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Former Phelps School District employee arrested for child pornographySubmitted: 08/19/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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- A former janitor for the School District of Phelps faces 78 counts of possession of child pornography.

Someone from the school district told the Vilas County Sheriff's Department an employee was visiting pornographic websites.

The Sheriff's Department initiated an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

Today Vilas County Sheriff's deputies arrested 61-year-old Richard Buell.

The case has been referred to the Vilas County District Attorney.



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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 08/29/2014

- Some parents think the Antigo School District's co-curricular code punishes students too harshly. Students can be banned from playing a sport or doing an extra-curricular activity if they break the code a few times. Newswatch 12's Karolina Buczek found out how the code works and why the district is standing behind it.

- People could sell Wisconsin wild ginseng root for as much as $1,000 per pound last year. Wisconsin's ginseng is known as some of the best in the world. Some believe it gives people energy and have other health benefits. It's seen an increase in popularity and demand. The state DNR wants to remind people to follow the rules during this year's wild ginseng harvest season.

- And the North Lakeland Discovery Center will welcome a new executive director. The center in Manitowish Waters focuses on connecting people with nature. That's how Azeal Meza first connected with the discovery center. Hear what opportunities he wants to fulfill at the center tonight on Newswatch 12.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12

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Walker says GOP complacency a big concernSubmitted: 08/29/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says complacency and fatigue among Republican voters is one of his biggest concerns as he faces re-election in less than 10 weeks.

Walker addressed his concerns Friday on WTMJ-AM when asked about a poll released on Wednesday indicating that Democrats were more enthused about the upcoming election that Republicans. Walker calls that ``one of my biggest concerns.''

The Marquette University Law School poll showed the race between Walker and Democrat Mary Burke to be a dead heat, both among registered and likely voters.

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Ginseng harvest season starts MondaySubmitted: 08/29/2014

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STATEWIDE - People could sell Wisconsin wild ginseng root for as much as $1,000 per pound last year.

Wisconsin's ginseng is known as some of the best in the world.

Some believe it gives people energy and has other health benefits.

It's seen an increase in popularity and demand.

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Wisconsin State Patrol reinforces consequences of speeding in construction zones Submitted: 08/29/2014

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MARATHON COUNTY - Each year in Wisconsin, both highway workers and motorists die or are hurt in crashes that happen in highway construction zones. Drivers need to slow down and obey the posted speed limit. In Marathon County, Wisconsin State Patrol doesn't treat drivers any differently.

Sergeant Travis Wanless of the Wisconsin State Patrol started his Wednesday morning off on Highway 51 by taking up both lanes to slow down traffic for rock blasting.

"We are blasting. I'm going to get you sick here, but I want to make sure these guys know I'm stopping," Wanless said.

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2014 numbers good for state banksSubmitted: 08/29/2014

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LAONA - Only one in twenty banks in Wisconsin lost money in the first half of 2014.

Industry leaders see that as a sign of success and progress.

Those numbers had been worse over the past few years, especially during the recession.

Wisconsin banks made about a half-billion dollars in the first six months of the year. Their total assets were above $100 billion.

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Former deputy suspected of homicide due in courtSubmitted: 08/29/2014

- A former Dane County sheriff's deputy suspected of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law is due in court.

Andy Steele is scheduled for an appearance in Dane County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Steele could be formally charged Friday in the deaths of 39-year-old Ashley Steele and her 38-year-old sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, of Lake Elmo Minnesota.

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Firefighters and WPS workers work together for confined space trainingSubmitted: 08/29/2014

MERRILL - Firefighters put in a lot of work to help people in a variety of different crises.

They need to go through a lot of training to know how to do that.

The Merrill Fire Department got valuable training this week.

They got the chance to practice rescuing someone from a confined space at the hydro power plant in Merrill.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the Merrill Fire Department to partner with WPS. Anytime we can get realistic training it's very very valuable to us," says the captain in charge of training Mike Drury.

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