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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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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 05/30/2016

- We will take you across the Northwoods to show you Memorial Day celebrations that took place today.

- Plus, while the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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RHINELANDER - The gloomy weather made it difficult to stay outside for the entire weekend, but the rain brought a lot of people to the Pioneer Park Historical Complex.

The complex opened for the season on Saturday.

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ST. GERMAIN - Thousands of visitors come to the Northwoods each year in search of treasures old and new.

That's because one of the largest flea markets happens right in St. Germain.

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ANTIGO - A group of tractor enthusiasts showed off their work Monday morning at Antigo's Memorial Day parade.

The Northwoods Tractor Club prides itself on refurbishing old tractors to like new condition.

The not for profit group started with just 20 members and has steadily grown to more than 100.

"Northwoods Tractor Club started in 2011 and it's a group of tractor enthusiasts that kinda thought well maybe we should get together and have an organization, maybe help out the community a little bit. So, we got together with 20 guys back then and now we're well over 100 members," says club President Mike McDougal.

Many of the tractors are hand me downs or ones that are too old to be used in the field.

That's why finding replacement parts can be tricky.

"A lot of times it's the family tractor that had been on their parents or grandparents farm. We reworked it and use it for parades such as today. Our whole general purpose of the organization is to raise money and establish an agriculture tractor museum up just north of Antigo is where we're looking at some land right now," says McDougal.

Many of the tractors date back to the 1930s.

Meeting are held on the last Monday of every month at Quinn's Bar in Neva Corners.

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WHITE LAKE - People held grand ceremonies all over of the United States today in honor of Memorial Day.

But perhaps some of the most dignified ceremonies happen in small towns right here in the Northwoods.

With a population of less than 400, White Lake is one of those towns that doesn't let the number of people in the town determine its significance. 

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ARBOR VITAE - Many people enjoy being on the lake and away from work on Memorial Day.

But some volunteers were working hard Monday on local lakes to prevent the spread of AIS.

Volunteers from Clean Boats, Clean Waters work at different lakes to check boats as they come in and out of the water. They often catch common mistakes, and teach boaters how they can help stop the spread of AIS.

"They usually recommend draining the water up away from the landing that way anything mixed in with the water in the boat doesn't get back in the lake," said volunteer Aaron Tomasoski. "Pretty often people will drain it out. It's been that way for a while, but people are starting to get a hang of it. But we are making progress on that."

Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a state-wide volunteer program that grew out of a program called Milfoil Masters, created by Minocqua middle schoolers in 2003.

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MINOCQUA - While the rain this weekend stopped some Memorial Day activities, businesses in the Northwoods saw sales boom. Rain made tourists head indoors to see what different businesses had to offer.

Many Minocqua area businesses said the weekend was very busy because of the rainy and cloudy weather. Business was slower Monday compared to the weekend.

At Dan's Minocqua Fudge this weekend, staff saw thousands come in to shop.

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