EAGLE RIVER - A special state committee made its recommendations about Wisconsin's juvenile corrections system after spending months studying the issue. One of its 25 members was Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath.
Governor Scott Walker got the Juvenile Corrections Study Committee started back in July. He wanted to get some feedback on what types of facilities should be built to replace Lincoln Hills, which is set to close in 2021, and what types of programming they should have.
Sheriff Fath says 60 percent of kids held in Lincoln Hills come from the Milwaukee area. To provide more family support to those kids, the committee suggested placing one facility there.
The committee then chose the Brown County, Fox Valley area for a second location. Fath says they were looking for a place with access to professionals that could provide appropriate programming for the kids.
"It would be great to have a facility like this closer to Northern Wisconsin, but we just don't have the numbers to support building it up here," said Fath.
The hope of the programming is that the kids will get more opportunity to change their behavior.
"Yes it's a prison or corrections center, but it's dealing with kids that we hope we have the opportunity to turn around and correct some of their behavior so it's pretty unique to the world of corrections," said Fath.
Fath says the suggested facilities would both be smaller than the current Lincoln Hills buildings.
He believes the two facilities will be a big step for Wisconsin to move forward and make improvements in juvenile corrections.
Fath says the recommendations are going to the legislature, if they are approved another committee will be formed to review grant applications from each county to build the two new facilities.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man could face prison time after police arrested him in an online underage sex sting. Oneida County prosecutors charged Adam Van Roy with three felonies on Monday.
A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent working with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office posed as a 19-year-old woman named 'Julia G' on several social media applications March 13-15. Van Roy, 36, started talking with 'Julia' during that time.
'Julia' soon told Van Roy she was actually only 15 years old.
The agent's notes show Van Roy asked 'Julia' for pictures, including nude images, and asked her "what do you like in the bedroom?"
CRANDON - Recently, flooding closed roads and frustrated communities from Rhinelander to Plover. A bad combination of rain and melting snow led to days of flood warnings. As those warnings go away, a related risk could do a lot more than frustrate you - it could make you sick. Flooding can cause contamination in wells, but the Northwoods is lucky to have a world-class water testing facility.
RT Krueger's Northern Lake Service in Crandon has about 50 specialized machines that test drinking water for half of the municipalities in Wisconsin. Krueger tests Rhinelander's water three times a week. Every year 65,000 water samples flow in and out of this lab.
"The safe drinking water testing for the city of Madison is being performed up in little tiny Crandon," said Krueger.
Many people have their own wells, which are not tested regularly like municipal water. If your well is submerged due to flooding, filtered groundwater mixes with potentially harmful surface water.
"You're introducing the bacteria and all the compounds and organisms that are normally above the water that you're drawing," said Krueger.
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A report of a noisy house party and fight near Crandon led to six drug-related arrests earlier this month. Officers eventually found heroin, cocaine, and guns along with other drug items inside, but getting there took some extra work.
According to a release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, police responded to a home at 7840 Love Knot Lane in the Town of Lincoln, which is east of Crandon, on March 7 around 7:15 p.m.
MILWAUKEE - Officials say a man shot by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police on campus is hospitalized in stable condition.
University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference Tuesday two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench in the Fine Arts Complex building around 7 a.m., an altercation occurred and he was shot. The police officers were treated for minor injuries.
We talk to a snowplow driver in Lincoln County who says he was attacked with a baseball bat after accidently knocking down a mailbox.
We'll take you to the ribbon cutting for a new utility garage in Stevens Point and show you some sustainable design features that are part of the facility including the largest solar array in Central Wisconsin.
And we'll speak with a water testing specialist in Crandon to go over the importance of testing groundwater especially after there has been flooding in the area.
We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
PARK FALLS - Shopko announced it would close all of its stores Monday. That leaves many towns and cities across the Northwoods wondering what, if anything, can fill the gap that will create within their local economies.
Some groups in Park Falls plan to try to capitalize on a unique federal tax incentive program. The Park Falls Area Community Development Corporation and area Chamber of Commerce already had a plan to educate people on a fairly new tax benefit program, one that will help create opportunity in the area.
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