three years, but most of the visible work happened this year.

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