WAUSAU - Heroin is a growing problem in the Northwoods. Police in Waupaca pulled over Forest Molski on Wednesday. Inside the car they found heroin.
Police met in Wausau Thursday to start up a campaign to attack heroin abuse. Heroin is highly addictive and now becoming the party drug of choice across the state.
That's why the Wisconsin Department of Justice is introducing a new campaign to educate everyone on the dangers of the illicit drug.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was in Wausau Thursday. He introduced "The Fly Effect." It's a website that takes you through the downward spiral of heroin addiction.
"We have an exploding problem that we need to address we need to find what's going to work and we need to address it on a statewide basis," says J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General.
Wausau police are trying to address the problem locally. They received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Justice. The money will be used to teach people about the heroin problem in the area.
"It's easier for drug officers to go out and find heroin than it is other drugs," says Wausau Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel. "So that's the number one drug that the officers are dealing with on the street, it's the number one drug that our drug team has seen as far as being sold, and so it is escaladed to a point where it's close I would say to epidemic."
Over the last two years, ten people died of heroin use in Wausau.
RHINELANDER - Snow plows can't do their job very well when cars sit in their way. That's why Rhinelander's winter parking ban will return in just a couple of weeks.
Starting December 1st, cars can only park on designated sides of the street during the day. On even-numbered days, cars park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days, cars must park on odd-numbered sides of the street.
UPDATE: The suspected shooter from a homicide in Tomahawk has been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32. Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins confirmed Moen is being held in the Lincoln County Jail for a 1st-degree intentional homicide charge.
The Lincoln County Clerk of Courts reports Moen is being held on a $1 million cash bond. He has yet to appear in court, but an initial appearance has been set for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Online court records show Moen was convicted of various traffic offenses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in Portage County from a 2002 case.
Elvins plans to release more information Friday afternoon.
Tomahawk police identified the victim in the city's first shooting homicide in years. Friday morning, Police Chief Al Elvins announced Charles K. Ramp, 52, was shot and killed outside his home on W. Mohawk Drive Thursday night.
Police arrested the suspected shooter, a 32-year-old man from Wausau, but did not identify him. The suspect was found about 130 miles away in Lake Hallie, which is near Eau Claire.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
TOMAHAWK - Thirty-two-year-old Eric Lee Moen of Wausau is charged with shooting and killing his friend of four and a half years, Charles K. Ramp with a long gun. Moen is currently in Lincoln County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.
On Friday morning, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins held a press conference to explain what police think led up to the shooting.
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