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A 911 dispatch log released by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office and obtained by CNN shows that the 911 call was made from the phone of Denise Closs the night of the double homicide in Barron County.

According to the log, the door of the home, east of Barron, was kicked in and multiple rounds were spent. Initially, the log referred to the incident as a suicide; however, that was changed to indicate it as a homicide after 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning.


Shortly after 5 PM Thursday, a theft complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. A male subject advised that his 2007 Polaris 700 4 wheeler was stolen from his cabin at a location on Helena Drive, Conrath. The case is under investigation.

Rusk County dispatch at about 12:10 Thursday afternoon received a 911 call advising of a two car accident on West 9th Street South, and Lindoo Avenue, Ladysmith. According to the report, there was no road blockage or injury. After an investigation, a citation was issued to a subject for failure to yield and the other driver for insurance violation.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tony Evers are meeting for the first of two debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Walker and Evers are locked in a tight battle for governor with the election just over two weeks away. The debate Friday is hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association with a second and final one planned for Oct. 26.

Walker is seeking to become only the second governor in Wisconsin history elected to a third term. Evers is the state superintendent who argues Walker has failed the state and should be replaced.

Walker says now is not the time to turn back and has promised not to seek a fourth term should he win.

The candidates have been arguing over taxes, roads, education, health care and a host of other issues.


Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Mega Millions lottery has reached nearly $1 billion. Office lottery pools start to become popular during this time, but before you jump into a lottery with your co-workers, lawyers have some advice for you.

Attorney’s at Hertel Law S.C. said the first approach is legality: they recommend ticket owners should share prize money equally, and it should say so in a signed agreement between each person participating. It is also recommended if there are employees not present at work at the time of the lottery pool agreement, they should be notified by email there’s a work pool. The employer’s human resources department should be notified of an office lottery pool too.

“It’s not worth ruining a workplace or friendships by having a misunderstanding that turns out to become a court case,” said Harry Hertel, attorney and president of Hertel Law S.C. “As much as we lawyers I think are involved in litigation we have also have a role in trying to avoid if we can by giving good advice, and I think the good advice is to make sure you got an agreement that everybody understands.”

Hertel said those who participate in an office pool lottery should look at the lottery no differently than playing fantasy football, and greed should never be the motive.

  • Dean Gaddy December 10, 2018
    Dean Gaddy, 89 of Ladysmith, died on Friday, December 7, at Care & Rehab – Ladysmith.  He is survived by 1 son, Jerry of Prairie DuChien, 5 daughters, Wilma Hladilek of Conrath, Wannetta Soules of Glen Flora, Wanda Ducommun of Holcombe, Diene Patterson of Gilman, and Donna Barfknecht of Texas, 14 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and […]
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