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Church Abuse Suit Against Green Bay Diocese SettledSubmitted: 03/20/2013
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - The Diocese of Green Bay has settled a lawsuit by two brothers who accused them of fraud.

Todd and Troy Merryfield said the diocese withheld information of a former priest's prior sexual misconduct.

Reverend John Feeney later was convicted of sexually abusing the brothers in the late '70s when they were boys.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit, based on the agreement.

Bishop David Ricken issued a statement apologizing to the Merryfields and all victims of child sexual abuse.

Under the settlement, the Merryfields will receive 700-thousand dollars.

Reverend Feeney has ties to the Northwoods.

In the late sixties and early seventies, Feeney worked at Holy Family Rectory Church in Elcho.

He also worked at the parish in Pickerel, in Langlade County.


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Marathon County armed robberySubmitted: 03/28/2017

TOWNSHIP OF EMMET - Early Tuesday morning Marathon County Sheriff's Communications received a 911 call from a residence about an armed robbery at 5022 Fairview Road, a rural residence in the Township of Emmet.

Deputies from the Marathon County Sheriff's Office and the Wausau Police Department responded and stayed on scene well into the afternoon with investigators.

So far Deputies have learned the victim was held at gunpoint for an undetermined amount of time. The suspects are described as one male Caucasian, approximately 5'11" with a thin build and two male Southeast Asians, approximately 5'4". There is also possibly one female Asian involved. The suspects were wearing coverings over their face, and they were armed with a handgun and a bat during this incident.

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The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.

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The 10-mile trail will follow an old railroad corridor between Eagle River and Conover.

The trail will connect the new campground on Torch Lake to the two communities.

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Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park."  The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.

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