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RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 8-12-19

The first few days of this week will bring the chance of showers, but it’s looking less wet than earlier thinking. Low pressure over Montana will be moving to the southeast, through the Plains and into Minnesota by tonight. An associated warm front will be to our southwest, likely triggering more numerous showers and storms, but these are looking to remain further to our south. This means much of Monday may turn out dry now, with just a few scattered showers expected. Clouds will again become more dominant, as temperatures gradually rise through the 70’s. Higher dew points will make it feel sticky. A shower or thunderstorm will remain possible at night while the low begins to move to our south. This system will be moving away on Tuesday, but a surface trough is forecast to extend from the low up to the northwest, right through our area. This will combine with some upper level energy, leading to the development of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Another mostly cloudy day is forecast, while holding down temperatures once again, with highs in the mid 70’s. Shower and storm chances will begin to move away into Tuesday night as the next high pressure system slides east from the Northern Plains. Some nicer weather will then be taking hold for a few days. Both Wednesday and Thursday will offer up some sunshine though a few extra clouds should develop with heating on Wednesday. It will be dry and less humid, so nicer to be outside again with highs in the 70’s both days.

In Rusk County news the past weekend, Friday afternoon at about 2:30, a female employee advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a gas drive off on Main Street Sheldon. According to the report, a White van took off without paying for its gas. The vehicle went Westbound on County Highway D through Sheldon. The vehicle was an older White van with no plate on the front and a collector plate on the back. The gas drive off was for $40.

Friday afternoon at about 4:50, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call of a Red car in the ditch on the East side of the road on County Highway O and Fire Lane Road near Bruce. According to the report, one male outside of the vehicle asked the caller not to call LEC. The male started walking. Rusk County deputies, the Bruce ambulance and Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After a few minutes a County deputy was with the subject walking. After an investigation the male was taken into custody. The subject was taken to MMC-Ladysmith for a blood draw and then transported to the Rusk County jail.

Just after midnight Saturday morning, an off duty City Officer reported a vehicle was observed Westbound on Highway 8, swerved on the shoulder twice and then stopped in the middle of the road near Express Mart. A field sobriety test was performed and the subject was taken into custody for OWI and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon, responded to a location on East 8th Street South to locate a female’s vehicle. The Officer located the vehicle and notified the female to come and pick it up. According to the report, by the time she arrived to pick up the vehicle, the vehicle had wire damage that disabled it to the point it would not start. The case is under investigation.

TURTLE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) — One man is dead and a woman arrested after a stabbing in Barron County. The Turtle Lake Police Department says deputies from Barron County were called to the scene on the 200 block of Soo Avenue East in the village of Almena on Saturday afternoon. When officers arrived they found a man dead in the backyard. A short time later, officers found a female, believed to be involved and took her into custody. The name of the victim or the suspect has not been released. Officers say there is no danger to the public.

Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt reports on August 11, his department received a call from Lincoln County at 11:25 PM, reporting a motorcycle versus deer crash with one person injured on State Highway 86 near State Highway 102 in the Township of Spirit. Preliminary investigation revealed the motorcycle with one rider was traveling Eastbound on State Highway 86 approaching West Road when the motorcycle struck a deer. The driver of the motorcycle, a 73 year old male from Ogema, was taken to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk for treatment of injuries. The driver was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Names are being withheld pending notification of family. The driver was reported to be wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The matter remains under investigation by the Price County Sheriff’s Office.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WXOW) – A woman from Merrillan is taken into custody for a time Friday morning after an investigation into the theft of two dogs in Texas leads to Jackson County, Wisconsin. Sheriff Duane Waldera said that Patricia A. Finch-Junk was taken into custody then released after she agreed to cooperate with authorities in recovering the two blue heeler dogs taken from Van Zandt County last month. The sheriff said the dogs were recovered and in a safe place until Texas authorities can come up and retrieve them. Cynthia Durham. Photo courtesy KLTV/Van Zandt County Jail According to the Van Zandt County District Attorney’s Office, the Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office began an investigation on July 15 when the victim, Jeremy Housden, said his dogs were taken when he was out of town and they were under the care of a family friend. The friend let the dogs out, and when the time came for them to come in, they were gone. During the investigation, Sergeant Deputy Jason Burns found evidence that led to the president of the Van Zandt County Humane Society Cynthia Durham. When interviewed, she admitted to taking the dogs because she believed they were neglected. This was disproved during the investigation according to the District Attorney’s Office. She was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of Theft of Property. Durham told Burns that she sent the dogs to a rescue organization called “Unchained K-9 Rescue & Rehab” in Merrillan, Wisconsin. The DA’s statement said that when Burns found a picture of the stolen dogs on the rescue’s website, which is no longer online, the owner positively identified them as his stolen family pets.

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