EAGLE RIVER - Police think a man caused a deadly crash while driving high in Vilas County this winter. He now faces homicide and drug possession felonies.
Prosecutors filed charges against Tyler Metz, 19, on May 14.
Metz, who lives in Douglas County, was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 51 at Bakken Road in the township of Boulder Junction on Jan. 23.
Witnesses told police Metz's Chevrolet Silverado crossed the center line before smashing into a Ford F-150 around 10:15 a.m. Road conditions were snowy and the highway was ice-covered at the time.
Timothy Boss, 59, was killed and his daughter was injured. Metz had severe injuries to his legs.
According to the criminal complaint, medics found methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills in a cigarette box on Metz when they pulled him from the truck. The police report says Metz asked medics to throw the drugs out for him.
A Vilas County deputy later questioned Metz while he was being treated at Howard Young Medical Center. Metz told police he did indeed have hydrocondone pills from a past leg injury, but he no longer had a prescription for them. Metz said he hadn't used meth since a day or two before the crash.
Deputies obtained a blood sample while Metz was in the hospital, based on witness statements that he may have caused the crash and Metz's urgent need for his own medical care.
Metz was later taken to a hospital in Wausau for further care.
A Vilas County deputy ran her own tests on the drugs and found the suspected meth tested positive for "an amphetamine compound." State crime lab results showed Metz's blood tested positive for methamphetamine, Ketamine (a drug used in human and animal surgical procedures) and THC, which is the active drug in marijuana.
Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen put a warrant out for Metz's arrest on May 14. Online inmate records show Metz is in the Vilas County Jail.
Metz is charged with homicide by vehicle-use of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated-causing injury, narcotic drug possession, and methamphetamine possession. He faces up to 33 years in prison if convicted.
IRON COUNTY - One person died in a snowmobiling incident in Iron County early Sunday morning. The victim was identified as a 47-year-old female.
According to a press release by the Iron County Sheriff's Department, dispatch received a call at 1:52 a.m. reporting a snowmobile crashed on Trail 17 just outside Hurley and the operator was unresponsive.
First responders arrived at 2:04 a.m. and began taking life saving measures. The driver was then transported by rescue sled to Beacon ambulance and then to Aspirus GVH in Ironwood, MI.
After continued life-saving measures, the 47-year-old female was pronounced dead at Aspirus Hospital.
MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he wants state lawmakers to pass a package of bills aimed at curbing youth vaping and educating the public about vaping's potential dangers.
The bills Evers, a Democrat, is requesting would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses and expand the definition of public health emergencies. Another bill would fund a public health campaign to address youth vaping in the state and a fourth proposal would expand the enforcement capacity of the Departments of Revenue and Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to prevent vaping products from being sold to minors.
The governor's office outlined his proposals in a press release Sunday.
"As a parent, grandparent, and lifelong educator, I am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our kids," Evers said in a statement. "Vaping is a serious public health epidemic and it is time to take action."
The governor's office said vaping products pose serious health risks to young users because the nicotine contained in e-cigarettes can harm parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
EAGLE RIVER - Professional snowmobilers took to the racetrack in Eagle River this weekend. However, they weren't the only ones riding on some top-of-the line sleds.
Arctic Cat was at the derby offering demo rides on their 2021 models. People got a chance to try out the different machines, and put money down on a model of their choice.
Sales director Joe Klosterman said it's important for people to try before they buy.
"We do it to give an experience to the consumer," said Klosterman. "You wouldn't buy a car without driving it. We've also got a new model this year that I think is going to bring a lot of new people into the industry."
Demo workers took guests out on a 10-mile loop to experience some of the best trails in the Northwoods. Those trails featured curbs, some fresh powder, and lots of bumps to test the machines' suspension.
Klosterman said Arctic Cat sold lots of sleds over the weekend thanks to the promotion.
OSHKOSH, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School.
Fuhrman is accused of stabbing Mike Wissink multiple times with a barbecue fork. Court documents say the officer was unable to reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman twice. Neither was seriously injured.
The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for two days.
PRICE COUNTY - One man has been arrested in connection to recent burglaries in Price Co. according to a Facebook post by Phillips Police Chief Michael Hauschild.
The post made Saturday at 10:00 a.m. goes on to say the Phillips Police Department and Price Co. Sheriff's Department are still actively investigating reported burglaries.
On Monday, the Phillips Police Department released the photo of an individual they believe is responsible for at least one recent burglary in Price Co.
In a Facebook post, the department announced a recent string of burglaries in the City of Phillips. Shortly before 4:00 a.m. Monday, the alleged burglar was photographed by security system cameras outside a local business.
Police say storage sheds in Price Co. have also been burglarized along with a detached garage next to a home.
According to Hauschild, a burglary at the Harbor View bar & grill is still being investigated. Police are looking into several tips that were provided by citizens.
More updates will be provided as the investigation continues.
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