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Late Friday, Vilas county authorities announced a $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the re-arrest of James Lussier.

Lussier is a suspect in the December death of Wayne Valliere, Jr of Lac du Flambeau.

Lussier was in the Vilas county jail, but was mistakenly released and is at large.

Lussier is 6'2. 263 pounds with with black hair and brown eyes.

WJFW TV reports Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono determined Friday that Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on January 4,

The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon. The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, on a road south of Crandon

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Update: Minocqua Police report the arrest of a minor in relation to the LUHS threat. (2/17)

Both Lakeland Union High School  and Rhinelander schools were affected by threats Friday.

After the discovery of a note and other information, Lakeland schools in Minocqua canceled some planned activity and only about a third of the student body reported for school. An investigation into who left the threat has begun. A message in the girls bathroom was left on two different occasions according to reports.

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A Rhinelander woman has been formally charged with allegedly conspiring to hire a hitman.

27 year old Megan Danielczak is charged under Solicitation of 1st Degree Homicide and domestic abuse charges.

Cash bond of $15,000 was set by Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia.

Wisconsin Black History Month Message: A Long Way To Go

Feb 16, 2018
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - As Wisconsin celebrates Black History Month, an African-American state senator is calling on Wisconsinites to work together to make progress toward the goal of equality.

LaTonya Johnson, a Milwaukee Democrat, says while celebrating the state's history-making African-Americans this month is important, there's still a long way to go to achieve Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of getting to the mountaintop.

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Tighter security to protect both visitors and staff at the Vilas County courthouse was addressed this week  by the county Public Property Committee and included adding more closed circuit security cameras, a single entrance staffed with security personnel for all persons entering from Court Street, and individual office alert systems.

Local News 2-14-2018

Feb 14, 2018

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The search is on to find a replacement for Rhinelander's city administrator.

Monday evening, the council approved the hiring of a firm to do the search.

Interim administrator Keith Kost said there's two firms that generally do public administrator services in Wisconsin. One is a firm that the city has used in prior searches, Public Administrator Associates, LLC and GOV HR.

Kost recommended the second firm...


Following the recent arrests of five men in the death of 25-year-old Wayne Valliere, Jr. of Lac du Flambeau, the Lac du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal council has issued a call to strengthen efforts to stop drug abuse. The council is calling for a tri-county effort.

LDF Woman Found Safe

Feb 14, 2018

Lac du Flambeau authorities report a woman missing since Saturday evening has been found safe.

37 year old Laura Thompson of Lac du Flambeau left her house on Wildcat Circle that evening. Family members reported her missing.

A Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police officer says Thompson was found and is safe.

Tri-County, Tribal Plan To Go To Vilas County Board

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Creating a tri-county/tribal response to address drug addiction was approved this week by the Vilas County Executive & Legislative committee. With support from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa the plan will be presented to the full Vilas county board later this month.

About 20 years ago Vilas county created a county-tribal committee to establish intergovernmental communication when off-reservation treaty rights began to be exercised.

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Forest County is in the process of looking at what should be done with law enforcement and government offices on the courthouse campus.

Two proposals are being considered, one which keeps the current historic courthouse, the other which eliminates it. Three public meetings have been held to get input.

According to the Forest county website, requests for proposals are being considered within the next two weeks. One proposal would remove the courthouse, costing about $22 million, with a second option to keep and renovate the courthouse costing $25 million. pexels

The firm that gave the City of Rhinelander grim financial news about the municipally-owned Northwood Golf Club will now have the helm.

The Rhinelander City Council Monday night approved having Green Golf Partners of Indiana as the manager of the course on the city's far west side. The city put out bids after a change of leadership was approved at a recent meeting following the revelation that the golf course owes the city more than $1 million. Three bids were received.

City Administrator Keith Kost gave reasons for his recommendation...

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The upcoming mayoral ballot in Rhinelander will likely have only one candidate on the ballot, after the state Elections Commission backed City Clerk Val Foley's decision to not place two candidates on the ballot.

Mayor Dick Johns has decided to retire. Council member Alex Young is running for the job, and challenged the validity of nomination papers filed by two other candidates, Chris Frederickson and Scott Counter. Counter didn't challenge the ruling, but Frederickson did.

Police Looking For Suspect In LDF Man's Death

Feb 13, 2018
State of Wisconsin

A statewide search is underway for a Northwoods man accused of conspiring to commit murder.

Four people are already in custody in the December 22nd fatal shooting of Wayne Valliere, Junior.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice say they are looking for James Lussier. He is also wanted in Vilas County for charges related to the Valliere killing -- and he's wanted in Marathon County in an unrelated case.

Suspects Richard Allen, Joseph Lussier, Evan Oungst and Curtis Wolfe are being held in the Iron County Jail.