RHINELANDER - Three Oneida County Sheriff's deputies -- instead of the usual one officer -- kept an eye on a sexual assault suspect in court Thursday morning.
Isaiah Moren, 21, went before a judge, accused of sexually assaulting a 76-year-old woman last month. Moren waived his right to hear some of the evidence the state has against him in the case during the five-minute preliminary hearing.
Police needed to wait several weeks for DNA evidence to come back that pointed to Moren being in the home. According to the criminal complaint, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab's results linked Moren's DNA to several of the victim's clothing items and her sexual assault test kit.
Moren's court-appointed attorney, Mary Roth-Burns, declined a post-hearing interview, but told Newswatch 12 the case could get interesting as it progresses.
Moren faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. He's set to enter a plea on August 6.
MILWAUKEE - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers.
Currently a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers. Florence County is in the Marquette, Michigan, market and must watch the Detroit Lions whenever they play at the same time as the Packers.
TOWN OF PELICAN - Twisted metal and side-curtain air bags gave a pretty good sense of how bad a crash was Wednesday afternoon, but the Town of Pelican's deputy fire chief already knew he needed to work quickly.
"Time is of the essence," Norm Peterson said.
Peterson's department got the 911 page of a two-car crash on Highway 8 and River Bend Road, about two miles east of Rhinelander, around 12:30 p.m. The cars both ended up in the ditch on the north side of Highway 8, out of traffic. Police reduced traffic to one lane while medics treated the injured, but cars were able to still get through in both directions.
CRANDON - Leaders in four Northwoods counties hope a $38,633 grant will bring in almost 10 times that much money to the area. Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties got a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Wednesday.
The counties will use the money to promote the natural resources, history, recreation, and local cultural sites along the Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway.The byway runs 145 miles through the four counties.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.