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Sheriffs in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln and Iron counties, as well as multiple local police chiefs, won’t enforce the mask-wearing mandate put into place by Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday.

Several law enforcement officials spoke to WXPR or released press statements, which are linked below.

The Forest County Drug Task Force has made two arrests concerning alleged drug trafficking.

Thursday evening the Task Force stopped a motorcycle in the Town of Nashville for a traffic violation. The driver of the motorcycle was identified as 26-year-old Aaron Morris of Crandon. A search allegedly found individually packaged bags containing fentanyl, crack cocaine and methcathinone. Morris also allegedly had cash and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Several felony charges are pending. He's in the county jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

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A 29-year-old Crandon man is in the Forest County Jail after deputies found fentanyl, crack cocaine, and marijuana at his home.

Kole McGeshick was arrested Monday morning and faces several felony charges, including intending to sell the drugs.

McGeshick remains in jail on a 25-thousand dollar cash bond.

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Earlier this week, the Forest County Sheriff's Department reported more arrests were likely as the local Drug Task Force arrested two people.

Wednesday morning they reported three more people have been taken into custody.

Arrested were of 51-year-old Glenda Parks and 23 year old Kayla Blair of Crandon and 31-year-old Thomas LaBarge of Lac du Flambeau. The Forest County Sheriff’s Office and the Crandon Police Department executed a search warrant at 313 North Lake in Crandon on Monday.

The death of a man in the Town of Nashville last week is being investigated.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department reports they were called November 29 after a man was found not breathing along State Highway 55.

29 year old Warren K. VanZile was found without a pulse and could not be revived. After an investigation of VanZile's death, authorities determined VanZile had ingested heroin.

The Forest County District Attorney has determined no action will be taken against a Crandon police officer involved in a fatal shooting, determining the actions by the officer were justified.

D.A. Charles Simino said after reviewing all the evidence and witness statements that officer Ryan Wilson used reasonable force in an act of self-defense.

Three persons arrested last October after an investigation of the Forest County Jail made court appearances.

59 year old Jeanie Pitts of Crandon and 63 year old Melvin Donek of Argonne  are charged with Misconduct in Public Office, theft and other charges. They were jailers at the time of their arrests. Pitts' husband, 59 year old Richard Pitts, is also charged with receiving stolen property.

Jeanie Pitts faces 7 felonies and two misdemeanors, Donek one felony and three misdemeanors, and Richard Pitts faces three felonies.

Two Forest County Correctional Officers and a spouse of one of them have been arrested on numerous state and federal charges.

District Attorney Charles Simino and Sheriff John Dennee report the arrest of Jeanie Pitts and Melvin Donek, both employed as jailers and Pitts' husband Richard.

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Two arrests during an early Wednesday raid at a residence in the town of Laona. Forest county deputies and Crandon Police arrested 37 year old Andrew Phillips and 19 year old Taylor Labarge when authorities came with a search warrant shortly after 2:00 a.m.

Phillips and LaBarge were arrested for delivery and possession of cocaine, possessing marijuana and keeping a drug house.

Authorities indicate more arrests are likely.

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  Two teenagers were arrested by Forest county authorites after an alleged stabbing incident.

The Sheriff's department report being called Saturday night after a report of an altercation. They contacted 17 year old Bradley McGeshick who deputies say had superficial wounds. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, substantial battery, obstructing law enforcement and probation violation.