|No criminal charges for police in shooting
(Photo story) An independent investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) concluded the four officers involved in the July 26 shooting and subsequent death of Scot Minard, 50, Eagle River, acted appropriately and that no criminal charges are warranted. Two of the deputies are from Lincoln County. Findings by Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte were announced Friday. A summary indicated Minard was fatally shot by a law enforcement officer after he initially fired at a police officer in Antigo, followed by a subsequent high-speed chase into Lincoln County and an hour-long stand-off there that ended with gunfire and Minard's death. The investigation included interviews, records, investigative reports, photographs and diagrams of the scene, squad dash cam videos, photos of the autopsy and related conclusions, the toxicology report, statements from direct and secondary witnesses, and State Crime Laboratory reports. "Mr. Minard's death is traffic. He seemed to have struggled with many problems and expressed a desire to end his life. It is unfortunate that his conduct resulted in officers having to deal with the reality, and bear the burden, of being placed in a situation where they had to use deadly force," Korte concluded. "Based on the total facts and circumstances, it is my legal conclusion that the conduct of the officers on July 26, 2016, were in the performance of their duties and there is no basis to conclude that any of their conduct was criminal." The Oct. 18 Tomahawk Leader includes an indepth summary of the day's events. It's available at newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription here (1 issue or longer). Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger held a press conference today (Oct. 18) with more on that to follow.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue; Department of Justice Investigation photo
Three special awards were among the highlights at the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rick Arends, a longtime volunteer. The chamber's Spirit Award was presented to Jimmy Charles, from Tomahawk Bp, a two-time board member who selflessly gives of his time and energy. Tomahawk Main Street received the annual Ambassador Award as a group that represents what the Tomahawk region has to offer.(See Photo Album) Accepting was Director Christine Vorpagel. New Chamber Executive Jesica Wittee shared her enthusiasm for the community and its chamber. Elected to the Chamber board were: Andy Hein, president; Ron Volz, vice president; Gladi Felser, treasurer; Audrey Cordova, secretary; Jesse Bolder; Lisa Fieri; Jeffrey Johnson; John Krueger; Tricia Samundsen; and Pete Wurl. There's lots more in the Oct. 18 Leader.
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Domestic Violence Awareness
Be sure to check out the multi-page spread the Oct. 18 Tomahawk Leader has dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness. Among the stories are a moving piece by HAVEN (Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network) about the "Toll of Domestic Violence: Each has a name, a face and a story." HAVEN also provided information about its services in another article: "'Untolled' and 'Untold' Effects of Domestic Violence." We have a story about "What is Elder Abuse? How can you protect yourself?" We call attention to related events in Wausau, and other stories, including comments from the Merrill Police Department on "Together we make a positive impact!" and another on "Imagine what we've lost." The pages were made possible by many businesses that share quotes of support. You can get your copy of this week's newspaper on newsstands or click on our Online Edition.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**This week's issue of the Tomahawk Leader offers an Emily Stone Natural Connections article where a group goes in search of elusive Wisconsin elk. Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited is looking for helpers for their upcoming Winter Fishing Contest, outdoor writer Jed "Big Musky" Buelow shares some tips on making fall fishing a much more enjoyable experience, and the DNR's Outdoor Report notes the recent cool-downs have deer more mobile. It also was a record year for bear hunters in the state, with preliminary registration numbers close to the harvest quota for 2016.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Oct. 25, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**Mary Kay Timm (nee Burt), 60, Tomahawk, formerly of Bessemer, Mich., born in Wakefield, Mich., married to Larry Timm, graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in 1974, began nursing career at Golden LivingCenter-Riverview from 1976-2016 (died 10-16-16 after battling pancreatic cancer; memorial services Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**George Patrick Dressler, 91, served in World War II and Korea, married to Barbara Jean Benson (died 10-14-16).
**Donna Louise Merlak (nee Boss), Sun City, Ariz., born in Ladysmith, married to LeRoy for 52 years, sold Avon (died 10-13-16; memorial service was Monday, Oct. 17 at Menke Funeral Home, Sun City, Ariz.; donations appreciated to American Heart Association in her memory).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 18, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:
**Linda J. Hegewald, 73, Rhinelander, born in Rhinelander, married George Hegewald, 1961 graduate of Rhinelander High School, known as River Street Queen, ran Corner Mart in Tomahawk (died 10-14-16; Celebration of Life at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**John "Jack" Friske, 94, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, was married to Doris Dodd, worked in CCC camps before enlisting in Marine Corps during World War II, worked as heavy equipment operator and logger (died 10-11-16; funeral service with military honors Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.)
**Pam "Penny" Martin, 69, Tripoli, born in Tomahawk, lived much of her life in Milwaukee, employed at Briggs and Stratton for 34 years, retiring in 2002, moved to Tripoli area in 2006 (died 10-11-16; memorial service Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Prentice, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Ticy A. Retherford, 89, Rhinelander, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, married Lawrence "Junior" Retherford, worked many years with her bother, Pat, at Snack Shack Restaurant, accomplished seamstress, had owned Hazy Bay Resort on Lake Nokomis from 1959-71 (died 10-9-16; funeral services Friday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.)
|Forgo Bridge penalties, interest fee; repayment plan
A compromise of sorts is developing to help save a Tomahawk landmark business. The city Finance Committee voted unanimously Thursday to forgo collection of some $7,700 in penalties, interest and fees for overdue water and sewer billing dating back to 2012, and work out a repayment plan on about $21,300 more in delinquent utilities in hopes of helping make an ownership transfer of The Bridge Inn more palatable from a family estate to a new would-be buyer. Such a deal would be worked out by the committee, but still need full City Council action. Committee thoughts are structural improvements would increase the assessed value considerably, a plus for taxpayers. Read more in the Oct. 18 Leader, on newsstands or click here to access an Online Edition subscription.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
City safety building possibility
After meeting a number of times in closed session concerning the possible purchase of property for a new fire station, the City of Tomahawk Finance Committee announced last week that it was looking at the feasibility of purchasing the old Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) building on North Tomahawk Avenue, kitty-corner from the current fire department, following realignment by WPS. In making the announcement, committee chair Jim Graeber indicated consideration was for a possible city safety building that would include both the fire and police departments. The city will schedule a walk-through and have an appraisal done of the property, and make any offer from that, Graeber said. The land includes the current WPS building and the pole yard across the street, it was noted. There's more in this week's Leader.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**For the second straight home game in a row to finish out the regular season, the Tomahawk Hatchets volleyball team won in thrilling fashion in five sets beating Lakeland Tuesday 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10. The Hatchets enter Round 1 of the WIAA Playoffs with a matchup at Mosinee tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. If the Hatchets can pull off the victory they will face the winner of the Rhinelander and Medord matchup on Thursday.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**Haley Voermans-Dean was named 1st Team All-Conference and Mason Webster was named 2nd Team All-Conference after cross country competed at the Great Northern Conference Championships at 9-Mile Forest in Mosinee Saturday. The boys' team finished the day in 4th place with the girls finishing in 5th place. Tomahawk travels to Waupaca this Saturday to compete in the WIAA Division 2 Northeastern Wisconsin Sectionals.
**The season came to a disappointing end for the Hatchets on the gridiron Friday with a close loss to Auburndale. While the Apaches were playing for a shot to make the WIAA Playoffs, the Hatchets had already been eliminated but still fought hard in coming up just short 24-19.
**The 15th annual Thunderdown in the Underdown was held in the Underdown Recreational Area Oct. 8, this year serving as the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series Championship. Around 60 to 70 participants took part in the endurance race that featured a three-hour, six-hour and a grueling 12-hour race. The race was held on over seven miles of new trail that was developed this summer in the Merrill Memorial Forest. Next year event organizers plant to connect the new trail with existing mountain bike trails in the Underdown, making it one of only two such 30-mile trail systems in the state.
School survey deadline extended to Oct. 24
UPDATE: ANNOUNCEMENT MADE OCT. 11: A delay in mailing the Tomahawk School District Community-wide survey will mean the original due date for return of those surveys will be changed from Oct. 17 to Monday, Oct. 24, the district office announced today (Oct. 11). The Tomahawk School Board seeks to gather citizen input on the district's financial future. The survey asks for residents' input on topics from class size to staffing and technology replacement. It also asks for feedback on several curricular areas. "We like many districts in the state are experiencing tough financial times. We are being forced to do more with significantly less," shares District Superintendent Terry Reynolds. "As we move forward it is important for us to hear feedback from our community and truly understand what they value most." To assist with data gathering, the School Board is working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent Wisconsin firm with expertise in conducting school district surveys. All information will remain anonymous. Survey results will be shared at the Nov. 8 School Board meeting. Information will also be used in a determining the amount and wording for a referendum expected to be held next April. For information, contact the district at 715-453-5555. See more in the Oct. 18 Tomahawk Leader. Tomahawk Leader 10-11-2016 issue
NEW news & news briefs
**Repeat sex offender, Hans Powell, to be released.Tomahawk Leader 10-18-2016 issue
**Scott Schug faces dozens of felonies for Internet crimes, sexual assault of a child.
**Samsung smartphones, replacements recalled due to fire, burn hazards.
**John Cole excited to fill role as city's director of Public Works.
**There are a number of political endorsement letters. See what's on peoples minds.
**Corporal Dylan Schiltz graduates from Marine Security Guard School.
**Downtown Customer Appreciation, Fall Fest Oct. 29.
**We look back at stories from 10 to 100 years ago. See what you recall.
**Enjoy the Tomahawk STAR Foundation Burger Bash Oct. 26. See the paper or our Community Calendar for more.
**Tomahawk Police Department is wearing pink badges in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway, with cash prizes! Look for an entry blank in the Leader/Extra. Ads contain the teams. The parentheses tell you Typo the Leader office cat picks. If you beat Typo with your picks you are eligible for a special end-of-the-season prize.
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