CRESCENT - Some people decided to bring their snowmobiles and ATV's out on the ice a little too early this season. One man had to recover two of those vehicles after they sunk in lakes. Tom Quandt own Bull Dog Off Road Removal. He got his first recovery call of the season Saturday, and a second Sunday. He says getting two calls in two days is abnormal and that it's too early to bring vehicles out on water.
"A good season for recoveries its bad ice right off the get go. If it had waited to get the snow or a few more weeks of colder weather the lakes would have been a heck of a lot more safer," said Quandt.
Sunday Quandt recovered a UTV from Emma Lake in Crescent. It sank twelve feet in water. Some recoveries can take more than 6 hours. They can cost from 500 hundred dollars up to a couple thousand.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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