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DNR warden faces felony charges

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  We're learning more about what appears to be the first felony charges against a D-N-R warden in the 135-year history of the state's conservation enforcement. Ex-warden David Horzewski of Reedsburg was charged Monday in Sauk County with eight felony counts -- six of theft, and two of misconduct in public office.

In a newly-released criminal complaint, a special prosecutor said the 45-year-old Horzewski confronted hunters about game-law violations, seized their weapons, and never returned them or gave them to his bosses for evidence. The complaint said Horzewski kept guns in his basement, where his children could grab them. Although he was only charged with six thefts, special prosecutor said there were numerous other instances in which the ex-warden kept items that included guns, a bow, and antlers from a nine-point-buck.

In some cases, officials said the statue-of-limitations had expired -- and one victim has since died. The alleged thefts date back to 2003. Horzewski and his attorney have not commented. The defendant is scheduled to make his first court appearance June 11th. The D-N-R said he was fired last July after 19 years as a warden in Sauk County. The agency says he's challenging his dismissal.

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