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Authorities: Extreme World did repairs in the middle of the night


WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- According to a report, released Friday by Lake Delton Police, they are investigating Extreme World. Police say workers at the Extreme World were working on repairs in the middle of the night before an inspection.

Around 2 a.m. on Aug. 5, a Lake Delton police officer noticed lights on at Extreme World near the Terminal Velocity ride and was told by William W. Whitt, a park employee, that workers were repairing the control arms of the ride, the report said.

Whitt said the control arms that guide the drop net used to catch divers "have not been replaced in eight years and were rusted ‘beyond the ability to turn them.'"

At a press conference on Friday, the Marti's attorney, Stuart Grossman, accused the park of "tampering with evidence."

"This doesn't look good for them," said Grossman.

In a voice message to 27 News reporter Dan Cassuto, Extreme World's owner Bill Anderson said, "We did nothing inappropriate" during the night of Aug. 5.  Anderson said his attorney advised him not to say more.

According to the police report, the employee also stated that a state inspector was coming to the park in the morning and that the park needed to get them replaced for the inspection, the report said.

Charles A. Carnell, 33, of Lake Delton, is charged with first-degree reckless injury in connection with the injuries Teagan suffered.

Earlier this week, Carnell's bail was set at $1,000 cash on condition he not operate any thrill rides at the Extreme World amusement park.

Teagan Marti remains in critical condition at UW Hospital. Her family is holding a news conference this afternoon. The lawyer for the Marti's is expected to address the inspection at the news conference. We'll carry the news conference live on our webchannel WKOW.COM.


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