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.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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