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Scammers target local police

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MERRILL – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department on Monday released a warning to central Wisconsin residents that their agency is being used to work scams. Since Friday, two residents called police to report the attempted scams. In one case, the number on the caller ID matched the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, said Lt. Tim Fischer.…

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One injured in Target pellet gun shooting

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WESTON – One person is injured and multiple people are expected to face charges after one teenager shot another teenager with an Airsoft pellet gun in the Target parking lot on Sunday. Wausau police, who are supplementing Everest Metro officers this week, were called to the department store, 2727 Schofield Ave., around 8 p.m. for…

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German gummy bear maker comes to Wisconsin

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020. Family-owned Haribo, which employs 7,000 people worldwide at 16 sites in ten countries, said on Thursday it has decided to acquire property in Wisconsin for…

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Gov. Walker approves county forest road funding

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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced this week that $284,700 in state funds will help 24 Wisconsin counties maintain and improve public roads in county forests. But Marathon County will only receive $2,039.98 of those funds to cover just over six miles of roadway. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) administers the state’s County Forest…

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Suspect named in shooting spree

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By Shereen Siewert WESTON – The lone suspect in a shooting rampage that left four people dead, including a veteran police officer, is identified as Nengmy Vang, 45, of Weston. Wausau Pilot & Review had been withholding Vang’s name until it was made public to avoid compromising the investigation. The tragedy began just after 12:30…

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Book of the week: Find Me

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Jarlath “Jar” Costello, a London-based internet click-bait content writer and hero of J.S. Monroe’s thrilling debut, has started seeing a dead person. Specifically, he’s been seeing glimpses of Rosa Sandhoe, his girlfriend who leapt to her death into the sea off Norfolk in 2012 when she was a student at Cambridge University. Five years later,…

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GUILTY: The verdict is in

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WAUSAU – (8:01 p.m.) After deliberating for more than five hours, an Eau Claire County jury has found Kristopher Torgerson guilty in the 2010 murder of Stephanie Low. Torgerson, 37, showed little emotion as the verdicts were read. He now stands convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse, but was acquitted of attempted…

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Torgerson trial: The defense rests

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WAUSAU – After calling just four witnesses to the stand on Thursday, the defense rested just before noon in the trial of Kristopher Torgerson, now in its ninth full day. Togerson, 37, declined to testify on his own behalf. He is accused of killing 22-year-old Stephanie Low in October 2010 and burying her body in…

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COLUMN: My view, from the couch

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Sweet 16 and never been MISSED (in the last four years) By Keith Kubisiak, for Wausau Pilot & Review Although there weren’t any half-court buzzer beaters in the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, there were certainly an ample number of upsets and enough drama to keep you on the edge of your…

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UPDATED: Shooting victims named

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By Shereen Siewert WESTON – (Updated 4:38 p.m.) Department of Justice officials have identified all four victims of yesterday’s shooting rampage that started at a Rothschild bank and ended at a Weston apartment complex. Veteran Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, a field training officer and member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force…

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93-year-old Wausau man to stand trial on sex assault charge

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU – A 93-year-old Wausau man serving a 20-year prison term ordered in 2016 will stand trial on another sexual assault charge, this time for an incident in June 2014. Edward Heckendorf faces misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault in a case filed in April. Marathon County Circuit Judge Mike Moran reviewed…

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Torgerson case: Prosecution rests

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WAUSAU – After calling more than 40 witnesses to the stand, prosecutors wrapped up their case against the man accused of killing 22-year-old Stephanie Low in a fight over drugs. Thomas Wilmouth, the defense attorney representing Kristopher Torgerson, is expected to call his first witness on Thursday when court resumes at 8:30 a.m. Torgerson faces…

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UPDATED: Police officer among four dead in shooting rampage

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By Shereen Siewert WESTON – (Update 10:04 p.m.) A community is in mourning Wednesday after the shocking shooting deaths of four people including an Everest Metro Police officer. Today marks the first time a local police officer has been killed in the line of duty since 1994, when Marathon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Sheets was shot…

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Two Wausau parks change names

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WAUSAU – Two Wausau parks will now be known under new names, in a move to avoid confusion for residents. Alexander Park will now be known as Alexander Airport Park, while Airport Park will now go by Airport Sports Park. The name changes were approved this month unanimously by members of the city’s Parks and…

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Dylan Yang seeks new trial

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By Shereen Siewert A 16-year-old Wausau teen convicted in the February 2015 stabbing death of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell is asking for a new trial. Dylan Yang was sentenced in October to 13 years in adult prison, in a case that attracted national and international attention. Yang was convicted March 18 of first-degree reckless homicide in…

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Milestones: Obituaries, March 13-19

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Hilda Helen Elfe passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the age of 93. She was born December 28, 1923 to Otto and Hedwig (Luedtke) Wilde, a home birth, in the town of Rib Falls. On August 31, 1968, Hilda married Leland Carl Elfe. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1996.…

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Downtown Wausau Dining Week returns

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WAUSAU – River District restaurants are gearing up to bring back Downtown Wausau Dining Week,  Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21. Throughout the week diners can sample several three-course price-fix menus from 13 participating restaurants throughout the River District. The three course menus range from $7 to $12 for lunch, and $10 to $35…

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