ARBOR VITAE - A small piece of land caused a not so small dispute between the Town of Arbor Vitae and the Department of Transportation.
Now, they're hoping to finally come to terms.
The town board and DOT have been negotiating over a piece of land for more than 10 years.
That's a long time to argue over 1.4 acres.
Both the DOT and the town say it should be resolved within the month.
The issue is that the DOT owns the land the town wants to buy.
It's between Highway 70 and Big Arbor Vitae Drive.
The DOT is asking for more than 19 thousand dollars, but town board chairman Frank Bauers thinks it's a little over priced.
"It would be nice if we had it. It's not a necessity because we own 88 acres across the road," said Bauers.
"So we can make a parking lot as big as Miller Park if we want to, but it would be nice to get the whole thing straightened out once and for all."
We spoke with a representative for the DOT last week.
Their main goal is to work with the town and get things resolved.
"It's our goal to work with the township. I know they're in disagreement with the initial estimate that came their way and we'll sit down and work with them and work through all the land transfer issues that exist with that particular realignment up there," said Region Programming and Planning Chief, Brian Gaber.
"We'll hear them out and see what they have to say, look at their counter offer and negotiate further with them to resolve it."
The DOT was not at the meeting tonight.
Bauer says the next step is to bring this issue to their attorney.
STEVENS POINT - A former Portage County doctor could go to prison for sexually assaulting his patients. Wilton Calderon pled guilty to three felonies Friday.
Calderon was a caregiver at the Plover Family Practice until leaving it in 2015. He then moved to Connecticut.
At least seven women accused Calderon of sexually assaulted them during appointments. Some patients said Calderon placed his genitals in their hands and performed unwanted gynecological exams by penetrating them with his fingers.
SUGAR CAMP - Update Feb. 17, 2017 10:20 p.m. -- The woman who runs an Oneida County animal rescue could face animal mistreatment charges.
Oneida County Deputies booked Stephanie Schneider on Thursday. She is due in court on Feb. 27.
Last week, deputies removed 39 dogs from Schneider's "It Matters to One" in Sugar Camp and put them at the Oneida County Humane Society.
Police are recommending charges to the district attorney, which include failing to provide food and water, mistreating animals, and obstructing officers.
People who know Schneider say they can't believe this is happening.
"I'm just heartsick about this, and I'm sick at heart for her," said LynnAnn Thomas, a Sugar Camp resident who says she's friends with Stephanie Schneider.
"Those are her children. She would never, ever , ever mistreat them," Thomas said.
But that's exactly what police believe Schneider did. Last week they removed the dogs from the facility after a weeks-long investigation that was prompted by complaints and concerns from several people.
"People that had worked or volunteered there were concerned about the conditions that the dogs were in and the fact that they were not receiving food or water," said Oneida County Sheriff's Capt. Terri Hook.
Those accusations baffle Thomas.
"I been over there several times, it's always been meticulously clean, happy dogs," Thomas said.
Thomas believes whatever condition the dogs were in, they came to Schneider that way.
"She does get some really, really, really desperate cases, and I imagine that they take a long time to heal," Thomas said.
Thomas added she got her own dog from It Matters To One a few years ago.
"I got my little Hankey, he came in in really bad shape, and she wouldn't let me have him until he was nursed back to health," Thomas said.
Since the dogs were removed, It Matters to One posted certificates of veterinary inspections on its Facebook page for most of the 39 dogs. The Sheriff's Office has seen those and is including them in its investigation, which is ongoing and may not end soon.
"Just to ensure that all the dogs are healed and make sure they've received all the care they need," Hook said.
Newswatch 12 has reached out to It Matters to One and has been communicating with the rescue via email.
The state Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection is helping the sheriff's office with its investigation and will decide if the rescue can keep its license.
Newswatch 12 also reached out to the veterinarian who conducted the inspections for the rescue, but has not yet heard back.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Once landfills run out of space, the county must decide where the garbage will go. At a meeting on Monday, it was announced that the Vilas County landfill has about 10 years left before it will have to find a new location to dispose of trash. Oneida County had a similar decision to make years ago.
Fifteen years ago, the Oneida County landfill was capped.
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