TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk Police want to be more proactive about finding drug houses in their city.
That push has started to pay off.
Three people are now in Lincoln County Jail on drug charges.
They were arrested after police used a search warrant to find evidence against them on Friday.
It's the third time since November a search warrant has led to arrests in Tomahawk.
This time, it was near the intersection of Charlotte Street and Highway 86 on the city's east side.
"The approximate that we seized was approximately $4,000 worth of street value, of a mixture of marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills. It's wasn't this huge one, but for this area, it was larger than the normal," says Tomahawk Police Investigator John DuPlayee.
It was a full team effort.
All seven officers on the Tomahawk staff were there.
Two sheriff's deputies were on standby.
They arrested Jason Echterling, Andrew Prokudowicz, and Danielle Stevens.
Those three are in Lincoln County Jail.
The search warrant and arrests are part of a bigger effort by Tomahawk police to be more proactive on drug enforcement.
"Going out and taking extra steps to develop an investigation instead of waiting for it to be reported to us. We're actually taking steps to create the investigation with information that we hear or learn about," says DuPlayee.
Echterling will first appear in Lincoln County Court next Monday on three felony charges.
We're still waiting on court dates for the other two.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
RHINELANDER - Police think an Oneida County man downloaded hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls using a private chatroom.
During Danial Smith's preliminary hearing Friday, Smith's attorney asked if police had any way of knowing it was his client who downloaded the more than 700 photos.
The state Department of Justice learned a computer near Rhinelander downloaded the pictures in late 2016 thanks to a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The internet protocol (IP) addresses from the downloads were linked to Smith's home on County C in the town of Stella.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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