Photos By Deputy Sam Steckbauer testifies during a Lincoln County trial in December 2016.
LINCOLN COUNTY - UPDATE March 3, 2017:
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released the name of the deputy involved in the officer-involved shooting death Monday night.
Deputy Sam Steckbauer has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office since 2010.
Steckbauer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Steckbauer was responding to a report of a car in a ditch on County FF in the Town of Corning Monday night. The Sheriff's Office says shortly after Steckbauer arrived, 40-year-old Shawn Igers shot at the deputy. Steckbauer returned fire, killing Igers.
UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect in an officer-involved shooting as Shawn M. Igers, 40, of Wausau.
The sheriff's office says a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch Monday night on County Highway FF in the town of Corning. The office says soon after a deputy responded, Igers shot at the deputy.
The deputy returned fire, killing the suspect. The sheriff's office will not name the involved deputy, but described them as an officer with more than six years in law enforcement.
Igers' body was taken to Madison for an autopsy.
The Department of Criminal Investigation continues to look into the case, which is standard procedure.
The person killed by a Lincoln County deputy Monday night was a 40-year-old white man.
Merrill fire chief Dave Savone confirmed those details early Tuesday morning, but could offer no further comment. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released a statement around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday saying it could not provide any additional details at that time.
The incident happened along County Highway FF in southern Lincoln County Monday night. So far, very few details have been made available.A state Department of Justice spokesman confirmed the Department of Criminal Investigations is involved in the case, but could not add any further details.
Original story is below.
A Lincoln County Deputy killed a person during, what the sheriff's office is calling, a "critical incident" Monday night.
It happened along Highway FF near Hilly Road in the Town of Corning. That's southwest of Merrill near the Marathon County line.
Sheriff Jeff Jaeger has asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation to look into the incident, which is standard protocol during an officer-involved death.
Newswatch 12 reached out to the sheriff's office Monday night for more info, but the office could not release any more details at this time.
A press release did not say how the person died, what led to the incident, or if anyone else was involved.
This is the second time in nearly seven months Lincoln County deputies were involved in a deadly incident. July 26, 2016 officers from the LCSO, Antigo Police Department, and Langlade County Sheriff's Office shot and killed Scot Minard east of Merrill. Minard shot at police in Antigo early that morning, then led police on a high-speed chase into Lincoln County. All officers were cleared of any charges following a DCI investigation into that shooting.
WAUSAU - Every year, firefighters around the country ask their communities to fill up boots with money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Wausau Fire Department kicked off its "Fill the Boot" campaign Tuesday morning.
The fire department will be at local events throughout the summer to collect donations.
The fundraiser helps with research and treatment for neuromuscular diseases for kids and adults.
"It's kind of a rewarding part of the job. Most of what we do is off camera, you don't really get to see all aspects of the fire department. It is a great chance for us to get out there and see all the programs we are involved in to help,"says firefighter Matt Tormohlen.
The fundraiser also gives Wausau-area kids the chance to go to a MDA camp.
15-year-old Roy Thorson lives with spinal muscular atrophy and has gone to the camp for the last ten years.
You can find him collecting "Fill the Bucket" donations right alongside the firefighters this summer.
"It's nice to see the generosity of the public. It's nice to the firefighters willing to put their times towards this. It's just cool to see a group come together for a good cause," says Thorson.
You can also send in "Fill the Boot" donations online.
FOREST COUNTY - Bringing your pet along to watch fireworks might seem like a fun way to spend the Fourth of July, but you could be doing more harm than good.
July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for most animal shelters.
That's because fearful pets try to escape the bangs and flashes from fireworks and end up lost.
Forest County Humane Society president Jay Schaefer says don't let yourself add to your pet's stress.
Play it down, and make the fireworks a good thing with positive talk and treats.
"They're reading cues from us constantly. So be careful of your body language and the cues you're giving them. If you act like fireworks are a big scary thing they're gonna be like, 'oh my god fireworks are scary,'" says Schaefer.
Exercise can be another way to calm your pet before the big light show.
Burning off the energy earlier in the day may help your pet go to sleep early.
"Take them for a jog on the Fourth of July. I know it's hectic, but do something so they're not all amped up at night when the fireworks go off," says Schaefer.
Like many humans, pets like the smell of lavender.
You can try diffusing the scent around the house to put your pet at ease.
Make sure you have a well-fitting collar and identification tag on your pet.
If flashes are too bright, you might want to close the curtains.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
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