19 arrested for using and dealing meth, prescription drugs
Story By Lauren Stephenson
ONEIDA COUNTY - Nineteen people in Oneida County got busted in an investigation aimed at finding meth and prescription drug users and dealers.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group have been investigating for at least two months.
They were finally able to make arrests during the last two weeks.
Undercover agents were able to buy drugs from some of the suspects.
That gave police enough evidence to make arrests.
"We received information from several different agencies. And when you have information that comes in from various sources, we try to act on that quickly. And especially in the case of the methamphetamine, we try and act on that very quickly," said Detective Sergeant Sara Gardner of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.
Police believe the majority of these people are users, not dealers.
They think people who were dealing crystal meth got it from the southern part of the state.
Investigators say they've gotten helpful information from the people they arrested.
"Most of the interviews that we've conducted on the arrested parties have been very forthcoming as far as their information and have, I would say, been very cooperative," said Gardner.
Some of the suspects made their first appearances in court already.
Others will be in court next week.
Their names are below. Grant P Garrow (30) Chad M Laddusire (31) Corey W Harms (26) Mike A Mackey (26) Tammy L Groner (42) Theresa A Kennedy (28) Dareth L Bowman (36) Jovan E Salzman (24) Benjamin E Metz (27) Ryan R Novosed (36) Misty D Ehman (34) James S Erickson (65) Wendy L Hogan (54) Jimmie N Hogan (77) Kandy K Howard (49) Jessica J Steinmetz (36) Jenna R Bullard (33) Tabitha M Swenson (31) Alison M Keso (37)
ARBOR VITAE - The Arbor Vitae Fire Department hosted its 39th Fireman's Picnic and Summerfest this weekend.
Thousands of people came out to benefit the fire department while having a good time. The fire department held the crowd favorite lawnmower races again this year.
They also had a volleyball tournament and games for kids. The fire chief says all the proceeds help the department pay for equipment.
"When we purchased our new fire truck, the fire department funded a good portion of the money, the fundraiser money, to help keep the tax dollars down so the tax payers didn't have to foot the whole bill for the truck," said Arbor Vitae Fire Department Chief Mike Van Meter. "And we also use it to buy turnout gear throughout the year, new air packs. Anything we can do to keep it off the tax roll."
WABENO - People went out to Wabeno this weekend for its first ever Art and Music Fest. Musicians performed in the band shell while local artists spread out to show their products.
There were food and drinks as well as workshops for people to learn more about art.
"This year we've had about 20 musicians performing on three stages," said Friends of Wabeno Chairperson Mary Beck. "And we've had maybe ten artists doing demonstrations, showing people what they can do and what they can buy."
The rain Sunday didn't stop people from having a good time. Volunteers hope to make this an annual event.
ST. GERMAIN - The last day of Pig in the Pines wrapped up Saturday. People were able to watch the rib eating contest in the afternoon.
Newswatch 12 got to help judge ribs from this year's four rib vendors. One of the big events happened on the main stage Saturday evening.
"We have entertainment all day long," said St. Germain Chamber President Bruce Weber. "We have the Wise Guys on our main stage. We have Laura Ernst on the aerial platform here. She also does juggling. On our major stage, we have One Ping Only, and we also have Molly Hatchet, our lead act tonight."
WISCONSIN - Anyone who loves hunting and fishing will need to apply for a license. The deadline for some hunting and fishing licenses is August 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Hunters, trappers and spearers can go on the DNR website to apply.
"This is the time of year where not a lot of people are thinking about hunting, but that August 1 date is that date for applying for a bobcat, fisher or otter tag, sharp-tail grouse, or sturgeon spearing or fall turkey," said DNR Warden Supervisor David Walz.
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