Early voting is underway for Wisconsin’s fall primaries. Municipal clerks have opened their windows for a two-week absentee voting period which ends a week from Friday — four days before the August 12th Election Day. Majority Republicans have scaled back early voting, which ran for several weeks a few years ago. Earlier this year, the G-O-P banned the absentee voting after seven at night and on weekends, saying small towns cannot hold the same hours as the bigger cities — and there needs to be uniformity statewide. Critics said the Republicans were just trying to inconvenience the Democrats, because they’re generally more successful in winning elections in the bigger cities. Scot Ross of the liberal One Wisconsin Now says the change affects mainly younger people as well as city dwellers. Meanwhile, Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says the biggest question he gets is why voters cannot vote in both parties’ primaries. As he points out, the purpose of primaries is for parties to pick their own finalists for November. Wisconsin is unlike most other states because it has an open primary — where voters can choose their parties anonymously. In most states, voters must publicly ask for a certain party’s ballot.
Monday morning a theft was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department. A male subject reported the theft of some items from his bedroom at his house located on Town line Road, Ladysmith. No other information was available.
Rusk County authorities received another mailbox damage complaint late Monday morning. A male subject advised that his mail box located on Adams Road, Bruce, was damaged on Friday Night.
Shortly before 3 PM Monday, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 8 near Bruce. After an investigation, the female driver was wanted out of Rusk County. Cash Bond of $147.50. The female subject was arrested and taken to the Rusk County jail. After a short time the female subject posted bond and was taken back to her vehicle.
Monday night at about 9;10 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department received a Battery complaint. A Rusk County deputy advised he was at the LEC with a female that was allegedly hit in the head by someone at OJ Falge Park. No other information was available.
At 6:15 PM Monday evening, Ladysmith Officers responded to a location on Worden Avenue for a report of two pit bulls attacking each other. Upon arrival, Officers observed a whit/black pit bull with a knife wound to the rib area. A 34 year old male subject stated that his brown pit bull was attacked by the White/ Black one. Another male subject, 21, stated he heard the dogs fighting and knew that the 34 year old’s pit bull to be friendly, and stated he stabbed the white/black pit bull. While at this location, a 15 year old Juvenile stated to City Officers that Steven L. Turner, 34 punched him in the face. Turner admitted to punching the juvenile in the face a Battery offense.
Just after 5 PM Monday, a City Officer made a traffic stop of Damien Kramer for eratic driving. A field sobriety test was failed and he was taken to RCMH for a blood draw. Kramer was arrested for OWI 1st Offense and taken to the Rusk County jail.
Officers in northwest Wisconsin said alcohol appears to be a factor in a one-car weekend crash that killed the driver. The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Preston Wilson of Frederic. A 30-year-old male passenger from Centuria was taken to a Saint Paul hospital with injuries. Polk County sheriff’s officials said Wilson lost control of his car on a curve at high speed on a rural road near Saint Croix Falls. It flew over a driveway and hit several trees in a ditch. Neither man was wearing a seat-belt. The mishap occurred early last Saturday.