STEVENS POINT, Wisc (WSAU) Portage County will be allowed to remove junk cars and scrap metal that have been illegally stored on land owned by a suspect in a criminal investigation. Charles Jost is one of three people accused of illegally cashing his mother's social security checks for more than 30-years. Marie Jost hasn't been seen since the 1980s, and is presumed dead.
Sheriffs investigators were looking for evidence that Marie Jost's body may have been hidden on the land in question. They searched the property late last year and found small unidentified bone fragments that may be from an animal. They'd also found multiple violations of the county's solid waste and scrap metal rules. They land in Amherst Junction was being used as an unlicensed salvage yard.
Monday's court ruling gives the county the authority to clean up the land, and to bill the owner for the costs.