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.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
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