UPDATE: Missing Person Case Led to Adams Co. Shooting
Story By WJFW News Team
BIG FALTS - A missing person case from a Milwaukee suburb led to the shooting that injured an Adams County Deputy last night. What started as a missing person case in Milwaukee, ended with a suicide, and an Adams County deputy shot.
It happened last night, when West Allis police say a 52-year-old woman went missing.
Earlier in the day, police investigated a domestic violence incident between the woman and her husband, 55-year-old Thomas Costigan.
Police tracked the couple to property they own in Adams County.
Costigan fired at police when they went into the house.
43-year-old Deputy Todd Johnson was shot.
"At which time the subject presented a handgun, fired several rounds in the direction of the officers. The Adams County Deputy was struck by the gunfire and sustained injury," says an Adams County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson.
Police say the officers did not fire back, but Costigan shot himself.
Both Costigan and the deputy were taken by helicopter to a trauma center.
Costigan was pronounced dead earlier this evening.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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