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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 8-9-17

(Sullivan, WI)  —  This should be no surprise, considering all the floods we’ve had — but Wisconsin has just had its wettest January through July on record. The National Weather Service says the state’s average liquid precipitation was 25 and one quarter inches in the first seven months of this year. That’s seven-point-one inches more than the normal, and it’s the most since the weather agency started keeping records 123 years ago. Meteorologist J-J Wood says the heavy floods from southeast and south central Wisconsin last month most likely set the new record. Up to eight inches of rain fell at Burlington, driving the Fox River to its worst flooding on record.

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Governor Scott Walker downplays a report that Wisconsin taxpayers will have to wait 25 years to get back everything they would give to Foxconn to locate a plant in the state. The Republican Walker told Green Bay conservative radio host Jerry Bader his administration knew all along it would be “a big deal” — and he compared it to Reggie White joining the Green Bay Packers to help win the Super Bowl for the Pack in the 1996 season. Walker also said the Assembly would vote as early as Monday on a three-billion dollar package of incentives for Foxconn to locate its L-C-D screen plant in either Racine or Kenosha counties. On Tuesday, the non partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says taxpayers would not recoup their investment in Foxconn until 2043 — and that’s only if the plant gets all the business and the jobs the company expects. Walker also said the G-O-P is working with Democrats from the area of the plant on amendments to the package, but he didn’t say what they were.

 

At about 11:30 PM Tuesday night, a Ladysmith Officer responded to Highway 27 South of Doughty Road to do a welfare check on an individual that was reportedly stumbling on the side of the road. According to the report, the Officer located the individual in front of an address on Highway 27 laying on the ground. City Officers made contact with the individual who was unconscious. The Officer woke the individual up and spoke with him on what had happened. The male was identified as Todd Leighton, 54. When the Officer spoke with Leighton, his speech was slurred and had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. Leighton was on Probation and a PBT showed a .248. Probation placed a hold on Leighton and he was transported to the Rusk County jail.

This (Wednesday) morning at about 4:30, a passerby reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that some hay bales along the side of the road on County Highway P near Hanson Road had visable flames.

The Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, Rusk County received a second call that hay bales were smoking in the field at the same location.

On Monday, August 7th, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at 906 21st Street, Chetek, and four subjects were taken into custody on various drug charges. Timothy Morgan, 38 of Chetek, on four counts of Delivery of Meth and four counts of Felony Bail Jumping (Morgan has eight previous bail jumping charges). Shawn Biggart, 56 of Chetek, on charges of Possession of Meth. Ricky Moen, 61 of Cameron, on charges of Possession of Meth. Wendy Raasch, 47 of Chetek, on charges of Possession of Meth. During the search warrant, about four grams of meth were located and all four subjects are currently being held in the Barron County Jail. Morgan has been a target of the Sheriff’s Department for being a person supplying meth to the area. His last arrest was February, 2, 2017, for meth related charges.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says it’s waiting for autopsy results in hopes of determining the cause of death of a Chetek man. Deputies say they received a call Sunday morning that Mark Johnson, 56 was passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on 25th Street, North of Chetek. When crews arrived, they found Johnson in the vehicle and say he appeared to have been placed on the floor of the passenger side of the car. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says he had no obvious injuries to his body. He says investigators have two people of interest in the case, but they are not considered suspects and are not in custody. The sheriff says autopsy results are expected by the end of this week and arrests could come once the results are back.

A former Barron County minister was sentenced to Probation after breaking into parishioners homes to steal prescription drugs. Jon Paquette, the former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Birchwood, admitted to breaking into Parishioners homes. The only items missing were oxycodone. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced him to three years probation for each of his five counts of theft to run concurrent to one another. Paquette must also pay more than $1,300 in restitution and cannot have contact with his former church or any of the victims. The judge ordered he must maintain absolute sobriety as well.

(Undated)  —  A profit making college shut down by the Obama White House is back, thanks to a ruling from the Trump administration. Globe University shut down its Wisconsin campuses last year in Madison, Wausau, Appleton, Eau Claire and La Crosse — and Inside Higher Ed says all but the La Crosse campus will reopen this fall with the new name Broadview once they’re accredited. Broadview recently bought the other Wisconsin Globe sites with approvals from the U-S Education Department. Globe and the Minnesota School of Business were both owned by Terry Myhre’s family — and those schools closed after a court found that the Minnesota school misrepresented job opportunities for criminal justice. Broadview said the Wisconsin campuses should not be treated the same as the Minnesota school just because they had the same owner.

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