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Jackson County (Press Release) - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (WI) and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (WI) are jointly announcing the arrests and capture of Jackson County escapee fugitives JAMES NEWMAN and JAMES MISIEVECK.

Sheriff Duane Waldera reports that the two (2) escapee prisoners from the Jackson Correctional Center located in Jackson County are now in police custody.

Sheriff’s authorities learned early this morning that officials in Broward County, Florida received information from citizens of two suspicious men driving through parking lots and parking garages slowly in the area of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Authorities subsequently spotted the vehicle in a nearby gas station with Wisconsin tags. Law Enforcement approached the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop at which time the vehicle raced away at a high rate of speed.

At this point a high speed chase ensued with authorities chasing the vehicle through residential areas.

The vehicle being chased then abruptly stopped and the two occupants from the vehicle then fled on foot.

Law Enforcement Officers then set up a perimeter in an attempt to contain the two suspects as officials called for additional back up from local authorities in the area. K-9 units and a helicopter was summoned to assist in the search.

 

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - UPDATE: Two escaped convicts who were on the loose for more than a week were captured in Florida.

James Misleveck and James Newman walked away from the Black River Correctional Center on July 17th.

According to the Seminole Police Department, the men were apprehended at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hollywood, Florida.

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Jackson County (WQOW) - Two escaped convicts are still on the loose. The men were last seen Wednesday morning when they drove a stolen pick up truck into a corn field, just outside of Tomah.

James Misleveck and James Newman walked away from the Black River Correctional Center around 11:15 Tuesday night. That's a minimum security facility in Jackson County.  The sheriff's department says there's a door that's typically monitored, but it's unclear whether anyone was there the night the inmates walked out.

After leaving the center, the men forced a woman to drive them, in her car, to Sparta. The woman says she was dropped off at a Kwik Trip unharmed. Then the inmates stole a truck. Two police cars followed them in to a corn field but it took about three hours for police to secure the field and when officers approached the vehicle. The men were not inside.

Law enforcement no longer believes the escaped inmates are in Monroe county, after the men stole a third car sometime between 11 pm and 5 o'clock this morning.

The sheriff says, his department is trying to learn from this incident. He says, no mistakes were made, but things could have moved a little quicker.

"It took us a long time to get the tracking dogs on the scene. It took us a long time to get a helicopter in the air. All those things happened, but there were time gaps, we had to wait around for this equipment and help to come on board," says Monroe County Sheriff Peter Quirin.

While the search has been scaled back, police are still looking for the inmates and the sheriff says the two should be considered armed and dangerous. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal apprehension has issued a crime alert, saying the two could be headed into Minnesota.

Press Release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension:

On July 17, 2012 it was reported to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin that inmates, James C. Misleveck and James R. Newman, had walked away from the Black River Correctional Boot Camp in Komensky Township. The inmates were last seen at approximately 2230 hours wearing issued tan t-shirts and gray shorts.
Misleveck is male/white age 18, 6' tall, 200lbs, with shaved or very short brown hair and brown eyes. His left ear is pierced. Newman is male/white age 29, 5'9" tall, 165lbs, with shaved or very short brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of praying hands on his right arm. 
Misleveck is reported to be from the Juneau County area while Newman is reported to be from the Brown County area. Misleveck had been corresponding with a female from the Beloit area and Newman had been corresponding with a female from the Green Bay area. Misleveck has been charged in the past with Burglary, Theft and Arson. Newman has been charged in the past with discharging firearm/vehicle –building, 4th degree sexual assault. 
At this time information and evidence lead law enforcement to believe that after leaving on foot Misleveck and Newman stole a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition out of a vehicle a short distance from the boot camp. They then traveled a foot to the Brockway Township area where they stole a Ford Ranger truck. They drove the truck to the Majestic Pines Casino where they kidnapped an adult female and stole her vehicle, a Mercury Mountaineer. The Ford Ranger was left at the casino; inside the truck was a shooting bag belonging to the first theft victim along with Misleveck's DOC identification card. 
Information from the kidnapping victim includes that they pointed the shotgun at her and ordered her to the backseat of the vehicle. They then asked her how to get to the interstate and told her that they wanted to go to Minnesota. They drove to the Tomah Wal-Mart where they exited the vehicle and walked around the parking lot checking cars and looking for more victims. After not finding anything they then proceeded to the Sparta Wal-Mart where they did the same thing, again not finding anything. They then drove to the Sparta Kwik Trip where they instructed the kidnapping victim to purchase them cigarettes. Misleveck and Newman then left the Kwik Trip on foot taking approximately $500 in cash from the kidnapping victim. 
They traveled to Northern Engraving in Sparta where they stole a smaller size pickup truck. They traveled back to the Tomah area where on I-90, Monroe County and State Patrol got into a high speed chase with Misleveck and Newman. The chase ended in a corn field in the area of Highway 131 where Misleveck and Newman fled on foot. The stolen shotgun was recovered from this stolen vehicle. It is believed that Misleveck and Newman remained hidden in the area of Highway 131. 
Sometime between 2300 hours on July 18 and 0500 hours on July 19 it is believed that Misleveck and Newman stole a 1996 black Chrysler Concorde Wisconsin license plate 728TDX. This vehicle has not been recovered and it is believed that Misleveck and Newman may still be operating this vehicle. Their direction of travel is unknown at this time. If anyone sees these two individuals they should contact local law enforcement immediately. Do not approach them or attempt to take any other action. Call 911

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UPDATE from WXOW: Monroe County Chief Deputy Lisa Josvai is asking residents on the Eastern side of Monroe County to use "extreme caution".  She says residents in Tomah and Oakdale should lock their home and car doors.

Black River Falls (WQOW) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says two inmates walked away from the Black River Correctional Center Tuesday night around 11:15. James Newman and James Misleveck, both serving three year sentences, are currently on the run, after allegedly carjacking an elderly woman from a Black River Falls casino. 

The minimum security facility is not perimetered and there is a door that is usually monitored that exits the facility. It's unknown if that door was being monitored at the time. 

Misleveck and Newman are believed to have stolen a shotgun and ammunition, along with a vehicle in Jackson County. Then, around 5:30 Wednesday morning, they allegedly carjacked a woman from the Ho-Chunk Casino, and took her hostage and forced her to drive to Tomah. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says she was released, unharmed. They say the two then drove to Sparta, where they allegedly stole another vehicle. 

Law enforcement engaged that vehicle in a high speed pursuit, where they followed them to a wooded area southeast of Tomah. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is actively attempting to take the two into custody. 

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Press Release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department: On July 17, 2012 at approximately 11:15 PM the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was notified of two inmates who were missing from the Black River Correctional Center located in the Town of Komensky, east of Black River Falls.

The inmates are identified as:

James C Misleveck
male/white
age 18

Described as 6 feet tall weighing 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

James R. Newman
male/white
age 29

Described as 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing 165 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Both were last seen wearing tan t-shirts, grey shorts and tennis shoes.

Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the Correctional Center and a search of the area was conducted without success.

At approximately 6:09 a.m. on July 18, 2012 Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a report of a theft from a vehicle in the area of the Correctional Center. Taken from the vehicle was a shotgun and ammunition. It is unclear at this time if the escaped inmates are connected to this theft.

If anyone sees these two individuals they should contact local law enforcement immediately. Do not approach them or attempt to take any other action.

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