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2-year-old drowns in Sauk County, officials say

Authorities said a 2-year-old drowned Saturday afternoon in Sauk County.

The Sauk County Sheriff's said first responders were sent to an Amish family's farm on Highway 154 at about 3:10 p.m. for a report of a possible drowning.

According to the report, the boy was playing outside when his mother briefly lost sight of him. She found him a short time later floating face down in a water tank. Resuscitation efforts were not successful.

The Sauk County Coroner pronounced the toddler dead at the scene.

The farm is across from the Valley View Discount Grocery Store, witnesses told News 3.

Disturbance in vehicle leads to OWI arrest

A report of a disturbance in a vehicle led to the arrest of a Baraboo man on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to Max J. Hill Park in the village of West Baraboo at about 4 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a possible disturbance between two people inside a vehicle.

Deputies found the vehicle and determined both people were intoxicated.

Jose A. Valderrama, 47, was also arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating after revocation and failure to install an ignition interlock device.

The passenger, Erinn N. Snider, 25, was arrested on a probation violation.

Family hopes alleged drunken driver helps others learn from his mistakes

A Sauk County judge set bail at $50,000 cash for the man accused of drunken driving and killing his friend.

Kevin Vaness appeared in court for the first time Wednesday. The district attorney argued bail should be higher given his two prior operating while intoxicated convictions that were nine days apart.

The 22-year-old faces four charges in the death of Benjamin Brooks, and up to 52 years in prison.

Investigators said the motorcycle Brooks was driving had stopped at the intersection of Gall and Old Lake roads when Vaness? Jeep rear-ended the motorcycle Sunday.

The motorcycle was pushed through the intersection, and Brooks and his passenger were thrown off the bike. The Jeep kept going, left the road and hit a retaining wall.

Brooks and his passenger, Tory Frenzel, were flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital for treatment. Brooks died Monday and Frenzel is in critical condition.

St. Mary's, Dean merger official

Two local healthcare groups finalized a deal that merges a hospital system with a physician group and health plan.

SSM Health Care and Dean Health Systems announced Tuesday that the merger became effective on Sept. 1 after all necessary regulatory approvals were received.

Shareholders from the two companies signed an agreement in April under which Dean and its subsidiaries would become part of SSM Health Care. Before becoming official, the deal required the approval of the Wisconsin Insurance Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and other regulatory agencies.

SSM Health Care president and CEO William P. Thompson said patients should not see any disruption in care on the Dean Clinic and Dean Health Plan side.

DOJ: Man charged with felony child pornography possession

A Wisconsin Dells man was arrested Thursday after a search warrant found pornographic images of children and children?s undergarments at his residence, according to a Department of Justice release.

Bobby J. Taylor Jr. admitted that he had child pornography stored on his hard drive and external hard drive during an interview, according to the criminal complaint.

The search warrant found video and image files of child pornography, according to the release. Printed images of children and children?s undergarments were also found.

Taylor was charged Monday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, which is a felony, according to the release.

Woman killed in rollover crash

A Baraboo woman was killed in a rollover crash on Highway 33 Monday afternoon, according to the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said Jessica J. Greenwood, 30, was partially ejected when she lost control of her truck while traveling east on Highway 33 east of Monmound Road in the town of Greenfield about 3:30 p.m.

Greenwood was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Greenwood lost control of the truck and over-corrected causing the truck to overturn in the east ditch.

Greenwood was not wearing a seat belt, according to deputies.

The Baraboo Fire Department and Baraboo District Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Motorcyclist killed in two-vehicle crash

The driver of a motorcycle was killed and his passenger seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding on was rear-ended by a Jeep on Sunday, according to the Sauk County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to Steinke Road in the town of Baraboo about 9 p.m. for a report of a motorcycle struck by a car.

Investigators said the motorcycle was traveling east on Gall Road and was stopping at the intersection of Gall Road and Old Lake Road when a Jeep rear-ended the motorcycle. The motorcycle was pushed through the intersection onto Steinke Road and the driver, Benjamin J. Brooks, 27, of Baraboo and his passenger, Tory C. Frenzel, 23, of Baraboo, were thrown off the motorcycle.

The Jeep continued through the intersection, left the road and struck a driveway retaining wall, according to deputies.

Brooks and Frenzel were flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital for treatment. Brooks died Monday and Frenzel is still receiving treatment.