Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader gave his 2016 annual report to the Waushara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 18, at the Waushara County Courthouse in Wautoma. Blader stated his office filed 270 felony cases, which is the most they have ever seen.

Blader: 270 felonies filed by Waushara District Attorney’s Office in 2016

Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader reported his office filed 270 felonies in circuit court his annual report given to the Waushara County Board of Supervisors during there regular meeting on Tuesday, April 18, at the Waushara County Courthouse.

In one of the busiest years yet, Blader stated his office saw more felony charges than they have ever seen. In the late 1990s they filed maybe 60 felonies a year and in 2005 there were probably about 100, he said.

For Blader, the primary concern continues to be heroin, which, remains a problem in the county as well as all substance abuse crimes. However, over the past few years, Blader’s office has seen a switch to methamphetamine with the increasing number of cases coming in the last few years.

“(Methamphetamine) is a highly addictive drug that has a lot of addictive qualities about it,” Blader said. “I don’t have to tell you the evils of methamphetamine, but that is coming this way so we are going to see much more of it.”

The District Attorney’s Office continues to prosecute drunk driving cases, but Blader has seen more cases of people who are driving severely impaired due to medications.

According to Blader, the cases where the driver is impaired due to the medications they took are incredibly hard to prosecute because they take a lot of blood work and experts who have to talk about the affects the drugs have on the human body as opposed to alcohol.

Blader also emphasized the importance of the investigator that had been hired for his office, stating the position has become a major asset in trying computer cases, helping with the data crunching and the data extractions from phones and computers.

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