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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 7-27-20 Behind a cold front, humidity levels and temperatures have dropped. The final week of July is here, and Mother Nature is going to give us a break from the summer extremes, including high heat, high humidity, and severe storms. In fact, we are not looking at any additional rain chances through the end of the month! The sub-tropical ridge which was quite dominant to our south this past week will weaken as a large upper low passes by well to our north in Canada. This feature will slowly move to the east, suppressing the heat ridge farther south in the United States. This means the northern tier of states, initially starting in the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, will see some very pleasant weather with near to slightly below average temperatures and generally comfortable humidity levels. RUSK COUNTY – In Rusk County this past weekend, Friday afternoon just after 4 PM, a caller advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that there was a vehicle in the ditch on County Highway D near Chetek. According to the report, the vehicle was on the South side of the road, there was no one around the vehicle and it appears that the vehicle has been there a couple days. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene. A deputy advised the vehicle was far into the ditch. It appears to have been traveling East bound on County Highway D and left the roadway crashing into the ditch hitting multiple trees. The vehicle has damage to all areas and is not operable. The vehicle has been in this location for several days. The vehicle was removed and deputies were to try and contact the registered owner of the vehicle. LADYSMITH – A Rusk County Deputy and City Police Officer Friday evening investigated a trespass complaint. According to the police log, a subject was in a building on Worden Avenue West, Ladysmith. The subject left but his property was still there. After about 90 minutes, the subject was back at the location. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody and taken to the LEC. LADYSMITH – A Rusk County Deputy made a traffic stop shortly before 1 AM Saturday morning on Highway 27 and Jansen Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, there were 4 occupants in the vehicle. After an investigation, the driver was taken into custody for bail jumping. All occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. Two female and 1 male passengers were taken into custody. The male driver was transported to MMC-Ladysmith for a blood draw. No other information was avaialble. SHELDON – Saturday evening at about 6:45, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject requesting deputies at his farm on Spur Road on the Rusk/Taylor County line. According to the report, the caller advised one of his Hispanic workers got beat up on the Rusk County side of his farm. The caller advised the suspect fled the scene into Chippewa County. A family member of the suspect is in one of the buildings refusing to leave as this person incited some of the fight. Rusk County Deputies responded to the scene and after an investigation, the incident happened in Taylor County. They checked on the victim and this will be a felony battery case. After a short time, the suspect was in Rusk County at a known location. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and turned over to Taylor County. LADYSMITH – Saturday morning at about 2:15, a Rusk County Deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 27 and Ambrose Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. After an investigation, the driver was taken into custody and transported to MMC-Ladysmith for a blood draw. Probation was contacted and Probation issued a hold on the subject for OWI. (AP) – The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government — one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There’s still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., will really protect. The needed proof: Volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines, especially in areas where the virus still is spreading unchecked. “Unfortunately for the United States of America, we have plenty of infections right now” to get that answer, NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told The Associated Press. Moderna said the vaccination was done in Savannah, Georgia, the first site to get underway among more than seven dozen trial sites scattered around the country. In Binghamton, New York, nurse Melissa Harting said she volunteered as a way “to do my part to help out.” “I’m excited,” Harting said before she received a study injection Monday morning. Especially with family members in front-line jobs that could expose them to the virus, “doing our part to eradicate it is very important to me.” NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store door busters as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in a slew of states. Target opened for the first time on Thanksgiving in 2011, joining other stores in jump-starting Black Friday sales and creating a new tradition of shoppers heading out to the stores after their turkey feast. TOWN OF LIBERTY, Wis. (WEAU) – One man died after a single-vehicle crash in Vernon County over the weekend. On Sunday around 3:15 p.m. the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on State Highway 56 near County Road SS in the town of Liberty. Dustin M. McCartney, 56, from rural Richland Center, was not wearing his seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. McCartney had a dog in the vehicle that was taken to Vernon County Humane Society to be evaluated for any injuries. The incident remains under investigation but the initial reports indicate McCartney lost control of the vehicle due to heavy rain. The vehicle and its trailer went off the road and traveled sideways before rolling and ejecting the driver. This incident marks the first traffic fatality in Vernon County for 2020. WASHINGTON (AP) — Suggesting a narrower pandemic relief package may be all that’s possible, the White House still pushed ahead with Monday’s planned rollout of the Senate Republicans’ $1 trillion effort as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed the GOP “disarray” as time-wasting during the crisis. The administration’s chief negotiators — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — spent the weekend on Capitol Hill to put what Meadows described as “final touches” on the relief bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring forward Monday afternoon. “We’re done,” Mnuchin said as he and Meadows left Capitol Hill on Sunday after meeting with GOP staff. But looming deadlines may force them to consider other options. By Friday, millions of out-of-work Americans will lose an $600 federal unemployment benefit that is expiring and federal eviction protections for many renters are also coming to an end. President Donald Trump’s standing is at one of the lowest points of his term, according to a new AP-NORC poll. “They’re in disarray and that delay is causing suffering for America’s families,” Pelosi said. Pelosi panned the Trump administration’s desire to trim the $600 weekly unemployment boost to about 70% of pre-pandemic wages. She also said she opposes tackling a relief package in piecemeal fashion. With the virus death toll climbing and 4.2 million infections nationwide, the administration officials converged on the Capitol to revive the Republican package that unraveled last week. Republican senators and the White House are at odds over various items, including how to cut back the jobless benefit without fully doing away with it.

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