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It has already been a pretty wild week of weather when you think about it. Monday we were in the 80s (more typical of summer) then it has slowly gotten cooler with some rain, and the week will finish off with temperatures more typical of early April!

After a very soggy last 24 hours in some spots and some severe storms to our south, today will be much quieter. We can thank our fair weather friend, high pressure, for the nice weather. It will be situated to our north today and will lead to a light northerly wind that will keep temperatures cooler than average. Still, it will turn out to be a pleasant spring day with sunshine and clouds and highs in the mid 60’s. Clouds will then increase and thicken into tonight. The next low will be located in the Plains with a front stretching well to the east. Rain with this system will push up to the northeast and we could see some showers move back into the area by very early tomorrow morning. Rain is likely to be around tomorrow, but recent model trends suggest this may be a little further south, leading to higher rain totals south of Eau Claire. Still, we look to be wet with showers that will begin to exit through the afternoon. It will be cloudy, breezy and unseasonably cool. A large high up to our northeast will pump the cool air into the state from the east and highs will struggle to climb much above 50.


Wednesday afternoon a warrant was served at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the police log, a male subject showed up in jail to turn himself in. No other information was available.

Just before 6:30 PM Wednesday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising a telephone pole on Homestead Road between the railroad tracks and Highway 8 was on fire. The Hawkins Fire Department was called to the scene. According to the report, Excel Energy was contacted about getting a new pole at this location which is off the road so tracked vehicles will be needed. The pole caught fire at the base and snapped off at the base and still sitting upright on the ground.

Rusk County authorities received a call at about 7:25 PM Wednesday night from a male subject advising of a one vehicle rollover on County Highway I, Tony. According to the report, the driver was out of the vehicle but did not want any medical attention. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Fire Department and the Hawkins ambulance responded to the scene. EMS advised the subject declined being checked out and they left the scene. No other information was available.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — The Eau Claire man accused of escaping in handcuffs and driving off in a squad car has entered a plea.

Joshua Robertson, 25, pleaded not guilty on all counts on Thursday morning in Eau Claire County Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Robertson and a female passenger were pulled over for speeding on January 28 when a K-9 detected drugs. A search led to the discovery of two pounds and $40,000 worth of crystal meth.

While Robertson was alone in the back of the state patrol cruiser, law enforcement officers say he was able to move his handcuffs in front of him, get into the driver’s seat of the car, and drive eight miles away.

BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) — A water main break in Bloomer has forced road closures.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said the incident happened at about 4:50 a.m. Thursday. Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 40 are closed at the intersection of Main Street. Southbound traffic will exit on 15th Avenue and head west toward Oak Street. Drivers will then travel south on Oak Street before rejoining Highway 40. Northbound traffic will reverse these directions.

Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene and detours have been set in place.

Crews expect the cleanup to take over two hours. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

(Eau Claire, WI)  —  Protesters at the various campuses in the University of Wisconsin system say they want the state to restore millions of dollars in budget cuts.  Students, faculty, and staff say they support the system-wide tuition freeze, but the lack of funding is impacting everyone.  They say state funding for the system has been frozen or cut for the last six years.  Instructors say their morale is bad because class sizes and workloads are growing, while salaries stay the same.  Those voicing their support for the system Wednesday are calling for lawmakers to start by covering the money lost when tuitions are frozen.

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