NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME ALERT: Home invasion suspects in court

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TOWN OF SHELBY, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two teenagers are accused of breaking into a home, and trying to run from officers before they were caught.

On Wednesday afternoon, a judge set bond at $10,000 cash for Michael Fuslier, 17, and William McCullough, 18, both of La Crosse.

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department said it responded to an alarm just after 3:00 Tuesday afternoon at W5549 Southdale Drive in the Town of Shelby.

Captain Kurt Papenfuss with the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department said investigators found 17-year-old Fuslier and McCullough inside.

The home was damaged, and the suspects were armed when officers got there.

One had a sword about three feet long, and the other had an aluminum baseball bat.

“The fact that they took weapons with them, and made the comment that they would have taken care of anyone that would have come home. That’s a little concerning,” said Papenfuss.

Investigators sent a K9 unit in the house.

The teenagers tried to get away several times, but eventually the dog bit both of them, and officers arrested them.

Later on, officers found more than $5,000 in cash, several pounds of marijuana and several grams of psychedelic mushrooms.

“One of the people had been to the house at least once before, and basically went there to rip off the owner’s son, of his drugs and money,” said Papenfuss.

It turns out the owner had a security system installed the morning of the burglary.

Papenfuss said the owner’s son doesn’t live at the home anymore. He also said the situation could have been much worse. The Sheriff’s Department said there is no threat to the public. The incident is under investigation.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) --Investigators arrested two teenagers for breaking into a home Tuesday afternoon.

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Office says officers found Michael Fuslier, 17, of La Crosse, and William McCullough, 18, of La Crosse in the home after searching with a K9. They responded to an alarm at a home on Southdale Drive in the Town of Shelby, which is east of La Crosse. They found a window to the front door broken out. The suspects inside the home tried to escape several times, but ended up running back inside. The K9 eventually bit both of the suspects, and they were arrested.

Investigators believe the suspects targeted the home. They say McCullough is also accused of hitting a police dog. The sheriff's office is expected to release more information late Wednesday morning.

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