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Rhinelander Man Goes to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun as a FelonSubmitted: 05/06/2013
Rhinelander Man Goes to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun as a Felon
Story By Newswatch 12 Newsteam

MADISON - People who commit a felony lose the right to have a gun.

A Rhinelander man who broke that law will spend three years in federal prison.

29 year old Christopher Whittaker had a 22 caliber rifle in his possession in the spring of 2012.

He had previously been convicted of felonies including hijacking a vehicle and child abuse.

He pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in February.

U.S. district judge Lynn Adleman has now sentenced Whittaker to serve three years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.


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The class is in full swing for the season.

Nicolet College Rider Coach Mike Murray says even experienced riders can use a "safety brush-up" this time of year.

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It's also important to keep your eyes moving for critters that come out of the woods,especially deer.

"If you know you're going to hit it: let off your brakes, hit it with your handle bars straight ahead looking straight ahead so that your bike stays straight up," says rider coach Mike Murray.

The course covers the basics about motorcycles and riding techniques.

It's meant to build confidence when you ride, so that you're prepared for emergencies on the road.

"I've been a rider for a long time. When I completed the class, I had to look back and say man there is a lot of stuff I learned here and a lot of things I was doing the wrong way," says program coordinator Mark England.

You have until October to sign up for the Basic Rider Course at Nicolet.

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MADISON - Wisconsin's prisons for young offenders could see some changes in the way they punish inmates.

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She is a teacher at MHLT in Minocqua and even uses it in her classroom.

"I've seen remarkable results," said Hawke.

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And of course with kids, they do and say the darnedest things.

"A lot of them, they like to make up their own yoga poses," said Hawke.

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"Yoga is something that is for every body and every age," said Hawke.

All donations from the yoga classes went to The Warehouse Art Center in Eagle River.

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Republicans plan to vote next week on their version of the health care bill next week.

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