Local charges filed against theft suspects, had drugs|
A trio suspected in a spree of retail thefts has been formally charged in Langlade County in connection with last week’s arrest on a series of allegations, including those of the illegal drug variety.
Liza Carlson, 31, of Wausau, Renee B. Bennish, 37, of Merrill and Luke W. Aitkin, 35, of Irma were all arrested outside the Antigo Walmart store on Jan. 23. Officials said they appeared to have stolen merchandise from the location as well as the nearby Dunham’s sporting goods store. Items seized from their car suggested they may have targeted other businesses as well including those out of the county.
More was confiscated as well including several hypodermic needles, some of which may have contained illegal narcotics such as heroin or methamphetamine. Items have been sent to the state crime lab for further testing.
Investigation began after Dunham’s personnel called police upon discovering magnetic security tags which had been removed from merchandise. The suspects’ vehicle was located nearby. According to court documents, its front and back license plates were perhaps purposely concealed as they were covered with a substance similar to shaving cream.
Antigo men formally charged in Weston bank robbery
An Antigo man accused in a robbery at a Marathon County bank was reportedly armed with a note alleging that he would “kill” the teller he handed it to before escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.
Kevin Calhoun, 29, is one of two men charged in connection with the Jan. 13 robbery at the U.S. Bank in Weston.
A co-defendant, Andrew Gibney, 21, also of Antigo, is accused of being the get-away driver in the case.
Calhoun is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Feb. 2 on charges which include robbery of a financial institution, possession of both methamphetamine and marijuana and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.
He remains jailed on a cash bond of $250,000.
According to the Wausau Daily Herald based on information compiled from court records, Calhoun entered the bank with a note in hand.
It read, “Do not look around. This is a robbery. I’ve been watching you and know where you live. I will kill you if you don’t listen to what I say. No dye packs!! Or I will kill you. Put both drawers of money in the bag! I got nothing to lose. No dye packs or I will be back. Give the note back. Hurry!”
The teller had been
Drug paraphernalia seized from suspects cited in thefts
Three people remain in police custody today when a weekend investigation into a suspected theft at an Antigo retail store turned up evidence of drug activity.
The individuals, a 35-year-old man from Irma and two women, ages 43 and 31 from Merrill and Wausau, were suspected of stealing items from Dunham’s sporting goods store. Their vehicle was located in the nearby Walmart parking lot and the trio was taken into custody — the man after he returned to the car and the women following a foot chase with police while leaving the store.
In one of their purses, officers found hypodermic needles, “cooker cans,” and rubber tourniquets, items which police said was “indicative of methamphetamine or heroin use.” Officials said one of the women admitted to smoking meth in the car en route to Antigo.
The vehicle was impounded and inside, authorities found dozens of items including clothing for both children and adults as well as various toys and electronics including various gaming devices. Officials said the items were “believed to be stolen from multiple stores” including those in Antigo and the Wausau area.
All three are being referred to the district attorney
Antigo Area Weekend Activities
Think ahead to spring with a visit to Brickners of Antigo this weekend for the preseason RV open house, or stop by the fairgrounds for some great hockey action.
There will also be dining and other entertainment opportunities, movies and more as the calendar marches toward the end of January.
A look ahead, taken from the Antigo Daily Journal’s advertising columns, follows:
Brickners RV Center will hold a preseason open house on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The 2015 models are in stock, many indoors, and the deals will be hot. All sales include walk-through demonstrations, free set-up, detailing and free batter, propane and starter kit.
There will be special discounts on select parts, certified techs on hand to answer questions and special off-season rates on repairs.
Register to win Hodag tickets, one-week camper rental and gift certificates.
Support youth sports at Antigo Hockey Days tonight through Sunday on the indoor ice in the multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds.
Action opens at 6 p.m. tonight with Initiation versus the high school boys.
Five fined $887.50 here for driving while intoxicated
Reserve Judge Glenn Hartley presided over Tuesday’s session in the Langlade County courtroom, assessing fines for a variety of traffic and ordinance related violations.
The largest fine, $887.50, went to individuals charged with their first offense of drunken driving. Cited were Manl A. Malueg, 43, Birnamwood, Dennis J. Bryski, 53, Rhinelander, Corey M. Steber, 20, Wittenberg, Jessica L. Kalwitz, 30, 620 S. Clermont St., and Stephanie J. Schultz, 20, 412 1/2 Second Ave.
Schultz was also fined $213.10 for traveling too fast for conditions.
In addition to fines, the individuals had their driver’s licenses revoked between six and nine months, depending on their blood alcohol level.
There were additional penalties including an order to equip their vehicles with an ignition interlock device for those with alcohol levels above .15 percent. The state considers a reading of .08 percent legal evidence of intoxication.
Alcohol also proved troublesome for several individuals too young to legally consume intoxicants. Cited for underage drinking were Tyler A. Andraschko, 20, and Ozzy Guyette, 17, both of Antigo; Dylan J. Schroeder, 17, of Bryant; Kyle
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