Rising Tide of Vehicle Break-Ins in Wood County Reflects National Trend
Wood County is experiencing a troubling wave of vehicle break-ins, a local manifestation of a national issue affecting small communities. Law enforcement agencies, including Nekoosa and Wisconsin Rapids police departments along with the Wood County Sheriff's Department, are actively investigating several incidents linked across multiple jurisdictions. A suspect in his 40s has been noted for attempting to gain entry into vehicles, escalating concerns among residents. While no vehicles have been reported stolen, the authorities urge the public to take precautions, such as keeping valuables out of sight and ensuring that vehicles remain locked.
K9 Unit Heroics in Wisconsin Rapids Lead to Arrest and Highlight Value in Law Enforcement
In the early morning hours in Wisconsin Rapids, a high-speed chase unfolded when a Wood County K9 Unit officer, encountering Aaron J. Winters, 41, driving erratically on W. Grand Avenue, initiated a traffic stop. The situation escalated when Winters, defying the officer's command, fled on foot. The officer, struggling to make an arrest, deployed K9 Bingo, who swiftly subdued the suspect. Winters now faces multiple charges, including battery to a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and his third OWI offense. This incident not only highlights the dangers faced by law enforcement daily but also underlines the critical role of K9 units in maintaining public safety.
Trial date set for Stevens Point woman accused of selling heroin that led to fatal overdose in 2021
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WJFW) - A Stevens Point woman will head to trial in April after being charged in a fatal heroin overdose case in 2021. On Monday, Dec. 4, 40-year-old Margaret Creamer appeared virtually in Portage County Court. It was announced that Creamer will head to trial from April 3-5.
Aspirus Riverview Clinic-Wisconsin Rapids Welcomes New Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Aspirus Riverview Clinic-Wisconsin Rapids welcomes Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Shelby Ligman, APNP. Shelby takes a special interest in treating chronic conditions, caring for children of all ages, and women’s health. Shelby earned her master’s degree from Marian University in Fond du Lac. She is certified in family practice...
2 dead, 1 injured in Adams County crash
Two people are dead and one person was injured this week in a crash in the Adams County town of Lincoln, police said. The two-vehicle crash was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of County Hwy. M and County Hwy. G. One of the drivers, 83-year-old Jane Kronschnabel, of Montello, was pulled from the vehicle and was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital. She died of her injuries, officials said.
You can find your Chick-fil-A favorites in Stevens Point today
STEVENS POINT – You can get Chick-fil-A favorites in Stevens Point today. The Chick-fil-A Tri State Food Truck will be serving Chick-fil-A food from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fleet Farm, 5590 U.S. 10. Customers can order from a menu online including chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, wraps, fries,...
2023-24 OnFocus Season Preview: Port Edwards Boys Basketball
Coaching staff: Head Coach: Justin Beck, Assistant and JV Coach Ben Martinson. Key returners: Brynden Beck 2 year starter JR 5’11” 12 PPG as Sophomore, Josh Tranel, returning starter 5’11”, 7.5 PPG last season as sophomore, Eric Moch 2 year Starter 6’3” 4 PPG and 4 RPG as a JR, Hayden Hewitt returning forward 6’2” 7 RPG and 4 PPG.
Local women volunteer to renovate Stevens Point building
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WJFW) - While most Wisconsinites are preparing on how to best hunker down for the winter, others are loading up their tool bags and braving the cold to embark on volunteer construction projects. Plover resident Kristi Schraufnagel signed up to renovate the Kingdom Hall on Northpoint Drive,...
Dons claim fourth straight Cranberry Classic title
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Columbus Dons boys’ basketball team won the 39th annual Cranberry Classic high school basketball tournament, played Nov. 24-25 at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The Dons beat Nekoosa 87-50 in the first round Nov. 24. “I thought for the first time being out...
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Weekly Safety Report: Attempted Homicide, Swan Shooting, and Child Custody Interference in Portage County, Wisconsin
This week in Portage County, Wisconsin, there were several incidents that required police intervention. These incidents include an attempted homicide in a mobile home community in Plover, a trumpeter swan being shot in Stevens Point, a man being charged with attempted homicide and aggravated battery in Plover, and a father being charged with taking his children from their home in Plover.
Developer confirms Big Lots will no longer open at Shopko development in Wisconsin Rapids
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The developer of the retail project at the former Shopko property confirmed Thursday Big Lots will no longer open with Harbor Freight, Five Below and Marshalls in Wisconsin Rapids. Tom Richards, a partner with Cool Investment LLC − an Arizona-based business that purchased the Shopko building...
Wisconsin High School Boys Basketball Schedule, Live Streams in Wood County Today - December 5
In Wood County, Wisconsin, there are attractive high school basketball games on the docket today. Info on how to stream them is available here. Follow high school basketball this season on the NFHS Network! Keep tabs on your family or alma mater and tune in!. Wood County, Wisconsin High School...
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Announce Hot Stove League Event: January 20
Get ready, Rapids Rafters fans, because something sizzling is coming your way! Circle January 20th on your calendars, as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are hosting a Hot Stove event that promises to set the baseball scene ablaze. This is your golden ticket to an evening filled with excitement, insider insights,...
Pittsville Girls Thump Nekoosa
The Pittsville girls thumped Nekoosa 59-11 in nonconference girls basketball. Know some top athletic performances? Seeing some great teams in action?. We can use your help, and it’s simple. Witness some great performances? Hear about top athletes and top teams in our area?. Athlete of the Week and Team...
Today the gas price is close to $2.89 in Auburndale as of 2023-12-05. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Tuesday is $3.229, a week ago the price is $3.246 , according to AAA.
Hazardous material exercise held in Portage County to make community aware
PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) - Making the community aware of how to handle emergencies is something the Plover Fire Department emphasized during their hazmat – or hazardous material – training on Dec. 2. A hazmat is any hazardous material that may pose a threat to the public or the environment.
Mayors Monday: Stevens Point’s Mike Wiza
STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) — The city of Stevens Point is looking to create a new event and convention space in a city-owned building next year. Mayor Mike Wiza says his conversations with local tourism leaders have shown that the time is now to act because there isn’t enough space in the city to manage all the requests for convention and meeting space.
Competitiveness drives Panthers to first victory
STEVENS POINT — A tough opening stretch of the 2023-24 season for the SPASH girls’ basketball team didn’t deter the team after starting 0-4. In the team’s home opener Dec. 1 vs. Holmen, SPASH stayed confident and finished with a 71-46 win inside the SPASH Fieldhouse.
Wisconsin Rapids’ Bob Gawlitta, Pacelli’s Wayne Sankey Named to 2024 WBCA Hall of Fame Class
The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association has announced its 2024 Hall of Fame Class:. Bob Gawlitta has been a great ambassador of baseball, not only at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids where he has coached at since 1994, but statewide in his service to the WBCA as a former Vice-President, President, a current District Rep for the North Central District. He also chairs the WBCA Scholarship Committee, something he has done since the WBCA began awarding scholarships. His record as a coach speaks for itself. Going into 2024, he amassed 371 victories, won four conference titles, eight Regional titles and a Sectional title. He continues working with Rapids youth programs and hosting clinics in addition to his WBCA and head coaching duties.