RHINELANDER - Look up almost anywhere in Rhinelander and you see it-- a 138-foot tall flagpole.
But right now there's no flag, just the pole.
If the Parking and Advisory Board gets its way, you'll see a permenent flag on it this spring. The structure doubles as a cell phone tower owned by AT&T.
At Wednesday night's Parking and Advisory meeting the board discussed the latest proposal from AT&T.
The company wants a long term lease, but the board needs to fix some flag issues first.
"That we kinda have their attention and we have to say, this thing needs to be straightened out so that we can raise and lower a flag properly in proper times and get this thing up so that it can be up the way it should be," board chairman Mark Pelletier said.
The board also hopes to add a little color to the base of the flagpole. That means a mural, and last night's meeting looked at the possibility of getting one painted this spring.
"The initial plan was to have a mural painted the following year, cover everything up and go to something new," Pelletier said. "Maybe hopefully get local groups involved in it and everything."
The board hopes to partner up with the Nicolet College art department for the mural.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
MINOCQUA - Only about one-third of students showed up to classes at Lakeland Union High School Friday morning, with many staying home after police verified a shooting threat.
More police officers were on hand at the school Friday morning.
On Thursday evening, Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger confirmed the discovery of shooting threats in the ladies' bathroom near the LUHS auditorium. The threat noted an attack would be similar to Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which killed 17 people.
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