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Cases Against Men Accused of Selling Heroin Will Move ForwardSubmitted: 01/10/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

Cases Against Men Accused of Selling Heroin Will Move Forward
RHINELANDER - Police used informants to bust heroin dealers in Woodruff.

Twenty five-year-old Joseph Potvine and 26-year-old Joseph Lynch heard some of the state's evidence against them in Oneida County court Thursday. Investigators used an informant to catch Potvine selling heroin.

"The informant turned over two foil containers, which the informant told me contained heroin. The informant was searched for any other money or contraband," says an investigator with the N.O.R.D.A.G. Drug Task Force.

Police told the Court Lynch admitted to selling heroin.

"Mr. Lynch advised that he had gotten involved in the use of heroin, and shortly thereafter began distributing the heroin. One of the transactions occurred in the Trigs parking lot located in Minocqua," says a member of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Lynch's attorney asked for the case to be thrown out. He said the State's case was built on Lynch's admission to selling heroin, and they only had proof of his using the drug.

"It doesn't appear that physical evidence was necessarily recovered, or any specific details regarding commission of an actual crime," says John Voorhees.

But Judge Michael Bloom ruled there was enough evidence for both cases to move forward. Both Potvine and Lynch will enter pleas January 14th.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/21/2018

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The nice weather we've been having will get some people in the mood for a bonfire or a BBQ, but the fire danger is still very high for much of the Northwoods. We talk to a local paramedic and a meat market employee about the dangers and how to stay safe while grilling.

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And we'll show you how the city of Rhinelander is letting residents "Walk with the Mayor."

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A man robbed a store in Wisconsin Rapids at gunpoint Sunday night.

The police were called around 9:00 p.m. to Jimmy Johns on 8th street.

A man came in, showed his gun, and demanded money. The employee handed over the cash.

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CITY OF PORTAGE - At 9:53 AM Sunday The Portage Police Department received a call about a structure fire at the Historic Apartments on 207W. Cook St in the City of Portage. Officers found the hallways and staircase filled with heavy smoke. Officers started evacuating residents when they were told a young child was possibly trapped in an apartment on the fifth floor. 

Due to fire and smoke firefighters could not reach the child. Later firefighters were able to access the fifth floor and remove the child. The child was transported to Divine Savior Healthcare where the child passed away. 

Multiple residents at the Historic Apartments are currently displaced and receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. 

The fatal fire is currently under investigation by the Portage Police Department and the Portage Fire Department. 

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MONICO - Around 4 PM Sunday Monico Fire Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Department and DNR Fire all responded to a backyard fire on Neptune Lake Road in Monico.

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WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about a body found in the Wisconsin River Sunday. The body was found north of the Centralia Dam. Officers determined it was a Caucasian male. At this time the identity of the male is unknown and the cause of death is under investigation. 

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RHINELANDER - Dozens of people suited up with helmets, and handle bars ready to participate in the fifth annual RASTA Rally in Rhinelander Sunday.

It was the first race of the season but racers say they were ready for the challenge.

"At the start you're really pushing hard, your heart rate is really getting up there [and] your legs are burning," said race competitor Adam Maki.

Maki competed in the seven mile race at the RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) Rally bike race in Rhinelander Sunday.

Dozens of people like Maki have looked forward to Sunday for months.

"This is one of the first mountain bike races of the year because some of the other ones got canceled because of the bad weather earlier in the year," said RASTA President Richard Reidinger.

Even though Maki was able to fly through the race, Reidinger said the trail was anything but easy.

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RHINELANDER - The process of applying to college can bring headaches and stress.
Paying for it once you're in is a bigger challenge. Rhinelander businesses and donors provided $300,000 to Rhinelander High School seniors to remove some of that financial weight in college.

The Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation gave out 187 scholarships this year.
PR Chair Kelsey Thompson said the community's contribution shows the value it has in students' college education.

"This is a community that really stands behind these seniors and puts a vote of confidence in their futures and says that we as a community want to support them and believe in them," said Thompson. 

There were 90 student applicants and 87 recipients this year.

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