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Police: Violent man being held too close to residents

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BARABOO (WKOW) -- Police say a very violent man is being held too close to Baraboo residents.

"I've been in law enforcement for a long time and I've never seen this type of thing ever in my career," Baraboo Police Lt. Rob Sinden tells 27 News.

At 616 Sauk Avenue, police say a man from Waushara County who has a long criminal history is under state ordered supervision by a company called Dungarvin, which is subcontracted by Care Wisconsin.

"Shock, disbelief, that something like this could come into a small, quiet community," Holly Hobler says about how she felt learning who was living on the other side of her backyard.

Sinden says reinforced doors and Plexiglas windows, among other security measures, keep the man inside."He does have a violent history and what we are very concerned with is some of that history is showing itself here in Baraboo." Since moving into the Sauk Avenue home, Sinden says at least 10 employees, charged with caring for the man, have been attacked.

The set up has sent a shock wave through the small community. "I do hope that something will change and the safety and security of the local residents around here is actually taken into consideration," Hobler says. Police say there's nothing illegal about what's going on, but something needs to change.

"They need to be licensed and certified by the state. Someone needs to check up on these sorts of institutions," Sinden says.

Two state lawmakers sent a letter to the state Department of Health Services questioning the safety of the situation. Court documents show Dungarvin has filed a restraining order against former manager of the home, John Herrera. Herrera has voiced his concerns with the public about what he says is going on inside the home.

 

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