MOUNTAIN - Investigators arrest several people involved in marijuana growing operations in Northern Wisconsin.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the arrests were made early this morning in the Town of Mountain. That's in Oconto County.
Van Hollen's office is withholding many of the details, including how many people investigators arrested and what the tentative charges are.
Van Hollen does say more than 200 federal, state and local authorities were involved in the bust...including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and agents from 13 counties.
Newswatch 12 spoke with Jody Lenzner on the phone Wednesday.
She lives on Highway 47 just outside of Antigo near the Menominee Reservation.
Lenzner describes the scene Wednesday morning, "There were police officers at the end of the driveway with AK-15 assault rifles. The highway was blocked off and they were stopping traffic. No one was allowed to come in or out of the reservation. We didn't know if they were looking for a mass-murderer, a felon, was it a drug deal? We just had no idea what was going on and nobody would tell us anything."
Lenzner says the Langlade County Sheriff's Department did call her last night to say they'd be landing a helicopter on her family's property Wednesday.
She says they refused to give her any futher information at that time.
Lenzner says the helicopter did land twice and there was a plane circling the area for hours.
She says she feels safer hearing it was for a marijuana bust.
The attorney general's office says the alleged operations were in Oconto and Menominee Counties, but Lenzner lives in Langlade County.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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