ROTHSCHILD - On the internet you can find everything from furniture to pets to illegal "adult services"... and it's all on the same website.
Police in the Wausau Area are cracking down on those peddling sex. Police in Rothschild found out just how easy it is to hire someone for sex. Last week officers made one arrest, but just ONE website is full of willing sex workers.
Undercover officers arrested Cosetta Burrell for theft and prostitution. She'd agreed over text message to provide sexual services for $200. She's just one of a long list of women in the Wausau area advertising online. Captain Jeremy Hunt with the Rothschild police, thinks he knows why.
"With the way the economy is and the drug problems in the local area people need to find money somehow and this is one way that people are finding money," said Hunt.
In 2011 four people were arrested in the Wausau area for prostitution through the same website. But not all the posters are actually breaking the law.
"In Marathon County there isn't anything set in place, right now, that says it's illegal to have an ‘escort service'," said Captain Hunt, "However if you go to backpage.com where the ads are posted it's very obvious on what type of activity is being involved in it."
Police caught Burrell when she inadvertently agreed to have sex with an undercover cop for money. Many of the postings on that website though, are for ‘companionship' and some even say, anything further that should happen is not part of the contract.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
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.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
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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