SAYNER - 55-year-old Sandra Schinke's disappearance is rattling residents as rescue crews search surrounding areas looking for her.
"I am in just total shock about this. I can't believe in a small town all of a sudden we're having all these things happen. It's just unbelievable," said Jan Heeran who works in St. Germain.
Since Saturday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department along with rescue teams from surrounding communities and other states, have been scouring wooded areas around the Schinke's home but so far there has been so sign of Sandra.
"There's nothing amiss she's just vanished. She's gone." said Sandra's Husband Jim Schinke.
This is the first time since his wife disappeared, Jim has spoken on-camera to the media.
He said he was in North Dakota on business when she vanished.
Jim said he is a construction electrician and he frequently travels out there.
But when he's gone, not a day went by where the two don't speak.
"Every day at 6pm we have a special time when we talk…on Thursday she was not available. She did not answer her phone. I always told her if I couldn't get a hold of her for two days I was coming home," said Jim.
When he didn't hear from Sandra he called the Sheriff's Department.
Jim described that call saying, "While talking to the Sheriff's Department, I asked them to come over just to check on her. I told them what vehicle she had. It was in the garage. They knocked on the door and there was no answer."
Sandra was last seen Thursday walking along County Hwy N. An area where Jim said she was frequently.
"She always takes her phone That's why this is so odd. Her phone is here. Her house keys were in the house. Her wallet was in the house, all of her IDs. It doesn't make any sense," said Jim.
The couple have been married for 14 years and he says she's never left home before and has no history of memory loss or mental health.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says no items such as clothes or jewelry were missing from their home to suggest she left.
Jim and other family members have passed out flyers to local businesses and residents hoping to spread the word but for now all they can do is wait.
The family said they hope to hold a Support Vigil in Sayner on Saturday afternoon. We'll have details on this as it becomes available.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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