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RPD Gets New SergeantSubmitted: 03/28/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - An undercover officer will go back to working out in the open in Rhinelander.

This week Chief Mike Steffes made Jake Simkins the new night shift sergeant for the Rhienalnder Police Department. He's been with the Department for five years. But he's been working strictly undercover with the North Central Drug Enforcement Group for the last few years.

"It's something I always wanted to do and I was able to have the opportunity to do it. But I'm looking forward to coming back and working with the officers here and being able to train some of the newer officers and work with the community as well and bring the experience that I have with the police department and the citizens of Rhinelander," says Simkins.

Simkins is also the newest member of the Oneida County SWAT team.

Chief Steffes says the department is in the final stages of hiring another officer. He expects to be fully staffed again by the end of April.

Another officer from RPD will be able to apply to take Sergeant Simkins' place with the NORDEG unit.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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Packers ticket scam hit fans outside of MarshfieldSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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How to take photos of the fall colors like a proSubmitted: 09/23/2014

EAGLE RIVER - Capturing the beauty of fall can be tricky for an amatuer photographer. When it comes to taking great fall pictures, there are many things that you can do to achieve success.

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Cancer scam father gets jail timeSubmitted: 09/23/2014

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Celina Winchell and her father asked at least 17 businesses in Lincoln and Marathon Counties to put out collection containers for donations to the family.

But Winchell never had cancer.

In fact, investigators found she had nothing worse than a sinus infection.

On Tuesday, Winchell's father was sentenced for his role in the scam.

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Search on for inmate who walked off job siteSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MARATHON COUNTY - Police want your help finding an inmate who walked away in Marathon County.

The sheriff's department tells us inmate Dylan Alexandroni had been out on work release at Draeger's Dairy Farm.

At 8:45 Monday night, the Marathon County Jail got a call from Draeger's that Alexandroni had quit working and left.

Alexandroni called the work release office and talked to an officer.

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Home sales decline in AugustSubmitted: 09/23/2014

WISCONSIN - Sales of existing homes in Wisconsin have declined.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports sales dropped 5.7 percent in August compared to a year earlier.

Association board chairman Steve Lane says tighter inventory of properties in the state's metro areas could have slowed sales there.

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Liberal group thinks Wisconsin will not meet demand for photo IDsSubmitted: 09/23/2014

MADISON - A liberal group thinks Wisconsin can't make enough IDs for voters before the November 4th election.

The law has not been in effect since 2012 because of legal challenges.

But the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the photo ID requirement for the November election in Wisconsin.

Court documents filed Monday by a liberal group argues DMV offices aren't open enough hours to issue IDs to people who need them.

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