MERRILL - The case against the Merrill woman accused of blowing marijuana smoke in her baby's face was stalled in court today.
Kristine Woellner was supposed to plea out and be sentenced today. But her attorney Alec Nocco told the Court she wasn't completely satisfied with the deal.
"I still believe we may come to an agreement in this case. However, we need more time. So we respectfully ask the Court to place this on the calendar for scheduling," says Nocco.
Woellner faces four charges including one felony for selling marijuana. But the charge that's caused an uproar is neglecting a child. She's accused of blowing marijuana smoke in her baby's face when they were at a friend's house.
"She could face up to nine months in the Lincoln County Jail and up to a $10,000 fine. But in this case our primary concern is protecting the child, and not punishing the mother for the conduct. So I think we would be looking at probation, likely with minimal jail time," says Assistant District Attorney Kurt Zengler.
Judge Tlusty agreed to give Woellner more time to come to a deal with the State. Sentencing will be scheduled again on August 2nd at 8 o'clock.
MINOCQUA - These plants may look pretty but they're taking over our rivers and lakes. Michele Sadauskas is Oneida County's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. She is working to map and control the yellow iris, the plant you see here. She and two other conservation workers spent the day weeding Stacks Bay.
"They invade our wetlands. They're a really robust, aggressive plant. What they do is they crowd out our native species and make actually the wetland a lot less diverse," says Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator.
Removing yellow iris is a slow process. It takes three hours of work just to properly map and control 20 feet of shoreline.
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