CRIME & 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.
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.
Wisconsin Rapids Man Apprehended Via Police Dog After Running From Police
A Wisconsin Rapids man was apprehended via police dog after running from police on Saturday. According to the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, around 12:59am on Saturday, a Wood County K9 Unit spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and driving ‘all over the roadway’ on W. Grand Avenue in Wisconsin Rapids.
Wood County authorities investigating two connected vehicle break-ins
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - Multiple police departments are investigating a series of car break-ins in Wood County as the Nekoosa Police Department contacted the Wood County Sheriff’s Department after discovering that their case was connected to one in Wisconsin Rapids. A social media post by the Wood County...
Here's why you'll see emergency vehicles Saturday morning at Monogram Appetizers in Plover
PLOVER − People near Post Road Saturday morning may notice emergency vehicles in the area as agencies practice responding to a hazardous materials incident. Portage County Emergency Management is partnering with Monogram Appetizers, 1434 Post Road in Plover, to hold a full-scale emergency exercise from about 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. It will focus on decision making, coordination and integration with various jurisdictions and organizations. The exercise will simulate...
Plover Fire Department Hosts HAZMAT Drill
PLOVER, Wis. (WAOW-WSAU) — The Plover Fire Department, as well as the Portage County and Waupaca departments, all participated in the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) drill. These fire departments want to make sure they are prepared for any dangerous situatation. The event started with a planned fake emergency call of...
Former youth pastor pleads guilty to child enticement in Winnebago County
A former youth pastor in Plover pleaded guilty to a child enticement charge in Winnebago County Tuesday morning in a case involving a minor under 13-years-old.
Plover man charged with abducting two children remains in custody in Iowa
STEVENS POINT − A Plover man police say was found with two abducted children in Iowa the day after they disappeared faces charges in Portage County. The children had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued Nov. 21. Yiemen Xiong, 41, is charged with two counts of interfering...
Trumpeter swan rescued in Stevens Point on Sunday after being shot
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - On Sunday morning, non-profit organization Loon Rescue Inc. President and Vice President Linda and Kevin Grenzer got word of a trumpeter swan wandering near Stevens Point Area Senior High. They initially received the pictures and call from Stevens Point residents Dana Trebatoski, John Trebatoski, and Catherine Antonia.
Weekly Safety Report: AMBER Alert and Child Assault Cases Shake Plover, Wisconsin
Two incidents occurred in Plover, Wisconsin this week. The first incident involves an AMBER Alert being activated for two missing boys, 7-year-old Alexander Muajkoob Kiong and 9-year-old Stefan Yenghoua Xiong. They are likely with their father, Yiemen, who left Plover on November 20th and his destination is unknown. The second incident involves a 35-year-old man, Khengzing Yang, who has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting two children under the age of 12. Yang must also participate in mental health services and register as a lifetime sex offender.
Cause of Wednesday evening fire at Wisconsin Rapids funeral home still under investigation
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The cause of a Wednesday evening fire at a funeral home on East Grand Avenue is still under investigation as of Friday morning. At about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, crews were called to a fire at the John J. Buettgen Funeral Home on East Grand Avenue. Fire Chief Todd Eckes said the call came in when someone saw flames in the window, and when responders arrived, there was an active fire inside the building.