Eagle River bar fight led to arrest
2:37 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Two Men Likely Face Federal Immigration Charges

Alex Vazquez-Jimenez
Credit Vilas County Sheriff's Department

Federal immigration and criminal charges are pending on residents of Mexico and Central America involved in an Eagle River bar fight January 20.

Eagle River Police Chief Mark Vander Bloomen says they were called to a bar fight at BBT's tavern in downtown Eagle River.  An Eagle River man was engaged in a fight with four men, with one of them allegedly pointing a .45 caliber handgun at a person.

Vander Bloomen says this evolved into more than an investigation into a bar fight. They followed tire tracks to a residents at 906 Walnut Street.

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No serious injuries
2:27 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Fire Damages Rhinelander Mobile Home


The fire that severely damaged a Rhinelander mobile home was caused by a heater trying to thaw pipes.

Fire Chief Terry Williams reports they were called Tuesday afternoon to 329 Woodland Heights Terrace...

".....when we arrived on scene, the rear half of the mobile home was on fire. What had happened was the residents were using a kerosene fired torpedo heater underneath the mobile home to thaw out frozen water pipes...."

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Say budget will change
5:14 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Reaction Continues After Walker Budget Address

State Senator Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)

Opposition grew  to the governor's budget proposal to borrow one-point-three billion dollars for highway projects, instead of raising taxes-and-fees for them.  Speaker Robin Vos repeated his concerns about building up the state's debt.  Still, Vos said new money has to be found to pay for necessary roads.  Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany said the transportation funding plan gives him the "biggest heartburn" of anything in the two-year, 68-billion dollar budget.

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Two face Misconduct charges
4:55 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Former Jailers, Spouse Appear In Forest Co. Court

Three persons arrested last October after an investigation of the Forest County Jail made court appearances.

59 year old Jeanie Pitts of Crandon and 63 year old Melvin Donek of Argonne  are charged with Misconduct in Public Office, theft and other charges. They were jailers at the time of their arrests. Pitts' husband, 59 year old Richard Pitts, is also charged with receiving stolen property.

Jeanie Pitts faces 7 felonies and two misdemeanors, Donek one felony and three misdemeanors, and Richard Pitts faces three felonies.

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Speaking Saturday at ArtStart in Rhinelander
3:03 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Political Makeover Coming: McCabe

For many years, Mike McCabe headed the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, an organization primarily devoted to allowing people without large money to continue to have a seat at the political table.

McCabe no longer heads the organization, but has written a book titled "Blue Jeans In High Places, The Coming Makeover Of American Politics". His book raises questions about  the current state of politics, the failings of both major parties, and a blueprint for a different future.

McCabe will be in the Northwoods this weekend. He talked with Ken Krall about the book.

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Co. Board will discuss in March
4:46 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Three Options Given For OC Highway Dept. Site

Oneida County Highway Department main buildings

Oneida county is weighing an offer from Kwik-Trip to purchase the county shops on Rhinelander's west side for a private development. The county is  weighing different  options, including renovating the current facility or building a new plant off the Highway 8 bypass.

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9:50 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Child Rescued in Snowmobile Accident

A 13-year-old boy was rescued Sunday after his snowmobile apparently fell through thin ice, in the channel between Lake Minocqua and Lake Kawaguesaga.  

Minocqua police, Woodruff police, and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded to the call Sunday, February 1 at about 4 p.m.   

Officers observed the boy was in the water and unable to pull himself out due to thin ice in the immediate area.  

An ambulance transported him to Howard Young Medical Center.  

21 applicants
2:07 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Nicolet College To Interview Five President Candidates

Credit Nicolet Area Technical College

Later this month, the public along with students and staff at Nicolet College will get a chance to talk with finalists for the President's job.

Board of Trustees chair Ron Zimmerman also chairs the presidential search team. He says they recently reduced the candidate list from 21 down to five. The finalists will be on campus February 17 and 18. The candidates will first meet with the board...

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2003 death first ruled drowning
3:53 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Homicide Charge Continues For Tomahawk Woman

Latoya Wolf
Credit Oneida County Sheriff's Department

A woman charged as allegedly a party to the first degree murder of her uncle will have proceedings continue.

32 year old Latoya Wolf, now of Tomahawk,  was charged January 19 for the 2003 death of her uncle Kenneth Wells. Wells' body was found floating in the Wisconsin River off downtown Rhinelander.  At the time, the death was ruled a drowning. But renewed investigation by Rhinelander police led to Latoya Wolf's arrest.

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Homeland Security, Operation Choke Point
5:32 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Rep. Duffy Assails Obama Administration On Immigration, Over Reach

7th District Congressman Sean Duffy(R-Weston)
Credit U.S. Congress

7th District Congressman Sean Duffy held his first town hall meeting of 2015 Wednesday in Rhinelander.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out at the end of February. Republicans in Congress have moved to stop the funding unless the Obama Administration pulls back plans to stop the deportation of 4 million immigrants not here legally.

The Weston Republican said there are plans to use funds gathered by Homeland Security through fees to keep the agency going even if Congress shuts off funding....

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