RHINELANDER, TOMAHAWK - For the third straight year, the Rhinelander girls soccer team received a police escort in town. That's because for the third straight year, the Hodags captured the Great Northern Conference championship yesterday.
Rhinelander knocked off Northland Pines 4-1. Hodags are (13-3-1 overall) and 11-0 in the GNC. Rhinelander also holds the #1 seed in their regional. The Hodags host Antigo in next week's opening round of regionals.
In high school baseball, Tomahawk was where the Hatchets faced Mosinee in a double header.
Game One... Hatchets starting pitcher Kevin Bolder started the first game strong. He kept Mosinee off the scoreboard in the first two innings.
But in the third, Mosinee finally got on the offense going. With the bases loaded, Trevor Grabow drove in a run on a fielder's choice. However a Hatchet throwing error allowed another run to score (2-0 Mosinee).
The game went extra innings. Mosinee took game one 4-3 in 8 innings. Tomahawk bounced back to split the double dip with a 9-7 victory.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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