RHINELANDER - People convicted of sex crimes become a part of the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry for life.
It lets people know where every sex offender lives in the state.
But not all sex offenders update their information on the registry.
To fix that problem, Oneida County Sheriff's deputies will visit every sex offender to make sure the information in the registry is correct.
"Our hope and our plan for this was that we would validate the registry so the public can feel safe about using the information on the registry," said Detective Sergeant Terri Hook. "They know that the Sheriff's Office is being proactive about making sure that offenders are where they say they are."
Sex offenders are required to update their information in the registry.
If deputies check up on an offender and the information does not match up, the sex offender could be in trouble.
"If they have not changed their registration and they have moved for approximately ten days, they can be arrested for failure to comply with the sex offender registry and that's a felony."
There are about 85 sex offenders in Oneida County right now.
Deputies believe only a few of them don't keep up with the registry.
They hope the verification check ups will fix that.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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