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After a wet start, the sky has cleared and we will see a quick warm up through the afternoon. Highs are still expected to climb near 80 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 and eastern counties at this time. Afternoon highs will top out about 10 degrees above typical mid May temperatures…enjoy it while you can, it will not last! The front will drop further south at night, before stalling over far Southern Wisconsin and Iowa on Friday. We have seen a shift with the forecast models in the last 24 hours with regards to the placement of this front. It currently appears it will remain further south Friday and into Saturday, before working back to the north with a low pressure system by Sunday. This means we will still carry some rain chances through this stretch but we are likely to remain in the cool sector of this storm. Any potential severe threat appears to also stay further south, while temperatures also dip back below average for another stretch of days. This will be due to a cool high pressure system poised to our north in Canada.

Wednesday afternoon a male subject came to the LEC to report damage to his cabin located on Clover Lane, Ladysmith. According to the report, the damage happened sometime at the end of April to possibly the beginning of May. A Rusk County deputy went to the scene. No other information was available.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 8:40 PM Wednesday, advising there was a car vs farm tractor accident on Highway 8 near County Highway X West near Glen Flora. According to the report, Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. The first responder on the scene reported no injuries. No other information was available.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a Ladysmith Police Officer spoke with a Ladysmith School Bus driver about a truck that did not yield to the school bus he was driving. The incident occurred at the intersection of East 5th Street and Worden Ave. East. A White in color truck did not fully stop for the bus even when the stopping lights were activated. A license plate number was provided to the Officer and this case is under investigation.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — The Wisconsin Assembly honored Jayme Closs with a Hometown Hero award on Wednesday. She was nominated by Rep. Romaine Quinn (R) – Barron. “Jayme, your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible,” said Rep. Quinn. “You are truly an inspiration and bright light during a time of sadness. “You taught us an important lesson,” he added. “No matter how grave your situation. No matter how dark you days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem. There is always hope.” Jayme was present to receive the award. Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Closs’s bravery and spirit are inspiring. “Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better,” she said. Closs stood behind her aunt but did not speak. Jake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping Closs and killing her parents on Oct. 15. He faces life in prison when sentenced on May 24. Jayme was abducted from her home in Barron in October of 2018. She escaped from her captor 88 days later from a remote cabin in Douglas County.

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – UPDATE: The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter who was shot Wednesday night has died. The firefighter’s name has not been released, but the statement says the firefighter had been with the department for 14 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen and Mayor Hanna will make a statement to the media on Thursday at the Appleton Police Department. Appleton police say an officer and a firefighter are among those injured in a shooting near the city transit center Wednesday evening. Police say “several” people were transported to hospitals but couldn’t be more specific. Each of the patients was accompanied by officers. Police say there is “no threat to the community.” Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department says police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call, and while they were there “the situation was very active” and there was a shooting. Multiple witnesses reported hearing gunshots. They said they saw police running towards the scene.

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