Warrant of the Week:
The Antigo Police Department holds an arrest warrant for Desmann J. Escalante d.o.b. 11-01-84. Escalante is wanted for failing to appear on charges of Identity Theft, Obstructing an Officer, and Operating While Intoxicated third offense. The warrant was valid as of 03-17-16. Those with information on his whereabouts are urged to call the Antigo Police Department at (715) 627-6411 or Langlade County Crimestoppers at 715-627-NAIL (6245). Callers may remain anonymous. You can also view a list of all warrants at our website, www.antigo-city.org. With your cooperation we can continue to protect and serve the City of Antigo.
It’s very rare to see a “Hitchhiker” in our area anymore. There was a time when asking strangers for a ride was common and presumed as a safe method of transportation. College students would hitchhike while on vacation, soldiers would hitchhike after returning home or when they had leave, and some would hitchhike just to see the country. If you are a frequent traveler, you may spot a hitchhiker on the side of the road or at a wayside attempting to get from one city to another, but for the most part, the times have changed. In Wisconsin, state statute 346.29, loitering on a roadway, states it is illegal for anyone to solicit a ride on the roadway from any operator of a vehicle. Society is ever changing and it may not be the best idea to assist a hitchhiker if you do witness one, however; in recent years discussions and certain groups have been attempting to re-think hitchhiking and possibly bring back its popularity, but doing so safely. If one feels the urge to hitchhike in Wisconsin, remember that you are subject to penalties.