- On Friday, we'll have our first winner of the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week for 2014.
Here are this week's nominees.
In wrestling, Chequamegon's Hunter Schienebeck finished in 4th place at the River Falls tournament. He went (3-2) in the 126 pound weight class.
Girls hockey, the Northern Edge hosted the Hodagland Holiday Tournament last weekend. Katie Detert scored 7 goals over the weekend - including 4 against Arrowhead on Thursday night. She broke the team's career scoring record in the game.
Boys basketball, Lakeland won the Lakeland Classic thanks in large part to Tom Bruckner. He scored 24 points against the Milwaukee School of Languages in the semifinals. He finished with 44 for the tourney and made the All-Tournament team.
And back on the mat, Tomahawk's Nate Flohr went (4-1) at the Eau Claire Holiday tournament. The Hatchets finished second in their preliminary round.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
If you would like to nominate someone for next week's award, please e-mail your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include stats for a game this week. Next week's nominees will be announced on Monday.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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