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(Undated)  —  Wisconsin deer hunters have had a difficult time keeping track of their prey in recent years, because of a lack of snow to follow their tracks. But today (Friday), about the northern third of the Badger State has up to two inches on the ground — and some places in the far north have four inches or more. A wintry mix of rain, sleet, and snow moved across the north this (Friday) morning. Rain is expected in the region for the afternoon, but it’s supposed to return to all snow tonight (Friday). At least some of the snow could melt during tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) opening day of the nine day gun season — but snow showers could linger in the far north into Sunday morning. In southern Wisconsin, rain and some freezing drizzle are in the forecast — with perhaps a little snow mixed in before the weather system leaves Saturday.

Thursday morning at about 10:20, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a cell caller reporting an accident on Highway 8 near Beebe Road East of Bruce. According to the report, the caller advised that a car rear ended another car that pushed that car into another car that was stopped at the railroad tacks. There were no reported injuries but one person was reportedly shook up. Rusk County deputies, the Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. There was no transport by the Ladysmith ambulance. After an investigation, one of the drivers was issued a citation.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 7:20 PM Thursday evening from a subject advising that a male subject had taken a handful of Oxycodone. According to the police log, the subject had locked himself in the bedroom. The caller is keeping him in the house. The caller then stated that he does have a pocket knife and screwdriver and was starting to get tipsey. Rusk County deputies and a City Officer responded to the scene. After a few minutes, the subject was taken into custody and the Ladysmith ambulance was called to the scene. A Rusk County deputy advised the subject was tased due to having a knife. The subject was transported by ambulance to RCMH and the DHHS was contacted.

At about 11:35 PM Thursday, a Ladysmith Officer was dispatched to assist a Rusk County deputy with a Domestic dispute at a residence on Flambeau Avenue in which it was reported that Steve Baker Jr., was intoxicated and in a physical altercation with a female subject. The female subject advised she was hiding upstairs with her 3 children. Upon arrival at the residence, it was found that there was a physical altercation. The female subject reported that Baker JR. was highly intoxicated. He was on parole and as a restriction was not to be consuming any alcohol. The female subject reported that Baker’s father got him into a vehicle prior to the Officer’s arrival and fled the area. According to the report, the Bakers were unable to be located. The Rusk County deputy then handles the complaint in regards to this incident, and there will be charges for Domestic Disorderly Conduct against Baker Jr. No other information was available.

A female subject reported shortly before 10 PM Thursday, an intoxicated male at the residence on Miner Avenue East Ladysmith. According to the report, she knew the male as Gary A. Gleason, and she told him to leave the residence. The subject was last scene on East 9th Street South heading South bound. The complainant believed that Gleason was intoxicated based on the odor coming from his person and he was stumbling down the roadway. Gleason was known to have an active bond and not to be consuming alcohol. City Officers made contact with Gleason who attempted to go back into the residence and would not let go of the door. Gleason was directed to the ground after multiple times of being asked to comply. He was secured in handcuffs and continued to be uncooperative. Gleason was placed in the back of the squad car was going to be secured in a seatbelt when he kicked an Officer in the abdominal region and continued to try and kick at the Officer. He was transported to the Rusk County jail.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Another threat surfaces at an area school, making it the fifth in eight days. At North High School a threat was discovered written on the wall of a boy’s bathroom Thursday afternoon. The statement read, “I/U will bomb the school.”

Principal David Valk sent a note to parents stating, “Through consultation with building and district leadership, and the Eau Claire Police Department, it was determined that this particular statement did not rise to the level of modifying our schedule for today.”

The principal goes onto to say, “In light of the recent threats in the ECASD, as well as surrounding districts, we have extra police presence on site today (Nov. 17).”

It is unclear if the high school has discovered the person who wrote the threatening note.

Threats have been made to Memorial High School, Chippewa Falls Senior High School, Menomonie High School, and DeLong Middle School within the last eight days.

(WQOW) – The suspect in a fatal shooting in Tomahawk was arrested right here in the Chippewa Valley.

According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was arrested late last night at the Lake Hallie Walmart.

Police in Tomahawk said one person is dead after a shooting that happened at six Thursday night. Police said the suspect and victim knew each other, but it wasn’t a domestic issue and they’re trying to figure out a motive. Police are not identifying the victim, but they say the suspect who is now in custody is not a Tomahawk resident.


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