Landlord and Tenant's Rights Could ChangeSubmitted: 05/17/2013
Story By Lex Gray

STATEWIDE - When renters don't pay their bills, landlords have a right to evict them.

So shouldn't landlords also have a right to evict their stuff?

Actually, that's against the law, but the Wisconsin Assemby might change that.

The current law says that a landlord can't throw away a tenant's belongings even if they evict them.

The only exception is if the landlord writes in the lease that a tenant's abandoned things belong to the landlord.

The new law would change that - leave things behind, and they automatically belong to the landlord.

Anthony Skelly manages Pelican River Estates in Rhinelander.

He says evicting someone requires many warnings and a long legal process, so people should have plenty of time to move their things before they leave.

"You've had formal notice, plus you know we're going to court, so you should have been prepared in getting everything packed and ready to go," Skelly said. "It's not like we're throwing you out in the middle of the night. This is not Russia, we don't do that here."

The Assembly will vote on the bill June 6.

If it passes, the Senate and Governor still have to approve it before it becomes law.

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MINOCQUA - The Minocqua Town Board always knew it would need to replace Supervisor Bryan Jennings eventually. But the Board didn't think it happen so soon.

Jennings died September 8, two days after he was struck by lightning while walking his dog.

Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim says the Town is now accepting letters of interest from anyone wanting to fill Jennings's seat.

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RHINELANDER - We likely won't find out who Rhinelander's next police chief will be until early next year.  But the city is already working to replace Chief Mike Steffes.

Newswatch 12 learned earlier this month Chief Steffes is leaving Rhinelander to take a job with the Department of Justice.

Steffes beat out 34 other candidates to win the chief job in 2007.  Police and Fire Commission President Todd McEldowney expects to see dozens of new applicants this time.

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WAUSAU - This fall Wausau's Woodson Art Museum will bring together artists from all over the world. 

The Birds in Art exhibit gives artists an opportunity to share a piece of themselves with their audience.

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EAGLE RIVER - Many of us already put out the scary decorations and pumpkins for some Halloween spirit. But if you're looking to take it up a notch, dress like a zombie and grab your running shoes this Saturday.

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- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll update you on the details of a fatal car crash in the Town of Stella that took the life of a teenager late Saturday night.

This year marks the third highest bear harvest in state history. But it also marked the highest number of hunting dog deaths. No one knows for sure why, but we'll tell you about some possible reasons.

And the Elcho-White Lake High School football team agreed to play an 8-man football game against a nearby high school's team. We'll tell you how it's helping out the nearby team.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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MERRILL - The Merrill Fire Department sees the need for more, younger EMTs to get into the business. Like other area departments, it wants to ensure its staff will stay strong for years into the future.

People like Dylan Schielke can help make that happen.

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RHINELANDER - A Marathon County man who drove to Rhinelander to meet up with a 15-year-old girl for sex told police he nearly turned around.

Instead, Dustin Zernicke pulled into the Shopko parking lot Friday night and found officers waiting for him.

The 35-year-old Zernicke made his initial appearance in Oneida County Court Monday afternoon.  Undercover officers posted an ad on Craigslist pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.  The post said "Mom sent me [to] Rhinelander for the weekend and I have nothing to do."

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