RHINELANDER - Opponents of a proposed halfway house in Rhinelander went home disappointed Monday night.
They hoped the Rhinelander City Council would make the rejection of the project official.
But a last-minute move by the agency pushing for the halfway house forced the council to delay their decision.
ATTIC Correctional Services wants to set up the halfway house on Rhinelander's west side.
Ex-convicts recovering from drug- and alcohol-related crimes would live in the home.
Neighbors have rallied against the project.
The home would be near people's homes, a city park, and a school bus stop.
The City Council expected to make a final decision Monday night on whether to allow it.
But with just hours left until that decision, ATTIC's lawyer brought up some legal issues with Rhinelander's City Attorney.
"She didn't have time to review those issues, so the City Attorney went ahead and recommended the City Council table the item. It gives us a chance to review those issues before the council comes back and makes a decision," said Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn.
The issues were brought up so late, city officials couldn't even share the specifics with us.
Oborn expects the legal review to take less than a month.
The halfway house question should be back on the council agenda on May 12.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
RHINELANDER - People deposited more than just money at a Rhinelander bank Friday morning. A blood drive at People's State Bank allowed donors to double down on what they gave.
Nurses from the Community Blood Center took donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the "Give a Pint, Give a Pound" blood drive. For every pint donated, the Blood Center will give a pound of food to the Lakeland Food Pantry.
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