Missing Girl Found in Marquette County
A missing girl was found in Marquette County after her mother and another individual were found shot to death on Saturday night. Police said that Justin Daniels and Melissa Tuinstra, both 28, were found shot in the Green Lake County town of Berlin. During their investigation police said they became concerned about the youngster and an Amber alert was issued early yesterday morning. Officers later found the girl safe with her 33 year old dad, Nicholas Tuinstra, who is being questioned as a person of interest in the shootings. According to reports Nicholas and Melissa filed for divorce last week. The youngster is currently safe in the care of her grandparents. The investigation is ongoing.
Drug Bust in Columbia County
After several overdoses on heroin throughout this month Columbia County Police have arrested 10 individuals on drug charges. Detective Lieutenant Roger Brandner said the arrests were made after they had seen the signs of a bad batch of heroin from overdoses in the region and the Columbia County Drug Unit began an aggressive approach to locate the source. The parties responsible range in age from 22 – 42 and are from towns throughout Columbia & Marquette counties. Detective Brandner believes that the arrests of those involved have helped prevent additional overdoses.
The unemployment rates for the region for the month of August have been released and the news continues to be good. As in Columbia County unemployment dropped to 4.5% in August down from 5.2% a year ago, in Sauk it dropped to 4.4% down from 5.4% a year ago. Unemployement rates also dropped in Marquette County – down to 6.3% in August, down from 7.1% a year ago.
Data Breach In Portage
A business in Portage is one of the latest to be effected by a data security breach. The Champaign Illinois based Jimmy John’s chain released a statement on their website Wednesday that claims that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected including the location on New Pinnery Road in Portage. Jimmy John’s believes someone stole log-in credentials and remotely installed malware on machines to swipe credit cards. The Portage location was believed to have been targeted between July 23rd and August 1st. Jimmy John’s said it believes its security has been restored by installing encrypted swipe machines and taking other security measures. For more information on the incident visit: jimmyjohns.com/datasecurityincident
The Wisconsin D.O.T. will host a public involvement meeting on Monday to discuss the I90/94 Corridor Study between US12/WIS 16 & I-39 in Juneau, Sauk & Columbia county. The meeting will take place at the Wisconsin Dells High School from 6-8. WisDOT is conducting a study to analyze the existing and future conditions of the corridor.
Stolen ATV in Adams County
The Adams County Sheriff’s office is on the lookout for a dark green 2004 Polaris Sportsman ATV. It was taken from the township of Leola in Adams County sometime between 3:45 and 6 o’clock on Tuesday. Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact Adams County Crime Stoppers by visiting: adamsso.com
Sauk County Man Evades Police On ATV
Sauk County Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a man who fled from officers on an ATV during a drug investigation last Friday. Authorities had been informed that Michael E. Nemitz of LaValle was currently manufacturing methamphetamines. When police arrived Nemitz escaped on an ATV. Officials found what they believed to be meth, drug paraphernalia, and items used in the manufacture of meth on the property. If you have information on Nemtiz’s whereabouts contact Sauk County Crimestoppers at: 1-888-TIP-SAUK
Mauston Schools Survey
Mauston schools are starting a public survey looking to find ways to deal with an annual $300,000 budget deficit. There has been some very preliminary discussions of a referendum, but superintendent Christine Weymouth says that will be entirely dependent on the survey results. Citizens are being asked to take the survey before October 13th, so that the first report of survey results is ready for the regular school board meeting on October 20th.
Pardeeville Man Wanted
A Pardeeville man who was ordered to serve time in prison after pleading to a charge that he failed to protect a child in danger of sexual assault has yet to report to begin his sentence. 67 year old Steven G. Pulver was sentenced to two years in prison followed by five years of community service at a hearing on Friday, September 19th. Pulver pled no contest in March to the felony of failing to act in the sexual assault of a child. If you have information on his whereabouts you are encouraged to contact the Columbia County Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-293-TIPS.
Sentencing Hearing for Sexual Assault Case
A Columbia county man was in court on Tuesday, September 23rd after allegedly having intercourse with a teenage girl and selling marijuana from his home. 27 year old Gregory J. Wylesky had a sentencing hearing after allegedly having intercourse with the victim once while she was 15 years old and three times when she was 16. Wylesky was charged with 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, sex with child 16 or older, maintaining drug trafficking place and possess drug paraphernalia.
Juneau County Crimestoppers
The Juneau County Sheriff’s office is looking for helping locating a 29 year old individual. Brian A. Buda of Mauston is wanted for failure to appear on possession of marijuana and his 2nd OWI. If you have information on his whereabouts you are encouraged to contact Juneau County Crime Stoppers by visiting: juneaucrimestop.com. Do not try to apprehend Buda on your own.
Home Sales Dropped in August
Home sales in the region dropped significantly last month. In Sauk County only 86 sales were reported in August which was a 13 percent drop from last year at the time, when 99 homes sold. Dave Clark with the Wisconsin Realtors Association says home sales were down statewide. Clark says some of the weakness in sales is due to a lack of housing on the market in metropolitan areas of the state.
Volunteer Firefighters Needed
The city of Portage continues to look for volunteer firefighters. The department currently has 21 paid on-call volunteers, which is 13 fewer than the maximum allowed under local guidelines. Interested individuals in can fill out an application on the city’s website: portagewi.gov
41 Year Old Woman Wanted
The Juneau County Sheriff’s office is looking for help in locating a 41 year old woman. Bridget A. Morris is wanted for failure to appear on possession of marijuana. If you have information on her whereabouts you can leave an anonymous tip at juneaucrimestop.com