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Scammers call impersonating Eagle River police and firefightersSubmitted: 12/12/2018

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EAGLE RIVER - Newswatch 12 spoke with a man who got two scam calls from someone pretending to be an Eagle River police officer and another pretending to be a firefighter.

Both scam calls asked for donations.

Eagle River Fire Chief Michael Anderson says he thinks the caller is a local because the department is taking donations for a second station, but not over the phone.

"I believe they probably read [that we need donations] in the paper and thought that they would just take advantage of the current situation. Though, we will always take donations, we will never call and solicit donations from you. And we will never ask you for your credit card information," said Anderson.

If you do receive one of these calls you are asked to report it to your local police department.

Law enforcement reminds everyone to never wire money to someone over the phone who you don't know.




Story By: Erin Beu

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This drug not only puts the abuser's life on the line but the officers' lives too.

Tomahawk police officer Matt Gorell said the drug is extremely dangerous.

If officers come into contact with it by breathing it in or even touching it, they could die in a short period of time.

Gorell said when they respond to overdosing calls or drug stops they carry Naloxone, a drug used to counter opiate drugs and heroin overdoses.

"We have to take [fentanyl] very seriously. Fentanyl is so potent an amount the size a pinhead is enough to kill [an average person]," said Gorell.

He said fentanyl can often times be found mixed with heroin and the survival rate of the user is very low without a counter drug like Naloxone.

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The crash happened on Highway 47 near Birch Lane in Rhinelander, just across the street from the Shell gas station.

The driver of the car was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after pulling out in-front of the semi.

The truck driver was unharmed.
Oneida County Sheriff's Department says a citation is possible.

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Hartman is part of the James Williams Middle School audition group called Show Stars.

She says they've been preparing for this gig since the beginning of October.

"We've been practicing every Monday after school," said Hartman.

County Clerk Tracy Hartman invited the group to the courthouse for the first time.

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"This week was a busy one," Dillenberg said.

The Rhinelander Slumberland warehouse manager got ready to ship out dozens of twin and full-size beds. They're destined for families whose children sleep on the floor or a couch.

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