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Rusk County News


(Undated)  —  More thunderstorms are expected in much of Wisconsin this (Tuesday) afternoon and evening, after large hail and heavy rains fell on Monday. Parts of Dane County had hail as big as baseballs — Cuba City had wind gusts up to 68 — some trees and power lines fell in south central areas — semitrucks were said to be tipped at Platteville — and Glidden in the far north had seven inches of rain. The state’s midsection was spared of damage but it still received a nice soaking, with Manitowoc getting the most rain with one and one half inches. Almost one-thousand electric customers in the Badger State had their power out as of 5:30 this (Tuesday) morning. The Pewaukee area had about 23-hundred customers out Monday night that were not caused by the storms. We Energies said a goose flew into a power line.

(Madison, WI)  —  Before the rains came this week, Wisconsin had plenty of good weather and drier soils that provided a big boost for farmers. The Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service says the weather had farmers working through the night to get their fields ready and plant crops. Forty-eight-percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted — eight days behind last year, but three days ahead of the average for the past five years. The state’s Number two field crop, soybeans, are still behind schedule with 15-percent planted. But 89-percent of Wisconsin potatoes are in the ground, along with 81-percent of the oat crop — and almost 70-percent of the hay is in good shape, with the first cutting of alfalfa just getting started.


Monday afternoon at about 3:15, a female subject advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that within the last hour someone keyed her car. The Criminal damage complaint reportedly occurred on East River Avenue, Bruce.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 5 PM Monday, received a Domestic Violence complaint. A female requested a Rusk County deputy as a male subject was at the Lighthouse on Highway 27, Ladysmith and reportedly hit the new girl in the face, over a phone. A Ladysmith Officer responded to attempt to locate Justin L. Ramirez, 30, who was involved in a Domestic incident. The Officer spotted a male walking South bound on Highway 27 matching the clothing description that was given. The Officers made contact with the subject who was identified as Ramirez. According to the report, Justin showed up at the Lighthouse demanding a cell phone from a female. It was reportedly joint property. The female would not give it back and Justin called her profanities and snatched it from her ear and left the scene. Ramirez was taken into custody for Disorderly Conduct.

A Rusk County deputy while investigating this case, had contact with Charles Barna who had a strong odor of Marijuana around him. Barna was found to have a Marijuana cigarette and pipe. Barna advised he is also on bond. He was taken into custody for drugs.

Monday evening just after 8 PM, Rusk County authorities received an anonymous call advising that a male subject was smashing things and throwing things at a location on Highway 40 near the Wagon Wheel. The caller advised the suspect was behind a Pink and Gray trailer and may be intoxicated. Rusk County deputies arrived at the scene and had the subject detained. According to the report, the subject had a PBT of .22. The male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Rusk County dispatch just after 11 PM Monday, received a 911 call from a subject at Jeldwen in Hawkins, advising that a male subject hit there manager. While on the phone, they advised that the subject got in his vehicle and drove off and then came back. According to the report, the subject drove to the South end of the parking lot and grabbed a Black backpack out of the trunk along with a sheet and put it over his head and disappeared into the woods. Rusk County deputies searched the surrounding area for the suspect. After a short time the deputies advised that they were going to stay in the vicinity waiting for the suspect to come out of the woods. Shortly before 1 AM this (Tuesday) morning an annonoymous caller advised the male subject was walking East on Highway 8 just outside of Hawkins. The subject was detained and taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

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