Vilas County Sheriff Frank Tomlanovich died Wednesday night at his home after a short illness. A press release from Vilas county says Tomlanovich was surrounded by his family. He was 61 years old.
Sheriff Tomlanovich was employed by Vilas county for 34 years having started in the Eagle River police department. He was a patrol deputy for nearly 15 years and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1994, serving in that capacity for 16 years. He was elected Sheriff in 2010.
An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.
A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.
The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.
Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.
A local UW-Extension agent says the population shift toward more older residents in Wisconsin is even more pronounced in the Northwoods.The U-S Census Bureau says 14 percent of the state’s population was 65-or-older as of last July. That’s .7 percent more than in the 2010 Census. Wisconsin had an estimated 824,500 seniors as of last July. That includes 124,000 who were 85-or-older – an increase of 6,000 during the previous two years. Also, Wisconsin’s percentage of senior citizens is larger than the national figure of 13.7 percent.
More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.
The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.
Bi-partisan support emerged for a bill authored by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.
Swearingen's bill would allow authorities to sieze the personal property or vehicle used in the crime of child enticement. Child enticement would be added to the list of crimes where forfeiture of property would be allowed.
Swearingen says the bill originated from a Northwoods incident...
A Northwoods Democrat doesn't like a Republican action in the Assembly Wednesday boosting campaign contributions for Wisconsin state candidates.
Majority Republicans pushed for a doubling of allowable campaign contributions by individuals. Donors to statewide candidates could give 20-thousand-dollars per cycle, two-thousand to Senate candidates, and a-thousand to Assembly hopefuls. Those limits would be automatically adjusted for inflation in the future. A voice vote was held.
Whether to allow ATV's in Three Lakes to use busy county road "A" will return to a county committee after they decided they needed to find out more information.
The town board in Three Lakes approved the use of town roads. Other lesser-traveled Oneida county roads are open to ATV use, but Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says he has concerns about allowing ATV's on "A". The committee has given Bennett the authority to regulate whether county roads should be open to ATV's, but he says the county "A" corridor between Sugar Camp and Three Lakes is different..