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Greater Sauk County Community Foundation awards grants

According to a release, the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation awarded five grants to various organizations in the area.

The foundation awarded $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity Sauk-Columbia Area for 16 of their build programs, $500 to Flyways Waterfowl Museum for an exhibit upgrade, $1,000 to Wormfarm Institute for Fermentation Fest, $1,000 to Sauk County Health Department for their Safe Sleep Project and $700 to Circus World Museum to purchase wheelchairs.

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Subject of statewide manhunt arrested at Sauk County casino

A 39-year-old man who has been the subject of numerous Wisconsin Crime Alerts and a statewide manhunt for burglaries was arrested at Ho-Chunk Casino Tuesday night, according to a release.

Eric T. Hall was arrested around 11 p.m. on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections apprehension request, officials said.

Numerous investigations in several other counties and other states related to Hall are continuing, according to the release. Hall was involved in three burglaries in Sauk County last June.

Sauk County sheriff’s deputies were assisted in the apprehension by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Lake Delton and Baraboo police department.

Packers come to Baraboo to raise money for local charity

Green Bay Packer fans don’t need a game to get excited about seeing players and former players wearing Green and Gold.

The Packers tailgate tour stopped in Baraboo Thursday night as part of a five-day trip around the state.

The event supported the nonprofit organization People Helping People, a nonprofit, community-building organization which helps needs within the local community.

One Packer was impressed by the turnout. " I know I'm a small town kid from Ohio, but this gives them a reason to come out and get excited, especially for a good cause," said Packer defensive back Micah Hyde.

The fun included hot dogs, beer, and prizes. Players said the event is a great way to meet and thank fans. The Packer tailgate heads to Elkhorn on Friday and Sheboygan on Saturday.

City to dedicate new park next week

The city of Baraboo will dedicate its newest park, the Maxwell-Potter Conservancy, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. The new park is on Mill Race Drive. ... Read More

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1 found dead in burn area identified

A woman found dead after fire personnel found a body while putting out a forest fire in Sauk County is identified as 77-year-old Patsy L. Kozlowski, deputies said.

Around 1:05 p.m. the Sauk County Communications Center was notified of a forest fire behind a residence on Coon Bluff Road in the town of Dellona, according to a release.

While putting out the fire, emergency crews found Kozlowski inside the burn area, authorities said. She lived at the address where the fire was reported.

Results of an autopsy are pending.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, coroner’s office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire investigators are investigating the incident.

Sheriff: Evidence links man to burglary scene

A man was in custody Monday after officials received evidence reportedly linking him to the scene of a burglary last year in Sauk County.

Sauk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Tuesday that Austin J. Von Behren was arrested Monday on suspicion of residential burglary for an incident that occurred in March 2014.

The sheriff's office said Tuesday that it had received crime lab results that linked Von Behren to the scene. It wasn't immediately clear when the department received the lab results.

Sheriff's detectives took Von Behren into custody in Lone Rock with assistance from the Richland County Sheriff's Office, according to the report. He was taken to the Sauk County Jail where he awaited a bail hearing Tuesday.

Online court records with similar charges and offense dates indicate Von Behren is 23 and most recently had an address in Lone Rock. A call to the sheriff's office Tuesday was not immediately returned.

Sheriff: Man admits to stealing ATV during burglary questioning

A Reedsburg man reportedly admitted to stealing an ATV while he was being questioned about another crime, officials said.

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Barry W. Riddle was arrested Monday on suspicion of residential burglary in the town of Westfield in December 2014. Officials said DNA and other physical evidence linked Riddle to the burglary.

While detectives were questioning Riddle about the burglary, Riddle reportedly admitted to stealing a truck and an all-terrain vehicle from United Co-operative in the city of Reedsburg on Sunday and later trading the ATV for a rifle, according to the report.

The sheriff's office said the truck was found in the town of Woodland, off the roadway. The truck had sustained a fire. The ATV and the firearm that was traded for the ATV were also recovered.