WOOD COUNTY - A man led officers on a high-speed chase through Wood County late Saturday night.
47-year-old Christopher Ostrum was arrested for felony fleeing and operating a car while intoxicated.
The Wood County Sheriff's Department says the chase started when Wisconsin Rapids police officers tried to pull Ostrum over just before 11:25 p.m. on Saturday. He did not stop. Instead, he sped away, going west on West Grand Avenue. Ostrum continued to flee west on State Highway 73/80. The officers got the car's license plate and stopped chasing Ostrum because they were worried about safety.
Pittsville Police took over the chase when they found Ostrum driving very fast on State Highway 73 near Oak Road. Officers tried to pull Ostrum over at 11:31 p.m., but he didn't stop. Officers believe he was driving at speeds of 95 to 100 mph.
Wood County deputies spiked the tires of Ostrum's car near State Highway 80 and County Highway EE. The chase ended on US Highway 10 near the City of Marshfield.
No one was hurt in the chase and no property was damaged.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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