RACINE - A jury has acquitted a Racine police officer accused of using excessive force against a Park High School student in 2015.
Officer Brinelle Nabors has been on administrative leave for more than three years after he was accused of punching a 14-year-old student while trying to arrest him on suspicion of having drugs. Nabors was found not guilty Friday after a four-day jury trial.
The Racine Police Department said in a release that Nabors will be reinstated as long as he completes mandatory training and courses on subject control techniques that were instituted by the department when the officer was on leave.
The city of Racine in 2016 settled a federal lawsuit filed by the student for $400,000.
EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN - People from around the United States visited Eagle River to drive as fast as they could through icy courses during the second annual Subaru Winter Experience. Most of them were here for fun, but one driver meant business.
Keanna Erickson-Chang doesn't have the bravado you'd expect in a race car driver.
"Typically I'm pretty calm, in the car and out," said Erickson-Chang.
She had no interest in racing cars growing up, she just took winter driving classes to be safer on the roads.
"But once I learned all the techniques in sliding the car," said Erickson-Chang. "I started having more fun and it snowballed from there."
Erickson-Chang has raced for four years. Saturday she took a pause to hone her skills on Dollar Lake at the second annual Subaru Winter Experience in Eagle River. She normally competes on gravel, but she used the ice instead for a chance to practice at slower speeds.
"We have to be early, because with the low grip it takes so long for everything to happen so patience is a key value out here," said Erickson-Chang.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce members are looking to bring more visitors to the area.
One way they plan to do this is by adding more outdoor events like the Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon.
Saturday, they held their second annual triathlon headquartered at Camp Manito-wish YMCA.
People from all over the country cross country skied, snowshoed, and fatbiked.
"With the triathlons we have found that we're reaching a new market that hasn't been to Boulder Junction before and we got a lot of new faces," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Smith.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
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