RHINELANDER - Ice shanties protect us from the cold when we go ice fishing. But we need to think about protecting our shanties from break-ins. The Oneida County Sheriff's office says there haven't been many break-ins this year.
"It goes in cycles some years we'll have a rash of them and some years we won't have any, but this year there's been a couple," says Oneida County Sheriff's Recreational Officer Brad Fogerty. "Due to the seclusion of the shacks out in the middle of the lake, non-lighted areas, so those kind of give people opportunity to go out and vandalize and break into them."
Most of those break-ins have been on Lake Julia. There are some precautions you can take to protect your ice shanties.
"Keep your shack locked and don't keep any valuables in it," says Fogerty. "That's the main stuff they're looking for. They're looking for high item items you know ice augers, tip ups, locaters, that type of stuff," says Fogerty.
"So when they see that in there those are the shacks that typically get targeted. So the best thing to do is keep them locked and keep valuables out of them," says Fogerty.
There have been around 10 break-ins or vandalism incidents reported in Oneida County this year.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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