RHINELANDER - Toxicology tests took almost three months, but now they're in. Two people from St. Germain will face first degree reckelss homicide charges in the heroin overdose case of a Rhinelander man.
27-year-olds Jennifer Heiting and Richard Lewis already face a handfull of felonies for selling heroin.
Now prosecutors added first degree reckelss homicide charges.
30-year-old David Stahl died after taking heroin he got from Heiting and Lewis.
They gave him packages of heroin in return for letting them have the drug FedExed to his house.
Lewis' charge is technically modified to a party to a crime. That means he likely didn't directly supply the deadly dose.
But he faces the same penalty.
"Heroin kills people, as the allegations in this case make all too clear," Judge Bloom said. "Under all those circumstances a $50,000 cash bond is certainly justified."
Heiting and Lewis will be in court again for both the heroin and homicide cases in April.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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