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Teacher accused of selling pot got 'glowing recommendations' during hiring processSubmitted: 11/14/2013
Story By Lex Gray


RHINELANDER - Police searched a Rhinelander High School teacher's house because they thought he had been stealing equipment from the school.

They say that's when they found 66 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. Since we reported that story last week, people have been asking how Joshua Juergens got hired in the first place.

"We got glowing recommendations," said superintendent Kelli Jacobi. "I don't know that those were all completely honest."

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the district did a background check on Juergens. That check turned up a record, as does a simple online search of Wisconsin's online court records.

In 2010, Juergens was convicted of disorderly conduct. In 1997, he was convicted of marijuana possession, both misdemeanors.

"We did know that there was a drug issue, a misdemeanor, I believe he was 19," Jacobi said. "We look at patterns in behavior. If something is a recurring thing in a background check, that definitely signals a problem."

But Jacobi says she can't factor certain convictions into the hiring process.

For now, Juergens is on unpaid leave from his teaching job. He'll stay in the Oneida County Jail unless he can come up with his $2,000 bail or get into a treatment facility.

He returns to court November 21.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Drivers in Woodruff and Minocqua might want to avoid a popular shortcut soon. A several month long road project will start next week on County Highway J between Highways 51 and 47.

Last year, the intersection of County Highway J and Highway 51 was completely redone.

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RHINELANDER - September might not seem like the best time to plan your garden, but taking steps now can mean better results later.

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We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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GREEN BAY - Police now know more about a deadly crash and fire in Green Bay.

They've identified the two men who were found dead in a car after it crashed into a tire shop last week.

40 year old Rick Latour and 27 year old Shawn Schley, both of Green Bay, were found dead.

According to police, Latour was driving, and Schley was a passenger.

The tire shop was destroyed by a fire.

After it was put out, authorities found the car with two people inside.

Preliminary autopsy results show Latour and Schley died of injuries from the crash, not the fire.

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MADISON -

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denies he's a career politician even though he's been in elected office since he was 25 years old.


The 47-year-old Republican presidential candidate says in an interview with CNBC that he believes a career politician is "somebody who's been in Congress for 25 years."



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MADISON - A center hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is getting $20  million in National Science Foundation funding as it studies the effects of nanotechnology on the environment.

The five-year funding for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology was announced Monday.  Nanotechnology deals with the manipulation of materials at a tiny scale.

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FOX LAKE, IL - Police in northern Illinois say a manhunt is underway after an officer was shot and killed while pursuing a group of suspicious men.

Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli says the officer radioed in Tuesday morning to tell dispatchers he was chasing three men on foot, but communication with him was lost shortly after.

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