Loading

77°F

75°F

75°F

74°F

74°F

75°F

79°F

74°F

74°F

79°F

75°F

77°F
Search
NEWS STORIES

Last-minute legal issue delays halfway house decisionSubmitted: 04/14/2014

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


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.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - A convicted sex offender from Rhinelander can keep pictures of children he cut out of magazines.

A state appeals court dismissed new charges against Albert Chagnon Thursday.

Prosecutors charged the 33-year-old last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. Chagnon was about to be released from prison when a guard discovered a notebook in his pants containing photographs of fully-clothed young girls cut out of magazines or newspapers, including the Lakeland Times.

Chagnon argued that the charges should be dismissed because he didn't take the photographs. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with him Thursday, saying state law doesn't cover Chagnon's conduct.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - A small, single-engine passenger plane has crashed and caught on fire at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport, killing at least one person.

+ Read More

MADISON - A former leader of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the agency's new reorganization plan won't fix its problems.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - All K-8 students in Merrill Schools will get their own iPads this fall.

Wednesday, teachers were trained on how to use the new technology.

Last year, six third grade classrooms tried out how it would work.

District leaders said parents and students involved in the pilot program liked it.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - We told you earlier in July about the Merrill Citizen's Fire Academy.

People who take the 10 week course this fall will learn more about what firefighters do.

12 people will take the class.

Spots for the course are filling up.

+ Read More

PLUM LAKE - Some ATV riders want to be able to drive as many places as possible--and often on roads, not just designated trails. 

But some communities may not want ATV drivers to have that freedom.

One Northwoods town is trying to determine what's best for its community—whether they welcome or shun ATVs on town roads.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Thousands of people will come to the Oneida County Fair starting Thursday.

The fair has grown a lot in recent years. Organizers try to get new rides and entertainment to draw in bigger crowds.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here