Vilas County Sheriff's Dept.

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.

Oneida County Sheriff's Department

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
WI Dept. of Public Instruction

Wiscon sin News Connection is here.

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.

Bill Moving Through Congress Could Lead To Spread Of Predatory Loans

Feb 16, 2018

Consumer groups say predatory payday lenders would be able to flood the market with sky-high interest-rate loans - and get around state laws - if a bill is signed into law.

Friday morning 2/16/18 update from Rhinelander Police..

Yesterday, February 15, 2018, detectives from the Rhinelander Police Department arrested 27 year old Megan M. Danielczak for solicitation to commit First Degree Intentional Homicide of her husband.

Local News 2-15-2018

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While there has been considerable debate about the status of the wolf population in Wisconsin, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin says the matter is stuck in Congress.

Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson has authored a bill in the Senate and a bill has been written in the House of Representatives that would take the gray wolf off the endangered species list..The bills would force the Fish and Wildlife Service to turn the matter over to the states.

Democrat Baldwin last year came out in favor of de-listing the wolf and allowing state management.


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Wisconsin DOT Chooses Roundabout Option For Rhinelander Intersection

The Department of Transportation(DOT) has decided to install a roundabout at the busy U.S. 8--Wisconsin 47 intersection on Rhinelander's west side. In December, the DOT held a meeting at Rhinelander City Hall to get public input. The roundabout was presented as a less expensive alternative to keeping the traditional arrangement of the intersection with upgrades. Project Manager Dan Erva outlines what they feel are reasons for the roundabout.... "...roundabouts improve the safety of the...

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