RHINELANDER - A car crashed into Friendship House in Rhinelander on Tuesday. It turns out the crash happened, in part, because of a shoe.
Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says investigators discovered the 79-year-old female driver's shoe had fallen off. She reached down to grab the shoe, and her foot accidentally hit the gas instead of the break.
The vehicle hit near the Lincoln Street side entrance around 3:30 p.m.
"I was standing in the building right by the booth and I saw this car out of the corner of my eye and it was moving too quick to be stopping and then all of a sudden the whole wall started shaking and, yeah, there was a car in the side," said Friendship House employee Kreig Padley.
Padley said it looked like the car was travelling 20 miles an hour.
The driver had a male passenger in the car. Medics took both to St. Mary's Hospital. Gauthier says they suffered non-life threatening injuries.
"We actually had like an EMT and another paramedic kind of person in here eating so they went out there right away. They were helping her out, checking on her," said Padley.
The outside of the building suffered some cracks, but Padley says the only damage inside was a broken picture frame.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
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