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WLDY-WJBL NEWS       5-8-18

Sunshine for a time this morning, but clouds will be moving in, eventually leading to a mostly cloudy sky. This will limit how warm we get, but we should still be able to reach into the mid 70’s. By late afternoon we will start to see a few scattered showers sneak in from the west but the majority of the day will stay dry. Low pressure will be sliding out of the Northern Plains and into Western Minnesota, promising to bring our next rainfall.

Scattered showers and storms will become more likely at night and these will continue into Wednesday. The clouds and rain chances will of course impact temperatures with highs falling back to the more seasonable mid 60’s. It appears the chance for rain will begin to diminish by later Wednesday afternoon with a bit of clearing into the night. We will be able to sneak in a drier day on Thursday before more rain moves into the area. It should be a pretty nice day with an area of high pressure sliding by to our north. This will keep temperatures near average with a partly to mostly sunny sky and highs again in the 60’s.



Monday morning at 9 AM Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising that a truck was on fire on the corner of Dahl St. and Highway 73 near Ingram. According to the report, smoke was coming from the dash but there was no visible fire. Damage was less then $1,500. A Rusk County deputy and the Hawkins Fire Department responded to the call.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 1:15 PM Monday received a call from Barron County reporting a house fire at a location on Cranberry Lake Road. According to the report, several 911 calls advised that smoke and flames were showing thru the roof. Rusk County deputies, Weyerhaeuser Fire Department, Bruce Fire Department and the Sheldon Ambulance. The Sheldon ambulance transported one fire fighter to RCMH who was reportedly over heated. Weyerhaeuser firemen were on the scene for about 2 ½ hours and no other information was available. At about 5:30 AM this (Tuesday) morning, a female advised there were flames coming out of the top of the house at this same location. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department was again called to the scene.

Monday afternoon at 3:15, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a male subject advising that he was burning grass at a location on County Highway B, Glen Flora, and the fire is getting away from him. A Rusk County deputy, the Hawkins Fire Department and the DNR were called to the scene. The Ladysmith Fire Department was also called but after a few minutes they were to disregard and returned to the fire hall. According to the report, Hawkins firemen advised the fire was about 1 ½ acres and an old barn was fully engulfed. The fire was running towards the woods. Hawkins firemen were at the scene for about 2 hours. The fire danger is very high in our area.

A Rusk County deputy at about 1:15 AM this (Tuesday) morning, made a traffic stop on Miner Avenue West, Ladysmith. According to the report,the Rusk County K-9 had two positive alerts. The deputy was out with the subject for field sobriety. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody and Probation was notified. Probation placed a hold on the subject and the subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Rusk County authorities at 2:20 AM this (Tuesday) morning, received a call from a male advising that there was a fire in a culvert on Pioneer Road just North of Sheldon. The caller stated it was small at his time but could be seen off of nearby objects. The Sheldon Fire Department and the DNR were called to the scene. According to the report, the plastic culvert was melted completely. Shortly after 4 AM this (Tuesday) morning, Pioneer Road was closed between Broken Arrow and County Highway D.

Monday afternoon a theft was reported to the Ladysmith Police Department. According to the report, a male subject reported the theft of fishing equipment from a garage on West 7th Street North, Ladysmith. The case is under investigation.

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — The man charged with making multiple bomb threats in Eau Claire County is sentenced.

According to court documents, 24-year-old Dustin Hewitt will spend four years and six months in state prison and five years of extended supervision.

A criminal complaint said Hewitt made multiple threats through Facebook and email.

He was also charged in Rusk County and is accused of making bomb threats towards the Rusk County Law Enforcement Center.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — The Cornell man charged in the death of his friend in 2013 is sentenced in Chippewa County.

Brady Wolfe was sentenced to 21 months in jail and five years probation.

Investigators said in August 2013, Wolfe failed to stop at a red light and his car ended up going under a semi-trailer.

Wolfe’s passenger, 19-year-old Caston Arnold, died.

The investigation determined Wolfe was huffing several hours before the crash.

(Stanley, WI)  —  Officials at Stanley-Boyd Area Schools and students who don’t pay for their lunches have differing accounts of what happens to their meals.  Students say their principal has thrown their lunch in the trash when their lunch account contains no money.  Superintendent Jim Jones says that doesn’t happen.  Jones says students are offered an “alternative” lunch when they have no money.  A parent says she was told it happened, but only once.  Parents and community members want to talk to district officials about the controversy at the next school board meeting May 28th.


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