Murder suspect turns self in, let go on staff mistakeSubmitted: 02/15/2018
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Murder suspect turns self in, let go on staff mistake
EAGLE RIVER - A man charged in the death of a Lac du Flambeau man turned himself into the Vilas County Sheriff's Department last week, but left after staff jokingly told him to go to Iron County.

Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath says James Lussier and two women went to the sheriff's office Friday night just after 8.

Fath said corrections officers jokingly told Lussier he needed to go to Iron County and turn himself in. A sergeant then told Lussier to wait in the lobby.

Fath said Lussier and the two women then left before police could talk with them. Lussier hasn't been seen since. 

Fath also said staff didn't recognize Lussier because he cut his hair. 

"We're confident we're going to locate him. We know he's in the area. We're hoping his family will convince him to do the right thing," said Fath. 

Jail administrators are conducting an investigation into what happened.

Lussier and four other men are charged with killing Wayne Valliere Jr. in December.

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WISCONSIN DELLS, WIS. (AP) - Three Illinois men are dead after their sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup near Wisconsin Dells.

Columbia County sheriff's authorities say the men were in a Toyota 4Runner that collided with a Chevrolet Silverado at an intersection on State Highway 127 on Saturday.

Authorities say the Toyota SUV apparently failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The three men died at the scene. Authorities say they apparently were not wearing seat belts.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was flown to UW Hospital. Her passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to another hospital.

Names and hometowns of the victims were not released.

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MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.

Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.

This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.

Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,

"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."

Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.

"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.

Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.

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