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In a Press Release and information from the Rusk County Police log, on Monday, July 2nd, at about 8:04 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a boat crash on the Holcombe Flowage near Silver Springs Road in the Town of Willard in Rusk County. Further information was that two boats had collided in the water. The 2-3 boaters that were injured were assisted out of the water by passing boaters. Rusk County received a call advising there may be two patients, a 2 year old with a possible head concussion and a 50-60 year old with a leg injury. Auto Launch Medical Helicopter was contacted and arrived on scene at about 8:46 PM. The injured boaters were evaluated on scene by the chopper crew but no transport by them. Two patients were transported by the Sheldon Ambulance to Rusk County Memorial Hospital for further evaluation. One male subject was taken into custody in reference to the crash. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors to the crash. An investigation into the crash is continuing. The Sheldon and Ladysmith ambulances, the Ladysmith Fire Department, Sheldon First Responders and the DNR were also called to the scene.

Monday evening at about 7:20 PM, a Rusk County deputy served a warrant at a residence on Rangeline Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, the deputy was in contact with the subject. The warrant was confirmed and the subject was taken into custody. Barron County advised Body only bond for the subject and will do a line to line on Highway 8. The subject was transferred to the Barron County deputy.

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and drivers are being asked to be patient, alert and safe. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says most highway construction projects will be put on hold starting Tuesday afternoon and will resume Thursday, July 5th. The department is reminding those traveling to buckle-up, expect more traffic, and plan ahead. Before heading out, check the 511 travel information system for the latest on traffic incidents and delays.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A Barron County woman pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

63-year-old Deborah Marcellus of Turtle Lake pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Madison.

Marcellus was accused of embezzling more than $818,000 from Saint Joseph Church in Rice Lake.

She served as the director of development for the church from January 2011 to April 2017.

She’s also accused of generating more than 200 fraudulent checks from the church bank accounts.

Her sentencing is set for October.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A 59-year-old man is charged in Barron County after an undercover child sex sting.

Kevin Rust of Minnesota is charged with three counts, including use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Rice Lake Police Department posted an ad pretending to be a 15-year-old girl who was looking for an older man. Rust responded.

The complaint says he sent several inappropriate messages through text throughout the month of June.

On June 28, Rust made plans to meet the pretend girl in a parking lot. That’s where he was arrested by police.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says police can legally draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers.

The court ruled 5-2 on Tuesday that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they drive on Wisconsin roads. The court found that drivers who drink themselves into unconsciousness forfeit any opportunity to withdraw that consent.

The ruling stems from a case involving Gerald Mitchell, who was arrested for drunken driving in Sheboygan County in 2013. He passed out after he was arrested. Police took him to a nearby hospital for a blood draw. An officer told him he could refuse the withdraw but Mitchell was still unconscious and could not respond. The officer directed hospital staff to draw his blood.

Mitchell argued the draw violated his constitutional rights.

Mitchell’s attorney had no immediate comment.

More sunshine will be around the area today with the same high pressure system to our east while a front will be located from the Dakotas into the northern half of Minnesota. This has sparked off some thunderstorms to the north this morning, but conditions become less favorable through the day with a developing upper ridge. We will stay dry locally with plenty of sunshine again forecast. Southerly breezes will again return, leading to a quick warm up and we will have a shot at 90 by later afternoon. Dew points shouldn’t change much with a sticky feel continuing.

The heat and humidity this week is likely to peak on Independence Day before this next front slides through the area. This front will be inching closer through the day and southerly flow will allow temperatures to climb above 90 with dew points in the 70’s. This will of course be dependent on sunshine and we should again see quite a bit of it much of the day. Heat indexes could be near 100° by late afternoon before any possible storms begin to impact the area. We will have to keep our eyes on radar through the evening as the chance for some storms will increase. Timing this far out is just too difficult, but if you will be out at Carson Park for some of the various holiday activities, including the Express game and fireworks, you will want to pay attention to the forecast. Any storms that do develop should be scattered, but could become severe with heavy rainfall and possibly some strong winds and hail. The front is then expected to slide through sometime at night with chances continuing for a few showers and storms.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker traveled throughout the State of Wisconsin last month to attend Dairy Breakfasts for June Dairy Month. The dairy industry is vital to Wisconsin’s economy, culture, and heritage with roughly 8,500 dairy farms across the state providing nearly 80,000 jobs.

“As America’s Dairyland, the state’s dairy industry is a part of our history, but more importantly it is part of our culture and identity,” said Governor Walker. “When you visit a Dairy Breakfast you have the opportunity to speak with the men and women who dedicate their lives to feeding and fueling our state and country—it was an honor to visit 10 breakfasts this month to thank our farmers and hear more about ways we can help the industry.”

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