TOWN OF CRESCENT - Snowfall around the Northwoods caused problems for drivers Thursday morning with a couple car crashes on Highway 8 South of Rhinelander.
Around 7:40 Thursday morning an SUV rolled over on Highway 8 near Detienne Road and injuries were reported.
The driver of this vehicle was removed and taken into an Oneida County Ambulance, their condition is unknown at this time.
Lt. Lloyd Gauthier of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department commented on this and another crash on Highway 8, "While enroot to that, a deputy came upon a second motor vehicle accident on Highway 8 and North Rifle Road. There were injuries there too. So in a short time period we had injuries in two motor vehicle accidents on Highway 8. So we just ask people to drive with caution."
The crash blocked traffic in both directions for more than 15 minutes as rescuers moved the driver onto a stretcher.
The crash at North Rifle Road involved two vehicles and one person was removed from their car on a stretcher.
The driver of that car contacted Newswatch 12 Thursday night. She lost her cell phone at the scene. If you happen to have found it there, please call her at 715-453-1996.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - In Vilas County the courts have a new option for treating drug and alcohol offenders, instead of putting them behind bars.
Today the new Wellness Court was named in Lac du Flambeau. Circuit court judge Neal Neilsen and Tribal Court Judge Gary Smith will work together to help those involved with drugs and alcohol get the treatment they need.
"A traditional court would, more than likely sentence the person to jail or prison, and we've seen studies where that just doesn't work anymore. We need to get creative," said Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chief Judge, Gary Smith.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander needs new businesses to fill empty stores downtown.
This past weekend 26 properties had an open house. It was organized by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. (DRI) and Flanders Reality Group. Finding the right home for a business can be hard. But the event tried to help those on the hunt.
"This way, you know, your here, you look, your able to talk to someone who knows the property. And you can really make a really good decision right now today," said Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director.
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