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Illegal drugs found in halfway house lead to eviction

A man who was living at a halfway house was evicted after police allegedly found illegal drugs and paraphernalia in an apartment where he was staying, according to a Wisconsin Dells events report. ... Read More

2 arrested in connection with burglaries in 3 counties

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.

Woman convicted in stabbing gets 5 years prison

Woman convicted in stabbing gets 5 years prison

A Wisconsin Dells woman convicted of using a kitchen knife to stab her former live-in partner multiple times has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Ashley L. Adams pleaded no contest in March to aggravated battery with the intent to do great bodily harm during the attack that happened on Jan. 13, 2013, after a Green Bay Packers playoff game.

Adams was bailed out by a former Columbia County jailer who was fired for violating county policies as it related to fraternizing with criminal suspects.

Larry Yaap admitted to his supervisors on June 28, 2013, that he gave one of his neighbors $5,000 to bail Adams out of jail in June because he feared their relationship inside the jail could become sexual. Yaap's neighbor subsequently brought Adams back to Yaap's apartment where she lived before her trial.

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.