RHINELANDER - A jury took about 2 1/2 hours to find a Rhinelander man guilty of trying to meet up with an underage person for sex.
Anthony Zoncki's one-day jury trial ended Wednesday night with the guilty verdict on the one felony count he faced.
Police arrested Zoncki, 31, in October 2017. According to the criminal complaint, Zoncki had been messaging someone he thought was a girl in Rhinelander. Instead, the "girl" was an undercover agent with the state's Division of Criminal Investigations.
Zoncki eventually agreed to meet the "girl" for sex. He made plans to get condoms at a Rhinelander store and then meet with her at Shopko on October 20.
Police followed Zoncki from his work to Shopko that night.
The agent, still posing as the underage girl, messaged Zoncki to meet her inside the store, but Zoncki never got out of his car. Officers arrested Zoncki as he was trying to leave the parking lot.
Zoncki admitted he originally planned to have sex with the girl, but changed his mind and was "determined not to have any contact with the female."
According to online court records, Zoncki's defense attorney Brian Bennett did not call any witnesses during the trial, which lasted about four hours. Zoncki also waived his right to testify in his own defense.
The jury went into deliberations at 3:20 p.m. The head juror told Judge Michael Bloom they were hung at 4:18 p.m. Bloom found one hour was not long enough to deliberate and not reach a verdict.
The jury told the court for a second time it was still hung at 5:15 p.m. The members went back into deliberations and returned with a guilty verdict around 5:45 p.m.
Bloom set a sentencing date for July 31. Zoncki faces up to 40 years in prison.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received less than 1% of the money that Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group pledged to it two years ago amid the electronics giant's expansion plans in Wisconsin.
In August 2018, Foxconn committed $100 million to the university to help fund an engineering building and for company-related research. It gave the school $700,000 in the first year of a 5-year agreement and records show the school has received no additional money over the past year.
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.
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.
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.
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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