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Crime and Court Roundup: Criminals being kept away from Appleton's most popular bars

Convicted criminals are being kept away from Appleton's most popular bars downtown. Bar patrons are being checked with an ID scanner and police say that is making the community safer. The program started as an effort to find fake IDs, but convicted criminals are finding now that they aren't welcome. Some opponents says this is basically an invasion of privacy. Published reports indicate police departments from Milwaukee to Wausau have checked in to see how they can go about following Appleton's lead.


The state of Wisconsin has filed a motion to revoke bail for dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger. Officials say the Loganville man, whose prosecution because a rallying cause for backers of raw milk, has violated the conditions to stay free. Those terms specified Hershberger wouldn't sell or process dairy products without a license. A published report quoted him as saying he had continued to sell raw milk and other farm products after the state had ordered him to stop. He was acquitted on three of the four charges he faced by a jury last month. The state has asked the court to hear its motion tomorrow. _________________________________________________________________________

Janesville police take four teenagers into custody after a standoff Friday night which lasted almost six hours. Police were called at about 5:30 p.m. about a young suspect who shot a firearm outside a home. When the police showed up, the suspect went inside while three other people fought with the officers. A SWAT team finally used an armored vehicle and non-lethal chemicals to arrest the 17 year old suspect at about 11:45 p.m. Friday. The suspect now faces charges of recklessly endangering safety, failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take custody and minor in possession of a handgun. The three other teenagers were arrested for a variety of charges, including disorderly conduct, obstruction and recklessly endangering safety.


Caledonia police say it's likely a man trying to steal copper ground conductors from a power station last week got more than he bargained for. When police investigated the theft of 66 conductors from the WE Energies substation they found evidence someone had defecated at that substation. They say they found a stained purple glove and a wire cutter left behind. Since not a single wire was cut, police think the thief was shocked while he was trying to cut the wire. The same substation was the scene of a theft about two weeks ago. The conductors taken last Thursday were worth about 700 dollars.