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Accused Tomahawk cocaine dealer waives preliminary hearingSubmitted: 04/23/2013
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MERRILL - A Lincoln County man arrested in an undercover drug bust waived some of his rights in court today.

45-year-old Andrew Prokudowicz appeared in Lincoln County Court facing cocaine possession and delivery charges. Police arrested him and two others in March.

Secret cocaine deals made by a Tomahawk Police informant helped lead to those arrests.

Prokudowicz waived his right to a preliminary hearing -- that's where the state has to prove probable cause of a crime committed.

With the waiver, the court entered a not guilty plea for the Irma man.

He'll be back in court May 2nd.

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MINOCQUA - Police want snowmobilers to be careful on the ice. It may be too thin to safely snowmobile in some areas.

Earlier Sunday, police in Minocqua rescued a twelve-year-old boy who fell through the ice.

It happened just after four this afternoon in the channel between Lake Kawaguesaga and Lake Minocqua.

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MADISON - A Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill that would outlaw using GPS to secretly track someone.

Under Rep. Adam Neylon's bill, anyone who secretly placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.

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CRANDON - President Obama's budget wants to accomplish a number of things. The president wants to end spending caps, pay for community college tuition and give the middle class more tax relief, but Obama might not get what he wants.

Republicans hold majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives. It's the first time since 2006. Obama's proposal would raise taxes on high income households.

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WAUSAU - Enrollment for health coverage will end soon. That's why healthcare providers participated in "Super Saturday".

Bridge Clinic in Wausau welcomed people to sign up for health insurance options Saturday.

The Open Enrollment deadline is February 15th. If you don't sign up before then, it could cost you $325 or more depending on your income.

"We recommend just make an informed choice. Don't just let it lapse and get the penalty, be surprised with a penalty later on. Come in, make an informed choice. There are health care options," said Bridge Community Health Clinic Executive Director Laura Scudiere.

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NORTHWOODS - The U.S. Forest Service will hire thousands of temporary workers this spring. Leaders at the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Service want to hire more than 50 temporary employees to work during summer. They're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and plenty of experience.

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MADISON - A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.

Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices. The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.

Drake says foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living. And if that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn't feed them.

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HUDSON - A standoff between police and a man in Hudson has ended with the man taken into custody.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen says a man with a "known history of violence" was arrested shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police were initially called to the house at 3 a.m. Jensen says the man had trashed his ex-girlfriend's home and phone, but she was able to get to a friend's house and call police.

The woman told police there was a handgun in the house. Roughly eight nearby homes were evacuated as police and the SWAT team tried to get the man to come outside.

Jensen says no shots were fired, but authorities used tear gas and other chemicals during the standoff.

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