– Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We’ll update you on a fatal house fire in Pickerel this morning that left four children and one adult dead and one person missing.

We’ll take you to a wall-breaking ceremony for a “Family House” that will give patients and families who need to travel to Wausau for care a place to live, sleep, and relax.

And we’ll take you to the grand opening of a new business complex in Eagle River where young entrepreneurs can start their own business, and we’ll talk to an Eagle River NASSCAR driver who is starting her own apparel store in that building.

We’ll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 – news from where you live.

TOWN OF CRESCENT – A short stroll out Dan Butkus’ back door really feels like getting back into nature.

“The way things have gotten, sometimes it looks like a jungle and like it’s not planned,” Butkus said.

Walking through a jungle of purple blooming lupine, honeysuckle, and even wild strawberries is also like stepping back in time for the Illinois native.

“It was just something that was always in the back of our mind,” Butkus said.

SUGAR CAMP – An Oneida County teenager died in a fiery car crash Sunday afternoon.

In an updated press release, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office reported Isaac Tessier, 16, died after his car crashed into a tree on County Highway H near Sugar Camp around 2:20 p.m.

People nearby tried to get into the car before emergency crews arrived, but fire forced them back.  Once crews put out the fire, Tessier was found dead inside.  Tessier was from Sugar Camp.

WISCONSIN DELLS – Crews found the body of a missing 11-year-old boy from the Wisconsin Dells area in the water Monday morning, according to Adams County Sheriff Brent York.

The boy, Jamison Owen Dean Miller, of Grand Marsh, went underwater on Tuesday evening and never resurfaced.

Crews had searched above and below water for the boy since then.

Earlier Monday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said it would continue daily water searches, but had stopped its diving operations.

Dive teams from across the state had been helping in recovery efforts.

Miller’s body was found near the Kilbourn Dam in Wisconsin Dells.

RHINELANDER – Rhinelander will become the only place this side of the Wisconsin Dells with a full-size, indoor athletic dome, and it could happen before this winter.

On Monday night, the Rhinelander School Board voted unanimously to pursue the air-supported dome on district property.

The dome can fit a full-size football or soccer field, or two softball games at the same time. It will be open to the community and open to physical education classes.

Rhinelander softball coach DJ DeMeyer was the first to stand and applaud when the school board said “yes” to the dome option.

ONEIDA COUNTY – People aged 60 or older in Oneida county can now get a $25 farmers market voucher.

The aging and disability center is offering the coupons to low-income residents.

As of Monday people can go register at the resource center on Keenan street.

Oneida County is one of only a few in the state that qualified for the program. 

The idea behind the project is to help older adults keep fruits and vegetables in their diet.
“Although most older adults are familiar with gardens and the premise of raising your own stuff, many of them are no longer doing that. But they can support someone who is and they appreciate the value of that locally grown produce,” said Oneida County ADRC Director Dianne Jacobson.

The vouchers are good at any certified farmers market vendor in Wisconsin until October 31st. 

EAGLE RIVER – A late-summer get-together turned into a crime scene in September 2017 when a young man accidentally shot his friend while showing off his new gun.

Now, 21-year old Jeremiah Solis will spend one year in Vilas County jail for accidentally shooting Connor Stephens in an Eagle River home.

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