HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
"It was a warm day. It could have turned into something bad if the girls had been missing for a long period of time and the weather changed, so we're really happy that we were able to bring them home to their parents in a quick manner," said Oneida County Sheriff's Captain Terri Hook.
Temperatures were above 80 degrees with sunny skies on Monday.
The search initially centered around the girls' home on Rolling Woods Drive in the Town of Lake Tomahawk. The children were found on Lakewood Road about six and a half hours after being reported missing. They were about a mile from home.
"They did not take a vehicle. They took clothes. They took things to stay out in the woods with," Hook said.
Members of the Newbold Search and Rescue unit brought several dogs to help in the search.
"They gave us an indication of which way they went, which turned out to be the direction that we found those children in," Hook said.
RHINELANDER - The initial emergency call -- someone screaming for help on a lake near Rhinelander Thursday afternoon -- sounded bad, but it appears it was a false alarm.
Search and rescue crews called in Newbold's air boat to search Lake Thompson around 1:45 p.m.
Pelican Deputy Fire Chief Norman Peterson said first responders first searched the west bay shoreline on foot. They then used the air boat to sweep the entire lake, but didn't find anyone, any tracks, or any places someone might have gone through the ice.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
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