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The front responsible for the overnight rain will move away as weak high pressure returns for today. This will lead to another beautiful day to enjoy outdoor work and activities. Winds will remain light, while a mostly sunny sky is expected along with a slightly warmer day with highs in the mid 70’s. More clouds will then start to return overnight as the next front moves from the Plains into Minnesota. Forecast models indicate there may be a line of showers and weak thunderstorms moving into Western Wisconsin late at night, into Thursday morning. This would be well out ahead of the front which won’t arrive until later in the day. If this timing verifies, after a wet start, we may be able to get into some clearing which would lead to a quick warm up through the afternoon. Highs are still expected to climb well into the 70’s and out ahead of this front, dew points are forecast to reach above 60, making for potentially the first muggy day of the season. Additional shower and storm development may occur late in the day and night, but chances look better in southern counties at this time.

Just before 1 PM Tuesday afternoon, Rusk County deputies and Ladysmith Police responded to an address at 302 East 8th Street South, Ladysmith, with Probation to do a home check and take 2 individuals into custody. According to the report, while at the residence one of the individuals on Probation admitted that there was Drug Paraphernalia inside of the residence. City Police then conducted a search of the residence and recovered multiple items related to drug use. Four individuals were taken into custody. Suzin M. Croenne, 21, Kalin A. Croenne, 23, Daniel Lee Fuller, 25 and Charles Craig Barna, 19 were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine. They were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Tuesday morning at about 10:30, a male subject reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a female subject was heading to his residence on Dam Road, Ladysmith to pick up her stuff. According to the Police log, Rusk County authorities spoke with the female subject and advised her that she needed her to work with the male subject and see if they could come up with a time they both agreed to and the Sheriff’s Office would come to supervise. This was earlier in the day. Just after 11 AM a Rusk County deputy was with the male subject. After an investigation the male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Shortly before Noon Tuesday, the Sheldon Fire Department reported to Rusk County authorities that a ditch was on fire on Cemetery Road, Sheldon. The Sheldon Fire Department and the DNR were called to the scene. According to the report, the Sheldon firemen advised that it looks like the ditch fire was lit Monday night and was smouldering a little. Firemen were at the scene for a short time.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — A person of interest was taken into custody Tuesday night, in connection to a reported armed robbery on Eau Claire’s south side. According to an official with the Eau Claire Police Department, a call came in just after 8:30 p.m. for a robbery at the Eau Claire Tobacco Shop on Gateway Dr., near Oakwood Mall. Eau Claire Police, including a K-9 unit, were reported at the scene. Later in the evening, Eau Claire Police and deputies with the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department combined for a traffic stop on the city’s west side, which was tied to the incident. An unidentified male was taken into custody. The Eau Claire Police official said further information on the case could be made available sometime Wednesday.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) — A motorcycle driver has died following a crash in Menomonie on Tuesday night. It happened in the 1900 block of Dairyland Road just before 10 p.m. Police say a preliminary investigation shows speed and alcohol are possible factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver’s name has not been released.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to approve a bill designed to bolster and streamline the state’s pollution credit-trading system. The measure up for approval Wednesday would create a clearinghouse that supporters say would make it easier for large-scale polluters to trade credits with farmers, providing them with a new source of income. Wisconsin law allows those who discharge pollutants directly into the environment to exceed allowable limits if they buy credits from those who pollute indirectly, like farmers. Supporters say energizing the state’s pollution-trading marketplace would save taxpayers the cost of upgrading public facilities to meet new phosphorus standards while also giving farmers a financial boost. The credit-trading option was created in 1997 but hasn’t caught on. The bill’s authors say the measure could jump-start the credit marketplace, leading to better water quality.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)— A man suspected of spraying an unknown liquid into a sheriff deputy’s eyes after the deputy stopped him for speeding has been arrested in Sauk County. Just after 6:00 Wednesday morning, Sauk County Emergency Management sent out an alert that Joshua Martin was arrested in the county. Just a half-hour before, an alert was sent out that the 30-year-old was spotted in the Sauk Prairie Area. He allegedly abandoned his car in Westpoint Township by the Town Hall Martin has been identified as a person of interest in this case. Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Martin is listed as a missing person out of Dane County because his car was abandoned in Dane County. It’s believed he was last seen near STH 188 and Selwood Drive in WestPoint Township. He is from the Milwaukee area. Dane County Sheriff’s Office said they contacted Martin’s family and friends who said that he is going through mental health issues. This is why they consider him missing and endangered. Sheriff Roger L. Brandner from Columbia County said the deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on State Highway 60 at O’Connor Road in the township of Westpoint around 12:15 a.m. on Monday. When the deputy made contact with the deputy, he sprayed the unknown liquid into the deputy’s face and eyes. The substance was possibly an Oleoresin Capsicum