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Strong storms, tornado hammer NorthwoodsSubmitted: 07/09/2013
Strong storms, tornado hammer Northwoods
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

NORTHWOODS - Strong storms hit parts of the Northwoods hard on Tuesday afternoon.

Law enforcement even confirmed a tornado touchdown near the intersection of U.S. 45 and County Highway C by Deerbrook in Lanaglade County.

Newswatch 12 has yet to learn of any damage or injuries from that tornado.

Elsewhere, more than a thousand Wisconsin Public Service customers were still without power in Lincoln County as of 6pm.

Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for the latest weather updates.



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Green Alert IssuedSubmitted: 09/18/2018

EAU CLAIRE - A Green Alert has been issued for a 38-year-old veteran.

Nicholas Wagener was last seen in the City of Eau Claire on September 5, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m.
  
Wagener was riding a bright green bicycle and had a large backpack with him. He said he was going camping with his father, but no family member or friend has been in contact with Mr. Wagener since September 5th.

Wagener has left without contacting anyone for long periods of time in the past, most recently living in the woods using his advanced outdoor survival skills.

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WISCONSIN - Emergency teams met in groups throughout Wisconsin Tuesday for the North Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition.

The groups called in on a conference call to work through fake scenarios in each county.
Each county had to work through an emergency plan for a mass shooting.

Oneida County worked through a mock scenario at Hodag County Fest.


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RED CLIFF - The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa says plans are underway for a cell tower on its reservation in northern Wisconsin, a need that was underscored by the recent drowning deaths of four family members in the Apostle Islands.

The family's calls for help on Lake Michigan went unanswered for hours due to poor cell coverage.

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MADISON - A former prison guard who falsely claimed she had checked on a suicidal teen inmate has her job back.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the state Employment Relations Commission decided Wednesday to reinstate guard Rosemary Esterholm with $29,000 in back pay.

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TOMAHAWK - FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb calls e-cigarettes use an epidemic among young teens and says he may even consider taking e-cigarettes off the market if sales to teens don't stop.

This has caused some disagreement with Tomahawk residents. Owner of the Northern Lights Vape Shop Tom Simic doesn't think that e-cigarettes themselves are the problem but irresponsible parenting is. He believes they are a good thing because they have helped people, including himself, quit actual cigarettes.

"I haven't had a cigarette since I started vaping, which was five years ago," said Simic. According to him, that's after over 20 years of smoking.



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NORTHWOODS - Good drivers should follow the basic rules of the road: Don't drink and drive, wear a seatbelt, and follow the speed limit. For ATV and UTV drivers those same rules can apply, but DNR wardens also want people to consider some other factors. 

So far in 2018 at least 19 ATV/UTV accidents resulted in a fatality.  

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VILAS COUNTY -
We now know the name of a man who drown in Vilas County.

According to the Vilas County Sheriff's Office, 70 year old John Zeibert of Phelps died.

The sheriff's office received a report around 11:08 p.m. Friday that Zeibert had not returned home from boating. He was last seen around 7:30 p.m. Deputies found the Ziebert's boat floating unoccupied when they arrived at the lake. 

Deputies searched the area with assistance from the DNR, Phelps Fire Department, and Phelps Ambulance. At 8:00 a.m. Zeibert's body was found in the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

The cause of the drowning is under investigation.

In a press release, the sheriff's office urged people to have and wear appropriate life jackets while enjoying water related activities. 

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