WAUSAU - The Marathon County jail needs security changes. That's what the citizen task force told the sheriff's department after a month-long review of the jail.
Some of the task force's suggestions have already been put into place, including one that came directly from watching the attack on jail officer Julie Christensen.
"It would be easy for the average person to see, this is just not a good situation. You have people milling around all over. People up on an upper balcony watching as if they're waiting for something to happen.... So the suggestion was made that the rule now is that all the inmates need to sit and be quiet at a table. Then the corrections officers can move through the room and do what they have to do," said Paul Jones, Chair of the Citizen Jail Task Force.
Jones says they're almost done making suggestions, and about two thirds of the way through implementing them
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee mother whose car was stolen with her infant strapped in the back seat says she held onto the vehicle for as long as she could as the carjackers drove away.
The woman was dragged down the street in Milwaukee Monday and eventually lost her grip. But what happened next was unexpected. The car stopped about a block away. And, one of the two carjackers got out, removed the 1-month-old baby, still in his car seat, and left him at the curb.
Surveillance video from a nearby house shows the mother running to retrieve her baby, who wasn't hurt.
Police are looking for the carjackers and the vehicle.
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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