WAUSAU - Police in Wausau found around $10,000 worth of heroin Tuesday. The man accused of selling it, they know as 'Q'. It's not the first time they've arrested him for drugs.
Quo Vadas Lewis is called a "repeater". That's because he's been convicted on felony drug charges within the last 5 years. This is a pattern drug investigators see over and over again.
"What my experience has been with people like Q in the past, is they come into our lives for a short period of time. We get to know each other, they go away, on a hiatus, typically to prison or to jail, and then inevitably they come back into our lives… We, in essence get a reunion with these folks," said Lt. Chad Billeb, with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.
Marathon County Deputies found between 10 and 50 grams of heroin. That's about 170 hits of heroin, and a big cause for concern.
"When people get it, they start out with small amounts that they're using and they increase, and what they don't realize is that when they're taking these additional dosages that it just compounds in the body and eventually it results in an overdose. Just this week, we know of at least 2 overdoses occurred in Wausau," said Billeb.
Quovadas Lewis is due back in court next week, but to actually solve the growing heroin problem, Lt. Billeb says the community needs to change.
"There needs to be a whole community coming together saying we're not going to tolerate this anymore.... So long as there are people out there that are willing to pay top dollar for an illegal drug... They're going to continue to go out there and try to find it any way they can."
Lt. Billeb says treatment and family support are the best ways to break the pattern of selling and using drugs.
RHINELANDER - For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. Â After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. Â ThatÂ work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. Â The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. Â The new buildingÂ features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.
Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.
You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.
Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.
"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."
Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.
"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.
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