ALMA - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate and search for the McNaughton Correctional Center inmate that walked away from his work release job Tuesday.
Todd Brecht shot and killed Buffalo County District Attorney Roger Hartman nearly 27 years ago. He was convicted of the crime in 1986. He's been serving time in jail ever since.
But on Tuesday Brecht walked off his work release job at the St. Germain Golf Club.
Friends of the victim like Gary Schlosstein, who is a retired judge that worked with Hartman, don't understand why Brecht would bolt after so many years spent in prison.
"It amazes me why a person with that many years already in would walk away from a work site in Northern Wisconsin when he's actually within at least hope of actual release time," Schlosstein said. "Why he would go and do something that seems so illogical, but of course the murder itself was illogical."
Hartman's friends and colleagues remembered him well. Larry Balk was a friend of Hartman's before his death. He worry what Brecht will do on the run.
"It's a concern you don't want him doing it to anybody else," Balk said.
But Schlosstein has faith in police finding him.
"It's only a question of time before he gets picked up again," Schlosstein said.
Brecht disappeared around noon Tuesday. Police continue to investigate.
If you have any information, you should contact the Oneida County Sheriff's office.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
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