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Two men have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, after a woman from Rice Lake reportedly arranged for them to kill her ex-husband.  Thirty-eight year old Robert McBain of Cameron and 35-year-old Ian Skjerly of Rice Lake both escaped life prison sentences, by pleading guilty to second-degree intentional homicide instead of their original first-degree charges.  McBain entered his plea yesterday in Barron County, and will be sentenced January second.  Skjerly was convicted on Wednesday, and will be sentenced November 13th.  He told authorities that Trista Raven-Hrabak helped plan the shooting death of 33-year-old Daniel Raven at his Barron area home in March, because she was upset over child support issues.  The 30-year-old Raven-Hrabak still faces a first-degree homicide charge, with a three-day trial scheduled to begin December 8th.  

Thursday afternoon a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop of a vehicle on Range line Road just South of County Highway I., Conrath. After an investigation, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office requested to take one of the subjects, Billy Black JR. into custody for Disorderly Conduct Domestic. Billy was arrested and taken into custody.

At about 4:15 PM Thursday, a City Officer met with a 44 year old female complainant in the lobby of the LEC for a report of an unauthorized use of her credit card. According to the report, someone allegedly charged $339.00 worth of product to her foodshare card at Walmart on Sept. 9th without her permission. The complainant stated she did not know who the person was, or how they did it as she was in possession of her card the entire time.

A man killed while running across a highway was a National Guard member who was on his way home from a fellow soldier’s funeral.  Twenty-seven year old David Talford of Rock Falls died last Friday near Trego in northwest Wisconsin. Washburn County authorities said yesterday that Talford and a friend drank at several bars after leaving a funeral in Hayward — and Talford pulled off Highway 53 to take a nap, because he was too drunk to drive.  Investigators do not know why he ran out of his car and onto the highway, where he was struck by a vehicle driven by a man from Minong.  The death was ruled an accident.  Talford served for eight years in the Guard, and had served in Iraq.  His funeral was yesterday near Mondovi. 

The Obama law that required fair treatment for credit card customers is apparently being used to help deadbeat parents avoid paying child support. Wausau House Republican Sean Duffy says he wants to fix that, by eliminating a ten-day notice to non-custodial parents before their credit reports are given to child support agencies.  Duffy says the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that support agencies receive credit reports to help determine parents’ abilities to pay.  However, Duffy says the advance notice to deadbeats allows them to rack up their credit charges, dump savings, and hide assets to show a judge they cannot afford as much child support as they really could.  Duffy says he generally likes consumers being told when somebody is running their credit reports — but in this case, it’s not treating children fairly.  This week, Duffy presided over a House sub-committee meeting where the issue was discussed.  Duffy and Florida Congressman Patrick Murphy have introduced a bill to drop the ten-day waiting period for submitting credit reports to child support officials.  California has a similar law in place.

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Two days of intense rainstorms have finally left Wisconsin — but not before delivering one final punch in the form of strong winds and power outages.  The Wisconsin Public Service utility had up to six-thousand customers out last night in north central and northeast Wisconsin.  That number was down to about 300 at seven this morning.  Almost half those were in the Eagle River area.  Parts of Door County had winds up to 48-miles-an-hour.  It started getting much cooler yesterday afternoon as a cold front breezed through the Badger State.  It was 38 at Siren at six this morning, but almost everyplace else was in the 40’s.  The wind has also diminished in most parts of the state, but some places in eastern and southern Wisconsin still had gusts in the 25-mile-an-hour range.  More rain is likely in the south tomorrow as another low pressure system moves through.  But for most of Wisconsin, it’s supposed to start clearing up today.  Frost is likely in the north tomorrow night, but that’s not unusual for this time of year.  The first killing frost ranges from September 13th in the far north, to October 24th close to Lake Michigan between Sheboygan and Racine.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department at about 12:45 PM Wednesday, received a complaint from a female subject reporting that someone burnt down a trailer that was on her land on Tyman Road, Weyerhaeuser and had items in it. A Rusk County deputy requested the Bruce Fire Department respond to the scene to overhaul the structure to make sure no one is inside the building. There was no electricity to the place and most likely the fire an arson investigation.

At around 5:20 PM Wednesday afternoon, a caller advised Rusk County authorities that Dan Chytil, 67 of Glen Flora, was in the Edming Oil CO. Gas Station in Glen Flora and is very intoxicated. Chytil is on 2 open bonds, both stating not to consume or possess alcohol. He was taken into custody and charged with Felony Bail Jumping, Misd. Bail Jumping and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer. Chytil was taken to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police responded at 4:35 PM Wednesday, to a location on West 9th Street North, to meet with a Probation and Parole agent to take Tyler Van Buskirk 23, into custody for a probation hold. Van Buskirk was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

Just after 2 AM this (Thursday) morning, a Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith Police and the Ladysmith Fire Department, responded to the RCMH for a fire alarm in the nursing home section of the hospital. The Hospital staff reported smoke in that area. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke in the stairwell and on the second floor of the nursing home. Officers assisted the Hospital staff with evacuating patients to another area in the hospital that was not affected. The source of the smoke was found to be a heater motor that overheated and was burning oil.

The head of a Wisconsin anti-domestic violence group says there’s a silver lining to the video release which showed N-F-L running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports a 72-percent increase in calls following Monday’s video release.  Patti Seger, the director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, says she’s not surprised.  She tells the Wisconsin Radio Network it’s good that so much attention is being called to domestic abuse — and that many women realize there’s someone they can call for help.  Hotline C-E-O Katie Ray-Jones said there’s been an “outpouring” of women saying they didn’t realize such things happened to others.  Seger calls that a common theme, since violence in relationships are mostly private matters.  She also pointed out that people should not blame the victims.  N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell is under fire for his handling of the Rice case.  After the incident in February, Goodell suspended him for two games, and later announced a new policy of six-game suspensions for first-time domestic abusers.  On Monday, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice, and the league suspended him indefinitely.  Yesterday, the A-P said a law enforcement official submitted video of the attack to the N-F-L office in April.  The league denies it, saying it had not seen it until T-M-Z made it public.

A Minnesota man is jailed under a quarter-million dollar bond while awaiting charges for the shooting death of his girlfriend in western Wisconsin.  Saint Croix County sheriff’s deputies are still trying to determine what led to the killing of 28-year-old Angel Linderman of Lake City.  It happened on Tuesday morning near Woodville.  A man called 9-1-1, saying he needed help for a passenger in his vehicle who was shot.  Deputies responded, and found 22-year-old Tanner Rix of Lake City standing outside the vehicle.  Sheriff’s officials said there was apparently a gap of several hours between the time Linderman was shot, and the 9-1-1 call came in.  Investigators are seeking people’s help in finding out what happened in the 24 hours before her death.  Media reports said Rix was wanted on two felony warrants for a drug offense and unauthorized firearm possession in Wabasha County Minnesota.

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About one of every four employers in Wisconsin plans to add workers in the final three months of this year, while fewer companies expect layoffs.  That’s according to the quarterly survey by Manpower Incorporated of Milwaukee.  It says the numbers of Wisconsin firms adding workers are 19-percent more than those which plan to make cuts.  Manpower calls that the “net employment outlook,” and it’s more than double what it was for the final quarter of 2013.  Metro Milwaukee has a net employment outlook of 16-percent, up from 14 a year ago.  Nationally, 15-percent more companies expect to have larger rather than smaller staffs from October through December.  That’s the highest since the first quarter of 2008, when the Great Recession was in its infancy.  

Early Monday afternoon, a male subject advised Rusk County authorities that he bought a round baler at a location on Highway 27, Ladysmith during an auction on Sept. 4th. When he went there on Saturday to pick up the baler it was gone. The complainant has been in contact with the auction service to see who purchased the baler that day due to there was more than one.

Ladysmith Police at about 2:20 this (Tuesday) morning, responded to an area on Summit Avenue West near the Army Reserve in Ladysmith for a report of someone screaming. Upon Arrival Officers observed 2 male subjects run into the woods. After finding both individuals, one had a PBT of .171 and the other had a PBT of .172. One male subject was released to his mother but he became disorderly in the residence and punched a hole in the wall. He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and taken to the Rusk County jail.

Wisconsin has not had any confirmed cases of a severe respiratory illness that has made hundreds of children sick in a dozen other states.  It’s called the “Enterovirus-68,” and it sent almost 500 children to a hospital in Kansas City alone.  Some of those youngsters had intensive care.  Officials said the disease might be caused by a rare virus similar to one that spreads the common cold.   Milwaukee health officials are on the lookout for the Enterovirus, even though there are no official cases yet.  City health official Paul Biedrzycki (bid-zick’-ee) says there’s no reason the virus isn’t circulating in Metro Milwaukee.  He says local officials are beefing up their surveillance, and urging health care providers and parents to watch for it.  

Most of the time, it appears to be either too wet or too dry on Wisconsin farms. After last week’s downpours, officials said 19-percent of farm fields have surplus moisture — and only seven-percent are too dry.  Shawano County has had a foot of rain in the past few weeks.  Door County had up to seven-inches last Thursday alone.  Barron County in the northwest had seven-inches for the week.  Meanwhile, the relatively cool summer continues to slow the development of crops.  Still, 74-percent of Wisconsin soybeans are in good-to-excellent condition.  The same is true for 72-percent of the state’s corn.  About two-thirds of the state’s pastures are in good-to-excellent shape — six-percent more than the previous week.

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