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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — They were words they hoped not to say, longing to end days of agony.

On Wednesday, members of Jayme Closs’s family bore their emotion to the world.

“Not a moment goes by that we are not thinking of you and praying for you. Your family misses you so much, your sparkling eyes, your bright smile, your soft little giggles. Your dog Molly is waiting for you, she’s sleeping in your sweatshirts,” Jennifer Smith, Jayme Closs’s aunt, said during a press conference at the Barron County Judicial Center.

“Jayme, we need you hear with us to fill that hole we have in our hearts. We all love you to the moon and back and we will never stop looking for you.”

Wednesday marked ten days since Jayme disappeared and her parents – James and Denise Closs – were found shot to death in their home along U.S. Highway 8. During the press conference, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a $25,000 reward was being offered in connection to finding Jayme.

Since the investigation began, authorities have seen about 1,550 tips come in and 1,200 have been closed out. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said an uptick in tips has happened since info on two vehicles of interest was released two days ago – one, a 2008-2014 red or orange Dodge Challenger; the other, either a 2006-2010 black Ford Edge or a 2004-2010 black Acura MDX.

There was also a return Wednesday to the home where Jayme’s parents were found shot to death, as a new group of investigators examined the crime scene.

“We’ve had people here for days and that also bring them up to speed with the case. So when that comes in, we look at that. We said ‘Let’s try this piece of evidence.’ and then, our evidence team goes over it,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said no new ground searches for the Barron area were being announced, but stressed the work to find Jayme Closs goes on.

“There’s 200 people in this building behind me combing over evidence still, looking at things that were picked up (Tuesday), looking at video, continuing to review that 911 call,” he said. “I know we keep going back to that, but any tip can bring Jayme home at any one time. I can’t stress that enough.”


Wednesday morning just before 9 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject reporting that one of his dump truck drivers reported the truck was on its side ¼ mile South of Highway 8 on Sawdust Road. According to the report, the driver was out of the vehicle and there were no injuries. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. The DNR was contacted for a sludge spill but the DNR advised that Thompson’s was responsible for the clean up. No other information was available.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 4:35 PM Wednesday, received a call from Chippewa County advising that they received a call of a structure fire at a location on 305th Avenue, Sheldon. Rusk County called the residence and a female advised that a shed was on fire and that there was no one in the shed. The fire was located in Ruby Township in Chippewa County. The Sheldon Fire Department and the Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. Sheldon firemen were at the scene for about 40 minutes.


MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has skipped some of his usual attack lines at a campaign rally in Wisconsin.

Trump certainly wasn’t tame as he addressed thousands at an airport hangar on Wednesday while law enforcement officials nationwide scrambled to find those responsible for a series of attempting bombings targeting current and former Democratic officials and CNN.

But Trump skipped his usual attack on what he calls the “fake news” media for not showing enough of his crowds.

And he declined to go after his potential 2020 rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump sometimes likes to talk about how he would beat Biden in a fistfight.

Trump also refrained from mentioning his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, two of his most frequent punching bags. Both women were both targeted by suspicious packages.

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s trying to be nice as he criticizes Sen. Tammy Baldwin at a Wisconsin rally following a series of attempted bombings on high-profile Democratic officials and CNN.

Trump says he’s holding back his most fiery rhetoric because he’s “trying to be nice.”

Trump opened the rally by calling for a new era of civility in politics following the attempted attacks on former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others. And he said those in the political arena must “stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”

Trump is in the state campaigning for Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — Investigators said they seized nearly one pound of meth and more than $15,000 from a suspected methamphetamine dealer.

Ngia Vang, 31, is in custody in the Marathon County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

A search warrant was executed at his home on the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue in Wausau on Oct. 18 after a confidential informant reported seeing two baseball-sized balls of meth.

Officers discovered drugs within the home’s walls. Officers also found a backpack containing $10,000. More than $5,000 was also found throughout the home.

Vang’s charges carry a stiffer penalty due to the proximity of alleged drug-dealing near a school.

He’s scheduled to learn Oct. 31 if his case will head to trial.


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