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Three local men arrested in sweeping child sex crime stingSubmitted: 09/23/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

WAUSAU - Sheriff's departments from across central Wisconsin pulled off a child sex crime sting last weekend.

Departments from Door County all the way to Marathon County arrested 14 people. The takedown was called "Operation Black Veil II". It lasted from last Wednesday through Saturday.

Police trolled Craigslist for people trying to sexually lure children.

Three of the men arrested are from Marathon County.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department and Wausau Police arrested Robert L. Spreeman, Pravong Colin Thongdara and Shayd C. Mitchell for child enticement, and using a computer to commit a sex crime.



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WAUSAU - A Marathon County inmate who ran away finds himself back in jail.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Matthew Hornung at the Wausau American Legion Golf Course Thursday morning.  Someone saw the 31-year-old man hiding in the woods near the golf course and called police.  

Hornung disappeared Wednesday.

He was cleared to go to an off-site meeting, but cut off his GPS tracker and vanished.

He is in custody on an Alernative to Revocation for his probation.

Court records show Hornung was convicted of midemeanor battery in 2012.

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PHILLIPS - Dozens of manufacturing workers in Phillips could face hard times in the next few months. The Georgia-Pacific plant in town will close on October 27, and 53 employees will be laid off.

Georgia-Pacific told us the workers are great, but a poor market for specialty wood board products is forcing the closure.

The plant closure could be a challenge for those laid-off workers, but it could also be an opportunity for a new career.

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ANTIGO - Growers in Langlade County might see a familiar face the next time they need help with crops. UW-Extension Langlade County recently hired an interim agriculture agent last month. While he may be new to some, it's a job he's done before.

"I served in this position in Langlade County during the 1990s for about seven years," explained UW-Extention Agriculture Agent Stephen Zimmerman. "I was actually working as a grain and vegetable crops agent in this county, Marathon, and Lincoln. Previous to that, I completed my PhD in agronomy. "

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RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man faces charges for firing a gun while drunk in downtown Rhinelander early Saturday morning.

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EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man faces more than 100 years in prison for an allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint in July.

35-year-old Rodney Teets appeared in Vilas County court Wednesday.

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