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Teacher to enter pleas to drug charges Dec. 5

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A Rhinelander High School English teacher accused of growing 66 marijuana plants at his home waived a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to Oneida County online court records.

Joshua Juergens, 35, was charged Nov. 8 with two felonies - manufacturing at least 50 marijuana plants and possession of a controlled substance - and four misdemeanors, including two counts of theft.

Prosecutors filed the charges following a police investigation into the theft of some electronic equipment at the high school. A search of Juergens' home led to what police called a sophisticated marijuana-growing operating in the basement, according to the criminal complaint.

With the waiver of the hearing for prosecutors to present evidence to justify the charges, a judge ordered Juergens to stand trial and set Dec. 5 for him to enter pleas, online court records said.

Juergens, who joined the Rhinelander High faculty in August, was fired Monday by the school.

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