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Babysitter sentenced to life in prison for infant's death

Babysitter sentenced to life in prison for infant's death

A Sauk County babysitter convicted in an infant's death will spend the rest of her life behind bars.

A judge sentenced Jeannette Janusiak to life in prison, but she will be eligible to apply for parole after 40 years.

The 27-year-old asked a judge for leniency in the death of Peyton Shearer three years ago.

Janusiak insisted she is innocent, but prosecutors said the 4-month-old died from three distinct blows to the head.

Deputies: Drunken driver parked in road

Deputies: Drunken driver parked in road

A drunken driver was arrested after he parked in the middle of a road in the town of Baraboo, according to a release from the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to Gasper Drive just off Gall Road at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of road with the driver passed out in the driver?s seat.

Deputies said Roger J. Slater, 45, of Baraboo, was unresponsive and taken by ambulance to St. Clare Hospital.

Slater was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, second-offense operating while revoked and for having open intoxicants in a vehicle.

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Police remind residents of fireworks requiring permits

Police remind residents of fireworks requiring permits

In advance of upcoming Fourth of July celebrations, a county authority said there are only a handful of fireworks residents are allowed to set off without a permit.

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister reminded county residents Wednesday that sparklers less than 36 inches long, cones, fountains, snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than 1/4 grain of explosive mixture, and novelty devices that spin on the ground are allowed. However, possessing or using other fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars, without a valid permit is illegal.

Meister said permits may be issued by mayors, village presidents, town chairs or any person designated by those individuals in a municipality. The permit is only valid in the city, village or town of the issuing official. The permit must also specify a location and a date for permitted use; a range of dates is not allowed. Permits cannot be issued to minors.

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Armed man robs women's clothing store

Armed man robs women's clothing store

A women's clothing store in Baraboo was robbed by an armed man Sunday afternoon, according to a release from Baraboo police.

Officers were called to Maurice's at 930 U.S. Highway 12 at about 5 p.m. for a report of a robbery.

Witnesses told police a man entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. They said he forced employees into a rear office before leaving on foot headed east.

The robber is described as black, about 30 years old and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing a mask over his head and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Drexler at 608-355-2720 or jdrexler@cityofbaraboo.com.

Man suspected in home burglary cases

Man suspected in home burglary cases

A Gotham man is suspected of burglarizing one home and attempting to burglarize another, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a home on Dale Road in the town of Washington on April 4 when the homeowner found someone had been inside their home while they were gone. A 60 inch flat screen television was taken from the living room and a 9 mm gun was taken from a bedroom.

On April 7, deputies were called to a residence on County Road G near Hillpoint in the town of Washington for a report of an attempted burglary. A woman told deputies someone kicked in her back door while she was home. She said the burglars left when they saw her, and she saw them drive away in a silver Dodge Caravan and got the license plate number.

Deputies arrested Austin J. Vonbehren, 24, on April 10 on a probation warrant. Deputies said he admitted to his involvement in the burglary and attempted burglary and said he sold the stolen goods in Madison.