Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
Obituary: "Theresa C. Coates, age 47, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI.
Theresa was born July 30, 1968 in Marshfield, WI to William and Janet (Ashbeck) Fruin. She married Douglas Coates on December 30, 1998 in Port Edwards, WI. He died October 25, 2013. Theresa was employed at Golden County Foods and later at NAPA Auto Parts in Wisconsin Rapids"...Read more
News Story: "Juneau County authorities contacted Wood County at about 9:45 p.m. Monday and asked that police check on a 17-year-old boy who made suicidal threats and was on his way to Saratoga, according to Wood County reports.
Deputies arrived at a home at 6010 Church Ave. at about 10 p.m. and learned that two people at that address had been shot, according to a news release issued Tuesday morning by the sheriff’s department. Helicopters took two patients from the scene to a hospital, where a female was pronounced dead and a male remained hospitalized Tuesday, Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert said.
The Church Avenue property is owned by Theresa Coates, according to public records, and she lives there with two daughters, according to neighbor Bruce Dimick.
Wood County court records show that Coates’ 17-year-old daughter and the 17-year-old suicidal boy, whose names Gannett Central Wisconsin Media learned, were accused in January of taking Coates’ car and disappearing for two days. Officers found the teens in Nebraska when the vehicle got a flat tire, according to court records"...Read more