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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 2-11-19

**WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TUESDAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn.** **WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM MONDAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: Burnett and Polk.** Catching a break today, so a good opportunity to finish any snow clean up and try to make room (if you can) for the next round! High pressure will be up to our north, while the next winter storm begins to come together over the Southern Plains. Today will be seasonable with highs in the mid 20’s. Snow will then begin to expand and lift north, reaching Western Wisconsin between 9 PM and midnight. The snow will likely continue through the night and into Tuesday. Though there may be a few lulls, it appears the snow should remain fairly continuous through much of Tuesday. The storm will be tracking up through Missouri and then near or south of Chicago and eventually into Michigan. On this path, we would typically be a bit too far north to get into the heavier snowfall, but a surface trough is forecast to extend from the low up to the northwest, helping to enhance our snowfall. As it looks now, much of the area can expect to receive another 5-9″ of accumulation, while our far northern and also western counties over towards the Twin Cities looks to see a bit less, on the order of 3-6″. This may still change as we will continue to get new model data in on Monday, so revisions are still possible. Daytime highs will be in the mid 20’s. Any snow looks to exit sometime Tuesday night, leading to a drier day on Wednesday as a narrow ridge of high pressure moves in from the west. This will lead to a partly sunny sky and highs around 20.

Shortly after Midnight this (Monday) morning, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a fight at a residence on Johnson Avenue and Hunters Lane, Sheldon, involving a gun. Rusk County deputies and the Sheldon ambulance were called to the scene. According to the report, Taylor County was called for mutual aid. When deputies arrived, a female was in the front yard. Also may have a person in the woods, possibility of an injured person in the house. A deputy advised that subjects were starting to exit the house. The person with injuries was not exiting the house. The deputy advised the person with injuries had a swollen eye and possible broken nose. The deputy advised he had the gun secured and the gun was discharged in the house. All 4 subjects were detained. After further investigation, 4 people were detained and one person was inside with possible shotgun.  Shortly before 1 AM this (Monday) morning, Taylor County was on scene and the house was cleared. There was one subject on foot. They tracked the suspect’s footprints to a spot North on Taber Lane, where the person appeared to have been picked up by a vehicle. No other information was available.

Friday morning at about 11:25, a caller reported to Rusk County authorities that she was an insurance agent who was contacted by a subject reporting she rolled her vehicle approximately ½ mile South of Highway 8 on County Highway F. Rusk County deputies and the Bruce ambulance responded to the scene. According to the report, the patient was transported by ambulance to MMC-Ladysmith. No other information was available.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 2:45 AM Saturday morning of a car rolled over on its side at a location on Highway 8, Hawkins. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Hawkins Fire Department were called to the scene. According to the police log, a deputy advised to call the Registered Owner of the vehicle. After an investigation a subject was taken into custody. A call at about 12:20 Saturday afternoon, reported that a vehicle went into the ditch and broke a realtor sign, a fire number sign, and pushed a 8×8 railroad tie log across her driveway. This call was related to the earlier call earlier Saturday morning.

At 3;30 PM Saturday, a male subject walked into the LEC advising he has an active DOC warrant. Rusk County received confirmation on the DOC warrant was valid. The subject was taken into custody.

Friday afternoon Ladysmith Police received more graffiti vandalism complaints. According to the reports, graffiti was located at the apartment buildings located on 1st street. A 16 year old suspect was being interviewed by a City Officer and learned of additional locations of vandalism on City of Ladysmith property. The Suspect who admitted to the graffiti was Ethan Russell. City Police obtained information of other vandalism to buildings not yet reported.

On Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8:06am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a three vehicle accident on Hwy 48 just east of Cumberland. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene. Initial report shows a vehicle traveling westbound driven by Harry Skirm, 64 from Puyallup, WA, crossed the center line and stuck a truck traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jergenson, 60 of Comstock. A third vehicle traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jacobson, 71 of Cumberland, struck the back of the Jergenson truck. The Jacobson vehicle had two passengers, Pam Jacobson,65, and Shaun Jacobson, 41, both of Cumberland. Skirm was transported to Cumberland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased and all the other drivers and passengers were checked out at the scene and released. The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident scene and the Barron County Highway Department closed Hwy 48 for two and one-half hours. This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office

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