Bar inspection leads to felony arrests, officials say

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CAZENOVIA, Wis. — Law enforcement officials arrested one man Friday while conducting an alcohol license inspection, according to a news release.

Law enforcement officials with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Alcohol Tobacco Enforcement division of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue inspected four taverns in Cazenovia. During a sweep of Rumor’s tavern, officials arrested 33-year-old Joseph M. Lobsinger on an active felony arrest warrant. During the arrest, Lobsinger refrenced a gun nearby. A subsequent search revealed a loaded, but cased, rifle. Lobsinger was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm in addition to felony and misdemeanor bail jumping charges.

During the sweep of Rumor’s, law enforcement officials found drug paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained from the Richland County District Attorney’s Office, resulting in the seizure of multiple items associated with drug use and distribution.

The tavern’s manager, 54-year-old Carla Zimmerman, was not present during the search. Because of the contraband found during the execution of the search warrant, when law enforcement officials locate Zimmerman, they plan to arrest her on tentative charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Law enforcement officers from the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, the Richland Center Police Department, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation all helped during the incident.