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Radar catches nearly 900,000 ducks on move

DULUTH, Minn. (WISH) — What’s that moving in on the radar? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s hundreds of thousands of ducks.

The National Weather Service in Duluth shared the large radar blip it capture Thursday morning as the Fish and Wildlife Service was performing a waterfowl survey.

The survey estimated nearly 900,000 ducks were in the air over the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near McGregor, Minn.

The weather service said the Fish and Wildlife Served indicated such a large gathering of waterfowl in flight is fairly typical. Some of the federal bird counts in past years have reached over 1 million.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.