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A low pressure system will be moving through Wisconsin today, with more scattered rainfall. Total rainfall from this system is expected to range from .30-.75″, with locally higher amounts. Clouds will remain through the rest of the day and it will be cooler, with more seasonable highs in the mid 60’s. High pressure in Central Canada will then nose down into the state, drying us out at night and into Thursday. Sunshine should start off the day, but then clouds are forecast to return out ahead of another system in the Plains. A cool flow from the north will keep temperatures below average, with highs in the low 60’s.


Tuesday morning at about 10:15, a Rusk County deputy and a Ladysmith Officer responded to Highway 8 approximately 1 mile West of the Ranger Station on a report of a grass fire on the South side of the road. They assisted in extinguishing the fire with Department issued fire extinguishers. The Ladysmith Fire Department and the DNR also responded and arrived at the scene and continued to extinguish the grass fire. They were on the scene for about 30 minutes.

Late Tuesday morning Rusk County authorities received a call from a Chippewa County Probation Agent requesting a check welfare of a male subject at a residence on Fetke Road, Bruce. The Agent has not been able to get a hold of the subject which is unlike him. According to the report, there was a truck at the residence and the door was open. After an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Shortly after 2 PM Tuesday, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on County Highway D, Conrath. According to the report, the deputy was in contact with a female who was wanted out of Burnett County. A response back from Burnett County advised the warrant was valid which was for a bond of $240 or body. The female was taken into custody and was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Tuesday afternoon just before 4 PM, a Ladysmith Officer met with Probation and Parole agents at a location on Fritz Avenue West, Ladysmith. Upon checking they located Pornography and a small plastic straw. According to the report, a suspect left the residence on foot prior to there arrival. The City Officer took possession of the plastic straw.

At about 6:30 PM Tuesday, a City Officer and a Rusk County deputy responded to the same address on information that the suspect, Kevin D. Knight was at the residence and had a warrant through Probation. They came into contact with Knight at the residence and he was taken into custody. After Knight was placed in the back of the squad car, the reporting party advised that a female was inside the residence and was not supposed to be there due to Probation rules for the house. Kalin A. Croenne was walking out of the back door and she advised that she was just there waiting for a ride. A search of her purse turned up drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine along with other illegal items. She was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Rusk County dispatch at about 8:45 PM Tuesday night, received a 911 advising of a one vehicle roll over on Highway 8, Ladysmith. According to the report, the driver was out of the vehicle and walking around. The caller thinks the male subject was bleeding from the head. Rusk County deputies, the Bruce Fire Department and Bruce ambulance responded to the scene. The subject was transported by ambulance and taken to RCMH. No other information was available.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — The woman accused of allowing men to sexually assault two children in exchange for drugs and money entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday.

Michelle Mayer, age 39, is charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.

According to a criminal complaint, Mayer allowed men to come to a home on Eddy Lane in Eau Claire over the course of nine years to sexually and physically assault the children starting at the ages of six and nine years old.

Mayer’s next scheduled court appearance is a status conference on June 7th.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn plans to submit the required signatures to get on the ballot for governor as a Democrat, even as pressure mounts over his past work defending the Milwaukee Archdiocese against priest abuse victims.

Flynn planned to submit his nomination papers on Wednesday, making him the first Democrat to compete that step.

The move comes after Women’s March Wisconsin on Sunday called for Flynn to drop out of the race because of his work for the Archdiocese. The Wisconsin Gazette last week published an article quoting victims of priest abuse who said they were “appalled” by Flynn running.

Flynn said in a Monday statement that he worked “to put into place procedures to identify and remove abusive priests, notify the authorities, and prevent their transfer.”

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