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Town of Lynne attempted homicide charge

A town of Lynne man is in custody, charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after a standoff with law enforcement at his home near Tripoli last Tuesday. Law enforcement was called to the residence located just west of Tripoli on Clifford Road at approximately 11:20 a.m. after a 911 call reported a man had been shot with a firearm and was threatening to blow up the home if anyone showed up to investigate. Multiple emergency response units from throughout the region were dispatched to the scene where Kenneth S. Welsh, 60, was seen sitting on his porch with a firearm. Welsh reportedly had gotten into an altercation with his wife, Mary K. Butler, who discharged a firearm, striking Welsh in the arm. As Butler was leaving the residence, Welsh reportedly discharged a firearm at the windshield of the vehicle she was driving. Four hours after the initial 911 call was received, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office sent out a statement that two individuals had been taken into custody and one was being treated for a gunshot wound. Law enforcement used a beanbag round to take him into custody. They found propane gas was filling the house when they entered. Both Welsh and Butler were initially taken into custody until it was determined Wednesday that Butler acted in self-defense and she was released from the Lincoln County Jail. Welsh was in court Thursday where Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom ordered he be held on a $100,000 cash bond. Along with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, he was also charged with first-degree reckless injury, battery and operating a firearm while intoxicated.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Reith new highway commissioner

Kelly Reith has been hired as Lincoln County’s new highway commissioner. Reith brings over 25 years of construction management and supervisory experience to the position including more than 15 years of governmental public works management experience for the city of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works-Infrastructure Construction Division and most recently as the city of Stevens Point’s Streets Department assistant superintendent. Stressing he’s customer-focused, Reith touts “an open door policy” and promises to treat county residents and businesses with utmost courtesy and respect. “The taxpayers are our customers,” Reith stated, encouraging anyone with roadway questions or concerns to contact him.

Tomahawk Leader 2-16-2016 issue
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**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue

**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the May 3, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Darwin Thielman, 54, Wausau, raised in Tomahawk area, employed most recently by Philips Medical Systems, family moved to Wausau in 2015 (died 4-25-16; funeral service Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at First Universalist Unitarian Church, visitation begins at 1 p.m., in lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Shannon Theilman for his favorite causes; John J. Buettgen Funeral Home assisting).

**Mary Ann "Marion" Crossman (nee Prelozni), 87, born in Chicago, lived most of life in Waukesha, married Robert Crossman, lived in Tomahawk a short time before moving to Weston (died 4-25-16, suffered from pancreatic cancer; Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waukesha, visitation begins at 1 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the April 26, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Elmer George Dorava, 84, Irma, born in Perkinstown, 1950 graduate of Hannibal High School, U.S. Navy veteran, married Bette Russell, lived in Skanawan, couple owned Perkinstown Garage and he worked with the DNR in Taylor County, also manned the Perkinstown Fire Tower and acted as Smoky Bear, in 1960 transferred to DNR office in Tomahawk and became supervisor, retired in 1990, Santa for Tomahawk School District kindergarten classes for 30-plus years (died 4-22-16; funeral Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Merrill, visitation Friday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Fred "Fritz" Timm, 88, Irma, born in Sheply, Wis., service in U.S. Navy, married Bernadine Lee, worked over 36 years as head of corporate transportation for AO Smith in Milwaukee, moved to Tomahawk in 1985, chairman of Town of Skanawan for 16 years (died 4-22-16; funeral service Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Carol J. Carstensen (nee Reid), 77, Tomahawk, born in Oak Park, Ill., married Lawrence "Chick" Carstensen, worked for the Federal Reserve and Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Base, the couple owned Northland Feed Store in Tomahawk from 1995-99 (died 4-21-16; Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation Sunday, April 24 from 4 to 7 p .m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Monday at 10 a.m. at the church).

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue
Antigo prom shooting

Two were treated for injuries and an 18-year-old former Antigo student was killed after he opened fire at the Antigo High School prom Saturday. The two victims were leaving the prom together when Jakob Wagner, a 2015 Antigo graduate, shot them using a high-powered rifle and a large ammunition clip causing injuries to their legs. An officer who was patrolling the parking lot during the prom responded to the sound of gunshots and immediately fired at the shooter. Wagner was flown to a Wausau hospital where he was pronounced dead about three hours later. As the shooting took place, district staff and officers from the Antigo Police Department and Langlade Sheriff’s Office took steps to assure the remaining students were safe. Among those, the North Central Emergency Response Team (NCERT) protocol was enacted and Tomahawk Police Department Sergeant Steve Buckwalter was called to Antigo to assist.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue
Snow shoveling exemption, sidewalk policy

The Tomahawk Common Council approved the first reading of a sidewalk ordinance that would add inspection and repair requirements to the city’s sidewalk policy as well as exempted some from having to shovel snow from non-continuous sidewalks in the city. The proposed amended sidewalk ordinance creates a mechanism for the city to identify sidewalks in need or repair and property owners’ different options to have them fixed. How the policy would work is the council would direct the Public Works Department to canvas the city sidewalk system and mark any sidewalks in need of repair with a “pin spot.” Property owners would be given 20 days to notify the city if they would like to repair the sidewalks themselves or have the city fix them at the property owners’ expense. A public hearing is slated Tuesday, May 3 at City Hall at 7 p.m. **A number of property owners along Kings Road received exemption from the sidewalk snow shoveling policy for sidewalks that are non-continuous. Look for the full story in the April 26 Tomahawk Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue
New news & news briefs

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the April 26, 2016, issue include:

**The Nokomis Town Board is considering reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on County Highway L. Public comments should be sent to John Bowman, Township Chairman, 2541 Lake Nokomis Rd., Tomahawk, WI 54487 by Monday, May 9.The board will vote on the topic at its May 16 board meeting at 6 p.m. at Nokomis Town Hall.

**The Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards dinner Sunday, April 17. This year two members were chosen for Member of the Year: Paul Scheffler and Greg Panzer. Also recognized was Bob Lekfield, 40 years, emeritus status.

**Two top administrators with the Merrill School District were placed on paid leave April 26 as the Merrill Area Public Schools (MAPS) School Board continues to look into the matter. Superintendent Wally Leipart and Assistant Superintendent Michele Jahnke were placed on paid leave. No reason was made public following the meeting and one is not expected until the investigation is resolved. MAPS Director of Pupil Services John Sample was named the district’s interim superintendent.

**Last Wednesday morning, the School District of Tomahawk, in cooperation with the Tomahawk Police Department, conducted a drug search of the school premises. Participating law enforcement agencies used three drug dogs to search the middle school and high school hallway lockers and locker rooms, storage areas, and all of the district’s parking lots. There were no drugs found inside the building or in the district’s parking lots.

**Those looking for a fun and inexpensive event to attend the weekend of May 6-8 will want to get tickets in advance as the Our Town Players perform the sequel of Love Thy Neighbor at the Ogema Town Hall. They will present Leona, Love Thy Neighbor, Too May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and again May 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door and can be purchased at the Ogema Public Library, Rail Trail Café, Ogema Hills Gas & Go as well as locations in Prentice, Rib Lake and Phillips. Tickets for the upcoming performance are also available at the Tomahawk Leader office. Play director Joyce Summers invites everyone to join them in an evening of fun and laughter. Anyone wanting more information on the upcoming performances or the Our Town Players can contact her at 715-767-5288.

**St. Mary’s School Principal Marilyn Pekol is leaving her post at the end of the school year and Rita Lee, a longtime teacher, will step in effective July 1.

**Tomahawk Middle School honor roll announced.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue
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. Included are lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Don’t miss a golden opportunity to join the team at McDonald’s.

**Full-time Night Shift CNA, Part-time PM Shift LPN or RN, Full-time Days and Evenings Cook with sign-on bonus for CNA and nursing positions at Golden LivingCenters-Golden Age.

**Our Town Players to present “Leona Love Thy Neighbor, Too” May 6-7 and May 8 at Ogema Town Hall. The Tomahawk Leader has tickets.

**Now hiring CAD Drafting Assistant at Merrill Equipment Co.

**The Lincoln County Highway Department seeks a Highway Department Patrol Superintendent.

**UW-Stevens Point is seeking Summer Seasonal Food Service Positions at Treehaven.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 4-26-2016 issue
Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

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Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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