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Left; James Heather - Right; Alexander Weinmann Left; James Heather - Right; Alexander Weinmann

UPDATE (WKOW) -- A traffic stop on in the town of Mazomanie Tuesday evening resulted in Dane County Sheriff’s deputies finding fugitives James R. Heather and Alexander C. Weinmann.

Their driver, Leslie A. McCulloch, age 31 of Oshkosh, was also arrested for aiding a felon.

Deputies had searched the area most of Tuesday afternoon, after sightings of the men had been reported in the Mazomanie area, according to a news release.

Deputies also believed the suspects had entered the Blackhawk River Runs Canoe Rental at 10032 County Highway Y and stole two life vests. 

In an effort to continue saturating the area as much as resources would allow, a previously scheduled speed enforcement grant was moved to the town of Mazomanie. A citizen’s tip led the deputies to make a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by McCulloch, and found Heather and Weinmann were passengers.

All three individuals were booked into the Dane County Jail.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office says James Heather and Alexander Weinmann have been arrested by deputies.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Dane County Sheriff’s deputies spent most of the afternoon searching for two escape inmates from a minimum-security Wisconsin Department of Corrections facility, after reports of sightings near Mazomanie and a reported burglary.

The search eventually turned up no sign of the men.

James Heather and Alexander Weinmann, escaped the Winnebago Correctional Center early in the morning of June 18. Two possible sightings of the men were reported near Mazomanie.

On Tuesday, June 19, deputies were on their way to search an area on County Highway Y when a burglary in progress was reported. The suspects were reported to be running from the Blackhawk River Runs Canoe Rental at 10032 County Highway Y, in the town of Mazomanie. Deputies determined that there were two life vests missing from the canoe rental business.

Deputies searched a large section along Highway Y and the Wisconsin River. In addition, a Reverse 911 message was sent to the residence living in that area. Sauk Prairie Fire Department and members of the Oshkosh Police Department were also involved in the search.

The search concluded at about 3 p.m., and there is no plan to continue, unless more information is received as to their whereabouts.

Residents should be aware that the men may still be in the area and are advised to check local news reports for more details, including their photos.

Anyone who sees the men or locates the missing vests are asked to call 911.


OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- Two inmates have escaped from Winnebago Correctional Center, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The men are minimum-security inmates, James Heather and Alexander Weinmann.

Our ABC affiliate, WBAY, says in March, Heather was sentenced to prison for possession of meth. Weinmann had served time for criminal damage to property. Online court records show his bond was revoked in 2015 and he was sent back to prison.

The two left sometime between midnight and 7 a.m., according to corrections officials

If you see these men you are asked to contact authorities.

Name: James Heather 
Date of Birth: 10/28/1990
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’07”
Weight 181 lbs.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
County of Conviction: Sauk, Richland

Name: Alexander Weinmann
Date of Birth: 04/26/1993
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5’10”
Weight 168 lbs.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
County of Conviction: Winnebago

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