TOMAHAWK - Yesterday we reported on a break-in at Statton’s General store in Tomahawk where dozens of guns were stolen.
Today the Statton's spent hours cleaning up glass, and counting inventory- while the Lincoln county Sheriff's office looks for more leads.
“We take every lead that we possibly can,” said Lieutenant Mark Gartmann, with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “We also go back and look at video of individuals going in and out to determine whether or not this place was ‘cased’ per se.”
The thieves that broke into Statton's General store stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns- particularly hand guns.
Deputies think the thieves were probably targeting high ticket items to sell.
"They're looking for a quick dollar, they're looking for money, they're not looking to go out and shoot a bunch of people, they're mainly grabbing this because it's of value, and they know they can get rid of it in a hurry, and they know they can get money in a hurry," said Gartmann.
Statton said most of the crime was caught on his surveillance cameras. That video is on its way to the state crime lab to be enhanced.
In the meantime, the sheriff's office is working to find the suspects, and the guns.
"When it involves firearms we make sure to get serial numbers so that we can get the word out to the local authorities so they can look at pawn shops," said Gartmann.
And Dick Statton is working to get his shop back together and open to customers. "It's a terrible feeling when you walk in and see your windows have been smashed out... We've got new glass going in today, we've repaired what we could on the windows so that's cleaned up … Of course we have to have a complete record of every firearm that's missing," he said.
Statton said he must carefully record his inventory and report the stolen goods to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The theft of firearms is a federal offense, and the perpetrators could ultimately face federal charges.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help to solve this crime. If you have any information, they urge you to call their office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous.
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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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