RIB LAKE - Alexander Schneider told police he shot a Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy out of anger, rage and depression. That's from a criminal complaint released today.
Earlier this month, police arrested Schneider for shooting Deputy Chad Kowalczyk. Kowalczyk had gone to Schneider's house in Rib Lake to talk to him about violating a restraining order.
Schneider refused to come outside and shot at Kowalczyk through the front door with a rifle. He told police he was aiming for the officer's face. Schneider also said he took a few more shots at him through his bedroom window as Kowalczyk ran to his car. That's when the deputy was hit.
Then Schneider ran to an abandoned house next door and got a sawed-off shotgun he'd hidden in a wall. He said he intended to kill himself.
Surgeons at Aspirus Hospital removed a bullet from Kowalczyk's abdomen. He's since been released from the hospital.
Schneider will be in court for first degree attempted murder tomorrow.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
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