A local business owner and others were arrested late Wednesday evening following an ongoing drug investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit. Methamphetamine and Marijuana were seized following a traffic stop and subsequent execution of a search warrant. Owner of a local business that legally sells drug paraphernalia called “PipeLine” was arrested. Owner Michelle Phillips is being held on a $200,000 bond and the two others arrested are being held on $180,000 bonds. Multiple charges against each have been filed which include Intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. One officer was treated for injuries at the scene by Macon County EMS but refused to go to hospital. He was later treated at Angel Hospital and received several stitches for a laceration to his hand.Sheriff Robert Holland states, “This investigation and others does not end with these arrests. We will continue to work diligently to gather information and target those we know are associated with the drug business. I have men and women who work tirelessly that are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our community. Each give their absolute all on a daily basis and like nothing more than to arrest drug dealers and see people who are poisoning & killing our young people go to jail.”The investigation continues.
Matches begin Thursday afternoon in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield freshman Nolan Hertel has high goals as he heads to Madison for his first WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Hertel (31-12) finished second at 138 pounds at the D.C. Everest sectional last Saturday, fighting through a third-place match and a second-place wrestleback, where he took down two state-ranked opponents by narrow margins.Hertel will face Zach Lee of Kaukauna in a Division 1 preliminary Thursday afternoon at the Kohl Center.“I’ve been really working my offense,” Hertel said. “I know that will help me succeed and reaching my ultimate goal of getting on the podium (with a top-six finish and a state medal).“It’s been an unbelievable journey. All of the hard work, it feels very good right now.”Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said Hertel made it to the state meet through determination.“It’s not a complicated formula,” Hein said. “The harder you work and the more you believe in yourself and the training, (the better you become).“He was focused the entire time, even when the match got tight, he had a lot of composure. Both matches he was tied up with about 30 seconds left. We’re looking that momentum going into the state tournament. He’s going to have a tough match, but I think if he wrestles the way he can and up to his ability, he’s going to do some damage like (at sectionals).”Hertel has never faced Lee, a member of the top-ranked Division 1 team in the state from Kaukauna. Going up against an unknown opponent is nothing new in high school wrestling, so Hertel is going to concentrate more on what he can do.“A lot of my matches have been like that this year,” Hertel said. “I don’t focus on names. I just go out there and do my best and beat the guy no matter what. I’m really excited. I just want to go out there and have a good time. That’s what I’m there for. I want to wrestle tough and give it my all.”Hertel has been to the state tournament before as a spectator watching his brother Mitch, who was a two-time state qualifier. His previous experience there, even though not in competition, could be beneficial for the freshman.“I keep telling him it’s not so much pressure as it is opportunity,” Hein said. “Last year his brother Mitch wrestled there and took third place, and I had Nolan on the floor trying to get him familiar with the environment. It is a fun environment, and it’s the big stage. To have some butterflies is normal, but I think his mindset is right in that it’s pure opportunity, and go out and battle every single match.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 WIAA State Individual Wrestling ChampionshipsFeb. 25-27, Kohl Center, MadisonThursday, Feb. 253 p.m. – Division 1 preliminaries5:15 p.m. – Division 1 quarterfinals7:15 p.m. – Division 2 & 3 preliminariesFriday, Feb. 2610 a.m. – Division 1 consolation matches11:15 a.m. – Division 2 & 3 quarterfinals1:45 p.m. – Division 1 consolation semifinals2:45 p.m. – Division 2 & 3 consolation semifinals7 p.m. – Semifinals, all divisionsSaturday, Feb. 2711 a.m. – Consolation wrestlebacks, all divisions; followed by fifth-place and third-place matches in all divisions6 p.m. – Championship matches, all divisionsFirst-round matchupDivision 1 preliminaries (Thursday afternoon)138 pounds: Nolan Hertel (31-12) Marshfield versus Zach Lee (41-6) Kaukauna.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team hung with Loyal for a half but in the end the Cloverbelt Conference East Division champions were too strong for the Dons and went on to a 63-41 victory in a WIAA Division 5 regional final Saturday night at Loyal High School.Abby Baierl scored 16 points for the Dons, who finish the season with a 12-13 record.Loyal (21-4) moves on to a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal on Thursday in Waupaca against Marawood South co-champ Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (21-4). The winner will play in a sectional final at Oconto Falls on Saturday, March 5.Loyal led by four points at halftime but outscored Columbus 40-22 in the second half to pull away. The Greyhounds made 27 of 40 free throws in the win. Karsyn Rueth led Loyal with 26 points.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Greyhounds 63, Dons 41Columbus Catholic 19 22 – 41Loyal 23 40 – 63COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (41): Maren Seefluth 6, Kendra Baierl 2, Jess Trad 5, Abby Baierl 16, Natalie Pospyhalla 7, Marissa Immerfall 5. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 5 (A. Baierl 3, Trad 1, Pospyhalla 1). Record: 12-13.LOYAL (63): Devyn Schoonover 6, Jedyn Pieper 5, Morgan Reinwand 9, Ryleigh Wilke 11, Amanda Krasselt 1, Hailey Rueth 3, Karsyn Rueth 26, Bailey Parker 2. FT: 27-40. 3-pointers: 8 (Wilke3, Rueth 3, Pieper 1, Schoonover 1). Record: 21-4.
Source: BuaNews 13 October 2010 The South African Police Service’s Forensic Science Laboratories have made a significant dent in their backlog, leading to more efficient prosecution and conviction of criminals in the country. Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the backlog of cases being handled by the Forensic Science Laboratories had decreased by 19% between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. The backlog in ballistics had decreased by 39%, in biology investigation by 33%, and in questioned documents by 21%. Mthethwa attributed the success to the turnaround strategy that was implemented in forensics. The laboratories play a critical role in the prosecution and conviction of criminals. However, most of them were not functioning optimally. Court cases, depending on forensic evidence, were being delayed, lost or dropped. International experts have been assisting the South African Police Service in identifying the causes of the backlogs, and have developed remedial steps to resolve them. Since February this year, an overhaul of human resources and skills, and upgrading of equipment, was undertaken to improve capacity. “We are pleased with this progress, while also mindful that the current functioning of the Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) is far from ideal,” Mthethwa said. “We shall continue to strive to ensure that we transform the FSL into a world-class unit.”
In a recent open letter to their customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded defensively to the FBI’s demand that the company provide the government with assistance in hacking an iPhone. Cook’s letter underscores the importance of data protection and privacy for its customers and warns of the implications that may result if the company complies with the FBI’s order.The iPhone under investigation belonged to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, CA, shooting last December, in which 14 people were killed. Apple says it has complied with all FBI’s requests for data in their possession during the investigation, but that the government’s demand for “a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features” would “undermine decades of security advancements that protect [customers].”Since its 2014 iOS 8 update, Apple devices have been built with default encryption that ensures a user’s personal data cannot be accessed by any third party—including by Apple itself—without the user’s password key. The FBI seeks to skip over these customer data protection controls with Apple’s help, but Cook’s letter reveals in no uncertain terms that the company would challenge any court order requiring it to build a “backdoor” into the iPhone.- Sponsor – “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices,” Cook said. “In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks—from restaurants and banks to stores and homes.”Other Silicon Valley tech companies have voiced vehement support for Apple’s position on data protection for its customers. According to the Financial Times, company leaders from both Google and WhatsApp have applauded Cook’s stance on the issue. Now it’s up to the federal courts to respond, as American citizens watch the fight over encryption, information security, and data protection legislation unfold over the coming months. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Dallas Cowboys have announced Tuesday that they are cutting ties with former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.Cowboys Officially Release Brandon Weedenhttps://t.co/LGEjNpB6Q9— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 17, 2015The move comes to clear room to activate Tony Romo for this weekend to the active roster after having been injured since week 2.Dallas went 0-3 as the starter this season and lost his starting job to Matt Cassell during the week 6 bye week.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!