LANGLADE COUNTY - Langlade County Crimestoppers hope people will use a new smartphone app to help fight crime.
Crimestoppers started in 2006. But it started using an app called P3 in March .
The app replaces the texting program that was previously used to report crimes.
"It's starting off slow but it's getting better, and as technology changes, the way for the public to report crimes gets easier," said Langlade County Crimestoppers President Kevin Schramke.
The program allows people to report crimes anonymously. But law enforcement reminds people that 911 should always be the first call if you see an actual crime being committed.
"It's not so much for crimes being committed at the moment, but for information on crimes that have been committed or if you know something about crimes, this is where Crimestoppers comes in," said Schramke.
Reports go directly to the police and the Langlade County Sheriff's Office.
If a report leads to an arrest, the reporter is eligible for a cash reward.
The app can be downloaded on any smartphone app store. Just search for Antigo under the Wisconsin location options.
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 - 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."
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.
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