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2 arrested in connection with burglaries in 3 counties

Two men arrested in Sauk County could be connected to numerous burglaries in three counties, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said Ryan K. Murray, 24, of Lime Ridge, and Bronson J. Bantleon, 23, of Oshkosh, were arrested Aug. 15 after a search warrant was carried out in the village of Lime Ridge. The two are being held on probation holds.

Investigators said the warrant was the result of an investigation into numerous burglaries over a six-week period in Sauk, Richland and Vernon counties.

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Conservative group pulls candidate's support

A Baraboo attorney running for the state Assembly says a conservative group pulled its support because of another endorsement from a gay rights group.

In July, the Wisconsin Family Action's Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of Republican Ashton Kirsch in the 81st Assembly District race. The group's director issued a statement this week saying Kirsch's position on marriage doesn't align with that of the Wisconsin Family Action.

The Baraboo News Republic reported Kirsch was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans of Wisconsin on Aug. 14. It's a conservative group that supports the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Kirsch says Wisconsin Family Action wasn't OK with the endorsement from the Log Cabin Republicans.

Fortified facility moving to 800-person town concerns residents

A man who's been housed in a fortified facility in the town Baraboo for the past year may soon be making a move to a new town, and residents there say they are afraid.

Jeremy Felix has reportedly sent more than 10 people to the hospital while under around-the-clock supervision by Dungarvin, a private company contracted by Care Wisconsin to run Felix's care. His violent behavior had neighbors in Baraboo concerned.

Sometime this summer, Felix is slated to move into a new home in Winfield, a small town of about 800 people. Residents have expressed their worry, mostly because they have no idea what to expect.

Andora Ayala and Cletus Bass live 200 yards from the house assigned to Felix, but like most Winfield residents, they don't know much about the situation.

Resident of prison-like home in Baraboo to move to another small town

A man who is being housed in a fortified facility in Baraboo will be moved 30 minutes northwest to another small town, officials said.

Jeremy Felix has pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation, and Baraboo police have reported he has sent at least 10 people to the hospital.

Last year he started living in that fortified Baraboo home with four workers guarding him around the clock, but officials with the Department of Health Services said that care meets state standards.

Now, Felix is apparently heading to the town of Winfield, which is home to about 800 people.

Ronald Churchill, the town chairman, said the community learned Felix was moving there sometime last week.

Felix will be living in a rural residence on County Road WD, but hasn?t moved yet.

There was a community meeting Tuesday night, and Churchill said a lot of people expressed concern about the facility.

Sauk Co. man battles colon cancer, raises awareness

At 31, Jim Gainey had a seemingly perfect life. He and his wife, Catherine had two boys, 3-year-old Shamus and 10-month-old Finnegan. On March 18, 2013, his life changed.

?I actually got the diagnosis March 18 that I had some form of cancer. I found out officially that I had stage four that Friday,? Gainey said.

The following days, weeks and months were focused on trying to give Jim a chance to live. He went through 27 rounds of chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.

?There are a lot of days when I look at it and go, 'What happened? This wasn?t supposed to happen,'? said Catherine Gainey, Jim?s wife. ?We?re in a situation where we didn?t expect to be. So we didn?t know what could happen next and unfortunately the statistics are very grim for Jim so we just want to pack as much in as we have.?

Now the family does not pass up opportunities to do things together or visit new places. They also cherish moments together and take nothing for granted.

State seeks to commit man as sexual predator

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has requested that a 63-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder and two sexual assault charges be committed for treatment.

The Baraboo News Republic reports that a petition filed Friday under the state's sexual predator law says Herbert Droste is a sexually violent person. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and sexual assault of 17-year-old Sandra Bressler in 1981. He was also sentenced to 15 years for first-degree sexual assault.

Droste served 16 years before he was released on parole in March 1997. His parole was revoked several months later.

Droste was scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday. He will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await a probable cause hearing scheduled at the end of August.

Area communities receive funding for after-school programs

Students in some south-central Wisconsin communities will get to participate in programming outside of the school day thanks to funding from a federal grant, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Fifty-five sites around Wisconsin received funding through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to improve math and reading skills, run academic enrichment programs, and develop students? athletic and social skills, officials said.

?Community Learning Centers have a proven track record of supporting students and families and boosting academic achievement,? State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. ?Funding is targeted to schools with higher socioeconomic needs to help us close achievement gaps so all students are on track to graduate college and career ready.?