RHINELANDER - Sixty-two-year-old Kenneth Welsh lasted just eight days as a free man before being arrested in Oneida County again.
Welsh is now in Oneida County Jail, accused of making terrorist threats.
Those threats put hospitals in Rhinelander and Tomahawk on lockdown on Thursday.
Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman said Welsh made the threats to a hospice company after they withdrew service from his terminally-ill wife.
"I can't remember the exact quote, but it [included] some threats that made us believe that he may be contemplating a violent attack on the hospice company," Hartman said.
In 2016, Welsh caused a three-hour police standoff in Tripoli. Police say he shot at his wife and threatened to blow up his house.
He was released last Wednesday after two years in prison and jail.
"He had been out of prison less than a week, and was already threatening violence," Hartman said. "We had to certainly understand that he was capable of that violence and take appropriate action."
During his initial appearance on Friday, Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom set a $20,000 cash bond for Welsh.
"What I assumed is that over two years of being locked up, you squared some things away in your mind," Bloom said. "After being out for barely a week...allegedly you stated, 'If this doesn't go good, I will wreak havoc on all of you.'"
On Wednesday, Welsh sent Newswatch 12 an email. He complained his wife's hospice care was discontinued and he couldn't afford her medications. He did not threaten violence in the email, but apparently did to the hospice company on Thursday.
"In today's day in age, we simply cannot tolerate someone making threats to harm people and having a mass casualty type of situation," Hartman said. "We have to take those kinds of threats seriously."
In court Friday, Welsh called the situation a "misunderstanding." He said he didn't even remember a conversation with the hospice company.
"If I said something out of line, I'm sorry, it wasn't intentional," he told Bloom.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
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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