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Drug investigation rocks communities

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ANTIGO (WAOW) --  As three well-known men face a string of felony drug charges, the Antigo community is reeling.

"We have a close knit community. Everyone knows everyone and everyone probably knows someone involved," Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt said. "There's a lot of good things going on in our community. It's a shame an incident like this captures everyone's attention."

At the center of the investigation, Antigo elementary school principal and head football coach, John Lund. Also charged, former Antigo coach Scot Peterson and Lund's brother-in-law Bradley Maahs.

"We are in the middle of an investigation that is extremely complex and involved," Langlade County Sheriff, Bill Greening said.

Authorities say the investigation began after someone tipped off the Langlade County Sheriff's Department.  School officials placed Lund on paid administrative leave in December. Since then, four other Antigo School District employees have also been placed on leave.  As well as a teacher and coach from Merrill.  None of them have been charged. But, the Langlade County Sheriff says the investigation is far from over.

"There will be more charges as the investigation continues," Sheriff Greening says.

But this has many in the community wondering what's next?  People have been sounding off on Newsline 9's Facebook page. Marilyn writes, "Time for random mandatory drug testing for teachers and the rest of the staff."

While Bobbi says, "This definitely puts a bad rap on the good teachers that put in their heart and soul..."

"I understand the concern and angst and I ask for patience while we continue this investigation," Greening says.

Authorities say they don't know how long this investigation will continue. But for now, people in Antigo say they will work to endure this challenge. And fight for the reputation of their community.

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