CRANDON, TOMAHAWK - The Crandon Wrestling Team has shown it's power throughout the Northern Lakes Conference this season.
The Cardinals are undefeated in conference duel meets. They also feature three wrestlers who are state ranked. They proved to be too much for Three Lakes on Thursday night, winning the match 63-15.
In the 195-lb. match, Crandon's Isiah Doame earned a pin. Carter Shampo - who is state-ranked - collected a technical fall victory at 132 pounds.
Emerson Hegeman collected the loan pinfall victory for Three Lakes. Hegeman is ranked #2 among the state's top Division 3 Heavyweight wrestlers.
Meanwhile in Tomahawk, the Hatchet boys and girls hockey teams had home games on Thursday. The girls game was a make-up from Tuesday night - a result of the weather which hit a greater portion of the Northwoods.
The Hatchet girls faced Marshfield, who proved to be too much. Marshfield won 9-2. Paige Johnson scored two goals and added three assists for the Tigers.
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.
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