LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Some of us call the Northwoods home because it's a safe place to live.
But violent crimes do happen here, sometimes inside our homes. Sometimes by the people we live with.
Lac du Flambeau has a new team to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
"Everybody would love to believe that these types of crimes don't happen in the Northwoods, when in reality it happens in every single community," advocate Andrea Wolfe said.
When sexual assault or domestic violence happens here, there is help.
The newly formed Sensitive Response Team has advocates to help the victim from the scene of the crime to finding justice and peace.
"I'm trained to be there," Wolfe said. "I can stay with my victim from the time I show up at the door to the house, I can take them to the hospital, I can stay in the room with them during the exam if that's what they want. I can explain everything that's being done to them."
The team in Lac du Flambeau coordinates medical professionals, law enforcement, and legal help for victims.
They can also provide a safe place to stay for individuals or families.
They promise to keep all information confidential so it's safe to come forward and ask for help.
ANTIGO - Shaughn Novy figured the perfect place to make a big announcement would be, literally, on her high horse. On a brown horse, Wenesday Novy announced a significant grant to help promote a rodeo dedicated to Antigo's rich equestrian history.
Novy and her family recently opened the non-profit Black Hawk Hill Horse Park in Antigo. It focuses on teambuilding and leadership, using horses to teach those skills.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee jury has acquitted a former police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots in the city.
Jurors on Wednesday found that Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was justified when he shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase following a traffic stop Aug. 23. Smith had a gun when he ran, but prosecutors said Smith had thrown the weapon over a fence and was defenseless when Heaggan-Brown fired the shot that killed him.
Heaggan-Brown's attorneys argued the officer had to act quickly to defend himself. Bodycam footage showed 1.69 seconds passed between a shot that hit Smith in the arm - as he appeared to be tossing his gun - and the one that hit his chest.
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