MONICO - Piece by piece and memory by memory, a family with a vacation home in Monico is recovering. Their home was viciously destroyed by burglars. We showed you their vandalized home last week.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office arrested all three suspects in this incredible act of vandalism. But the Wierzbicki's will need a lot more than that to pick up the pieces.
This week they struggled to figure out where to even begin.
"We had to inventory each item on each one of these pages," says Brian Wierzbicki, while paging through an itemized list of personal items that were destroyed. Three hundred of them in all.
That doesn't include the major structural damage to the property. There isn't a wall, ceiling, floor, or light fixture left intact.
The family has already put in 60 hours of work cleaning up their home. But for every layer of destruction they clear, they find another.
"They used a pick axe and a wood axe and chopped up the concrete. Many, many things were discovered beneath mattresses and things like that," says Wierzbicki.
The Wierzbicki's are still in limbo with their insurance company. Brian says he'll have to wait and see how the case plays out in court before he'll feel any better.
"There's a really seriously strange mindset that would allow them to do this much damage, with this much violence, for this amount of time, and then just move on to something else," says Wierzbicki.
One of the suspects, 17-year-old Jeffrey Stefonik was in Oneida County Court Wednesday. He's charged with six felonies, including burglary and criminal damage to property.
A 15-year-old is being charged in juvenile court.
Seventeen-year-old Anthony Briggs is also charged in this case, and out on bond.
Surprisingly, we reported Briggs was allowed to participate in a Three Lakes High School wrestling match Monday.
"Something I enjoyed has been destroyed and it's amazing that they're able to participate in something that they enjoy," says Wierzbicki.
We asked Superintendent Dr. Karling why Briggs hadn't been suspended from the Wrestling team, and he declined to comment.
WIAA rules state a player can be suspended for tobacco, alcohol and controlled substances. But it also says they can be suspended for violating the school's code of conduct. No word on whether felony criminal charges count.
LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout Camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.
Camper Erik Norlock has made the trip from Whitefish Bay to Camp LeFeber in Laona since he finished 5th grade.
"I care a lot about every single scout that we have here," said Norlock. "And being about to do it in such an amazing place is really something that touches home for me."
But the now high school graduate and hundreds more boy scouts who travel to the camp every year almost didn't have a place to go back to.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
PHILLIPS - Having just finished her sophomore year in high school, Park Falls' Allison Michels can barely drive a car legally. But even at a young age, she, like many high schoolers in Price County, is already taking college-level classes at Northcentral Technical College.
Michels is taking advantage of a summer Certified Nursing Assistant class at NTC's Phillips campus.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
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