RHINELANDER - If you have a cell phone, you've most likely pocket-dialed someone.
One northwoods police department is fed up with these time-wasting calls.
The Rhinelander Police Department wants the city council to pass a proposed amendment to an existing ordinance.
Captain Ron Lueneburg of the Rhinelander Police Department says the "ordinance will allow us to eventually cite a person if they don't make corrective actions. It specifically states within a 6 month period, you know, three or more false 911 calls without taking corrective action is basically the premise that we want to center around before we would issue a citation to the person."
Since May 2011, the Rhinelander Police Department has received nearly 1,350 illegitimate calls.
Pocket dial calls waste time - time police need to respond to real emergencies.
Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof has advice for people who misdial multiple times: "You may want to start looking at the type of phone that you have. Make sure that the keypad is locked. And some phones - cells - maybe it's time to replace them and get a phone that's going to prevent you from misdialing by accident."
If you accidentally pocket dial the police, stay on the line and explain what happened.
Otherwise, the dispatcher will call you back, and may even send authorities to check on you.
NORTHWOODS - Home sales fell in the state of Wisconsin, but they're on the rise in the Northwoods.
Real Estate experts say home sales are up 5% in Oneida County. Home sales for the Northwoods are up 4%. Experts say right now it's a buyers market.
“If you're a seller right now you are probably going to be seeing some low ball offers,” says Ashlei Highfill, Century 21 Sales Associate. “We just encourage people to respond to any offer that they get not to just reject it or be offended but these days we are seeing a lot of buyers coming in and offering a lot less than what sellers are asking for.”
Experts say fewer homes are being foreclosed. This allows more families to make first time home purchases.
“It’s great to see that people are obviously getting back to work so they can afford to take that opportunity to put their family in their first home it's exciting for all of us,” says Highfill. “We're always happy to see somebody get that first house for their kids we're seeing some people that are making more money now so they're buying a move up house.”
Overall home sales in Wisconsin fell 11% compared to this time last year.
State increases fines for parking in handicap spots
MADISON - It will soon be three times more costly for drivers to park illegally in a disability parking spot in Wisconsin.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday increasing those fines starting Friday.
The new law will increase minimum fines from $50 to $150. The current maximum penalty of $300 won't change.
The law also creates a fine for building owners to not provide enough disability parking spaces on site. Building owners or occupants with at least 26 parking spaces must reserve disabled parking spaces or pay between $150 and $300.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center on Wednesday.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
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