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UPDATE: Man charged in 2011 home invasion, shooting faces 35 years in prisonSubmitted: 03/28/2014
Story By Lauren Stephenson


THREE LAKES - The man charged in connection to a 2011 Three Lakes home invasion and shooting could face 35 years in prison.

38-year-old Daniel Frausto is accused of being part of a burglary ring in 12 counties.

District attorneys in those counties agreed to a global resolution.

That means they're consolidating their cases into one case.

The state attorney general's office will argue the case.

The prosecuting attorney will ask the judge for a 30 to 35 year prison sentence.

And 20 to 25 years of probation after that.

Two other men, 27-year-old Edwin Hughes and 29-year-old Robert Miles, could also be involved in the ring.

So far the counties haven't agreed to consolidating those charges.

Right now, Frausto is serving a prison sentence in Waupun.


March 27, 2014 5:36 p.m.
Oneida County prosecutors charged a man in connection with a robbery and shooting in Three Lakes.

Those crimes happened three years ago.

38-year-old Daniel Frausto is charged with three felonies.

In February 2011, Frausto and another man allegedly robbed the home of Donald DalPonte, the owner of Weasel's, an exotic entertainment club.

The criminal complaint says Frausto and another man knocked on DalPonte's door saying they were snowmobilers that ran out of gas.

DalPonte told them they could use a gas can in his garage.

The two men came back and forced their way in.

They allegedly held DalPonte at gunpoint and demanded money.

The other man allegedly shot DalPonte.

Dalponte suffered gunshot wounds in both of his legs.

The men then left, not taking anything of DalPonte's with them.

Frausto allegedly told investigators he made several trips to Oneida County to prepare for the crime.

He told them he targeted the owner of the strip club because he robbed the owner of another club and made away with $50,000.

Frausto was found guilty in connection to burglaries in Brown, Sauk, and Outagamie counties since the early 2000s.

A detective from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office went to Winnebago county last March to participate in a multi-jurisdictional meeting regarding crimes with similarities.

Daniel Frausto was interviewed and made statements regarding a robbery in Oneida County.

He then described the robbery in Three Lakes that investigators say is consistent with the investigation and statements made by the victim.

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EAGLE RIVER - The first-ever ATV & UTV Side by Side World Championship Derby finished up Sunday afternoon. 

Races started on Saturday and continued through the weekend. 

Spectators, racers and event staff all say they were pleased with how the event turned out.

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WAUSAU - A garage fire in Wausau early this morning will likely cost about $7,200 in damage, according to Wausau Fire Battalion Chief Allan Antolik.

Antolik said it was a 12 by 20 ft detached garage on Pleasant Street.

The Wausau Fire Department responded to the call at 1:30 a.m.

The department says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

No one was hurt. 

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ST. GERMAIN - More than 11,000 people suffer from Multiple Sclerosis in Wisconsin alone.

The owners of Lynn Ann's Campground in St. Germain want to do something about that. They started the Woods and Waters Paddle last year race to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

It's an out and back kayak and stand up paddle board race.

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EAGLE RIVER - Wisconsin native Zac Zakowski won the UTV championship derby on Sunday at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derbytrack.

"Once you start doing this you can't stop," said professional UTV and ATV driver Zac Zakowski. "It's like a drug."

Zakowski started racing seriously when he was about 17 years old. The fun hobby quickly turned into a pro sport, a career and a lifestyle. He has been traveling to many different races since then, competing at the professional level.

"You kinda miss out on that stuff and you miss it but at the same time when you're doing this stuff, you don't," Zakowski said.

The sport is hard on the body and the wallet. Two years ago, Zakowski said while driving his ATV he hit a tree and tore his ACL in his knee. He was out for two seasons.

One thing almost all ATV drivers, pro or amateur, can agree on is the sport is truly a family affiar.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my family," Zakowski said. "I mean you can walk the pits and probably almost everybody would say they do it because their family supports it and they do it as a family."

"The lifestyle is tiring because you load up the rig and the trailer to travel thousands of miles to race for an hour or two hours depending on the race," said Zakowski's mother, Linda. "Then you load back up to go home. But once you get to that site on the track you're excited and you just can't wait for things to get going."

Zakowski stopped racing for a while when his mom got diagnosed with breast cancer. Now his mother is in remission and Zakowski participates in races that raise awareness for the disease.

"He paints his whole quad pink and has stickers on it," Linda Zakowski said. 

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WABENO - A Goodman, Wis., man died from an ATV crash in Wabeno late Saturday morning, according to a Forest County Sheriff's Department press release. 

Forest County Sheriff's officers responded to a report of an ATV crash in Wabeno late Saturday morning. Deputies got to the scene and found just one ATV was involved in the crash.

As a result of the crash, a 23-year-old Goodman, WI, man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Forest County Medical Examiner. There were no other people involved. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating the crash. 

Deputies will not release the name until the family is notified. 

We will provide more updates as they become available. 

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WOOD COUNTY - The Wood County 911 system is fixed, according to the Dispatch Center page on the Wood County website. The website posted this update at 7:11pm. 

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