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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU)- The search for the missing Barron teen Jayme Closs is underway Tuesday morning.

Monday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald asked for the public’s help to have 2,000 volunteers search the area. Our reporter on scene says cars were lining Highway 25, bumper-to-bumper as hundreds of people poured into the area to help.


Monday morning at about 9:30, a male subject came to the LEC lobby reporting that his 2000 Saturn car was missing from his home located on West Pine Avenue, Bruce. According to the report, the last time he saw the vehicle was at 8:30 PM Sunday night. The subject noticed the vehicle missing Monday morning at 9 AM. The case is under investigation.

A Ladysmith Officer Monday evening at 7 PM, received a tip that Kevin R. Kriz JR., was at a location on West 4th Street North in Ladysmith. The Officer knew Kriz had an active Rusk County and Ladysmith Police Department Warrants. The Officer located Kriz at this location and after the warrants were confirmed, Kriz was arrested and transported to the Rusk County jail.

In Rusk County news from the past weekend, Friday night just before 8 PM, a caller advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a tree was in the roadway on County Highway J, Ladysmith. According to the report, the caller advised he hit the tree with his vehicle and there was damage to his vehicle. There was no injury and the vehicle was driveable.

Friday night at about 11:30 PM, the Ladysmith Police Department was notified from a call from an individual advising he has a combine on fire at a location on Main Valley Road, Tony. The Ladysmith Fire Department and a Ladysmith Officer responded to the scene. The City Officer attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher but was unable to do so. The fire was reported on private property and the Fire Department was at the scene and extinguished the fire.

A male subject at about 9:30 PM Sunday, advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that someone hit the guardrail at a location on Highway 40, Bruce, spun around and headed South bound. According to the report, there was a lot of debris and the caller had a license plate. A few minutes later Rusk County dispatch received another call from this location and advised someone stopped at their house and said there was more debris from the car further down the Road South. The case is under investigation.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – (PRESS RELEASE) This week Attorney General Brad Schimel and U.S. Attorneys for Wisconsin Scott Blader and Matthew Krueger are hosting a major summit on fighting opioid and meth abuse with more than 500 attendees expected from around Wisconsin. Attorney General Schimel also invites all Wisconsinites to do their part in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers and other pharmaceuticals by taking their unwanted medications, both prescription and over the counter, to Drug Take Back Day locations on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

“For nearly four years, I’ve partnered with the U.S. DOJ, local law enforcement, medical personnel, and treatment providers to fight the opioid epidemic, and now the meth epidemic,” said Attorney General Schimel. “To win this fight, we have to use treatment, prevention, and enforcement equally. Between this summit and Drug Take Back Day on October 27, this week we are having a concentrated, statewide push against the drug epidemic.”

The summit, entitled “Making Progress through Collaborations,” will focus on bringing together the people, from across Wisconsin, who all have a hand in fighting the opioid and meth epidemics. That group of people includes local public health agencies, law enforcement, prosecutors, first responders, hospital personnel, social services, correctional personnel, prevention and intervention workers, prosecutors, treatment providers, victim advocates, social workers, school administrators, teachers, community groups, faith-based leaders, and government officials. More than 500 people are expected to attend, in order to share information across sectors to better target drug traffickers, prevent drug abuse, reduce overdoses, and establish new pathways to recovery.

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