Loading

71°F

72°F

77°F

72°F

77°F

72°F

73°F

81°F

77°F
NEWS STORIES

Central Wis. Man Gets Ten Years for Texting & Driving HomicideSubmitted: 11/12/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A central Wisconsin man will spend a decade in prison for killing a man by texting and driving.

John French admitted to texting his girlfriend and speeding right before he ran a stop sign and slammed into two cars in 2010. He killed 32-year-old Robert Walker.

Today a Wood County Judge sentenced the 23-year-old to ten years in prison, and seven additional years of extended supervision.

The crash happened the same month Wisconsin's texting and driving law went into effect in 2010.

"You're not allowed to compose a text message or email message and send it. That's utilizing your fine motor skills of typing into a keyboard because it's taking your attention away from operating that motor vehicle," says Lt. Lloyd Gauthier, from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

It can be tough to enforce this law because it's hard to see exactly what people are doing. There are plenty of complexities to it too. You can't type or send a text, but the law doesn't keep you from reading one or even going on the internet. But the law still makes room for that.

"It's specifically sub-categorized as inattentive driving. So if we're investigating a motor vehicle accident and the driver is telling us that they were reading a text message on their phone and not focusing on driving, yes, the appropriate citation would be inattentive driving," says Lt. Gauthier.

The fine for inattentive driving is the same as texting and driving, up to $400. In both cases you can lose four points on your license. Still, two penalties that are much better than taking someone's life.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/22/2014

- We speak with Reighlee Stevenson's mother. Stevenson was killed in a rollover accident in Marathon County two weeks ago.

- A Minocqua woman turned her hobby into a successful business. We talk to the woman behind the Violet Trunk, and learn what inspires her vintage decorations and home furniture creations.

- And many different things can cause back problems. A back pack that doesn't evenly distribute weight is one of them. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek spoke with a chiropractor to find out what backpacks can keep your child's spine healthy.

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

+ Read More
Soldier killed in Afghanistan native of WisconsinSubmitted: 08/22/2014

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - An Army paratrooper who was born in central Wisconsin has died while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Matthew Leggett served with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Relatives in Wisconsin tell Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/1oYbaUC ) that the 39-year-old Leggett was born in Wisconsin Rapids and still has extended family in the area.

+ Read More
New after school program offers 4th, 5th graders tutoring, chance to try new activitiesSubmitted: 08/22/2014

RHINELANDER - This year, fourth and fifth graders can get help with their school work and try new activities through a new after school program.

The Central After School Program (CAP) will be held at Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander. It focuses on fun, learning, and physical activity.

Certified teachers will help kids with their math, reading, and writing. Kids will also get the chance to try new, unique activities.

+ Read More
Wisconsin senators weigh in on executive orders, goals of Sept. session Submitted: 08/22/2014

RHINELANDER - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) took time during their August recess to hear from voters, industry leaders and other groups in the Northwoods this week.

Both addressed a number of issues they hope to pursue when they return to session in September.

One issue was the role of executive orders. President Obama plans on using his power of executive order to deal with immigration issues on the US-Mexico border. Congress couldn't pass a bill to address the issue.

The move would help deal with the flood of unaccompanied kids at the US border.

+ Read More
Price county man is found guilty of killing his wifeSubmitted: 08/22/2014

PRICE COUNTY - A judge found William Rambo guilty Friday of stabbing his wife to death in Park Falls last August.

Rambo asked for an Alford plea. That has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.

Prosecutors think Rambo threatened to stab his wife in early August 2013. They say he did that later that month.

+ Read More
More documents to be released in campaign probeSubmitted: 08/22/2014

MADISON - A federal appeals court approves the release of more documents in a secret investigation into Governor Scott Walker's campaign.

Prosecutors have been looking into Walker's 2012 recall campaign.

They wanted to see if the campaign illegally coordinated advertising and fundraising efforts with conservative groups.

One of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, convinced a federal judge to put the probe on hold.

+ Read More
Northwoods officers reflect on Ferguson, Missouri and Wisconsin's officer involved shooting law Submitted: 08/21/2014

Play Video

ONEIDA AND VILAS COUNTY - The shooting death of an unarmed Ferguson, Missouri teenager puts police tactics under extreme scrutiny.

Michael Brown was shot and killed by a policeman August 9.

Since then, the city near St. Louis has seen street violence and a federal investigation is in place.

Ferguson's protests are physically far away from Wisconsin, but police here are using the situation to reflect on their own policies.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here