Archives for February 2017

Back And Forth On State Treasurer Post

The Republican-backed effort to eliminate the Wisconsin state treasurer position is moving closer to approval in the Legislature, despite opposition from a group concerned about how the change would affect public school libraries. The treasurer’s only duty is to be a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Part of that board’s work is distributing investment income to public school libraries. A state Senate committee was holding a hearing and voting on the measure Tuesday.

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation has been asked to investigate a fatal shooting by a sheriff’s deputy in Lincoln County. The sheriff’s office says the fatal shooting happened Monday night during what it says was a “critical incident” along Highway FF in the Town of Corning. That’s southwest of Merrill near the Marathon County line.
Sheriff’s officials have not released any other details about the incident.

Underage Drinking Party Busted

Some underage drinkers caused quite a brouhaha in Langlade County over the weekend. Just before 9 pm on Saturday, authorities got a report of an underage drinking party at a home on County Road J just west of Kempster. They went to the house and discovered more than 20 underage teens consuming alcohol. Several of them ran from the scene to avoid arrest, and they’re the ones who caused the real headache for authorities. There was a report that two of them had fallen into a lake,so the Elcho Fire Department was paged to search for them. It turned out to be a false report. The two were found safe and sound later on Saturday night. The owner of the home is being cited for failure to prevent underage drinking.

Jail Evacuated After Fire Alarm Sounds, Sprinklers Go Off

Lincoln County deputies had to evacuate the jail on Sunday night because the fire alarm sounded and the sprinkler system turned on in one of the call blocks. It happened about midnight. Inmates were turned to their cells about an hour later. An investigation revealed that a head on the sprinkler system had been tampered with.

Deadly Use Of Force By Lincoln County Deputy Kills Man

A Lincoln County sherrif’s deputy used deadly force on a 40 year old man, resulting in his death. It happened about 8:30 last night in the Town of Corning,near County Road FF and Berlin Lane. No other details were released, including what the use of deadly force entailed. Usually, the term refers to a shooting, but that has not been confirmed.

BREAKING: Deputy Involved Shooting Near Town Of Corning

Breaking news out of Lincoln County, where a sheriff’s deputy fired shots in the Town of Corning near County Road FF and Hilly Road. Sheriff Jeff Jaeger has not released many details, but we do know that an investigation is underway involving the deputy’s “use of deadly force.” No information has been released involving a victim, whether that victim is alive or dead, or any details about what led up to the shooting. WJFW-TV, however, is reporting that one person has died and that the deputy was not injured.

Langlade County Fair Announces Record Profit In 2016

Plans for the 2017 Langlade COunty Fair are in full swing. The upcoming fair will have the theme “Celebrating The Bounty og the County.” Coordinator Rhonda Klement told the Daily Journal that a group of fair board members recently returned from the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention held in Wisconsin Dells. Klement was elected president of the association during the trip, so she will be traveling the state learning about what does, and doesn’t, work at state fairs. Klement also noted that the Langlade County Fair pulled a record profit in 2016 of 47-thousand dollars. The previous record was 32-thousand dollars. The Langlade County Fair kicks off in late July.

Lawmaker Claims Walker Tuition Plan Could Hurt Taxpayers

A key Republican legislator says Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to cut University of Wisconsin System tuition could hurt taxpayers and lawmakers should instead consider letting the system raise tuition according to inflation or income increases. Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, wrote on the Right Wisconsin website that cutting tuition and backfilling it with state tax dollars means many Wisconsin residents who lack college degrees will have to pay higher taxes.

Early Morning Chase Results In Drug Counts

Antigo Police got an early start Monday, chaseing down a man who took off on foot after being told by a police officer to stop. The officer saw the man’s car pull into the Opera House apartments. As police pursued the man, they saw him throw a small bag away. Police found the bag in the bed of a pickup and identified it as methamphetamine. The man was caught and faces charges including drug possession, bail jumping and resisting arrest.

Tuesday Meeting To Set District Administrator Search In Motion

Tuesday, Antigo school board members begin the task of replacing District Administrator Brian Misfeldt. The board is holding a meeting at 7pm in the media tech room of the high school. Misfeldt took the administrator job last June and is headed to a similar position in a district closer to his hometown of Chippewa Falls. He’ll remain in the job here through the end of the school year. His resignation was unexpected and he describes it as both difficult and bittersweet.