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.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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