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Body of missing 23-year-old found in Wisconsin River

The body of a missing 23-year-old from La Crosse was found in the Wisconsin River Thursday afternoon, according to a release.

A person kayaking on the Wisconsin River (Lower Dells) reported finding a body just before 12:30 p.m., police said. The body was later identified as John Dwyer.

Dwyer was in Wisconsin Dells with friends Saturday afternoon to celebrate several birthdays but did not return home. He was last seen in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells Saturday afternoon.

Dwyer?s body was found on the river bank under a rocky cliff about 1,800 feet south east of the Kilbourn Dam in the city of Wisconsin Dells, according to the release.

Dwyer?s injuries appear to be consistent with a fall, officials said. The Columbia County Medical Examiner?s Office is assisting the investigation.

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Baraboo girls raise money for teammate's family

Like a lot of teams, many girls on the Baraboo basketball team have played together since elementary school. They share a strong bond on and off the floor. On February 5th, that bond gets taken to a new level as the team hosts a "Shoot Down Cancer" benefit.

The fund raiser was organized by players on the team for a player on the team, Carlie Zimmerman, whose father Pat was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2014.

The money raised will go toward Pat Zimmerman's treatment.

The move was a no-brainer for Carlie's teammates.

"If you're not there for each other off the court, you can't trust each other on the court," says Erica Pleau.

The benefit was organized by Pleau and fellow senior Isabel Schmelzer, who began planning soon after learning of Zimmerman's diagnosis.

Their act of kindness will stick with Carlie for a lifetime.

Reedsburg man accused of faking cancer for money

A Reedsburg man is facing years of jail time and thousands in fines after he allegedly faked a cancer diagnosis.

Brian Mentch, 30, is accused of telling his Reedsburg employer Seats Inc. that he had stomach cancer, according to Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins.

Calkins said Mentch provided fake doctors' notes and excuses to his employer, collecting more than $2,600 in disability benefits over a period of several weeks. Mentch has been charged with felony theft by false representation and faces a maximum penalty of $10,000 in fines and 3.5 years in prison.

"It's just very frustrating that somebody would stoop at this level to get money," Calkin said.

Mentch had been working at Seats for less than two months when he allegedly made his false claims, meaning he had not yet passed it probationary period and was not eligible for benefits. Seats made an exception in this case.

Missing 23-year-old last seen in downtown Wisconsin Dells

Missing 23-year-old last seen in downtown Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells police are asking for the public?s help in locating a 23-year-old man who was last seen Saturday afternoon, according to a release.

The family of John W. Dwyer, 23, of LaCrosse, reported him missing Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Dwyer was in Wisconsin Dells with friends Saturday afternoon to celebrate several birthdays, but did not return home, according to the release. He was last seen in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells.

Dwyer is about 6 feet tall, weighs 175 pounds and has red hair. He was last seen wearing a green flannel shirt, jeans and an Oregon Ducks baseball hat.

Officials ask anyone with information on Dwyer?s whereabouts to call the Wisconsin Dells Police Department at 608-253-1611.

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