OSHKOSH, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School.
Fuhrman is accused of stabbing Mike Wissink multiple times with a barbecue fork. Court documents say the officer was unable to reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman twice. Neither was seriously injured.
The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for two days.
A shackled Fuhrman appeared in a Winnebago County courtroom Thursday where a judge bound him over for trial, WLUK-TV reported.
The teen's mother, Tina Fuhrman, spoke out for the first time Thursday.
"He's loved and supported by so many people," she said. "He's a good kid."
Fuhrman has been behind bars on a $1 million cash bond since his first court appearance last month.
"Grant is very scared and very confused, at this time," said Fuhrman's attorney Chadwick Kaehne. "Let us not forget that Grant was shot in the chest, and that itself is a very traumatic experience."
If convicted, Fuhrman faces up to 60 years in prison. He's due back in court Feb. 19.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing face masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Stores in our area that sell the materials to make them have been declared non-essential, though.
"I don't want to jeopardize anybody's health and be open as usual," store owner Mary Wilke said.
Wilke knew she had to close both of her Sew Smart crafting supply stores as soon as COVID-19 appeared, but she was offering curbside delivery until she got a call.
"The health department called me and told me that I was not abiding by the law and I had to cease immediately and I could no longer do that," Wilke said. "The only options I had were to do mail order or deliveries."
RHINELANDER - As the Coronavirus spreads across the world, medical professionals balance giving patients the best care possible while also keeping themselves healthy.
That juggling act forced many healthcare providers to stay away from their families -- fearing they may bring the virus home.
One local church opened its doors to give them a clean, safe, and free place to stay.
"We said hey we aren't going to wait around for someone else to do it, we wanted to do something positive for the community." said Lead Pastor Joseph Fehlen.
The Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander transformed its Family Life Center into a place for medical professionals to stay.
"We were sitting around thinking what in the world can we do with our empty buildings. We were just like hey how about we open up our Family Life Center for medical professionals that might be scared to go home or can't go home because they are interacting with the Coronavirus," Fehlen said.
Fehlen says there are eight beds available with most household items handy.
"We've got some items donated. Slumberland gave us an amazing deal. Home Depot has been working with us to give us different supplies. People in our church have already donated and just the outpouring of people who've offered to help," Fehlen said.
The church assures that all spaces have been deep cleaned and prepared for the healthcare workers.
"There's a lot of space, there's a washer and dryer they can use when they come in. So there's a lot of things to do to keep it sanitized and we will have out bleach bottles and wipes all over the place," Fehlen said.
Fehlen says the church space will be available for as long as it's needed. In the meantime he hopes positive actions like this will keep the community moving forward during these times of need.
"Hang around with people who are hope dealers, dealing out hope, graciousness, love, forgiveness and acceptance to each other. Find those people," Fehlen said.
MADISON - The number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Wisconsin is up to 77 as of Monday, the state Department of Health Services reported.
That is an increase of nine people from Sunday. There have now been deaths reported in 16 counties. More than half of all deaths, 40, have occurred in Milwaukee County, followed by Dane County with nine.
As of Monday, there were 2,440 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. But because testing is not widespread, health officials continue to caution the actual number of cases is far higher.
RHINELANDER - The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, or NATH, celebrated its ninth year in January. Just a few months later, volunteers are finding ways to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
NATH normally hosts one or more fundraisers a month. However, they've had to cancel those recently. Executive Director Tammy Modic says the organization has lost nearly $30,000 as a result, but the impact extends much farther than money.
"It's not only the dollars. It's the community outreach," said Modic. "It's the volunteer you get, the youth that says, 'when I go back to school I'm going to do a fundraiser.'"
Modic said there are ways the community can help out during this time, like donating meals to residents at Frederick Place.
"Individuals, families, groups, businesses can sign up to provide a meal at Frederick Place. We figure we're saving $50 to $100 a night by doing this."
People can either cook or provide supplies for a meal, or support a local restaurant and order food to be delivered.
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