Florida school shooting leads Antigo to think back, look aheadSubmitted: 02/15/2018
Story By Erin Beu

Florida school shooting leads Antigo to think back, look ahead
ANTIGO - Wednesday afternoon, an armed man killed 17 people with an AR-15 inside a Florida public school.

School shootings are something people can't predict, but can prepare for.

Two years ago, a shooter attacked Antigo's prom.
That's helped spark a new focus on response to attacks.

The old emergency response plan in many schools called for hiding from shooters.

That's no longer the case.

Schools are now using the ALICE method: alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.

Although the situation didn't call for using ALICE at prom, that night is motivation to be ready for a future attack.

"I'll always regret not being there," said Antigo School District Officer Misty Servi.

Servi took the night of Antigo's prom in 2016 off, a decision that has haunted her since.

On April 23, 2016, a former student shot two teenagers with a rifle outside the prom around 11 pm.

Officers immediately shot and killed the shooter, Jakob Wagner, and the victims survived.

"In the back of my head, I always think when is something going to happen, be it at our school or our community," said Servi.

Antigo didn't use the ALICE method to respond to the shooter that night because he wasn't inside the school.

If he was, the training would have called for students and staff to take steps including evacuation.

"[The worst thing you could do is] hide in a corner and do nothing, that's the worst and unfortunately that's all we knew for many years," said Servi.

"It's always surprising and that these things are occurring," said Antigo High School Principal Tom Zamzow.

Zamzow was at the prom right after the shooting. He led police through the school to make sure there was no longer a threat.

"You never would think it would happen to your school," said Zamzow.

Later this month, Zamzow plans to train not only staff, but students too, in the ALICE method.

"You just can't predict, you just have to a plan in place," said Zamzow.

Servi says without a plan, you give the power to the shooter.

"You just feel completely vulnerable. And that's something we don't want our kids to feel anymore," said Servi.

Zamzow now has a program called LEAP: Langlade Emergency Action Plan.

The next meeting is March 3 where they will discuss more funding efforts for ALICE training.

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MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to vandalizing a synagogue last year as part of a neo-Nazi plot, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Yousef Barasneh, 22, of Oak Creek, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal civil rights charge, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said.

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Hodag Lanes Closing Submitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - After over 50 years of staying open, Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander has officially closed its doors.

"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

But Cline is hoping that this won't be the end for Hodag Lanes.

"It is costly to have a bowling center but we're just hoping again that we can get up and running again," said Cline. 

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KINGSTON, MO - Attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin are seeking to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case.

Garland Nelson, of Braymer, is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. They disappeared after visiting Nelson's farm in July 2019 and their burned remains were later found in Missouri and Nebraska.

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MILWAUKEE -  Milwaukee's former police chief, who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department. 

The city's Fire and Police Commission voted unanimously last week to demote Chief Alfonso Morales.

 Commissioners criticized how Morales handled multiple incidents involving Black people, including the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown. 

Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

Morales also defended his record as chief. 

His attorney says he and Morales are exploring a range of legal action, including filing a claim for damages.

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KENOSHA - A Kenosha police officer wounded in a shootout last week while investigating a vehicle break-in has been released from a hospital, Wisconsin Department of Justice officials said Friday.

A release by the department's Division of Criminal Investigation identified the officer as Justin Pruett, who has been with the Kenosha police force for two years. He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, the Kenosha News reported.

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NATH hosts e-cycling fundraiserSubmitted: 08/14/2020

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RHINELANDER - Traffic slowed to a stand-still on Highway 8 West out of Rhinelander but not because of any accident or construction.

NATH and The Good News Project partnered for the third year in a row to host an e-cycling fundraiser.

"There's still a huge line of cars waiting to drop off their things and that's been going on since before we opened at 8. It's been a very busy and very successful fundraiser," say Rick Covin, Board Member for the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing.

NATH operates Frederick's Place in Rhinelander. This is their third year partnering with The Good News Project out of Wausau to host the electronics recycling event.

"We're having anyone from the area able to bring their electronics, even vacuum cleaners, stereo systems, computers, TVs, monitors, and for a small fee which is much less than you would have to pay at the dump," says Covin.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping fund the shelter's operation. COVID and other complications forced NATH to cancel many of their successful fundraising events, like the Harvest Hoedown normally scheduled for October.

"While our expenses have not gone down, even gone up some, our income, which is fundraising grants, and gifts, has gone down," says Covin.

If you didn't make it Friday, don't worry! You can stop by from 9 to noon Saturady.

"We'll all be here ready to take their recyclables and all that stuff that's been gathering dust in their basement, closet, and garage, gather that up, those old electronics you have to pay through the nose to get rid of at the dump, bring 'em here, and we'll give rid of em for a small fee and it'll go to a good cause," says Covin.

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