RHINELANDER - Rhinelander has one new police officer to protect and serve its citizens.
Officer Elisha Williams officially joined the Rhinelander Police Department Monday.
Williams joins 16 other officers in the Rhinelander Police Department.
Even though she's new to the force, she's been answering the call of duty since 2003, when she joined the National Guard.
Williams has been based in Rhinelander since 2006, but she's been deployed overseas twice.
She served in Iraq and Kuwait, and says that experience will help her as an officer.
"I have a lot of experience. I've seen a lot of people from all walks of life," she said. "I bring a very open-minded and proactive approach to working with people. I can work with anybody, and it's about building relationships and helping people. That's why we do this."
Police Chief Mike Steffes says Williams came out on top in every category during the recruitment process.
Her National Guard experience also stood out.
"She's a well-spoken, well-articulated officer, and she also brings to the table a lot of analytical skill that she has from her previous experience with the National Guard," Steffes said. " [She has a] focus on problem-solving and community-oriented policing that really mirrors exactly what we want at the police department."
Williams will train for up to 16 weeks with a field training officer.
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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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