CRANDON - Every gang needs a local "enforcer" or "leader".
Among the Latin Kings gang in Forest County, it looks like Jesse Daniels was that person.
Forest County's top prosecutor said Daniels was the one calling the shots last February.
That's when a man was nearly stabbed to death by the Latin Kings in Mole Lake.
On Tuesday, Daniels got the harshest punishment so far of the six charged in the stabbing.
Daniels becomes the fourth person to be put in prison in this case.
He will be imprisoned for eight years, with eight more on extended supervision to follow.
That's on the charge of second degree intentional homicide for trying to stab the Wausau man to death.
"When we look at everyone involved, Mr. Daniels is the leader. Mr. Daniels is the one that organized all of this. Mr. Daniels is the one who had the investment of $20,000. He's the enforcer for the Latin Kings. He's the one that gave the orders. He's the one that made the planning. He's the one that coordinated with Trevor Lenz and the other guys to make sure that this occurred," said Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono during the sentencing.
The eight year prison sentence is actually more than Simono asked for.
Daniels' attorney argued for a three-year prison sentence.
But Judge Patrick O'Melia showed little sympathy.
"You hit somebody with a frying pan. A cast iron frying pan. I read somewhere that it broke out the bottom. I thought, no, it must have been a typo, or this thing was so badly rotted, I don't know. Even that, to pop out the bottom of a frying pan, could have killed him," he said.
It's the second time in his life Daniels will be imprisoned.
His criminal record goes back to 2002, when he was just nine years old.
"I hope and pray that the time I'm sentenced to won't take too much time away from me and my family. While I'm incarcerated, my understanding will be to learn from my actions and my mistakes," Daniels told O'Melia.
We mentioned Daniels is the fourth of the six suspects sent to prison.
The total time imprisoned between those four will be 23 years.
Two more defendants in the case, Dakota Tuckwab and Trevor Lenz, wait for trial dates in June.
FOREST COUNTY - Bringing your pet along to watch fireworks might seem like a fun way to spend the Fourth of July, but you could be doing more harm than good.
July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for most animal shelters.
That's because fearful pets try to escape the bangs and flashes from fireworks and end up lost.
Forest County Humane Society president Jay Schaefer says don't let yourself add to your pet's stress.
Play it down, and make the fireworks a good thing with positive talk and treats.
"They're reading cues from us constantly. So be careful of your body language and the cues you're giving them. If you act like fireworks are a big scary thing they're gonna be like, 'oh my god fireworks are scary,'" says Schaefer.
Exercise can be another way to calm your pet before the big light show.
Burning off the energy earlier in the day may help your pet go to sleep early.
"Take them for a jog on the Fourth of July. I know it's hectic, but do something so they're not all amped up at night when the fireworks go off," says Schaefer.
Like many humans, pets like the smell of lavender.
You can try diffusing the scent around the house to put your pet at ease.
Make sure you have a well-fitting collar and identification tag on your pet.
If flashes are too bright, you might want to close the curtains.
WAUSAU - Every year, firefighters around the country ask their communities to fill up boots with money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Wausau Fire Department kicked off its "Fill the Boot" campaign Tuesday morning.
The fire department will be at local events throughout the summer to collect donations.
The fundraiser helps with research and treatment for neuromuscular diseases for kids and adults.
"It's kind of a rewarding part of the job. Most of what we do is off camera, you don't really get to see all aspects of the fire department. It is a great chance for us to get out there and see all the programs we are involved in to help,"says firefighter Matt Tormohlen.
The fundraiser also gives Wausau-area kids the chance to go to a MDA camp.
15-year-old Roy Thorson lives with spinal muscular atrophy and has gone to the camp for the last ten years.
You can find him collecting "Fill the Bucket" donations right alongside the firefighters this summer.
"It's nice to see the generosity of the public. It's nice to the firefighters willing to put their times towards this. It's just cool to see a group come together for a good cause," says Thorson.
You can also send in "Fill the Boot" donations online.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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