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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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Assistant Attorney General Amber Hahn looks on as Brandon Darnick begins to cry as the jury is being polled after they found him guilty of of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) Wednesday afternoon.
Jamie Taylor/river news Assistant Attorney General Amber Hahn looks on as Brandon Darnick begins to cry as the jury is being polled after they found him guilty of of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:29 AM
An Oneida County jury deliberated for approximately 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon before convicting Brandon A. Darnick, 27, formally of Arbor Vitae, of first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a person under age 13) in connection with an incident involving a 2-year-old child nearly six years ago. (subscriber access)
  • For those who wanted Oneida County to borrow up to $2 million from the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) to fund some pretty important capital improvement projects, Tuesday was a bitter blow to their big-government dreams. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Board of Supervisors once again debated whether to borrow money to pay for needed capital improvement projects (CIP), and this week the board again rejected the idea, choosing instead to avail itself of ready cash already sitting in its general fund. (subscriber access)
  • Last week the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Committee met for its regular meeting in the Northwoods Center at Nicolet College. One of the items on the agenda was the manure storage ordinance. Karl Jennrich facilitated the discussion with the committee. (subscriber access)
  • A 49-year-old Sayner woman who admitted to stealing $25,000 from the Trig’s South Gas Station in Minocqua over the course of a year received a withheld sentence, three years of probation and four months in jail, after pleading no contest Tuesday morning to a reduced charge. (subscriber access)
  • A 59-year-old St. Germain man facing four drug-related felony charges had a pre-trial conference Tuesday, Jan. 7, at which time attorneys on both sides of the case told Oneida County Circuit Judge Patrick O’Melia they have yet to reach a plea agreement. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources certified snowmobile safety course from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27; Tuesday, Jan. 28; and Thursday, Jan. 30.
  • The spring election season in The Lakeland Times coverage area is, once again, relatively light when it comes to contested races for county, town and school boards. (subscriber access)
  • Extension of Oneida County will host Master Gardener Volunteer Training in Oneida County every Thursday from Jan. 23 through April 16. The cost is $90, which includes 36 hours of training, a training manual, and one year WIMGA WI Master Gardener Membership, as well as other perks.
  • Following a discussion regarding the purchase agreement for a facility in Eagle River, the Oneida Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC) at its most recent meeting Jan. 10, tabled the discussion for the lease or purchase of a potential new facility in Eagle River. (subscriber access)
  • The Woodruff Town Board on Jan. 14 approved a motion to approve parking lanes as part of a project proposed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to improve a stretch of U.S. Highway 47 from Kildeer Road to the Vilas County line in Oneida County in 2022. (subscriber access)
  • ‘The fight’s going to be with the county’
    The Cassian Town Board on Monday approved a re-zone petition from Medford-based James Peterson and Sons that now goes to the Oneida County Zoning and Planning Committee. (subscriber access)
  • Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce rebrands as Let’s Minocqua
    On Monday, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce launched its latest branding initiative: Let’s Minocqua. In addition to becoming the organization’s new name, the brand “Let’s Minocqua” represents the future of its tourism promotional efforts. (subscriber access)
  • The Minocqua Plan Commission on Tuesday tabled a decision on a conditional use permit (CUP) for a nine-unit hotel on property where, until they were demolished in 2018, the 10-room Bayview Inn on Lake Minocqua and Mom’s Laundromat once stood. (subscriber access)
  • Two suspects caught after Vilas County high-speed chase, charges filed
    After an announcement by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department to the community to be on the lookout, authorities were able to successfully track down and arrest two area suspects who fled custody and led officers on a hazardous high speed chase which ended out of state last week. (subscriber access)
  • One in 10 homes in Wisconsin have high radon levels. Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas, and cannot be seen or smelled. Radon can even cause lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
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