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5 People Injured In Crash

A head on crash on Saturday seriously injured 5 people. The accident happened around 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. A man driving a corvette east on Highway 60 in the town of Troy lost control while navigating a curve, traveled into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming 2014 Ford Escape driven by a 69 year old Madison woman with three passengers. Emergency officials from Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, Spring Green, Lodi & Prairie Du Sac assisted in the incident. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said speed and failure to control the Corvette are believed to be factors in the cause of the crash. Names and conditions of those involved have not yet been released.

Ebola Virus Precautions

Although the risk is low in the area local health agencies are taking measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the area. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been in communication with local agencies and hospitals throughout the state to ensure that they are prepared to deal with a potential infection. Currently there have been no cases of the virus in the state and Wisconsin State Health Services officer Karen McKeown stresses that the disease can only be transmitted if you come in contact with someone who has it and has exhibited symptoms.

 Necedah Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

A Necedah man who pled guilty to years of sexual assault against several children will spend decades behind bars. 43 year old Neil J. Becerra was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison.

Fake Cancer Diagnosis

A woman from Sauk County who faked a diagnosis of cancer to raise over 50 thousand dollars from charities and individual donors allegedly even convinced her husband of the diagnosis. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said that 29 year old Theresa Strub of Lone Rock preyed on people’s good nature – and he called it “disgusting”. She has been charged with seven felonies.

Baraboo School District Strategic Planning Process

The Baraboo School District will begin its three year strategic planning process tomorrow. The work will begin with a meeting of community stakeholders at Baraboo High School. Students, community leaders, graduates, teachers, parents and representatives from businesses and agencies in the area will participate in the process. The meeting will take place at 6 o’clock tomorrow night. 

 Men Face Drug Charges

 Two men will face criminal charges after investigators said they were growing marijuana on a rural property near Rio. 51 year old Jeffrey A. Wilcox and 52 year old Patrick A. Faust are scheduled to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court early next month.

Home Break-In In Mauston

 The Mauston Police department is investigating a break-in that occurred on LaCrosse Street early Tuesday morning. The owner of the home arrived home from work and discovered that the residence had been entered, items were taken and a pet at the home was found dead. If you have information on the incident –submit a tip at: juneaucrimestop.com

 Portage Man Sentenced

 A Portage man will spend time in jail after exposing himself to a 14 year old girl. 20 year old Steven R. Krueger pleaded no contest at a hearing on September 11th in Columbia County Circuit Court. Krueger was sentenced to serve three years of probation after his jail sentence has ended.

 Drug Task Force Raids Baraboo Homes

 Raids on two homes in Baraboo yesterday morning led to the arrests of three individuals and turned up drugs, a weapon and money. The Sauk County Drug task force executed search warrants on homes and took into custody: 28 year old Chevez Taylor, 21 year old Alexandrea Throndson and 30 year old Heather Heidtke all of Baraboo. The investigation remains open by the Sauk County Drug Task Force.

 New Fire Equipment In Poynette

 The Poynette-Dekorra Fire District recently voted unanimously to spend nearly $24,000 to purchase new gear for volunteer firefighters. The 13 new sets of turnout gear will consist of fire resistant trousers, boots and jackets. 

Robbers Still Not Caught

 The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department still needs help on finding the individuals involved in last week’s bank robbery in the town of Plain. According to Sheriff Chip Meister the investigation is ongoing and is being assisted by the FBI. The robbery took place just before 10 last Tuesday morning at the People’s Community Bank in Plain. The Wisconsin Bankers Association and People’s Community Bank of Mazomanie are offering up to $50,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to please call: 1-888-TIP-SAUK.

 Possible New Shooting Range in Columbia County

 The state Natural Resources Board will soon begin to consider a new public shooting range in Columbia County.  The D-N-R has proposed a change to its master plan, which could allow a public range on land the agency owns in the County.  Earlier this year, it was reported that shooters had been using parking lots at the French Creek and Swan Lake wildlife areas -- and that made neighbors upset.  On October 29th, D-N-R staffers will ask their regulating board for permission to start the process of creating a new public range.  The D-N-R says that up to 35 shooting ranges are on public lands statewide -- but only five of them are in the southeast third of the state. 

Two Portage Residents Arrested For A Heroin Overdose

Two Portage residents appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court yesterday after a heroin overdose incident last week. 41 year old Dawn R. Sindowski & 38 year old Raymond T. Swerdon face charges of felony possession of narcotic drugs and counts of misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals will be in court for a preliminary hearing next week. If convicted they could face nearly a decade behind bars. 

Propane Gas Leak in Prairie Du Sac

 Authorities are encouraging anyone living within four blocks of the old Sauk Prairie Hospital site in Prairie du Sac to evacuate the area due to a propane gas leak. Contractors working near the Oak Street structure struck an underground propane tank, according to a message sent out by the Sauk County Nixle Alert information system this morning. At the time, residents were encouraged to close their windows and remain indoors. In a follow-up message the alert system recommended all residents within the four-block radius to evacuate the area. A shelter has been established for residents at the Sauk Prairie Community Center, 730 Monroe St. in Sauk City.

 Suspects in Lodi Bank Robbery In Custody

 Two suspects are in custody after a Saturday morning bank robbery in Lodi. The men were also suspects in an armed robbery of the Subway restaurant near Poynette on Wednesday. 28 year old Karl L. Krier and 48 year old Peter L. Miller, both from the Madison area, were taken into custody for the robberies. Both individuals are expected to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court on armed robbery charges. No one was injured in either incident.










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