RHINELANDER - Siphanh Phongsavath waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning.
Phongsavath faces five charges, two of which are felonies.
Charges include burglary and attempt of misdemeanor theft.
Phongsavath is charged with breaking into the Rhinelander Verizon store back in November.
Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Steve Michlig thinks Phongsavath's choice to waive the preliminary hearing benefits the state.
"This is a case which is a little bit unusual than other cases we have. there are allegations of other charges from other jurisdictions. I think before we resolve this case, we're going to have to take a look at what's going on in the other jurisdictions, including the potential for perhaps some federal charges," said Michlig.
Phongsavath is also suspected to be part of the Latin Kings gang.
The district attorney's office is hopeful the case will be resolved quickly.
"With the potential for other charges out there, it does offer the state a certain amount of leverage," said Michlig."The defendant has many things to worry about and I think that hopefully, it will lead to the ability to resolve this case with a result favorable to the state and probably more promptly than otherwise."
Phongsavath entered a not guilty plea. He'll be back in court March 18.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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