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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. 

Cartoons reveal stories of Vietnam after the death of a veteran

For nearly 30 years Vernon and Betsy Grant shared a marriage and all of the moments in life. They were almost constantly together, because that is what made them happy.

“He was a very kind person, a wonderful listener,” says Betsy Grant. “So when I said best friends, there’s no doubt about it.  We communicated about lots of things.”

There was one chapter of Vernon Grant's life that talked very little about. It was the year he spent in Vietnam as a commanding officer of the Signal Security Force.

“He didn’t tell me very much at all about Vietnam,” says Betsy Grant.  “I just had the feeling that he didn’t really want to talk about the combat part of it.”

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

Reedsburg man pleads guilty to 6 robberies in Madison area

A Reedsburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for six robberies of Madison-area businesses last fall, according to a release.

Keith Gary, 46, pleaded guilty to committing six robberies, one while armed; one attempted robbery; and to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

He also admitted to attempting to rob the McDonald’s on West Broadway Oct. 29, displaying a firearm during a Sept. 21 robbery and unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition on Nov. 13.

Gary was identified as the robbery suspect when photos from some of the robberies were released in November, officials said.

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.

Greater Sauk County Community Foundation awards grants

According to a release, the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation awarded five grants to various organizations in the area.

The foundation awarded $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity Sauk-Columbia Area for 16 of their build programs, $500 to Flyways Waterfowl Museum for an exhibit upgrade, $1,000 to Wormfarm Institute for Fermentation Fest, $1,000 to Sauk County Health Department for their Safe Sleep Project and $700 to Circus World Museum to purchase wheelchairs.

Subject of statewide manhunt arrested at Sauk County casino

A 39-year-old man who has been the subject of numerous Wisconsin Crime Alerts and a statewide manhunt for burglaries was arrested at Ho-Chunk Casino Tuesday night, according to a release.

Eric T. Hall was arrested around 11 p.m. on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections apprehension request, officials said.

Numerous investigations in several other counties and other states related to Hall are continuing, according to the release. Hall was involved in three burglaries in Sauk County last June.

Sauk County sheriff’s deputies were assisted in the apprehension by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Lake Delton and Baraboo police department.