An Ironwood man has entered a plea to a charge of child enticement in Oneida County Court.
26 year old Benjamin Lahti entered a no contest plea Friday(9/19) morning.
In March of 2013, state and county law enforcement officials posed as a 15 year old girl and responded to an on-line ad Lahti had posted. According to the criminal complaint, Lahti sent sexually explicit messages and a graphic photo to the fake girl. He traveled to Minocqua to meet the girl, but instead was greeted by law enforcement officials who arrested him.
A Rhinelander woman has been charged in federal courtin Madison will illegal weapon possession. Federal court officials say 28 year old Bonnie T. Wolff is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on August 17, she possessed a 5.56 mm rifle and ammunition.
If convicted, Wolff faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Most public schools are meeting or going beyond state expectations in the Northwoods.
School report cards released each September look at how students are doing in reading and math, attendance and graduation rates. There are also categories that measure student improvement, and how schools are closing performance gaps between demographics.
In Crandon, District Administrator Jim Asher says schools did better than state averages in student growth and closing the gap categories...and but still need work on some academic indicators.
Two groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to let Wisconsin require voters to show photo I-D's at the polls on November fourth.
The Advancement Project and the American Civil Liberties' Union were among those opposing the I-D law in lower courts. A spokeswoman for the Advancement Project tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it's asking the entire 10-member federal appellate court in Chicago to shut down the law again -- at least until the courts can rule on whether it's constitutional.
Republican state Representative Rob Swearingen thought last week's forum on education had other motives...
".....you have a retiring Senator....along with a freshman Representative from the Wausau area. So coming up into the 12th Senate District or the 34th Assembly district appears to be a political stunt...."
Swearingen is talking about Republican State Senator Dale Schultz and Republican Mandy Wright from Wausau. Both legislators held a forum on rural school funding in Rhinelander.
The Rhinelander District Library Board has selected a new Director.
Board President Jan Baer made the announcement....
"....we have hired a new library Director and that person's name is Virginia Roberts. She is currently the Director at the Chippewa Falls Public Library. But she wants to come closer to family who live in the general area here..."
Former Director Ed Hughes left in May for a library job in Mississippi.
Baer says Roberts has extensive experience and degrees for the position...
Wisconsin public schools are facing a crisis, that message delivered by two state legislators in a presentation given in Rhinelander Thursday evening.
In a show of bipartisan concern, Republican State Senator Dale Schultz and Democrat Assemblywoman Mandy Wright are taking their message around the state, in an effort to explain the situation and motivate citizens to challenge their legislators to work together to address what's seen in rural Wisconsin as an unfair school funding system.