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Rusk County News


This is the winter that will just not end! April has been a continuation of the winter season in every sense. This month so far has already seen 7.1″ of snowfall (the normal amount for the entire month is about 2″). And, we have not seen the last of the snow!

Another round of winter weather is expected for the weekend. A low pressure system will be coming together and moving eastward into the Plains. It will be stalling out to our southwest bringing us a period of active weather with a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, and snow.

This will all start as rain on Friday as highs (although cooler) will remain in the low 40s. We could see a little snow in our northern counties, but much of the area will need an umbrella tomorrow. Friday night we should see the switch to rain/freezing rain and maybe some snow. The period of greatest concern will be through the day Saturday. We can expect a mix of rain (south), freezing rain, and snow along with very strong winds gusting up to 35-40 miles per hour.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Barron, Polk, and Rusk counties from 7 pm on Friday until 1 am Sunday.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Chippewa, Dunn, and St. Croix counties from 10 pm on Friday until 1 am on Sunday.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Eau Claire, Pepin, and Pierce counties from 1 am on Saturday until 1 am Sunday.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — It is Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Wisconsin: an annual campaign dedicated to helping people prepare for possible tornadoes.

This week, schools, businesses and families will have an opportunity to test their emergency plans. A statewide tornado drill is planned for today (Thursday April 12) at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy. A tornado watch test will be issued at 1 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.


Wednesday evening at about 7:35, a Ladysmith Officer responded out to RCMH to speak with Paul V. Hetts, 45, who had told the receptionist that he did not feel safe. According to the report, upon speaking with Hetts, the Officer discovered that Hetts was suicidal due to him telling the Officer that he was. Hetts advised that he planned to jump off of the bridge by Memorial Park. He was on bond and was not to drink alcohol. Hetts admitted to drinking and also dais that he was dropped off at the hospital by his father. Both his drinking of alcohol and having contact with his father was a violation of his bond. Hetts was arrested and brought to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy at 3 AM this (Thursday) morning were on a traffic stop on West 15th Street North, when Christopher L. Alexander, 39, drove by the stop. According to the report, the County deputy advised that he had a warrant. The City Officer conducted a traffic stop on Alexanders vehicle. Alexander was arrested for the DOC warrant and brought to the Rusk County jail.

This (Thursday) morning at about 2:30 AM, a Ladysmith Officer arrested Casie Shanta James, 26, on a traffic stop for a valid Marathon County warrant and Possession of THC. The Officer also issued citations to James for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license 3rd offense and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Rusk County (WQOW) – A sex offender who was living in Altoona has relocated and now lives in Bruce.

According to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas H. Bush has been residing at Mirr’s Gateway Motel at 625 North Main Street in Bruce since March 23.

According to Sheriff Jeff Wallace, deputies will go door-to-door this week to formally notify neighbors that Bush is living in the area.

Altoona Police Chief Jesse James told News 18 Bush only lived in Altoona temporarily. A man allowed him to live there until he got re-acclimated with society.


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