- More than 2,200 votes in this week's poll. Let's find out who is our Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Rhinelander manager - turned basketball player David Pokrandt played his very first varsity game last week.
Dave played the final minute against Tomahawk and hit the three pointer. A great moment for the young man batteling cognitive disability and A-D-H-D.
He received 41% of the vote. He'll receive a plaque from R & D Trophies of Tomahawk.
Matt Wolter of Antigo boys hockey, Lakeland nordic skier Erin Bolger, and Shane Wakefield of the Chequamegon boys basketball team were the other nominees. In fact, Wakefield dropped out of the running because he wanted Pokrandt to win. A class act.
If you would like to nominate someone for next week's award, we have a form on our website at wjfw.com. Please include stats for a game this week.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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