EAGLE RIVER - An Eagle River man drowned after falling out of his boat early Saturday morning.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department got a call reporting a man was taken out of Catfish Lake in Eagle River and was not breathing.
The man fell overboard as his boat was being towed by another boat. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. CPR was immediately performed and he was transported by boat to a boat landing off of Catfish Lake Rd.
The Eagle River Ambulance Service took him to Eagle River Memorial Hospital for medical treatment where he was later pronounced dead.
Spirit Air, Eagle River Fire Department, Eagle River Rescue, Eagle River Ambulance Service, Vilas County Sheriff's Office and Vilas County Coroner helped at the scene.
The Vilas County Sheriff's dispatch told us he's 77-years-old and he recently moved to the area.
His name will not be released until family is notified.
The incident is still under investigation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 08-09-14 2:28 p.m. Deputies in Vilas County want to know how a 77-year-old Eagle River man drowned Saturday morning.
The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says it happened on Catfish Lake south of Highway 70 around 10:30 a.m.
They say he was on his boat and fell in the water. Stay tuned to Newswatch 12 for more details as they become available.
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.
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."
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.
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