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Reedsburg man accused of faking cancer for money

A Reedsburg man is facing years of jail time and thousands in fines after he allegedly faked a cancer diagnosis.

Brian Mentch, 30, is accused of telling his Reedsburg employer Seats Inc. that he had stomach cancer, according to Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins.

Calkins said Mentch provided fake doctors' notes and excuses to his employer, collecting more than $2,600 in disability benefits over a period of several weeks. Mentch has been charged with felony theft by false representation and faces a maximum penalty of $10,000 in fines and 3.5 years in prison.

"It's just very frustrating that somebody would stoop at this level to get money," Calkin said.

Mentch had been working at Seats for less than two months when he allegedly made his false claims, meaning he had not yet passed it probationary period and was not eligible for benefits. Seats made an exception in this case.

Missing 23-year-old last seen in downtown Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells police are asking for the public?s help in locating a 23-year-old man who was last seen Saturday afternoon, according to a release.

The family of John W. Dwyer, 23, of LaCrosse, reported him missing Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Dwyer was in Wisconsin Dells with friends Saturday afternoon to celebrate several birthdays, but did not return home, according to the release. He was last seen in the downtown area of Wisconsin Dells.

Dwyer is about 6 feet tall, weighs 175 pounds and has red hair. He was last seen wearing a green flannel shirt, jeans and an Oregon Ducks baseball hat.

Officials ask anyone with information on Dwyer?s whereabouts to call the Wisconsin Dells Police Department at 608-253-1611.

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4 arrested in home burglary investigation

Four people arrested as part of a home burglary investigation might be connected to a rash of home burglaries in rural Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff?s Office.

Detectives said Drew J. Keenan, 21, and Mackenzie D. Frydenlund, 20, both of Sauk City, were responsible for a Thursday burglary in the town of Dane. Ashley N Moen, 24, and Jordan D. Seiler, 25, both of Portage, were responsible for a Jan. 13 burglary in the town of Dane, according to the release.

All four were arrested on suspicion of burglary and additional charges are pending.

Deputies said the four forced entry into locked homes and stole valuables, including jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms.

Earlier this month the Sheriff?s Office started an investigation into several burglaries to rural homes.

Deputies responded to three burglaries the night of Jan. 14 and one the night of Jan. 13.

Dell Prairie audit finds no fraud

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