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.
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin’s attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsin’s candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said he’d look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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