RHINELANDER - Ever wonder what it means to "Adopt a highway"? It's dirty work, but leaves us with a cleaner community.
The Oneida County Tavern League has picked up trash on a 2-mile stretch of Highway 8, east of Rhinelander for more than a decade. It's one way they like to give back to the community.
"It's an easy way to help keep everyone happy and the roadside beautiful," says Aaron Schultz, owner of Big Daddy's bar in Rhinelander and a member of the Oneida County Tavern League, "It's a good excuse for some exercise!" he adds.
They usually pick up trash in the fall and in the spring, when the snow is gone, and the grass is not too tall. Today, they filled 14 bags with trash.
Clean-up crew members say drivers are more respectful about what they're throwing out the window these days. In years past, they collected nearly twice that amount of garbage.
WAUSAU - Wausau police believe a dead man may have been killed. In a press release, the Wausau Police Department says officers responded to reports of a dead body in the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street on Tuesday around 10 a.m.
Investigators noted "suspicious circumstances" with the death. The department is investigating the case as a homicide.
Deputy Chief Ben Bliven tells Newswatch 12 police do not have any suspects under arrest as of 12:50 p.m. Bliven also did not release how the man died.
RHINELANDER - If you paid attention to the Rhinelander Library's Facebook page Monday night, you would've seen a strange sight. Dozens of furry friends had a sleepover party at the library.
Kids dropped off their favorite stuffed animals, and could then watch what the animals were getting up to over Facebook. Library staff had plenty of activities for the animals including story time, snack time, and play time.
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge related to a child sexual assault case dating back nearly two years. Nathan Warbalow, 26, reached a plea deal with Oneida County prosecutors that will help him avoid a longer prison sentence and eliminated the need for a jury trial, set for this week.
Warbalow's victims, who were under the age of 13, told police he made a game of trying to pull his pants down in 2016. One victim told police Warbalow promised her a Popsicle if she touched his private parts.
MERRILL - A 27-year veteran of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office hopes to become that department's next leader. Lieutenant Ken Schneider announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon.
Current Sheriff Jeff Jaeger announced he would retire at the end of his term, which finishes in early 2019. Jaeger has been sheriff for 11 years.
Schneider currently serves as senior patrol supervisor. He started his career with the LCSO as a corrections officer. In the past, Schneider supervised the Sheriff's Office detectives, telecommunications division, and was SWAT team supervisor.
RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.
However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.
Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location. She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.
"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.
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