Douglas County K9, Handler Honored with State Award

Douglas County’s top dog and his handler were honored with a prestigious state award for their team work in tracking down two burglars last September. 

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Witt and K-9 Talon were recognized by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handler’s Assocation with the Meritorious Track with Apprehension Award. 

The award stems from an incident on September 22, 2014.  

Early that morning, an Oliver man noticed his vehicle had been rummaged through. 

At that same time, he says he noticed a suspicious looking van drive by. 

The man chased down the van, which took off, stopping on the railroad tracks on Chicago Avenue. 

The suspects got out and a foot chase ensued, with the man losing the suspects once they fled into a wooded area along the St. Louis River. 

That’s when 911 was called. 

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter, while Deputy Brian Witt, along with Talon, began a track from the suspect’s vehicle. 

Talon led deputies down the tracks to the shoreline, where the suspects were found submerged in water up to their necks in the St. Louis River near the Oliver Bridge. 

32-year-old Benjamin Nicholas and 28-year-old Amanda Valentine of Saginaw were arrested and charged. 

The duo were in possession of several tools used to aid in burglaries, two leather jackets, a leather vest, and a pair of Harley Davidson gloves, among other items. 

The Meritorious Track with Apprehension Award was presented to Deputy Witt and Talon at the annual Canine Handler’s Association conference last week.  

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