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Sheriff: DNA links man to nearly $4K worth of heroin

Sheriff: DNA links man to nearly $4K worth of heroin

DNA reportedly linked a Madison man to a package of heroin found outside a vehicle he was riding in, officials said.

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said Ryan W. Franklin, 29, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on Feb. 24. The driver was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and Franklin, 29, was arrested for a probation violation.

Both men were taken to Sauk County Jail.

Police said as the vehicle was towed away, an unknown substance was found at the site of the stop. The package contained 19.6 grams of heroin with an approximate street value of $3,900, and DNA matching Franklin was present on the packaging, the sheriff's office said.

Sauk County detectives met with Franklin at Dane County's Ferris Center where he was being held on unrelated charges. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Franklin's DNA to confirm the DNA hit on the material.

Sheriff: Woman faces felony for burying infant that died during birth

Sheriff: Woman faces felony for burying infant that died during birth

A Baraboo woman was arrested Tuesday for burying her infant who died during birth five years ago without notifying authorities, Sauk County sheriff’s officials said.

Baraboo police received information on Tuesday that about five years ago, a Baraboo woman had given birth to a child in the Blackhawk Manor subdivision, according to a release.

Police were told the baby died during birth and the mother, Brenda M. Bomstein, 33, buried the child in the family’s yard without notifying proper authorities, officials said.

The Baraboo Police Department, the Division of Criminal Investigation and a Dane County Sheriff’s Office cadaver dog searched the property, and during that search Bomstein admitted to burying the infant, according to the release.

The cadaver dog led crews to a portion of the property where they found the remains of an infant consistent with the information they received, officials said.

Baraboo police officer uses personal drone to assist in Angela Girton recovery

In the early days of the search for missing 5-year-old Angela Girton, a Baraboo police officer joined the search using drone technology.

13-year Baraboo veteran Officer Jeremy Drexler turned his drone flying hobby into help for the search and rescue crew trying to locate Girton, who is presumed to have drowned in the Wisconsin River on April 6.

Drexler provided crews aerial pictures during the first night of the search, which helped them navigate through difficult areas. 

"I felt the pictures and the video that  I got for them, then turned immediately over, then turn over to the emergency management, ENT guys, I felt that the pictures that I got at that time were  going to help the dive team," Drexler said.

Officer Drexler predicts over the next decade drones will change policing because of the vast area they can quickly fly past, capturing pictures and video. 

Man who faked cancer sentenced to more than 2 years probation

Former Seats Inc. employee Brian J. Mentch, 30, of Reedsburg, also will spend 30 months on probation after pleading no contest to a felony theft charge Wednesday in Sauk County Circuit Court, the Baraboo News Republic reported. ... Read More

Sheriff: Burglar stole, pawned power tools

Sheriff: Burglar stole, pawned power tools

A 27-year-old is suspected of stealing power tools last week, then pawning them, officials said Wednesday. 

The Sauk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Eddie W. Hatfield, of LaValle, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary for alleged crimes in LaValle. 

Two burglaries were reported in LaValle, one on April 17 and a second on April 19, in which power tools and yard care equipment were stolen, according to the news release. Some of the stolen property was later located at pawn shops. The sheriff's office said detectives suspect that other people were involved and other property may be recovered as the investigation continues.

Hatfield was taken to the Sauk County Jail where he awaits a bond hearing.

Officials asked anyone with information on the LaValle burglaries or other criminal activity to contact the Sauk County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-377-1195, or Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 888-847-7285.

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."