We learned Wednesday how a Rhinelander man died in a New Year's bar fight.
EMTs got 48-year-old James Tanner into an ambulance after the fight in the early morning.
But he died there, outside Sackett's Bar.
Police said today Tanner's sternum broke, and a piece of the bone punctured his heart.
Rhinelander Police Chief Mike Steffes described last week how the fight started.
Tanner punched 62-year-old John Klucarich in the face shortly after midnight.
59-year-old Gregory Dryden tried to stop the fight by grabbing ahold of Tanner.
Tanner's chest hit against the bar, and then the two men fell to the ground.
EMTs tried to revive Tanner, but couldn't.
Klucarich was treated for head injuries at the hospital.
The Oneida County District Attorney will decide whether to file any criminal charges.
We know more now about a bar fight on New Year's eve in downtown Rhinelander.
48 year-old James R. Tanner, and 62 year-old John Klucarich were both inside Sackett's bar.
During a press conference Thursday, Chief Mike Steffes said Tanner punched Klucarich in the face shortly after midnight.
"That punch did land, striking [Klucarich] in the face. That dropped Mr. Klucarich backward and onto the ground. While falling to the ground, he did sustain injuries to his head," Steffes said.
Police say 59 year-old Gregory Dryden tried to stop the fight between Tanner and Klucarich. Dryden was the DJ for karaoke that night.
"[Dryden] took a hold of Mr. Tanner and drove him into the bar area. Once they hit the bar area, there were some glasses and beer bottles on the bar area, those fell off, hitting the ground and smashing on the ground. He then took and directed Mr. Tanner to the ground," Steffes said.
Steffes said EMT's tried to save Tanner at the bar and get him to the hospital, but he died in the ambulance outside the bar.
Klucarich was treated for head injuries and released from an area hospital.
Chief Steffes says he drove by the bar the night of the incident when he saw police at the scene.
A medical examiner performed an autopsy on Tanner Thursday. They have not released a cause of death.
WisDOT leaders hopeful for increase in Northwoods rail
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
RHINELANDER - An Oneida County prosecutor can’t believe how stupid a move one Wausau man is accused of making in court.
“This case is unbelievable, it's hard for me to even fathom we had someone that I hate to say stupid, but I guess that's basically what it was,” says Jodie Bednar-Clemens, prosecuting attorney. “I mean someone who came into court, into our courthouse, into the courtroom carrying illicit drugs in their pocket and much less methamphetamine.”
30 - year - old Kurtis Cline was originally facing three theft charges. While in court for those on April 10th, prosecutors say he took a bag of meth from his jeans pocket. He tried to stash the drugs under his seat cushion, but an officer caught him.
“Pulled something out of his pocket and put it under the seat cushion it was so obvious to me that he was doing something I had to keep myself from laughing out loud in court,” says Kurt Kopacz, Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy.
Cline pleaded not guilty in court. He's being held on a $5,000 bond. He will be back in court next month.
MADISON - The start of a new short-term loan program that wasn't slated to begin until July has been moved up in an effort to help businesses hurt by recent cutbacks at Oshkosh Corp.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's chief jobs agency, voted this week to start the pilot program earlier. It will provide loans or loan guarantees of up to $250,000 to companies for projects or expenses that may not be eligible for traditional financing.
The board says it was starting the program earlier in light of news that Oshkosh was cutting 760 jobs from its defense division because of budget cuts being made by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The loan program this year will only target businesses in Oshkosh Corp.'s supply chain
Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit
MADISON - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.