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Hurricane Michael makes landfall and moves inlandSubmitted: 10/10/2018
Hurricane Michael makes landfall and moves inland
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PANAMA CITY, FL - The director of the National Hurricane Center says Michael is going to keep its strength even as it moves into Alabama and Georgia.

By 3 p.m. EDT, Michael still had top sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) as its core moved over Florida's Panhandle.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier Wednesday afternoon with 155 mph (250 kph) winds.

Hurricane center director Ken Graham says that when a storm comes ashore with winds that strong, "it's going to stay a hurricane for a while."

Michael's large size means its winds will continue pushing storm surge inland as well. The hurricane center said a National Ocean Service water level station in Apalachicola has reported storm surge of nearly 8 feet (2.5 meters) above ground.

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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/16/2018

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:


We'll tell you about a petition from a group of Crandon business owners who want the DOT to pay for work on sidewalks the businesses believe are flawed, and we'll get a response from the DOT.

We'll show you a new training program from Nicolet College designed to help local fire stations recruit more volunteers.

And we'll bring you a preview of a series on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight where several veterans from our area tell about their wonderful experiences on the trip.


We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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MERRILL - Someone stole the tires and rims off nine vehicles at a dealership near Merrill this week.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports the thefts happened early Monday morning at Stark Automotive along Highway 51.  Surveillance footage shows a white cargo van going into the lot around 1 a.m. on Oct. 15.  The suspects used a device to raise the trucks off the ground.

One of the vehicles slipped off the device, hit the van's bumper, and may have caused damage.

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BARRON - Update:

Authorities say a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn't a runaway and that they think she's in danger.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a media briefing Tuesday that he can't reveal why authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs is in danger because it could compromise the investigation. But he repeated his plea for the public's help in finding her.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs at around 1 a.m. Monday in their home in the western Wisconsin town of Barron. No cause of death has been released but authorities said gunshots had been fired.

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RHINELANDER - Students' art work will begin lining the walls of the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation office in Rhinelander.

Conservation members are starting to collect posters from students for the Invasive Species Poster Contest.

Students in 18 counties from fourth to eighth grade can participate.

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FOREST COUNTY - Nineteen years ago, a judge found Jeffrey LeVasseur guilty of violent sexual assault of two children in Forest County.

Both victims were younger than 12 years old.

LeVasseur, now 52, has served his time in prison, and next Thursday, he'll move into a home deep in the Forest County woods.

"The law says they gotta come back. We gotta find a place. That's what we're doing," said Forest County Board Chairman Tom Tallier.

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RHINELANDER - People living in Rhinelander will see something new waiting at their curbs this winter.  It's a big change for garbage and recycling that the provider expects everyone to love.

Rhinelander awarded Eagle Waste and Recycling the city's new solid waste disposal contract on Oct. 8.  Forty-eight-gallon garbage bins and 96-gallon recycling bins replace the Advanced Disposal bins on January 1, 2019.  

Rhinelander is the 75th municipality the Eagle River-based company will manage.

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RHINELANDER - Sears expects to close 142 stores around the country by the end of the year. That doesn't mean the Sears name is going to completely disappear. The manager of the Sears Hometown store in Rhinelander says his store is here to stay.

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