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Another nice spring day as we await the arrival of more rain. The spring season (since March) and year are both 1-2″ below average in terms of total precipitation so we do need more rain and it appears we should get some (at least a good part of the area) later this afternoon and into tonight.

We will continue to see sunshine into this afternoon but clouds will again increase as we move into later in the day. A low will be developing in the Plains along the back end of this front and will track to the northeast. This system will be accompanied by decent upper level energy and the combination will spell another round of heavy rainfall on the north side of the track. Forecast models have been fluctuating on how for north this will come, but the majority do bring rain up into the Eau Claire area by early tonight. Further north should see very little, while southern areas could again be in the bulls-eye for more than an inch of rainfall. Some thunderstorms are also expected, though the severe threat should again be on the low side.


Wednesday afternoon Ladysmith Police did a follow up of a gas drive off at Kwik Trip in Ladysmith. According to the report, a gas drive off in the amount of $15 occurred at 8:09 AM Wednesday morning. They have the name of the registered owner of the vehicle. This is the 5th time the listed vehicle has stolen/ driven off without paying for fuel in the last two weeks. The case is under investigation.

At about 4 PM Wednesday, a theft was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the police log, a subject walked into the LEC in reference to a theft at a location on Port Arthur Road, Ladysmith. The subject reported the theft of license plates, battery and car keys. The case is under investigation.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 5 PM Wednesday from a motorist of a vehicle in the ditch at a location on Highway 27 near County Highway P. They did not stop to check for injuries. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, the driver had a PBT of .22 and was taken to RCMH. The subject was arrested for OWI and Bond Violations and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Just after 10 PM Wednesday night, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on County Highway D near Highway 27, Conrath. According to the report, the driver performed a field sobriety test. After an investigation, the subject does have a valid warrant with Rusk County. The subject was taken into custody for the Rusk County warrant for Felony Possession of a firearm and Felony Bail Jumping. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

(Eau Claire, WI)  —  An Eau Claire County judge has signed off on an order dismissing murder charges against a man accused of killing his sister.  Investigators say 75-year-old James Bonczkowski strangled and stabbed his sister at her rural Augusta home in October 2016.  When authorities found her body, they say a knitting needle was sticking out of the dead woman’s chest.  It was determined that Bonczkowski wasn’t competent to stand trial last year.  He has Alzheimer’s disease and has suffered strokes and brain bleeds.  Doctors have told the court he will never regain competency, so the murder charge was dismissed.

(Osseo, WI)  —  U-S Senator Ron Johnson says changes to the nation’s food stamp program are aimed at making parents more self-reliant.  Johnson attended a town hall-style meeting at SourceCut Industries in Osseo Wednesday afternoon.  The Wisconsin Republican says changes made to the farm bill are based on focusing government assistance to those who are truly needy.  He says six percent of the American population is on food stamps during a good economy historically.  The latest statistics find more than 13 percent are accepting SNAP benefits now.  Johnson says he thinks “something is a little haywire.”


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