IN OTHER NEWS
- Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. WAUSAU Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts. According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
- Highway 47 in Woodruff temporarily closed down this afternoon so a MedEvac helicopter could lift a man to the hospital after a snowmobile accident. WOODRUFF A group of snowmobilers were on the trail next to Highway 47 just south of Walter Dr. when one of the snowmobilers hit a bump and was thrown off his sled. "They were all traveling the same direction, just hit one of the bumps in the trail and that's what caused everything to happen," said Woodruff Police Officer Jeremy Herrmann. The man was airlifted to a hospital and has unknown injuries. The crash happened around 4 p.m. Highway 47 was closed in both directions for nearly half an hour, causing a backup of cars. The DNR, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Minocqua Police and Fire Departments, and Woodruff Police and Fire Departments all responded.
- A cat died in a house fire in Stella Thursday afternoon. STELLA Firefighters responded to the call around 1:30 p.m., several miles east of Rhinelander.
- Detective Mark Heckendorf wears one uniform, but wears many hats. NORTHWOODS "[I'm] sometimes a teacher, a counselor, a mentor, [and] a friend [and] sometimes a pseudo-parent," said Heckendorf who works for the Merrill Police Department. For the last 12 years, Heckendorf has worked as the Merrill High School and Prairie River Middle School resource officer.
- A central Wisconsin state representative believes smaller communities in Wisconsin should not be treated as a welcome center for sex offenders, particularly sexual violent ones. WISCONSIN Democrat State Representative Katrina Shankland voted for a motion in the state budget to keep sex offenders in their original counties where the crimes took place. However, Governor Scott Walker vetoed that motion in September because it go rid of the rule that keeps offenders away from schools, churches and other places children might be. Now, there are three new pending sexual violent offenders waiting to be placed in rural areas of Portage County even though the crimes were committed elsewhere. Shankland is trying once again to keep these offenders in their original home counties with a budget amendment that has already passed the assembly. However, Governor Scott Walker vetoed that motion in September to keep offenders away from schools, churches and other places children might be. Now, there are three new pending sexual violent offenders waiting to be placed in rural areas of Portage County even though the crimes were committed elsewhere.
- A positive CWD test led to baiting and feeding bans starting in Lincoln and Langlade Counties and extending in Oneida, this month. THE NORTHWOODS Hunters don't have a say, but the DNR took the first step to help the community understand the current CWD landscape. It hosted a meeting at Tomahawk high school on Wednesday. About 50 people attended the meeting. DNR wildlife biologist Janet Brehm gave a presentation. She said people were upset about the ban. Brehm emphasized that the ban was not put in place by the DNR, it's a part of Wisconsin state law.
- You don't need to wait for the grass to turn green for golfing. MINOCQUA Minocqua's Ice Golf is an end of season charity tournament coming up on March 3rd. The tournament raised more than $18,000 last year for charities including the food pantry and Dr. Kate Hospice. It has become a Northwoods tradition for some people. "First year we had it, we had only like 35 golfers, now last year we had over 300 golfers," says Albee's owner Randy Albrecht. If you don't have a group, they'll put into one. After everyone is done putting, there will be dinner and a raffle. For tickets and info call: Albee's Yacht Club at 715-356-1366 OR The Thirsty Whale at 715-356-7108.