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.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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