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Wausau cemetery shooting suspect makes initial appearance, bond raised to $10 millionSubmitted: 10/18/2019

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WAUSAU - The man accused of shooting multiple people at a Wausau cemetery on October 3rd made his initial appearance at the Marathon County Courthouse Friday. 

One person was killed in the shooting, and two others were injured.

Henry West faces 17 charges, including one count of first degree homicide, 11 counts of attempted homicide, and arson. 

West was apprehended minutes after the shootings on the morning of October 3rd at the Pine Grove Cemetery.

He had been fired from his job there back in 2012.

Upon searching West's apartment, police found several homemade explosives and identified a natural gas leak from a ripped out supply line.

Police said if the gas were to have ignited, it would have created a large explosion, possibly putting hundreds of lives at risk.

"I think there was potential for this incident to be much worse," said Wausau PD Captain Ben Graham. "It's a tragedy, don't get me wrong. But certainly there were other lives at stake had the circumstances been a little different."

West had been evicted from his apartment and instructed to leave that day.

Each of the shooting victims either worked at the cemetery or were related to someone there.


West's bail is set at $10 million.

A pre-trial date is scheduled for November 21st.

If convicted, West faces life in prison.

Story By: Peter Dubois

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RHINELANDER - Students from Pelican Elementary went to the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, or CAVOC, center at the Rhinelander School Forest on Friday to learn about nature and weather.

They learned about the sun, air pressure, thunderstorms, and more. They also saw experiments on how to create a cloud, how air pressure works, and what causes wind. Kindergarten teacher Shawn Belanger said the students were very excited to learn.

"They couldn't wait, they kept asking me every day," said Kindergarten teacher Shawn Belanger When is CAVOC and we would count the days down and yesterday they were hyped up. It was so much fun."

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LANGLADE COUNTY - A Lincoln Co. man on probation for possessing meth could spend more time in prison after a second drug-related arrest.

Joshua Cortright, 36, of Merrill was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop in Antigo.

In the vehicle, police found just under 46 grams of meth in a green backpack that belonged to Cortright.

Police also found a digital scale and a GPS monitoring device that Cortight had cut off.

Cortright was on probation for previously possessing meth, drug paraphernalia and causing property damage. His previous felonies could extend his maximum sentence up to 10 years.

Cortright could also have his driving privileges suspended for up to 10 years.

Cortright will appear in court for an adjourned initial appearance Monday, October 21.

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WAUSAU - Charges have been filed against a Wausau man accused of killing one person and wounding two others in a shooting at the Pine Grove Cemetery earlier this month.

Henry West faces 16 felony counts and one misdemeanor charge.

Charges include one count of 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, eleven counts of Attempted 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, one charge of Arson, three charges of Attempted Arson of Building, and a misdemeanor charge of Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.

West will appear in Marathon County court Friday at 2 p.m

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