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Wausau cop in running for $5,000 grant to help people with special needs Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - They say he's one funny cop - when he's on the clock working the streets of Wausau. But when Eric Lemirand takes off his badge, he hangs out with adults with disabilities at Adaptive Communities - and now he's in the running for a big national honor. 

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Ex-Weston village administrator interviewed for Rhinelander job Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) - Just days after resigning as village administrator in Weston, Daniel Guild remains in the running for a similar job in Rhinelander. 

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Wausau police searching for hit-and-run driver Video included

A car hit a woman near the intersection of East Knox Street and North First Avenue and drove off, according to the Wausau Police Department. 

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Landfill expansion hearing in Mosinee Video included

The public is invited to attend a hearing Thursday evening about a proposed landfill expansion at Expera Specialty Solutions in Mosinee. 

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Voters, county board members to meet to discuss medical marijuana Video included

Local board members will find out how voters feel about legalizing the use of medical marijuana in Thursday's meeting. 

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Co-owner of Schofield's Avenue Lounge dies Saturday; she was 95

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - Frances “Fran” Behnke Rutherford of Schofield, who co-owned the Avenue Lounge and spent 60 years of her career waitressing, died Saturday at her home. She was 95. 

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Wausau workers wash away drawings from weekend chalkfest Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The wash brushes were out Wednesday, removing drawings from the weekend chalkfest on sidewalks in downtown Wausau. And some people on the "ask Wausau" web page were asking why. 

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Court hearing Aug. 8 on closure of Schofield mobile home park Video included

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - The fight over the closure of Northern Mobile Home Park remains in court but some are advising residents to start looking for a new home. 

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Weston village admin to get $93K in severance Video included

The Weston village administrator, who resigned Tuesday, is getting more than $93,000 as part of a severance agreement. 

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Poll: One-third of voters in major Wisconsin primary races undecided Video included

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Less than a month before the Aug. 14 primary, roughly a third of voters are still undecided in Wisconsin's Democratic primary for governor and Republican contest for U.S. Senate. 

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Wausau police warn of phone scam involving ... them Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau police warned Tuesday about a phone scam that's using the goodwill of police to try and raise money. 

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Woman charged with stealing $155K from Marathon Co. employer Video included

A 48-year-old Washburn County woman has been charged with stealing more than $155,000 from her employer, according to a criminal complaint.  

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Central Wisconsin businessman,volunteer activist dies Video included

Tom Christensen, a central Wisconsin businessman well known for his volunteer activities, died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Knowlton. He was 59.

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40-year-old inmate attempts suicide in Marathon County Jail Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 40-year-old man attempted to commit suicide in the Marathon County Jail early Monday, authorities said. A routine cell check about 3 a.m. found the inmate unresponsive and seated on his bunk in a receiving cell, the sheriff's department said. 

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Man wounded in 2015 Wausau police shooting sentenced to prison Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A man shot by a Wausau police officer nearly three years ago was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday for two felonies, according to online Marathon County court records. 

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UPDATE State Highway 97 reopens near Athens after downed power line

ATHENS (WAOW) - A downed power line on state Highway 97 blocked both lanes near Athens for about an hour, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Sleepy driver crashes into headstones in cemetery near Wausau Video included

VILLAGE OF MAINE (WAOW) - A sleepy driver ended up in a cemetery - and plowed into 14 headstones before the spree of damage ended, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

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Whoops! Some notices for Marathon Co. address project in error Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Marathon County officials are resending notices to two townships regarding new addresses in the project to create a more uniform system of addresses throughout the county. 

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Balloon pilots on standby for hot air balloon show Video included

Lightning, thunder, and rain are causing issues for an annual Wausau summer staple.

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Sheriff: Thieves break-in to Marathon Co. store through hole in wall Video included

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Thieves made off with thousands of dollars in electronics after breaking into a store in Marathon County, according to the sheriff's office.

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Wausau Center Mall Younkers to close, eliminating 63 jobs

Younkers in the Wausau Center Mall will close "no sooner than April 1," eliminating 63 jobs, parent company Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said Wednesday in announcing the closing of 47 stores. 

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Younkers parent company to close 40 stores in 2018

The Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of store brands such as Boston Store, Younkers, and Carson's, announced Thursday morning a plan to close 40 stores in the coming year.

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Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Possible child predator

Marathon County investigators need new clues to find a possible child predator.

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UPDATE: Wausau armed robbery suspect facing Madison murder charge

The 37-year-old man charged with two armed robberies in Wausau confessed to a murder in Madison, according to Marathon County court records. 

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Red Door Family Farm uses hospitality, transparency to run their farm

Farms across Central Wisconsin deliver fresh organic produce weekly to various locations throughout the area. 

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BAND BATTLE: Merrill High School band shows off on Wake Up

Sound the horns! Merrill High School kicked off our Band Battle on Wake Up Wisconsin!

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Candlelight vigil planned Sunday in Weston for shooting victims

WESTON (WAOW) - A candlelight vigil is planned Sunday in Kennedy Park to remember the four people killed in a shooting rampage.

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Memorials set for shooting victims

Memorials are now set for two of the four victims in the Marathon County shooting rampage.

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UPDATE: Gun holster prompts lockdown at Marathon Co. Courthouse

Witnesses tell Newsline 9 civilians inside were asked to leave the building and are gathering outside.

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UPDATE: Brother says Nengmy Vang called him after being shot by police

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The older brother of a man suspected of killing four people says Nengmy Vang had been acting "crazy" since separating from his wife a few years ago.

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Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Holiday travel safety

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - AAA predicts 108 million Americans will travel this holiday season, and most will drive. Marathon County Crime Stoppers has some tips to help you reach your destination safely.

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Brady leads Super Bowl's biggest comeback, Patriots win 34-28 in OT

Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots' fifth NFL championship in the game's first overtime finish.

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11 cows die when gravel truck smashes into rural Wausau barn

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Eleven cows died and a dump truck driver was hurt when the truck lost control and crashed into a barn full of cattle near Wausau, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. 

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UPDATE: Body found in Rib Mountain identified as Asian male

A partially decomposed body was found Thursday at Rib Mountain State Park according to the Marathon County Sheriffs Department.

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UPDATE: Police: 2009 video has no connection to missing Antigo teen

ANTIGO (WAOW) - A video investigated in the disappearance of Antigo teen Kayla Berg in 2009 is fake and does not relate to an abduction or illegal activity, Police Chief Erick Roller said Wednesday.

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Rain creates icy roads, knocks out power to hundreds in northern Wis.

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Icy roads, sidewalks and power lines remained a problem throughout central Wisconsin Monday morning.

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Ryan & Martinez out, Randall back for Packers

The Packers are missing linebackers Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez, offensive linemen T.J. Lang and JC Tretter for Monday's game with the Eagles, but cornerback Damarious Randall returns to their lineup.

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October 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: Keri Anne Connaughty

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Wausau woman has made it her mission to end domestic violence. For her efforts, Keri Anne Connaughty is the Jefferson Award winner for October.

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Sept. 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: He volunteers from Wausau to Kenya

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Jefferson Award winner for September is a leader who helps raise money for youth programs in Wausau and helped build water wells in Kenya so families no longer have to walk 15 miles to get it.

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Dementia patient throws out first pitch

An Antigo man threw out a special first pitch at Athletic Park in Wausau, earlier in August. Ray Arndt, a member of the Kenosha Comets Baseball Hall of Fame threw out the first pitch for the Wausau Woodchucks on August 11. Arndt suffers from dementia, but in his playing days he played against the likes of Satchel Paige. More>>

The Latest: Police in standoff near officer shooting

Authorities say two police officers have been shot in a San Diego neighborhood, and a suspect is reportedly in custody.

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Walker calls for more discussion about bullying after Antigo shooting

ANTIGO (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is calling for more discussion about bullying in the wake of a shooting outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin. 

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Family of injured Antigo teen says he will recover

ANTIGO (WAOW) - Parents of the teenager seriously wounded by a gunman at the Antigo High School prom say their son is doing well and they asked for people to pray for the family of the slain shooter. 

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Teen wounded in Antigo prom shooting released from hospital

ANTIGO (WAOW) - The teenager seriously wounded in the Antigo High School prom shooting was released from a Wausau hospital Friday, Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said. 

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June 2016 Jefferson Award Winner: Evelyn Baumann

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Evelyn Baumann of Wausau has volunteered thousands of hours in knitting prayer shawls for the dying and sick.

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May 2016 Jefferson Award winner Anne Drow: "I just feel it's a calling" Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- A Wausau woman is recognized with May's Jefferson Award for her volunteer efforts to help jail inmates and prison parolees transition back into society.   

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April 2016 Jefferson Award: Veteran Joseph Kelbley of Rothschild Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) - A Rothschild Army veteran who volunteers to help others who served their country is April's Jefferson Award winner.

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Four Democrats seeking to challenge Duffy in November

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Candidates in four of Wisconsin's eight congressional districts look headed for primaries on Aug. 9. Nomination papers aren't due until Wednesday.

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Crews respond to Marathon County bus fire

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A coach bus caught fire on an area highway early this morning. Officers say it happened around 1:15 on US 51 and state highway 29 overpass When authorities arrived the driver was outside of the vehicle, which was on the side of the road.

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Fatal bat disease spreads in Wisconsin

  MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A fatal bat disease continues to spread across Wisconsin.     

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Two Central Wisconsin fire departments team up for a cause

WAUSAU (WAOW)---- February is American Heart Month and two groups in Central Wisconsin are celebrating this month by educating the community to help save others lives: Central Wisconsin CPR Challenge. 

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Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Pistol crossbow shooter

WAUSAU (WAOW ) - The search is on to find a  pistol crossbow shooter who left a trail of damage in Wausau.

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Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Elderly woman's purse stolen

TOWN OF BERLIN (WAOW)- An 87-year old Marathon County woman hit a robber with her cane several times but was unsuccessful in stopping the thief from stealing her purse  More>>

UPDATE: Two drug busts in less than a month at a Wausau house

Wausau Police are the scene of a drug investigation on the southeast side, according to investigators. More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Gun range shot up

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Vandals entered Wausau Skeet and Trap Club near Brokaw and -- with a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle -- shot up equipment. More>>

Portage Co. Crime Stoppers: Fake Money

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Portage County investigators are searching for counterfeiters have cashed hundreds of dollars in bogus bills at area businesses  More>>

Upper Michigan man charged in dog's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The owner of a dog that died in a locked car with its windows up as temperatures inside soared to 120 degrees has been ordered into Marathon County Circuit Court after being charged with felony mistreatment of an animal causing its death. More>>

CDC reminds parents back-to-school means immunization check-ups too

With the school year quickly approaching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds parents to take a close look at their child's immunization records to protect them from diseases.  More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Vandals paint bridge and skate park

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Vandals using spray paint caused thousands of dollars in damage in Weston and Rothschild during a late-night spree last month. More>>

Tech consultant to challenge U.S. Rep. Duffy

WOODRUFF, Wis. (AP) -- A consultant to technology companies plans to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in northern and central Wisconsins 7th District next year. Stevens Point native Kirk Bangstad launched his campaign Tuesday. More>>

Weston man, 59, dies while scuba diving

TOWN OF BROCKWAY, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a 59-year-old man has died after taking part in scuba diving exercises at a Wisconsin lake where another diver died eight days earlier. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Operation dry water

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources teamed up with the United States Coast Guard the last weekend in June to crack down on drunken boating in a mission they call Operation Dry Water. More>>

Calling it a Career: Desta Krueger & Barb Simon

Two Mosinee Middle School teachers are calling it a career. They say it's time to close the books after years of teaching together. More>>

Gov. Walker approves improvement project at Wausau Downtown Airport

The Wausau Downtown Airport will soon get some new additions. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: WAOW celebrates 50 years

Channel 9 is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting! More>>

Small business week wraps up in Wausau

Friday was the end of a week of celebrating small business in Wausau.  More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Walmart theft

RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers released pictures of two men suspected in an elaborate shoplifting scheme to steal several items from a major retailer. More>>

Microbead ban, online driving courses bill pass Assembly

The stage is set for a busy day at the Capitol, as the Wisconsin State Assembly is scheduled to take up several measures Tuesday. More>>

Brain cancer forces former Newsline 9 anchor to step down from desk

Former Newsline 9 anchor Dave Benton passed along some sad news on his Facebook page. More>>

Wisconsin Valley Fair lineup revealed

Some exciting news! We now know which artist will be taking the stage at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau this summer. More>>

School closings and delays

Some school closings and delays are coming into our newsroom. More>>

Marathon Co. Crime Stoppers: Arson probe

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers is searching for an arsonist who destroyed a camper and a pickup truck.

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Portage Co. Crime Stoppers: Pop-a-Top burglary

BANCROFT (WAOW) - Portage County Crime Stoppers seeks help in solving a break-in at the Pop-a-Top pub on County Highway W in Bancroft.


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UPDATE Girl Scout cookies delayed but not here

One of the suppliers of Girl Scout cookies is behind in the production of thin mints, which may cause some delays in getting cookies delivered.

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High court revokes Wausau attorney's license

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has decided a Wausau lawyer charged with multiple counts of misconduct can no longer practice law in Wisconsin. More>>

Church bus carrying Wausau children goes up in flames

A church bus carrying about 30 children from Wausau caught fire in Green Bay late Friday afternoon. More>>

Vote for Hank the Ballpark Pup for "Dog of the Year"

You can vote for Hank the Ballpark Pup for the “Dog of the Year” award for a contest on CW! More>>

81-year-old Packers fan passes away after fulfilling Lambeau dream

The 81-year-old Wausau woman who went to her first Green Bay Packers game in October has passed away. More>>

UPDATE: Name of teen killed in Marathon Co. crash released

A 17-year-old Mosinee girl was killed in the crash on Wisconsin 34 in Marathon County, according to Wisconsin State Patrol officials.
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Marathon County Crime Stoppers

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Con artists are once again targeting people in the Wausau area with telephone scams.  

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Hmong New Year celebration this weekend

Saturday and Sunday will be the Hmong New Year celebration in Wausau. More>>

Marathon County Crime Stoppers: Hit and run bridge damage

ATHENS (WAOW) - Marathon County Crime Stoppers is looking for a hit and run driver who crashed into a bridge near Athens and jeopardized public safety.

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Curling Centers open to everyone this weekend

This weekend the Wausau Curling Center is opening its doors to seasoned curlers and newcomers alike. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Auto repair shop burglary

STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Portage County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help to catch a thief who took money and damaged property.On September 25, the owner of K S Auto Repair showed up to work and noticed the back door open. Someone had pried the door open, broken into a safe and stole money from it," said Sgt. Mike Lukas.Portage County Crime Stoppers says the monetary theft and damage to the property tops one-thousand dollars.Sgt. Lukas says the auto repair shop is located in a high traffic... More>>

Help for crafting Halloween costumes

Halloween is just nine days away. It's time to dress up in costumes and hit the streets for some trick or treating, or stop by Halloween parties. More>>

Marathon County Crimestoppers: Car break-ins

Investigators release surveillance photos that they believe show the suspect in a rash of car break-ins and thefts in the Weston and Rothschild area. More>>

Hmong leader honored in Wausau

A Hmong leader during the Vietnam war was honored in central Wisconsin.  More>>

Calling it a Career: Captain Bob Akey

58-year-old Bob Akey is hanging up his helmet after 27 years at the Merrill Fire Department.
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Packers preseason game on Newsline 9

Newsline 9 is your home for all things Packers Saturday as the Green and Gold takes on the St. Louis Rams. More>>

Justin Loew accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

A new Internet craze is sweeping the country – it's called the Ice Bucket Challenge! More>>

4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

Planning an event the size of Wisconsin Valley Fair is quite an undertaking. More>>

Wisconsin Public Service responds to customer scam calls

Wisconsin Public Service is receiving reports from numerous customers of scam calls. More>>

Portage County Crime Stoppers: Park vandals

Sometime on the evening of Saturday May 17, vandals cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage to the Zenoff Park softball complex in Stevens Point. More>>

Wausau Ginseng business expands overseas

The ginseng plant has a big impact on the United States and Marathon County. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Calling it a career

A Wausau school administrator is saying goodbye to her passion. More>>

Farmers experience a challenging crop season from rain

The weather has not been on Wisconsin farmers' good side. More>>

Discussion about Weston bus service

The village's public health and safety committee will look at possible changes in the route. More>>

Wausau schools wrap up Wednesday

After being stuck indoors all these months, Lincoln Elementary students are excited for the school year coming to a close. More>>

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