RHINELANDER - We likely won't find out who Rhinelander's next police chief will be until early next year. But the city is already working to replace Chief Mike Steffes.
Newswatch 12 learned earlier this month Chief Steffes is leaving Rhinelander to take a job with the Department of Justice.
Steffes beat out 34 other candidates to win the chief job in 2007. Police and Fire Commission President Todd McEldowney expects to see dozens of new applicants this time.
"It's a credit to our process," McEldowney said. "We hired someone who is very good. And while we would like to keep all the good officers within the city of Rhinelander, we have to recognize that if we do hire good candidates there's a chance that we may lose them."
The Commission is putting together a job opening for the city finance committee to review Tuesday. McEldowney expects to get applicants from local police and sheriff's offices, state and national places, and even schools with criminal justice programs. McEldowney also wants to host a community night for applicants when the city gets down to its final choices.
"It's all about fit and it's not just the candidate, but it's the candidate's family as well," McEldowney said. We want somebody who's going to be a good leader, who's got some good management and supervisory experience, but who wants to be here."
The Commission is considering using a third-party agency to find applicants, but McEldowney hopes to keep costs for the search as low as possible.
The process could include some applicants from Rhinelander police and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.
"We certainly want to give every opportunity for a local guy to know that if he comes up through the ranks and he is a dedicated employee of the city or county, that we are going to look at their candidacy very closely," McEldowney said.
McEldowney says the soonest he expects the city to choose a new chief would likely be in January. The Police and Fire Commission will name an interim chief the first week of November.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
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.
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.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
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.
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