MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke raised eyebrows when he released a radio ad urging residents to learn to handle firearms to protect themselves. Now he says he's using taxpayer funds to air them.
Clarke says the ads that first aired last month are public safety announcements.
Clarke's department has an $84.9 million budget for 2013. Eighty five percent comes from county property taxes. Most of the rest comes from state and federal funds.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel couldn't figure out the exact amount being spent on the ad from invoices and other department records.
But Clarke's office has agreed to buy more than $17,000 in radio ads this year. That includes the gun-themed ads.
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
RHINELANDER - If you paid attention to the Rhinelander Library's Facebook page Monday night, you would've seen a strange sight. Dozens of furry friends had a sleepover party at the library.
Kids dropped off their favorite stuffed animals, and could then watch what the animals were getting up to over Facebook. Library staff had plenty of activities for the animals including story time, snack time, and play time.
MERRILL - A 27-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office hopes to become that department's next leader. Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon.
Current Sheriff Jeff Jaeger announced he would retire at the end of his term, which finishes in early 2019. Jaeger has been sheriff for 11 years.
Schneider currently serves as senior patrol supervisor. He started his career with the LCSO as a corrections officer. In the past, Schneider supervised the Sheriff's Office detectives, telecommunications division, and was SWAT team supervisor.
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