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UPDATE: Suspect in burglary pleads not guiltySubmitted: 01/24/2014
Story By Kalia Baker


RHINELANDER - Siphanh Phongsavath waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning.

Phongsavath faces five charges, two of which are felonies.

Charges include burglary and attempt of misdemeanor theft.

Phongsavath is charged with breaking into the Rhinelander Verizon store back in
November.

Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Steve Michlig thinks Phongsavath's
choice to waive the preliminary hearing benefits the state.

"This is a case which is a little bit unusual than other cases we have. there
are allegations of other charges from other jurisdictions. I think before we
resolve this case, we're going to have to take a look at what's going on in the
other jurisdictions, including the potential for perhaps some federal charges,"
said Michlig.

Phongsavath is also suspected to be part of the Latin Kings gang.

The district attorney's office is hopeful the case will be resolved quickly.

"With the potential for other charges out there, it does offer the state a
certain amount of leverage," said Michlig."The defendant has many things to
worry about and I think that hopefully, it will lead to the ability to resolve
this case with a result favorable to the state and probably more promptly than
otherwise."

Phongsavath entered a not guilty plea. He'll be back in court March 18.

Footprints in the snow led to his capture.



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ST. GERMAIN - The unofficial start to the summer season in the Northwoods will be this Memorial Day Weekend.

That means our lakes will be busy and piers will be in use.

Pier of d'Nort steps up to that demand.

The idea for Pier of d'Nort came to owner Carl Surges after he installed his parents pier.

The business started in Hartford, Wisconsin in the mid 2000s. Then it relocated a few years later to St. Germain.

Now Pier of d'nort is swamped with orders this time of year.

"It's very busy, yeah pretty much most folks want to put their peer in and have it in by Memorial weekend so this is the week before that and we are extremely busy," said Surges.

It's busy and loud in the shop. Pier of d'Nort ships piers all the way from Alaska to Greece.

15 workers man stations turning out the pieces for a new pier.

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MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources board has unanimously approved shrinking the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks this fall.

The board signed off Wednesday on a fall season framework that makes 10 northern Wisconsin counties buck-only. That's down from 19 counties in 2014 and 12 last year.

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MADISON - Wisconsin is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

The lawsuit was announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and filed in federal court in Texas on Wednesday.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/25/2016

- A change in the prison system means that Oneida County will make roughly an extra million-dollars a year. Tonight we'll tell you about the change and why it will provide more money for the county.

- Plus, Lincoln County will need to fill a vacancy soon at the district attorney's office.

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

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THREE LAKES - You may soon be able to ride your ATV on parts of State Highway 32 in Three Lakes.

That's if the state DOT approves it in the next few weeks.

The Three Lakes Nicolet ATV Club wants to connect downtown Three Lakes to the Nicolet National Forest.

To do that they need to open up parts of a six-mile portion of Highway 32 from Town Road X or Javen Road to Lake Julia Road.

"That's what we're trying to get the hub of downtown Three Lakes connected, the businesses along 32 connected and then everyone into the forest, the national forest," said Mark Kirby, the Three Lakes Nicolet ATV Club spokesperson. 

Last week the Three Lakes town board approved the ATV route.

Most of the highway is 35 miles per hour. 

"There's a lot of activity around here and we need to get these businesses supported by ATVers and UTVers in the area," Kirby said. 

Three Lakes allows ATVs on its town roads. The town also opened a small part of Highway 45 this year as well. That stretch goes from Crystal Lake Road to North Big Lake Loop.

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LANGLADE COUNTY - Langlade County wants to become the new home for the state's forestry headquarters.

Lawmakers have asked the DNR to consider moving headquarters from Madison to Northern Wisconsin.

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WAUSAU - North Central Health Care blames an "undetermined device failure" for the alarm and lock down in Wausau earlier this month.

A statement released Wednesday said the internal investigation ruled out human activation or remote activation of the emergency alarm.

Earlier this month, emergency crews locked down the hospital and surrounding area after a "Dr. Black" emergency was triggered. That alarm indicates a dangerous person with a weapon. After searching the facilities, no sign of an armed person was found anywhere in the hospital.

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