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People continue to bring weapons into Portage County courthouse

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - It’s no secret that Wisconsin’s county courthouses have become more secure the past few years – but apparently, not everyone has gotten the message.

In Stevens Point, authorities say they have not seen much of a decline in the numbers of potential weapons that folks try to bring into the court facilities.

Portage County chief deputy Daniel Kontos said over 23,000 people have been checked at what’s now the only public entrance to the courtrooms on the second floor. Still, Kontos tells WSAU Radio in Wausau that 416 knives were found – plus 105 other devices that could be used as weapons.

He says people are still bringing things to court like baseball bats and brass knuckles, when they should know better. Nobody’s tried to smuggle in a firearm yet.

Kontos also says lots of people see the checkpoint, and turn around before getting there. He calls that the “lighthouse effect” – because you never know how many boat crashes that lighthouses save, and you never know how many weapons might have gotten into court had people not shied away from the metal detectors.