MERRILL - Cell phones and GPS make finding someone pretty easy these days. But not if they disappear without those tools.
Anita Bucki, who lives near Merrill, vanished from her home, late last week leaving behind her purse, phone, and car keys.
Earlier Wednesday, the Corning and Hamburg Volunteer fire departments along with the Marathon County dive team searched several nearby bodies of water.
They're also continuing to search the wooded area around her house here on Wegner road in rural Lincoln County. So far they've not found any trace of her in the area.
"I don't believe she's there, we haven't had any luck with any canine searches," Lincoln County Chief Deputy Nathan Walrath said. "That would indicate that she's in the wooded area, but we want to rule that out to indicate that she is not."
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have seen Anita Bucki or with any details about her disappearance, to call them.
The State crime lab was there collecting evidence.
The Sheriffs Office wasn't able to share any details about what the found, or what they were looking for.
They also won't confirm whether the Bucki's were having marital issues or if Anita Bucki has any medical issues that could have cause her to wander away.
WAUSAU - Wausau Police want to find a convicted dog killer now accused of prostitution.
They're looking for 23-year-old Sean Janas. In 2014, Janas was convicted on two felonies for poisoning her boyfriend's dog. She spent a year and a half in prison after she was convicted in the death of the German shepherd-Labrador mix.
Last month, an undercover officer got in touch with Janas, who was advertising as an escort on the website Backpage.
IRON COUNTY - Humans aren't equipped for single-digit and sub-zero temperatures, but huskies definitely are.
During cold snaps like this week, dog sled drivers can't pass up an opportunity to take the dogs out running—dog sledding or skijoring.
MJ Slone and Chad McGrath in Springstead have 11 huskies at their home. All the dogs are from shelters or families that can't take care of them anymore.
"It was often a sled driver with a team who had maybe 30, 40, 50 dogs and one dog wouldn't fit the team anymore or teams so we would get it," said McGrath.
For Slone and McGrath, taking in dogs started more than 20 years ago.
"Well, I brought home a pup from Alaska because I had worked up there doing some consulting work," said Slone. "My idea was to skijor, which was a fairly new thing in 1990 in the U.S….And then I realized dogs don't like to run alone, so I got another dog….and then I got another dog."
These dogs aren't competitive —they're mostly for recreational racing. Slone and McGrath host outdoor groups and school kids for sled dog racing throughout the winter. They encourage people to get out and try these sports during the winter, even if it's bitterly cold.
"It's the partnership with the dogs," Slone said. "They bring an enthusiasm to your life that you just can't get….They are always happy to see you."
MILWAUKEE - Republican presidential candidates made their case to voters during their debate in Milwaukee last November. Now it's the Democrats turn. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary Hillary Clinton are set to face off for the sixth time Thursday evening at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
This is the first time Sanders and Clinton will face each other since the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
The debate is especially important for both candidates.
MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would dramatically expand landlord rights.
The Republican bill would allow landlords to dispose of or sell trespassers' property; evict tenants if they cause damage without repairing or paying for it; and evict a tenant if the tenant, a tenant family member or guest engages in criminal activity, including dealing drugs. The landlord could terminate the tenancy regardless of whether anyone was arrested or convicted.
MILWAUKEE - Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.
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