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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — We now know the deaths of James and Denise Closs have been ruled a homicide, and the search is still ongoing for their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs.

More than 48 hours after an Amber Alert was issued for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, the search continues for the missing Barron teen.

“We want to bring Jayme home and put that that smile back in her family’s hands,” says Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald. “Every second does count. That’s why we do things like this.”

The death of her parents James and Denise now ruled a double homicide by gunshot, “We believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides, and we believe she is still in danger,” adds Sheriff Fitzgerald.

The 911 call early Monday Morning had no clear communication. Deputies arrived just 4 minutes after the call ended, but there was no sign of Jayme.

With little information, still so much remains unclear to the Barron County community.

“Came out here to find out what’s going on,” says Chris Thom of Rice Lake.

With few leads, Sheriff Fitzgerald is asking that same community for help.

The case hitting home to Shawn Dueholm, that’s exactly what he did,

“The other day I was at home and I just decided to hop on my 4-wheeler and go for a ride,” he says.

With over 400 tips pouring in, Sheriff Fitzgerald is stressing you’ll never know if that tip will help, unless you make the call.


Just after 4 PM Wednesday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there appeared to be smoke coming from under a railroad car at the railroad yard East of Tony. The Ladysmith Fire Department was called to the scene. According to the report, the fire department advised that the CN Railroad was cutting metal which must have started to burn on a railroad tie. CN was no longer in the area and the train car was not loaded with logs. A small fire was under the railroad car and the fire was put out.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at a residence on Highway 27, Ladysmith. After an investigation, a male and female subject were taken into custody. Probation and Parole was contacted and placed a hold on both subjects. The subjects were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Wednesday morning the Ladysmith School District requested a K-9 search of the grounds for drugs. According to the report, no illegal drugs were found by the K-9 Units.

At about 8:30 PM Wednesday night, a Ladysmith Officer and a Rusk County deputy responded to Walmart on a report that two males were fighting inside of Walmart. According to the report, one subject had left the building before officers arrived but was taken into custody a short time later. The male that left the store was described as wearing a Gray hoodie and was bleeding from the mouth. The other subject had stayed at the store with employees and was later taken into custody by officers once on the scene. The two subjects were arrested, Charlie J. Meisegeier, 32, and Dennis M. Couture, 31, for Disorderly Conduct.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. – (WBAY)- A giant pumpkin weighing more than two thousand pounds might be among the biggest in the world according to the couple who grew it.

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Deb Gantner’s giant pumpkins can be seen along Highway 44 midway between Oshkosh and Ripon (WBAY photo)

The pumpkin is now on display along highway 44 in Winnebago County between Oshkosh and Ripon.

It’s causing lots of drivers to slow down.

Every fall pumpkins are a popular sight, but in this particular patch a group of three overshadows the rest — with the biggest being especially heavy.

“This one weighed in at 2,152. Right now it is the second largest pumpkin in the state, and I believe I just looked on and I’m number eight in the world right now this year for this year’s growth,” said Deb Gantner, who grew the pumpkin.

She planted the seed for it in mid-April hoping it would get big, but nothing like this was anticipated.

Gantner told us, “I started out with four. I lost one earlier in the season, and this is the three I finished off with, and they’re all orange. They’re all Howard Dill winners, which the Howard Dill award is for the prettiest pumpkin at each weigh off, so that’s quite an accomplishment, too.”

  • RUSK COUNTY NEWS June 11, 2019
    WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-11-19 Monday afternoon at about 1;15, Rusk County deputies with the Rusk County K-9 did a search of a residence on East 3rd Street North, Ladysmith. After a K-9 search a positive alert was given for Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia. No other information was available. BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — The man charged […]
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