RHINELANDER - To the naked eye, most people think only people with disabilities can use handicap parking spots.
There's fine print on the sign that says veterans can use them as well, but an area veteran wants to know if that applies to all veterans or just the physically disabled.
Both Walmart and Golden Harvest in Rhinelander have the signs in their parking lot.
The manager at Walmart and the owner at Golden Harvest both say they had no idea it was there.
A Northwoods Iraq War Veteran first saw the sign at a movie theater in Wisconsin Rapids. He wasn't sure if he would get in legal trouble because of the wording.
"There was a bunch of different verbage for all of them," said Iraq War Veteran Benjamin Riker. "I was wondering if they actually meant what they said or if they just kind of assumed that if you're a vet, you're a disabled individual you can't walk or anything. I kind of just wanted to find out."
We reached out to the DOT in Madison. Their section chief says a veteran who is not disabled is NOT allowed to park in the spots. Only veterans who are disabled can park there.
"They are going to have to fill out the required application signed by a doctor stating that they are disabled," said Section Chief Megan Bergum. "They would be eligible for a disabled veteran's license plate or a disabled identification card. That would allow them to have the disabled parking privileges."
If you have the card, you must keep it on you or in the car.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday. That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.
Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.
RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerous…it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.
She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing control…they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.
AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location services…basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.
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