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Rhinelander woman faces child trafficking and prostitution chargesSubmitted: 07/02/2014
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RHINELANDER - 46 year old Carrie Steinmetz faces three felonies surrounding child trafficking and prostitution.

Steinmetz was in court Wednesday. The Rhinelander woman originally faced one charge for having and selling meth. The other charges were added later.

The criminal complaint says a man brought a child to Steinmetz's home in February. That's where prosecutors say Steinmetz, 55-year-old Thomas Franz and 43-year-old Michael Johnson had sex with the young girl. The girl told an officer that "a lot of sex and drugs" happened.

Steinmetz waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday. The court found probable cause to go forward with the case. She'll be back in court later this month.

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Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low pricesSubmitted: 09/14/2014

EAU CLAIRE - Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.

State projections call for corn yields of 162 bushels per acre. That's up 16 bushels per acre from last year.

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Wisconsin grape harvest starting slowlySubmitted: 09/14/2014

MADISON - Wisconsin vineyards are beginning to gather their grapes, and growers say they've seen better harvests.

Most say the picking is behind schedule by 10 days to two weeks. They also expect to get less fruit than last year because the hard winter, a cool summer and lots of rain hurt growing conditions.

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3 hurt in 2 motorcycle crashSubmitted: 09/14/2014

LINCOLN COUNTY - A two motorcycle crash put three people in the hospital. The crash happened on County Highway A in Lincoln County just after 9:20 Sunday morning.

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Walker promises more tax cuts in second termSubmitted: 09/14/2014

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's promises for a second term include cutting property and income taxes for individuals and requiring drug tests for those seeking unemployment and food stamp benefits.

He also wants to freeze tuition at both technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin System.

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Northwoods man raising money to help accident victim go to school, live a normal lifeSubmitted: 09/14/2014

RHINELANDER - An accident can change someone's life in a matter of seconds. A Northwoods teen had to put his job, school, and friends on hold after he was hit head on by a car.

Joey Balocca didn't know his life would change when he got on his motorcycle to drive home last summer.

"It was about 10:30 at night. I was coming home from my girlfriend's birthday. Then, out of nowhere a suburban pulled out and hit me head on. It came right into my lane," says Balocca. "My leg was basically crushed between my bike and the suburban."

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One hurt in two motorcycle accident Submitted: 09/13/2014

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TOMAHAWK - A woman will recover after a motorcycle fell on her leg Saturday.

A person who saw the two motorcycle accident says the motorcyclists were headed east on highway 8 near County Road A. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m.

The witness says one of the motorcyclists planned on turning into Oaks Pub, but they stopped too soon. That's when the motorcyclists following behind them tried to avoid hitting them, but the bike fell on the passenger.

"I ran right over there, gave them a blanket to put on her so she wasn't shocked. The bike was still laying on her when I got over there," said Good Samaritan Marla Haman. "They pulled the bike off of her. Her ankle was visibly broken."

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Hundreds walk to prevent more suicides, get rid of stigmas associated with mental illnessSubmitted: 09/13/2014

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WAUSAU - A suicide prevention group in Marathon County wants to get rid of the stigma that's often associated with mental illness. The group thinks that could bring down the number of suicides that happen in north central Wisconsin.

Prevent Suicide-Marathon County is a group with a very simple goal. Its members want to teach the community about mental illness and stop suicides. One way they do that is through their "Out of the Darkness" walk.

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