CRANDON - The Northwoods teenager accused of nearly stabbing a man to death 12 days ago appeared in court today.
16-year-old Christian Soulier faced his preliminary hearing in adult court.
Soulier faces charges of first degree intentional attempted homicide and first degree recklessly endangering safety.
Police say Soulier stabbed his mother's boyfriend, Robert Johnson four times Friday, January 18th.
He then hid from police.
Soulier was living in Johnson's home at the time.
"What we did show is that the victim had expressed a certain set of facts as you heard, that he was in the bedroom when he was approached by the defendent. The defendent also coroborated that through his interview. The victim was stabbed, according to the doctor, four times. Two of of which were potentially life threatening," said Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono.
Johnson is still being treated at Ministry St. Mary's hospital in Rhinelander.
The court found probable cause to move the case forward.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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