|BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Tomahawk: Victim IDed; suspect IDed; dance studio lockdown
**UPDATE 1:40 P.M., FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017, FROM TOMAHAWK POLICE CHIEF AL ELVINS: MUG SHOT OF ERIC LEE MOEN, THE ALLEGED SHOOTER: The shooter from last night's homicide at 205 W. Mohawk Dr. has just been identified as Eric Lee Moen, 32, Wausau. The suspect fled the scene and was later located in Chippewa County. Officers were able to develop information from the alleged suspect and recovered the firearm. The motive for the shooting remains unknown. Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab processed the scene and secured the evidence. The alleged shooter was transport to the Lincoln County Jail. Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations, troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol, Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin Department of justice Crime Scene Response Unit all arrived on scene and assisted with the investigation. Tomahawk Police Department was further assisted by the Wausau Police Department, Everest Metro Police Department, Lake Hallie Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Tomahawk EMS and Lincoln County Corners Office. Tomahawk Leader 11-16-2017 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photos by Kathy Tobin, and Contributed Mug Shot
A charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide was referred to the District Attorney's Office. Bond was set at $1 million. He will be in court 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The case remains under investigation by the Tomahawk Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tomahawk Police Department at 715-453-2121.
**PRESS CONFERENCE 9 A.M. FRIDAY, NOV. 17: Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins has identified the victim of last night's homicide as Charles K. Ramp, 52, who lived at the residence where the shooting took place. The suspect was apprehended late last night at a business in Lake Hallie, Chippewa County. The white male is age 32 and from Wausau. He currently is in the Lincoln County Jail. Indications are he may be in court yet today. His name will not be released until an autopsy is completed, the chief said. According to the account, the victim and suspect were friends and the suspect had visited the home multiple times. The chief said he was there last night and visited with the family before Ramp arrived. The family did not sense anything was wrong or about to happen. When the victim arrived they ultimately went outside and Mr. Ramp was shot multiple times in his driveway. A long gun was used. One bullet penetrated the house and some debris hit one of the occupants, but that person did not suffer serious wounds or need treatment. Ramp's wife called 911 at 5:47 p.m. She and the couple's minor child were the two other occupants. The victim was taken to nearby Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital where he died. The suspect is cooperating with police and did tell them where to find the gun, which was found just outside the Tomahawk Police's jurisdiction in Lincoln County. Alvins said alcohol and/or drugs did not appear to be involved. Multiple agencies have been helping at the crime scene and with the arrest, Alvins observed. As more information is released, we will post it. Plus there will be coverage in the Nov. 21 Tomahawk Leader.
**THURSDAY NIGHT, NOV. 16: Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins says one person is dead following a homicide at a residence on West Mohawk Drive not far from Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital. The incident occurred about 5:40-6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 16). He said he had to remain vague because it was an active crime scene, and would not say whether the deceased was male or female. The shooter is known by name to the police and had left the area and is being pursued, Elvins said. "There is no threat to the community, at all," he emphasized. He did say it was not a domestic dispute. There will be a press conference at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SCENE: Terry Bucaro of Bucaro Dance Studio, located across the street from the shooting, said classes were in session tonight when the shooting occurred at about 5:45 p.m. One student was entering the building and heard multiple shots. Their first thought was maybe it was a hunter(s). Lonnie Calhoun, who teaches a martial arts class, called the police. The dance studio then went into lockdown. The kids contacted their parents and four or so came right away and picked up their kids; leaving about a dozen behind. The police gave every indication that they were safe, Bucaro said. Classes continued and no one else left until the end at about 7:30 p.m. The students were only released as their parents arrived, Bucaro said. Because the road was blocked off, they had to drive out through the Super 8 parking lot, she said. She indicated that they actually felt they were probably in the safest place in town with all the police right outside. She and another instructor left together after the students were gone. Again, Bucaro said the police assured them they were safe.
Additional information from an earlier press conference tonight: Chief Elvins said identification of the shooter was made and they were pursuing apprehension. The suspect is not from the area. The shooter and the victim did know each other. Two people were at home at the time of the incident. The main focus tonight is dealing with the family, making sure they are safe and secure; and keeping the crime scene secure and maintaining the integrity of the case. Police don't have a motive; are running leads and covering all avenues to determine a cause. It was the victim's house. Other law enforcement agencies are assisting.
Press Conference to Close Lincoln Hills: NEWS UPDATES & news briefs
UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017: Advocates from Youth Justice Milwaukee, formerly incarcerated youth, and representatives from the faith community, government officials and the Common Council will speak at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 16 to demand the closure of the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth prisons in Irma.. They will also call for county officials "to stop the flow of young people into this dangerous facility." The press conference will be at 11 a.m. at Project Excel, 2610 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Activists from Youth Justice Milwaukee will be speaking, including:Klarandas, Young activist who experienced incarceration at Copper Lake; Sean Wilson, Activist who experienced incarceration; John Levy, Father of young person who experienced incarceration; Lena C. Taylor, Wisconsin State Senator, District 4; Dr. Ramel Smith, Child psychologist; Walter Lanier, Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church; Chair, MICAH's Religious Leaders Committee; David Muhammad, Violence Prevention Manager, City of Milwaukee Health Department; Kevin Johnikin, Teacher, Vell Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Wauwatosa School District; and Jeffrey Roman, Co-founder of Youth Justice Milwaukee. According to the release: "Lincoln Hills has been under federal investigation for three years, and despite interventions and leadership changes, remained violent and ineffective. Efforts to "fix" this facility have predictably failed, because youth prisons inherently cause chaos, stress, and pain for young people and staff."Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**NEWS RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2017 FROM ONEIDA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
UPDATED AS OF 2 P.M. NOV. 15: This call is related to a domestic/child custody issue that has been previously dealt with. People were talking about this past issue in public and it was reported to law enforcement as current. Detectives have spoken with all parties involved and continue their investigation. The School District of Rhinelander and law enforcement take these issues very seriously and as stated prior, work collaboratively to ensure the safety and security of our children and staff.
PREVIOUS RELEASE: On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at approximately 9:24 a.m. the Oneida County Sheriff's Dispatch Center received a call from a business reporting overhearing a conversation at the business. The conversation was related to an individual that was coming up to the Rhinelander area to cause issues at Crescent School located in the town of Crescent. This call is related to a domestic/child custody issue. Deputies along with school staff locked down Crescent school as a precautionary measure. Officers also went to each of the county schools and Rhinelander area schools and performed precautionary measures while detectives continue this investigation.
News briefs from the Nov. 14 edition of the Tomahawk Leader:
**Pack a Shoebox for children around the world who may have never received a gift before. Tomahawk's collection is at Northwoods Vineyard Church. We list dates and times; also for Merrill Bible Church.
**THS students plan community meal to raise funds for Disney trip to learn from professional chefs.
**WPS expects home heating costs to be less than $500 this winter.
**THS Honor Roll listed.
**Reps from 15 four-year campuses at Nicolet Visit Night, Transfer Fair.
**RJ Collision Center celebrates one year in business with cookout to thank community.
**Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Look for entry form in this week's newspaper. Also find one in the Ad Center link at left. Find the games in ads spread throughout the Leader (including the front news section and special sections) and note your picks.
Motion picture fake money circulating
I had never heard of Motion Picture money, but after learning that some of it has circulated in town, I did some research and found out more. The story is shared in Kathy's Kolumn. See how closely it resembles the real thing and how it's used in movies, on TV and in videos. And, beware. You could get taken. And it's a crime to circulate it knowingly.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Nov. 21, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Glenn A. Callahan Jr., 59, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1976 graduate of Tomahawk High School, he and partner established their own IT telecommunications business in Virginia, later moved back to Tomahawk and did IT work for Daigle Brothers, Animal Clinic of Tomahawk and other local businesses (died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017; celebration of life at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 4 p.m.)
**Keeli Rae (Hamilton) Rzentkowski, 53, Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly from Wausau and Tomahawk, married Arnie Rzentkowski (died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, as a result of aggressive Plasma Cell Leukemia; private memorial held in Apache Junction, Ariz.)
**Milton J. Tushoski, 72, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, formerly married to Margarett Bloch, later to Linda Ainsworth, U.S. Army veteran during Vietnam War, auto mechanic for many years (died Monday, Nov. 13; funeral service with military honors 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 14, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:
**Mary Lou Kroening, 83, born in Tomahawk, lived in Rhinelander for 40 years, owner of Kennel Club (died Thursday, Nov. 2 in Bullhead City, Ariz.; Dimond & Sons Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City, Ariz., assisting).
**Jerome "Jerry" Maney, 80, Tomahawk, born in Iola, Wis., member of Air Force Reserves for 6 years, married to former Shirley Moe for 59 years, worked for WE Energy for 35 years, retiring in 1995 at Operating Supervisor, couple moved to Tomahawk in 1997 (died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017; memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)
**Heather A. Juedes, 31, Rhinelander, born in Rhinelander, 2004 graduate of Rhinelander High School, married to Travis A. Juedes, worked as Medical Assistant at Northland Orthopedic Associates until she was unable due to cancer (died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017; celebration of life Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Hildebrand Funeral Home, Rhinelander, balloon release at 3 p.m., all welcome to write letter to her; memorials in her honor to establish college fund for two daughters).
**Rebecca L. Retzlaff, 57, Brantwood, born in Ladysmith, graduate of Phillips High School and entered workforce, married Kevin Leinz (died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, under hospice care; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Richard Louis Boykins, 73, Alvord, Texas, worked as heavy equipment operator at TXI for 25 years, also a security guard with Wise Health System for seven years as well as a volunteer, married to Nancy Boykins for 47 years. (died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017; Jones Family Funeral Home, Decatur, Texas, assisting).
**Duane R. Kreie, 80, Gleason, born in Owen, Wis., 1955 graduate of Merrill High School, married Nancy Hayes, employed by Carnation Company and other sales position in food industry, later worked at National Public Safety Information Bureau, had lived in Merrill and Stevens Point. (Died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).
| Making waves
(Photo story) The Tomahawk High School girls' swim team finished in 4th place at the WIAA Division 2 State Championship in Madison. You'll find lots of information and pictures in this week's Leader. Here, Tomahawk High School senior Rachel Dallman anchored two Hatchet swim relays that medaled.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
Women Who Hunt; deer and craft fairs!
*You'll want to pick up a copy of the Nov. 14 Tomahawk Leader to see our very first "Women Who Hunt" pages. There are all sorts of personal accounts and photos of some pretty special hunts. The Leader is available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here. (Tomahawk Leader 11-14-17)Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**This week's Leader is packed with deer hunting information and, for those Hunter Widows, there's lots of details about the craft fairs coming up Saturday. You sure don't want to miss those!
**Friday, Nov. 17 also marks the 52nd Tomahawk Free Venison Feed. Venison is cooked on grills right on the street downtown. Come get your meal before the hunt and be assured you have some venison.
Lockdown at Lincoln Hills, thoughts from inside
**An estimated 50 to 60 Division of Adult Institutions correctional officer trainees and Division of Juvenile Corrections youth counselor trainees, along with Department of Corrections personnel and local staff undertook a facility-wide search of Lincoln Hills School/Copper Lake School juvenile correctional institutions in Irma over the course of two days last week. The search came less than a week into Wisconsin Juvenile Corrections Administrator John Paquin's, appointment as interim superintendent at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake. In an interview at the facility's roadside entrance where barricades were set up to limit outside access to the grounds, Paquin said the search had been well received by staff who have faced growing concerns about their own safety. The results have yet to officially be released. Tomahawk Leader 11-7-2017, 10-31-2017, 10-24-2017 issues
**The Tomahawk Leader visited Lincoln Hills and interviewed John Paquin, juvenile corrections administrator and interim superintendent at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake. In our story he talks about safety at the institutions, public perception, how we compare to other juvenile facilities, recent improvements and more. That discussion is available with an Online Edition subscription.
**The Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader includes comments from inside Lincoln Hills, from an employee talking about student attacks on staff last week that sent five staff members to the emergency room. The person talks about how attacks and being put in the security unit can be a "badge of honor" for some of the offenders. The person addressed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuits and Judge James D. Peterson's subsequent ruling limiting the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints. In this case, the youth who incited unrest was vocal about how they could only be put in a secure unit for seven days. It was noted why a student might willingly allow handcuffing and then fight. It was noted that the security unit is not a horrible place and why some kids might seek to be put there. Read the entire story in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader, available through an Online Edition subscription here.
**The Tomahawk Leader also published Gov. Scott Walker's Oct. 24, 2017, letter to John Litscher, Department of Corrections, and Administrator John Paquin's Oct. 25, 2017 letter to Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School employees. Paquin is now serving as interim superintendent at the schools.
**Asking judge to rescind Lincoln Hills order: In light of recently publicized employee injuries caused by student attacks at Lincoln Hills School (LHS), the state's youth correctional facility located in Irma, two local state elected officials are urging the U.S. District judge who instituted restrictions on the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints to reverse his decision. State Sen. Tom Tiffany (District 12) and State Rep. Mary Felzkowski (District 35), in a letter dated Oct. 16, told Chief Judge James D. Peterson, Western District of Wisconsin, that despite "a good faith effort," "the order you placed on the Department of Corrections (DOC) is not working." They continue, "Your order has emboldened some youth offenders to the point they are attacking both staff and other youth. He's not only jeopardizing the safety of staff but the safety of some young people who choose to do their time and go back to freedom," Tiffany told the Tomahawk Leader in a phone call. The judge talks often about the constitutional rights of the young people, but what about the rights of those staff members who are being harmed by the students, Tiffany continued, following a Leader story about a teacher who was punched in the face by one of her unrestrained students who a few weeks earlier reportedly knocked out the tooth/teeth of another staff member. We have more in this week's Leader. (Tomahawk Leader 10-24-17 issue)
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THS one-act play, "Gossip"
The cast and crew of Tomahawk High School's one-act play, "Gossip," is headed to state competition this weekend. There will be a local, public performance tonight (Nov. 14). Members include: Gossip, Grace Latzig; Tim, Joshua Gardner; Andy, Justin Skubal; Dallas, Olivia Fellers; Candy, Kiana Callahan; Kaine, Marci Trapp; Teen Ensemble, Logan Elvins, Dellana Graeber, Grace Kummerfeldt, Semra Marquardt, Sydney Michalski, Aurora Peetz, Lauren Petersen and Natalie Reiter. The crew includes Katie Lee, Keaton Friske, Dominic Daniels and Adison Villar. Noah Nelson is the stage director/manager. Michele Balda and Nancy Herbison are directors. Look for more in the Nov. 14 Tomahawk Leader, and good luck Hatchets!Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Also in this week's Leader, the DNR provides a preview for the upcoming nine-day gun deer season for the region that shows hunters could find more deer afield. Many Women Who Hunt share their fantastic photos and stories in this week's Tomahawk Leader, including one about a woman who almost lost a trophy buck to a black bear, as it was later discovered caught on trail camera.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Bill eliminating minimum hunting age among four signed into law.
**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
ONLINE ADS: Ad Center link with Display, Classified Ads
Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Tomahawk Main Street's Win the Window begins Friday, Nov. 17 through Dec. 20. Shop at nine participating merchants. Turn in the form by Thursday, Dec. 21 and you could win one of 6 windows full of prizes, including an all-cash prize.
**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway. Your chance to win cash.
**Look for classifieds online, too.
School Board vacancy
Tomahawk School Board member Christine Brown and her family are moving to the Eau Claire area, so she will not be able to complete her term in office. According to Superintendent Terry Reynolds, the School Board will be discussing the specifics on how to proceed at the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). The applicants would need to provide a written letter of interest, basically explaining who they are and why they are interested. Brown's resignation is effective after the Nov. 14 meeting.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
**Making waves at State for a second straight year, the Tomahawk girls' swim team took it to another level Friday finishing in 4th place at the WIAA Division 2 State Championship held at the UW-Madison Natatorium. Tomahawk put an individual or team on the medal podium in five of the 10 events they participated, including two relays, the 200 Free and 500 Free and the 100 Breaststroke. A complete rundown is in this week's Leader and more will follow in congratulation pages to come next week.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
Be sure to check our Business Directory, available by clicking on the Traveltomahawk.com Guide and Info link in the left column for business listings with places to stay, dine and shop. Our online Fishing Report has updates to help you wet your line. Look at the Message Board for comments. Our Community Calendar and School Calendar have information about events. And our Ad Center link helps you find display ad (many help wanted listings) and classified ad information.
Then & Now history, progress section; pdf here
You'll find a wonderful 3-part-, 40-page special "Then & Now" history and progress section in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader. Stop by the Leader office, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. to pick up a copy. You'll be impressed, whether you're an old-timer or someone new to the community, we promise. We've also posted a pdf copy here.Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
Town Square Business Directory
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