Wood Co. Sheriffs say home had “odor of death” following drug raid
TOWN OF RUDOLPH, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force arrested three people after they conducted a search warrant in a home in the Town of Rudolph on Sept. 18. According to a Facebook post, authorities found and seized undisclosed amounts of...
Assault Reported at Polito’s in Stevens Point
STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU-WAOW) — Police in Stevens Point are looking for a suspect connected with an assault at Polito’s Pizza on Main Street. WAOW TV reports that the incident happened on September 9th when two men got into a heated argument. A man in a white shirt was then seen punching the victim three times.
Wisconsin’s cranberry season is ripe with fall colors and activities
Wisconsin is the largest grower of cranberries in the world, and it’s harvest season. Right now, about 270 cranberry farms in Wisconsin are flooding their fields to harvest the state’s fruit. It’s a beautiful sight to see, which makes it the perfect time to visit one of Wisconsin’s...
Stevens Point man sentenced to 15 years in prison in death of 6-month-old boy
STEVENS POINT − A 36-year-old Stevens Point man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's baby. A jury convicted Meyer P. Willkom June 16 of first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of the 6-month-old boy. Portage County Circuit Judge Patricia Baker also sentenced Willkom to...
SMALL TOWNS: Waupaca woman becomes an author to honor her husband and other Vietnam veterans
WAUPACA, Wis. (WBAY) - A Waupaca woman credits her husband’s bravery, and the courage of the other Vietnam veterans he served with, for inspiring her to become an author. After hearing and recording their stories of one battle, she felt compelled to write a book. This week in Small...
New Home Needed: Meet the Latest Adorable Pets Up for Adoption in Waupaca, WI
Interested in adopting a pet — or just looking at some adorable pets near you up for adoption? There are dozens of endearing pets up for adoption at animal shelters in and around Waupaca.
Hansen Schumann Enters Plea for Soliciting Homicide Charges in Wood County
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) — A Wood County jail inmate has entered a plea for charges of solicitation of intentional homicide. Jesse Hansen-Schumann entered a not guilty plea on Thursday. Investigators believe he was plotting to kill two Wood County correctional officers because they had previously held him accountable for disciplinary infractions. According to the complaint Hansen-Schumann had filed more than 40 grievances against the officers, saying they were making up lies about him.
Westfield schools locked down due to false active shooter report; officials say incident was likely swatting
WESTFIELD, Wis. -- A false report of an active shooter that locked down schools in Westfield Wednesday was part of a larger swatting incident that affected schools across the country, officials said.
Port Edwards Man Sentenced for OWI Incident in Weston
WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) — A Port Edwards man will serve time in the state prison system for a 5th OWI following a crash in Weston. Thomas Shelley was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 30 months (two and a half years) without a driver’s license for the incident, which occurred in May of 2022.
Missing man found deceased in Waushara County lake following week-long search
TOWN OF DAKOTA (WLUK) -- A man reported missing in Waushara County was found deceased in a lake. Patrick Morehead was reported missing a week ago. After 10 a.m. Sunday, deputies received information that there was a suspicious object in Meilke Lake in the town of Dakota. Officials arrived on...
Stevens Point working on 2024 budget, project with UWSP
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - The city of Stevens Point is working on their 2024 budget right now and deciding what to spend money on next year for projects. The city’s goal is to keep the tax rate stable. Mayor Mike Wiza said he is asking for a 0 percent increase in the tax levy, but with the new laws related to shared revenue, the city will have some extra money.
Sentry Insurance receives threat, employees told to work remotely
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - NewsChannel 7 has learned a threat has been made against a Stevens Point Sentry building. In a text message from Carolyn Schamberger, Sentry’s Director of Media Relations, “out of an abundance of caution, we’ve asked Stevens Point associates to work from home for the rest of the week.”
Riverview Hospital to host memorial service for deceased babies
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Aspirus Riverview Hospital will hold a memorial service Oct. 7 to remember the babies who die each year through pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn death. In Our Hearts Forever Memorial Service, in honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, will be held at 10...
Local Hero: Wisconsin Rapids Warden Lt. Bryan Lockman Named 2022 Warden of the Year
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has named DNR Conservation Warden Lt. Bryan Lockman as the Warden of the Year for 2022. This award, also known as the Haskell Noyes Efficiency Award, is the top honor for a state conservation warden. It acknowledges leadership in conservation law enforcement programs, combining enforcement, education, and community involvement.
Wisconsin Rapids Streetwise: The latest on Noodles & Co., Pizza Hut and Easy Rides
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – What’s happening with businesses in the Wisconsin Rapids area?. Streetwise has your answers. These roundups offer an easy way to stay up to date with what’s happening on the Streetwise beat. If you know of a new business, a development or a place that’s closing, send me a note at email@example.com. If you have questions about something opening, closing or changing in the area, send me those, too, and I'll do my best to find an answer.
Portage County inspections: Three restaurants with 7 or more violations
The following are the latest results of Portage County Health Department inspections on licensed food establishments and other types of businesses, which the Stevens Point Journal reports monthly. Amherst Junction. Bancroft. DJ's Corner Bar, 15810 County Highway F: Aug. 16: One violation: ice machine splash guard dirty. Vista Royalle Campground,...
DNR Burn Permits required in Waushara, Marquette, and Green Lake Counties
Due to the exceptional and prolonged drought conditions and potential for elevated fire danger, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will reinstate DNR burning permits by issuing a Special Fire Order in 12 southern Wisconsin counties. The permit reinstatement began on Sept. 18 in designated DNR protection areas until further notice. The permit reinstatement applies to the following 12 extensive DNR protection area counties outside incorporated cities and villages: all of Columbia, Crawford, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara counties and portions of Dane, Grant and Iowa counties. A DNR annual burning permit is now required for burning in a barrel, a debris pile and grass or wooded areas as outlined by the permit, unless the ground is completely snow-covered. Before burning in these areas, anyone wishing to burn must obtain a DNR burn permit and then visit WisBURN for the current burn restrictions. Traditionally, DNR burn permits are required in extensive protection areas from Jan. 1 through May 31, anytime the ground is not snow-covered. Reinstating permits allows the DNR to suspend burning on a given day during times of elevated fire danger. A DNR burn permit is not required for campfires intended for cooking or warming, but the public is reminded to use extreme caution. Consider having small campfires in a designated fire ring or device in the evening hours to avoid burning under elevated fire conditions, which are typically found during the day. Current wildfire concerns are primarily due to the lack of precipitation over the southern part of the state. Wisconsin has received record low rain this year, resulting in varying levels of severe to exceptional drought. These dry conditions, coupled with the potential for increased fire danger in the fall due to falling dead leaves, pine needles and other dry vegetation, make debris burning especially risky. Debris burning continues to be one of the leading causes of wildfires in Wisconsin. The DNR intends to keep the permit requirements in place until the drought situation improves significantly, either due to long-term rain or snow events. The DNR will continue to evaluate as conditions change. Check current fire danger, wildfire reports and burning restrictions on the DNR website.
Southeast Minnesota Crash Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital
Hokah, MN (KROC-AM News)- A motorcyclist was brought to a hospital after crashing in southeast Minnesota Tuesday evening. The crash happened along Hwy. 26 in Houston County between La Crescent and Brownsville. The State Patrol responded to it shortly before 7:45 p.m. The state crash report indicates the motorcycle was...
Waushara County Health Department offers flu shots across the county
Influenza vaccines are available from the Waushara County Health Department at the following locations. No appointments are needed for these community clinics. Wautoma Senior Center, W8220 Cottonville Rd: Saturday, Sept. 30th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Redgranite Fire Department, 135 E. Bannerman Avenue: Monday, Oct. 9th, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Coloma Meal Site, Coloma Community Center, 155 Front Street: Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Wild Rose Lions Club, 1100 South Main St: Thursday, Oct. 12th, 10 to 11 a.m. Plainfield Meal Site, Plainfield Senior Center, 114 West Clark St: Monday, Oct. 16th, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Poy Sippi Meal Site, Poy Sippi Community Center, N4258 State Hwy 49: Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saxeville Meal Site, Saxeville Town Hall, W4022 Archer Ave: Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Hancock Meal Site, Hancock Community Building, 420 Jefferson St: Thursday, Oct. 19th, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Flu vaccine will also be offered by appointment on the below dates, held at the Waushara County Health Department, 230 W. Park Street in Wautoma. Call (920) 787-6590, or go online to make an appoinment at: https://tinyurl.com/2023Flu • Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 27th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medicare Part B and Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicaid pay for the flu shots. Bring all the insurance cards you take to your physician’s office with you. If you do not have Medicare, have a Medicare Supplement or Medicaid, you will have to pay at the time of your vaccine.
Rafters all-star suffers serious brain injury
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - A member of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters family is facing a long road to recovery. In August, 2023 Northwoods League All-Star pitcher Jacob Rosenkranz suffered a traumatic brain injury in practice at Missouri Baptist University. A ball hit Rosenkranz in his left temple. He suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed.