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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/20/2017
- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

Fire ripped through a home in western Vilas County this morning, torching the attic, main floor, and basement. Everyone made it out safely, but tonight, that couple is wondering what they do now. Tonight we hear the couple's story and get their reaction to the fire.

We talk to a Prentice man who recycles bicycles and has them shipped worldwide to people who need them.

And we'll show you a unique historical spot in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where you can view the beautiful fall colors.

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




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RHINELANDER - The father of a 20-month-old boy will now face criminal charges in Oneida County Circuit Court in the death of the boy.

Trung Tran, 40, of Rhinelander, was arrested on Tuesday in the death of Avery Edwards.

An autopsy showed the 20-month-old Edwards died of blunt force trauma to the head on April 14. Tran's wife, Ellen Tran, 28, 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.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is recommending charges of Intentionally Neglecting a Child and Physical Abuse/Failure to Prevent Bodily Harm to a Child against Trung Tran. He'll be in Oneida County Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Ellen Tran was arrested shortly after Edwards' death in mid-April. She's now facing charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide. Ellen Tran is Edwards' stepmother.

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MINOCQUA - Pipelines dating back to the 1960s will get swapped out for new ones this fall. WPS crews in Minocqua started upgrading the natural gas distribution system in September. 

The upgrades include two and a half miles of natural gas mains and several service pipelines. WPS says these upgrades will benefit many people.  

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MINOCQUA - Marshfield Clinic representatives still want to build a hospital in Minocqua. They're appealing that plan's rejection this fall. 

On Tuesday, the Oneida County Board of Adjustment, Marshfield Clinic representatives, and Howard Young representatives toured the site where the proposed hospital would be built. 

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RHINELANDER - A car crashed into Friendship House in Rhinelander on Tuesday. It turns out the crash happened, in part, because of a shoe.

Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says investigators discovered the 79-year-old female driver's shoe had fallen off. She reached down to grab the shoe, and her foot accidentally hit the gas instead of the break.

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander church opened its doors for a blood drive Tuesday. More than 20 people signed up to donate.

Immanuel Lutheran Church has hosted an annual blood drive for more than a decade. The drive was held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

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RHINELANDER - Most people can't ignore the stunning images of flooded homes and roof-tops torn away out of the south and Caribbean after two hurricanes rolled through.

Hearing about constant fundraisers and donation drives can wear you out.  A Rhinelander pastor hopes your spirit to give hasn't been broken yet.

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ST. GERMAIN - In front of a room full of people at Moon Beach Camp in St. Germain, Dr. Roderick Brodhead took some blame on behalf of his profession.

"I think there's been a recognition in the medical community, that we've actually been a part of the problem," said Dr. Brodhead.

That problem is opioid addiction. 

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