THREE LAKES - While fear and chaos shut down Boston- the Northwoods had it's own scare today. A bomb threat shut down Three Lakes Schools.
This is an especially scary time for a bomb threat. But everyone in Three Lakes IS safe after a tense morning.
Students and teachers in Three Lakes Schools evacuated the building after a bomb threat came in.
Just before 10 o'clock the school called police to report what they felt was a credible threat to teachers and students.
"We have a protocol in place and we follow it to the letter." How quickly did it take them to evacuate the school? "From start to finish? About a minute, minute and a half," says Three Lakes Principal Bill Greb.
Students were taken away from the school. The Three Lakes Police and Fire Departments, and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department surrounded the building.
"What we always want to do is we want to do a thorough search to make sure when we put children back into the building the area is safe and clear. We search the entire building," says Police Chief Scott Lea.
Officers searched the building for two hours. They cleared it and let students and staff back in.
Principal Greb says they're taking the threat very seriously. If they find out it was a student, that person will be expelled.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Three Lakes Police Department.
Police wouldn't say exactly how the threat came in because they're still investigating.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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