TOWN OF CRESCENT - Snowfall around the Northwoods caused problems for drivers Thursday morning with a couple car crashes on Highway 8 South of Rhinelander.
Around 7:40 Thursday morning an SUV rolled over on Highway 8 near Detienne Road and injuries were reported.
The driver of this vehicle was removed and taken into an Oneida County Ambulance, their condition is unknown at this time.
Lt. Lloyd Gauthier of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department commented on this and another crash on Highway 8, "While enroot to that, a deputy came upon a second motor vehicle accident on Highway 8 and North Rifle Road. There were injuries there too. So in a short time period we had injuries in two motor vehicle accidents on Highway 8. So we just ask people to drive with caution."
The crash blocked traffic in both directions for more than 15 minutes as rescuers moved the driver onto a stretcher.
The crash at North Rifle Road involved two vehicles and one person was removed from their car on a stretcher.
The driver of that car contacted Newswatch 12 Thursday night. She lost her cell phone at the scene. If you happen to have found it there, please call her at 715-453-1996.
RHINELANDER - A 23-year-old Wausau woman faces three charges for allegedly stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card in Rhinelander. Those charges include burglary, theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors accuse Brieanna Persike and Andrew Washburn, 25, of Wausau, of stealing a purse from an unlocked home on South Rifle Road in Rhinelander. The criminal complaint shows that Persike told investigators they broke into the home. She said it was after visiting Washburn's grandmother early on December 17th.
The two then went to Wal-Mart and spent more than $500 using the stolen credit card. The criminal complaint shows that the two bought a car installation kit, a car amplifier, a black BB gun, cat food, ice fishing equipment and other items just hours after the reported burglary.
RHINELANDER - You can't find public radio stations as easily as you can find commercial radio stations in the Northwoods. That's because they're funded mostly by donations. However, one Rhinelander radio station has found a way to make it work for more than 30 years.
"The station came about as the result of a dream, really, of a fella named Peter Nordgrin who came from northern Minnesota at a station very similar to this one," said Ken Krall, news director and interim station manager at 91.7 WXPR in Rhinelander. "He realized that there was a hole in northern Wisconsin for public radio."
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County district attorney says he's confident the public will see he made a fair decision in not charging a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of a black man.
John Chisholm said the officer, Christopher Manney, was justified in using deadly force when his encounter with Dontre Hamilton turned into a fight last April. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times after Hamilton got control of the officer's baton.
Chisholm said the release of the full investigative file will help people understand what went into the decision.
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