Loading

17°F

14°F

17°F

13°F

15°F

18°F

17°F

16°F

15°F

16°F

16°F

17°F
NEWS STORIES

Marathon County Jail Does Only Limited Searches of Work Release InmatesSubmitted: 04/24/2013
Story By WJFW News Team

WAUSAU - The Marathon County Jail saw two corrections officers attacked last month, but it does only limited searches of inmates returning to jail from work-release programs.

That's despite a recommendation to beef up searches.

79 of the jail's 279 inmates are in the facility's Huber section, meaning they're eligible for work release.

When they return to jail they go through a metal detector and are patted down for weapons.

But the jail doesn't have enough staff to do strip searches.

In theory, that could mean inmates are sneaking in weapons or contraband.

The state Department of Corrections says strip searches are authorized for inmates convicted of felonies.

A 2011 independent report recommended the Marathon County Jail do those searches.

Authorities say their resources are too limited.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping, using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices, should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban.

The ban took effect in 2010. It outlaws smoking in all public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars. But the ban does not currently apply to vaping, giving venue owners the right to decide whether or not to permit e-cigarettes.

+ Read More

KENOSHA - Police say 11 people were hurt but none seriously when a bus crashed on Interstate 94 in southeastern Wisconsin.

The Kenosha County sheriff's office says the coach-style commercial bus was returning from Milwaukee to the Chicago area when the driver suffered an apparent medical condition and collapsed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

+ Read More

CALEDONIA - An elderly couple is dead after being struck by a sport utility vehicle as they left a church in southeastern Wisconsin.

Police say Oscar and Vernetta Lang, both 83 and from Caledonia, died after being struck about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say a 7-year-old boy has drowned while attending a birthday party at a hotel.

Police say the party was at the Comfort Suites Park Place hotel in northwest Milwaukee.

+ Read More

Play Video

THREE LAKES - Many people get their tax forms at Northwoods libraries. But they might not get everything they need to file their taxes at the library this year.

The IRS won't be able to send local libraries every free tax form and instruction booklets because of budget cuts.

At the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, the free tax forms are usually a popular service. The library's director think many people will be let down. But the library will still offer some of the tax forms people will need.

+ Read More

Play Video

MEDFORD - Members of the Medford Curling Club celebrated their 100 year anniversary this weekend. The club began its first curling season in July of 1914 and has steadily built a following during the past century. Club members believe media exposure has brought more attention to curling locally and across the country.

"I think the Olympics have done a great boost for curling, clubs are popping up all over the United States now," said Centennial Committee Chairman Jeff Mueller. "You can meet people all over the country, you mention curling, they say they saw it on the Olympics. Unlike years ago when they thought it was just some boring shuffleboard on ice type of thing, people really get into it."

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - A large crowd had the chance to try a wide variety of tasty chilli Saturday.

The Minocqua Brewing Company hosted their fourth annual Chilly Chili Challenge. People had the chance to try 10 different chili's.

Minocqua Brewing Company Manager Doug Etten says the warm weather might have played a roll in how many people came out Saturday.

"It's so nice out this weekend that we've got a lot of people in the area, but they'll be out doing some stuff," said Etten. "We understand that and they should be because that's why they come to the Northwoods."

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here