LAKELAND - Lakeland swimming picked up where it left off last season. The T-Birds are undefeated in the Great Northern Conference. Just last week they broke not one, but two school records including the 200 free relay.
"We've been trying to break that one for years. I think it's been about five years we've had a relay team say we're taking that record down finally. And to have that mid-season is just amazing," said senior Grant Gibson.
That 200 free record stood since 1997. Senior Jack Garcia says the recent success has given his squad a confidence boost.
"It's definitely motivated a few of the guys. I saw an attitude change in some of them. the guys on the relay really stepped up after that and they're really taking the initiative to it now," said Garcia.
The T-Birds won both conference and sectionals last season. So far this year, they're actually swimming faster times.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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