WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A north-central Wisconsin woman has pleaded no contest in a crash that killed a bicyclist in 2015.
Fifty-five-year-old Lorie Ann Miller of Rib Lake was found guilty of homicide by negligent driving after entering her plea Monday. Miller was accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist while texting and driving near Marshfield.
As part of the plea agreement, Miller likely will serve nine months in jail and nine years on probation. Sentencing is set for May 16.
USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Mayo said during the plea hearing that the family of the victim, 52-year-old Donna David of Marshfield, does not agree with the plea deal.
David taught chemistry at Northcentral Technical College and was a researcher with the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation.
Double Duty for Medford Area Fire Department Friday
The Medford AreaFfire Department was called out Friday afternoon, February 17th, a little after 3 pm to a skidder on fire back in the woods on Martin Drive east of Medford. An offroad firefighting vehicle was used along with a truck from the DNR.
Then while returning to the fire hall, Medford fire was paged out to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of County highway Q and State Highway 64. No patients were transported, Medford fire provided traffic control while the scene was cleaned up and returned to the Medford Area Fire Hall Friday evening around 5:30 P.M.
Super Dairy Putting Down Roots In Town of Little Black 2/14/17
The 4,000 cow super dairy farm is knocking on the Town of Little Black’s door again. On Friday, North Breeze Dairy submitted a revised application to the DNR for a manure storage permit. A permit was also filed with the Taylor County Land Conservation Committee.
At a Tuesday morning meeting, which was attended by just over 20 people, the committee grappled with how to handle the revised application. North Breeze has purchased 100 acres southwest of Stetsonville. The revised plans reduced the number of buildings from 6 to 3 barns. The manure storage pit would be constructed of solid concrete with a capacity of 59 million gallons of manure. The facility’s target is to be a 4000 cow dairy facility with a nutrient management plan that would require 5400 acres to spread manure.
Kim Lewandowski told the committee that she lives near the proposed dairy site. She asked why the committee wasn’t addressing the issue of how the dairy’s high capacity well would affect neighboring water wells. County Zoning Administrator Kyle Noonan replied that Taylor County has no regulations regarding neighboring wells. It was further noted that the Attorney General has given the opinion that the DNR has no jurisdiction regarding neighboring drinking water except for how it affects municipalities such as Stetsonville.
Steve Suchomel told the committee that on Monday night the Town of Little Black held a public hearing regarding zoning ordinances for the township. He said that a special meeting of the Town Board will be Wednesday, February 15th a 4:00 P.M. in the Little Black Town Hall with the intent of adopting zoning. Under the proposed zoning rules any new dairy farm in the Town of Little Black with over 500 animal units would need to be located in a corridor adjacent to a major county highway.
It was indicated that a building permit which was requested by North Breeze was rejected by the town clerk because of a moratorium on heavy construction. The Land Conservation Committee is required by County Code to render a decision within 30 working days. The DNR has up to 180 days to render a decision. The Committee voted to postpone a decision until sufficient information is received from the DNR.
Beginning on the evening of January 31st through the evening of Feb 1st 2017, following five separate investigations into illegal drug activity, the Medford Police Department, with the assistance of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, arrested six individuals on drug related charges.
These individuals made their appearances in Taylor County Court where a cash bond was set for each of them and they are being referred to the Taylor County District Attorney’s office for charges.
On the evening of February 1st 2017, during one of the mentioned investigations a Medford Police Officer was injured by a dog at a residence in the City of Medford. The Officer was transported by ambulance to Aspirus Medford Hospital. He was treated, released, and is recovering.
The department continues to follow up on information developed from these investigations and arrests.
Two Local Fire Departments Busy on Wednesday Morning
Two local fire departments were kept busy Wednesday morning, January 18th.
The Stetsonville Fire Department was paged out Wednesday morning around 4:00 to the report of a milk truck in the ditch near Gad on Lekie Drive off Highway C. No injuries were reported, eight Stetsonville firemen were on the scene and returned to the Stetsonville Fire Hall by 4:30 Wednesday morning.
A house fire on Medford's south side Wednesday morning closed Highway 13 to traffic for a brief time.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 901 South 8th Street in Medford. Reports indicate that the Medford Area Fire Department was called out at 9:30 Wednesday morning to a rental house on Highway 13 South.
When firemen entered the home they saw a small fire near the washer and dryer. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire. It was determined to be a lint fire which started in a clothes dryer and when the flex pipe burned through, some clothes outside the dryer began to burn.
Preliminary damage estimates to the home are placed at $10,000.00. Medford firemen were on the scene until 11:00 Wednesday morning.
GALLATIN, Tenn. — A deer taken down by a Sumner County hunter in November will likely be declared a world record in 2019.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said after letting the antlers from the deer Stephen Tucker killed in November dry out for 60 days, it has been measured and it is a 47-point buck.
“When I turned around and see him, I was coaching myself because I got upset the first two times I seen him and I can’t let it get me this time,” Tucker said in November after shooting the deer. “Who would have thought anything like that would have come out of Sumner County, Tennessee.”
Before it will be declared a world record there is a two-year wait.
The Boone and Crockett Club has to officially measure it before it can be declared a world record. The club only measures every two years, so it won’t be official until 2019.
20th Annual Christmas Wish Brings Warm Tidings To Those In Need
Area Cooperatives, individuals and WKEB/WIGM Radio in Medford have once again teamed up for the 20th Annual Christmas Wish. The Christmas Wish is proudly sponsored by Taylor Electric Cooperative, Clark Electric Cooperative, Dairyland Power Cooperative, United FCS, Co-op Transport, Heartland Cooperative, Jump River Electric, Lakewood Credit Union, Medford Cooperative, Medford County Market, People's Choice Credit Union, Pro Vision Partners, Price Electric, RCU, Taylor County Association of Co-ops, Taylor Credit Union, Grassland Dairy Products, La Grander's Hillside Dairy, Mayville Market, North Hendren Dairy, Nasonville Dairy, Treasure Chest Gifts and WKEB/WIGM Radio. Thanks to all who helped make the 20th Annual Christmas Wish a tremendous success!!! Christmas Wish members Mike Schaefer, Rita Sladich and Carol Staab recently provided K99's Russ Gowey with a Christmas Wish 2016 Wrap Up....
Inside Football...and more...with Medford's Hemer Boys
With another college football bowl season upon us once again, a young football players fancy turns to the opportunity to play the sport they love at the highest level. With this dream comes the reality that football is a tough, time consuming, at times frustrating, sometimes disappointing, most times rewarding endeavour. Two of Medford's prep football stand outs have had the opportunity to experience the highs...and lows...Division One and Professional Football. Brothers Ethan and Ben Hemer have both been apart of the Wisconsin Badgers Football Program and Ethan has even had a crack at the NFL. Recently they stopped by the K99/WIGM Radio Studios in Medford and shared their stories with K99's Brad Dahlvig and Patrick Porten.....