RHINELANDER - A jury of eight men and six women will decide whether a 30-year-old Wisconsin man is guilty of a 2011 shooting near Three Lakes.
The trial against Edwin Hughes started Monday morning in Oneida County Court.
Prosecutors accuse Hughes of three felonies tied to a botched armed robbery seven years ago. That attempted robbery ended with the victim alive, but shot in the knees.
Police believe Hughes and Daniel Frausto broke into the home of Donald DalPonte in February 2011, seeking to steal his money. DalPonte owned Weasel's, a gentleman's club in Three Lakes, at the time.
Frausto gave a 2012 confession to police in which he said he and Hughes forced their way into DalPonte's home. While trying to intimidate DalPonte into giving up money, Hughes shot DalPonte through the knees. They ended up leaving without taking anything of value.
Lawyers in the case spent most of the morning in jury selection. Just before noon, they gave their opening statements.
Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek promised the jury they would hear enough evidence to convict Hughes. Defense attorney Beth Svehlek argued no weapon or fingerprints were ever found, and Frausto's account isn't credible.
In addition to the Oneida County charges, Hughes currently faces burglary, theft, or robbery charges in Fond du Lac, Dane, Calumet and Outagamie counties.
The Oneida County trial is scheduled to last through Wednesday.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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