WOODRUFF - When you get a smoldering hot day like today, going to the lake sounds pretty great.
But if you don’t know how to swim, that could be a problem.
"Practice and try hard when you’re in the water." said Harland resident, Gab Burch.
That’s advice from a nine year old who just learned how to swim.
"My grandma was trying to teach me how to swim today, a little bit," Burch said.
"Then she gave me a float sort of thing to help me swim and I was a little scared."
Statistics are scary too.
Drownings are the second leading cause of accidental death for children between one and 14 years old.
That’s why YMCA swim instructor Karen Fiocchi wants parents to watch their children.
"A lot of our lakes do not have life guards. They’re public beaches, but there’s no lifeguards. So that means swim at your own risk," said Fiocchi.
"So it means even if you’re a good swimmer, swim with a buddy. If you’re a kid, make sure your parents are there. Parents make sure you’re there and you know where your kids are all the time at the beach."
Kids are at the highest risk of drowning when they’re between ages one and four.
That’s why this mom wants her daughter close to the shore.
"I don’t like them going past the buoys because they’re there for a reason. So definitely stay in there," Milwaukee resident, Amber Vandenorth said.
"My daughter, I just kind of like her on the shore more because obviously it’s really shallow and she’s little, but with him, out to the bouy's."
This twelve year old is glad to have supervision around.
"Just make sure you always have an adult or an older person with you that is responsible enough to watch you when you’re swimming," said West Bend resident, Braden Hay.
"And always keep close to another person just in case because you never know what’s going to happen."
Good advice from a very intelligent twelve year old.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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