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RHINELANDER - A Sugar Camp man, who pleaded guilty to a 2019 deadly hit-and-run crash, was arrested again this weekend for jumping bail.

Last August, Jeffery Liebscher crashed his truck into a motorcycle ridden by 23-year-old Sean Holtslander of Saint Germain on Hwy 17 in Sugar Camp. It caused Holtslander's death.

He pleaded guilty in February, but is awaiting sentencing.  The sentencing was originally scheduled for April, but due to the coronavirus it was postponed until 9 a.m. July 30 because it was to likely draw of a large number of spectators

This past weekend, the Oneida County Sheriff's office says they received an anonymous report that Liebscher was at a house, drinking. When officers arrived, Liebscher refused a preliminary breath test, which breaks his bail agreement.

He was arrested and placed in Oneida County Jail. Tuesday, Liebscher made an initial appearance via teleconference.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on this charge, at 1:30 p.m. on June 6.

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FOX LAKE, WI - A physical therapist nurse on staff at Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) has tested positive for COVID-19.

At 8 am count this morning several residents who had been in contact with her were moved to the segregation unit for quarantine.

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RHINELANDER - Hodag Country Fest is on this year, after the Oneida County Public Safety Committee approved a large gathering permit.

Nearly everybody in the public comment period were against a permit for Hodag Fest. Two-thirds of emails regarding Hodag fest were against it. After all of this, the committee voted 4 to 1 to approve the permit.

Oneida County Public Health Department head Linda Conlon spoke out against the permit.

She cited Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation guidelines limit programmed events to 50 people. Hodag Fest regularly attracts tens of thousands of people.

Conlon said Hodag fest will bring in tourists from areas with a lot of infections.

"We are drawing people in from areas in the state of Wisconsin with higher levels of COVID-19 positives," said Conlon.

Dawn Eckert, a Hodag fest organizer, also spoke at the meeting. She said at-risk individuals will stay home whether they hold the Hodag or not.

"With the number of tourists already visiting the area, and Wal-mart being packed, Menards, Home Depot, the restaurants, the bars… How does what the high risk group need to do to protect themselves change by us having the festival?" said Eckert.

Committee member Mitchell Ives voted in favor of the permit, saying it comes down to personal choice.

"I believe it's up to the individual person if they don't want to go to a restaurant to eat, they don't have to," said Ives. "If they don't want to go to the Country Fest, they don't have to. That's our right. And I think as a private business I think these people have a right to do it."

Committee member Billie Fried was the only dissenting vote. He said he couldn't support a gathering of this magnitude in good conscience.

"I totally get that we want to give individuals that own businesses the right to do business," said Fried. "This is a whole different ball of wax, though. This is a nine-day event with thousands, not 200, not 1000 people."

The permit was approved with 25 conditions submitted by Hodag fest. The conditions are listed below:

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NORTHERN WISCONSIN - The National Weather Service is worried that people don't always know how to interpret or understand these phrases, so they're proposing an idea to help simplify things.

It's called "Hazard Simplification." It's a project launched in 2014 by the National Weather Service to help simplify communication and meaning of its alerts.

"Watches are basically a heads up that warning conditions might be present," said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Moore. "Warnings are usually for some type of life and property threatening situation. And advisories are more heads up messages where people may need to use caution, sort of a thing."

This isn't a new project. They've done some work already.

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RHINELANDER - Farmers and ranchers who have been financially hurt by the coronavirus have the opportunity to get aid from the federal government starting today (Tuesday).

Applications for the USDA's "Coronavirus Food Assistance Program" will be accepted through Aug. 28.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - A fatal motorcycle accident happened in Lincoln County on Monday near Tomahawk.

According to the press release, first responders were called just after 10 A.M. on Monday to the County Rd. S and State Hwy. 107 area.

When crews arrived, they found a Harley Davidson in a ditch.

Evidence at the scene of the crash suggests that the crash actually occurred overnight, but wasn't discovered until daylight.

The motorcycle operator was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries. 

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TOMAHAWK - The 35-year-old Wausau man charged with the death of his friend pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.

Investigators said Charles Ramp, 52, was shot in his driveway Nov. 16, 2017. The suspect, Eric Moen, was arrested shortly after in Chippewa County.

According to court records, Moen pleaded guilty to one count of 1st-degree intentional homicide. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 2. The case had stalled due to Moen's competency.

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