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Report: Teen attacking medical staff appeared under the influence

A Wisconsin Dells teen was charged after police said struck a nurse, punched a doctor and attempted to batter a police officer last week at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center, according to a Baraboo News Republic report... Read More

Hill Point burglaries spur crime prevention warning

Hill Point burglaries spur crime prevention warning

Sauk County officials asked residents to take measures to prevent crimes after two area businesses were reportedly burglarized this week.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to two separate burglary reports to businesses in the Hill Point area. Both burglaries occurred sometime during the late evening hours on Monday or early morning hours Tuesday.

Officials said it appeared the burglars were looking for money, as nothing else was noted missing from either business.

Sheriff Chip Meister said in a news release Friday that anyone who observes something or someone suspicious should call police.

"Protect yourself from a potential burglary by making sure you keep your doors and windows locked when you’re not around," Meister said. "Don’t advertise on social media that you are going to be away for an extended period of time."

82 years after prohibition, small Wis. community may allow alcohol

82 years after prohibition, small Wis. community may allow alcohol

A referendum question that will appear on the ballot in Irontown on April 7 will ask voters if the community should allow alcohol sales. 

A town of Ironton official said there didn't seem to be opposition to a proposal that would permit limited alcohol sales, according to a Baraboo News Republic report. The renewed interest in the alcohol policy 82 years after the country repealed prohibition stems from a proposal for a venue for weddings.  ... Read More

Baraboo man accused of OWI in crash that killed passenger

Baraboo man accused of OWI in crash that killed passenger

A Baraboo man was accused of driving drunk in the crash that killed his passenger last year. 

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said 31-year-old Matthew J. Steinhorst was arrested Thursday afternoon on a bench warrant from the Sauk County Circuit Court. 

Online records show Steinhorst was charged in Sauk County Court Thursday with three felonies including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, homicide by operation of a vehicle while having a prohibited alcohol concentration and homicide by operation of a vehicle while having a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance.

The sheriff's office said Steinhorst was driving on May 31, 2014, in the town of Excelsior when he crashed on Terrytown Road. James Wekekind, 31, of Baraboo, was a passenger in the vehicle and was fatally injured in the crash. 

Man, woman used tools to steal secured laptops, report says

A 37-year-old Lyndon Station woman and a 31-year-old Baraboo man used tools from the Lake Delton Walmart to remove secured laptops and steal them from the same store in January, according to a Wisconsin Dells Events report. ... Read More

Former warden's case headed for trial

The case of a former game warden charged with keeping the weapons he confiscated from hunters is headed for trial... Read More

Drunken driving task force amps up patrol Saturday

Drunken driving task force amps up patrol Saturday

Law enforcement will have extra officers on patrol Saturday to curb drinking and driving in several Sauk County areas, according to a release. 

Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister and the police chiefs in the county said in a release Thursday that the Sauk County Alcohol Task Force deployment will take place Saturday in the Sauk Prairie area.  

Baraboo, Lake Delton, Sauk Prairie and the Reedsburg police departments will conduct a high visibility traffic enforcement detail in pre-designated areas with an emphasis on stopping drunken driving. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office is also participating, according to the release. 

The grant is distributed by Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety and will cover the cost of paying officers overtime to put additional patrol in target areas. The grant will continue to run through September 2015.

The Sauk County Sheriff's Offices said several ride services are offered in the area including: