OCONTO COUNTY - In 2009, four men illegally killed a black bear in Wisconsin. They were arrested, but because they sold the bear over state lines, the case went to federal court.
That's why it took four years for United States Attorney James L. Santelle to find them guilty.
John Kellogg, Christopher Halfmann, Mark Barlament, and Michael Renken of Merrill, guided undercover officers on a bear hunt. They illegally killed and tagged a bear. Kellogg then sold the meat and a rug made from the hide to another undercover officer in a different state.
"They were dealing with illegal bear guiding in the northern part of the state and in other states as well and then they were illegally trafficking those bears across state lines. But this case, closing this case and seeing these folks sentenced really is a win for ethical hunters everywhere," Says Tina Shaw, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Kellogg was sentenced to 6 months in jail plus 10-thousand dollars in fines for his felony charge.
The other men received probation and smaller fines for misdemeanor charges.
Their hunting, trapping, and fishing privileges have been temporarily revoked.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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