- We're just a few days into October. In sports it means the Packers are starting to mow down their division rivals. The baseball playoffs are underway.
On the high school level, area athletes are picking up their game. That's because the post season is right around the corner.
Here are our nominees for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
In football, Antigo won the Bell game for the 7th straight time against Rhinelander. Red Robins wide reciever Josh Hale caught 3 passes for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In volleyball, Laona/Wabeno swept Phelps in their final home match of the regular season. Mesa Geiter led the Rebels with 13 kills.
In girls cross country, Natalie Miller of Three Lakes won the Athens Invitational. A state participant last year, she won the race by more than 36 seconds.
Back to football, Lakeland earned their second victory of the season. T-Bird running back Tom Bruckner had 17 carries for 109 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lakeland knocking off Ashland in their homecoming game.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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