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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-19-17

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:23am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a semi vs. car accident on Hwy 8 east of Cameron-near 23rd Street.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cameron Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows a car driven by Rich Hendricks, 59 of Ladysmith was traveling west on Hwy 8 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi, traveling east, driven by George Cizek, 60 from Ladysmith.

Hendricks was flown to Regions Hospital but later passed away.  Cizek was treated at the scene and released.

Hwy 8 was closed for 3 hours while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.  This accident remains under investigation.

This is Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.

Early Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that there was a disturbance at the Bruce School. Rusk County deputies went to the school and after an investigation, a female adult was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

At about 1:25 Wednesday afternoon, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as her car was reportedly hit by a neighbor located on Court Street, Hawkins. The subject called a second time and advised that the suspect may have been drinking. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and after an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody for OWI. The deputy transported the subject to RCMH for a legal blood draw.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, received an anonymous call advising Robert Boughman was drinking at the Jimmy’s World Bar and Campground and he doesn’t have a license. According to the report, Boughman was driving his mothers vehicle. Rusk County deputies made contact with Boughman and after an investigation, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

WLDY-WJBL received information from the Ladysmith Police Department of a possible scam. The Police Department reportedly received two calls from subjects regarding a person calling and claiming they are from Xcel Energy and that they are going to shut off their power if they don’t pay immediately.

You are advised to contact Xcel themselves if they do have any outstanding bill but if they don’t to just hang up.v

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-18-17

At about 10:40 Tuesday night, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising of a male at her door at a residence on County Highway X West, Tony, asking for gas. The caller advised they didn’t have any and the subject left down the driveway and then came back and went behind her garage and then the neighbor’s garage. The male subject then was walking West Bound on Highway 8 towards Tony. A Rusk County deputy advised he was out with a subject at Highway 8 and County Highway X, West. The male subject was wanted with a Probation warrant. The male subject was taken to the Rusk County jail. After an investigation, a female was issued citations for OWS, Expired Registration and no Insurance.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-17-17

Rusk County dispatch at 6:50 AM Monday morning, received a 911 call from a male subject reporting that they slid off the road on County Highway M, Hawkins, and have partially rolled over on the passenger side. The subject advised that he is not injured but his 83 year old father is not complaining of any injuries but is trapped in the vehicle. Rusk County deputies, the Hawkins Fire Department, and the Hawkins Ambulance responded to the scene. Patients were looked at but there was no transport. No other information was available.

At about 9:30 Monday morning, Rusk County received a 911 transfer from Chippewa County reporting a structure fire of a garage that is near a residence on 335th Street, Sheldon in Chippewa County. The Sheldon Fire Department was called to the scene and requested mutual aid for tankers from the Cornell Fire Department. The Sheldon Fire Department was at the scene for about two hours.

A Burglary complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office late Monday morning. A male subject advised that somebody broke into his property at the Northwest corner of County Highway M. Hawkins. The complainant reported they took tools and some other items.

At 5:30 AM this (Tuesday) morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a female subject advising that she rolled her car on Highway 8 near J&S Supper Club. According to the report, Rusk County deputies, The Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. The female driver was the lone occupant and reported no injuries. The vehicle sustained minimal damage to the passenger side. The driver was evaluated by EMS but there was no transport.

There were other slide ins and accidents but no injuries were reported.

Monday morning shortly before 9 AM, Ladysmith High School requested a K-9 search of vehicles and lockers at the Ladysmith High School. According to the report, no illegal drugs were found. The K-9 indicated on four vehicles and two lockers. Cigarettes were found in one vehicle which belonged to an adult.

At 11:15 AM Monday, Ladysmith Police responded to Ace Hardware for an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian complained of hip and back pain and was transported to RCMH. No other information was available.

(Undated)  —  Most schools in Wisconsin are closed today (Tuesday) due to the ice storm in the Badger State. Madison and Milwaukee schools remain open — but a number of larger districts decided to shut down including Green Bay, Appleton, Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Wausau. Some schools plan to open two hours late this (Tuesday) morning — and U-W Eau Claire is among the schools with that schedule. Wisconsin has been hit with a mix of freezing rain, sleet, snow, and rain since Monday morning. The precipitation is expected to head east by the noon hour.

(Undated)  —  A winter storm warning continues in central Wisconsin through noon, as part of the large Midwest ice storm that moved into the Badger State on Monday. Lesser advisories are in effect until noon in west central and northeast areas — and they were due to expire at six a-m in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. The state D-O-T says numerous traffic crashes closed major roads during the night — including a pair of jackknifed semitrucks on Highway 49 in Dodge County and Highway 33 in Columbia County — and forecasters warn that icy conditions will remain even after the temperature gets above freezing today (Tuesday), due to the cold ground. Power outages are minimal, considering the icy weather, with only about 280 customers of the state’s five largest utilities out as of 4:30 a-m. Most of the freezing rain, sleet, and snow is due to leave the state by late morning.

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire.

The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher’s previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011. The decrease was spread nationwide; in only six states did abortions increase over the three-year span.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-16-17

In Rusk County news over the past weekend, just before Noon Friday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a fire call on County Highway V. Sheldon. According to the police log, a subject was reportedly engaged in a physical altercation and may be lighting the victims house on fire. Rusk County called the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office advising them that Rusk County has deputies near the county line. Rusk County deputies went to the scene which was in Taylor County. The Sheldon Fire Department and the Sheldon ambulance were advised to go on stand by on Pioneer Road and County Highway V. After an investigation, at about 12:55 PM Friday, 3 subjects were reportedly detained. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office took over the scene and Rusk County deputies were back into the county.

At about 12:20 AM Saturday, the Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising there was a truck around back by the garage on College Avenue West, Ladysmith, that is running but can not see anyone around. Ladysmith Police responded to the scene and after an investigation, a City Officer gave a male subject a ride to the LEC for field sobriety. The male subject James P. Kroeplin, was taken into custody for OWI and taken to the Rusk County jail.

A wintry mess will cause icy road conditions at times Monday and into Tuesday. Plan ahead that any travel plans will need extra time and extra space.

Sleet, snow, freezing rain and rain are all possible Monday into Tuesday as this next winter storm impacts the region. The wintry mix arrives earliest in our southern counties expanding northward through the day. By afternoon with high temperatures rising toward the freezing point and above (especially in the Coulee Region) we may also mix in some rain along with the frozen precipitation.

There are several Winter Weather Advisories in effect, all with varying times due to the differing arrival times for the icy mix.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until noon Tuesday for Crawford, Houston, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Winona counties.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect from noon Monday until noon Tuesday in Buffalo, Clark, Jackson and Trempealeau counties.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect from noon Monday until 6 AM Tuesday for Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, and Pierce counties.

RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) — A man is dead following an apartment explosion in Rice Lake.

The call came into the Rice Lake Police Department around 11 p.m. Sunday at 1030 S. Main St.

According to Captain Tracy Hom, with the Rice Lake Police Department, they are not releasing any names at this time, but he could confirm that the man killed was born in 1972. Hom says the man called 911 and threatened to blow up his apartment. Hom says the explosion was small, but the rest of the apartment complex caught fire and is a total loss. Investigators say about 14 people are displaced due to the fire, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.

One officer was injured in the explosion when glass got into his eye.

The incident is still under investigation.

Madison – Governor Scott Walker joins the nation and the people of Wisconsin today in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He issued the following statement honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his enduring legacy:

It is easy to stand up for what you believe in when that belief is popular or receives strong support from others. It is much more difficult to do so in the face of constant criticism. But, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did just that, refusing to abandon his ideals because, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Today, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we honor his courage, his determination, his vision, and his commitment to peace. His legacy lives on and our nation is stronger today thanks to his efforts. As we reflect on the tremendous impact he has had on the civil rights movement, let us follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and stand up for what is right as we make our communities, our state, and our nation a better place to live.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-13-17

(Undated)  —  Folks in northwest Wisconsin were shivering through one of its coldest mornings of the winter. It was 26 below in Siren at six a-m, and minus 22 in Hayward. Wind chills were as low as 37 below at Cumberland — but in southern Wisconsin, it was a balmy 12 above in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha with wind chills as warm as zero. Parts of the Badger State received as much as one inch of light snow Thursday, but forecasters say it will dry all weekend throughout Wisconsin. It’s supposed to get warmer, with highs reaching the upper teens in the north tomorrow (Saturday) and up to 30 degrees in the far southeast. Freezing rain is possible on Sunday.

Just after 9 PM Thursday night, Ladysmith Police and Rusk County deputies went to an address on Baker Avenue West in search for Dennis G. Wood, 26. According to the report, a County Deputy looked in the front window and saw Dennis Wood sitting on the couch. Wood ignored the knocking at the door until a County deputy knocked on the door with the K-9 unit. He came to the door and was arrested for a case the County was handling. Wood was taken to the Rusk County jail.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at about 10:50 PM Thursday, received an anonymous call from a female advising she was heading home East on County Highway J and came upon a vehicle a mile down the road. According to the Police log, the vehicle had crossed the median on the North side of the road and went into the ditch. The passerby advised they had talked to the occupants of the vehicle and they said they were fine and had a friend coming to pull them out. The caller advised she found it odd that the driver was throwing up out the window. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and reported that a logging truck was going to pull the car out of the ditch. The driver had been drinking but cannot exit the vehicle due to being stuck down in the ditch. After the vehicle was removed, The County deputy transported the driver back to the LEC for field sobriety. The driver was arrested for OWI.

This time of year can be especially dangerous for tow truck operators, law enforcement and other emergency responders stopped along highways. T traffic stop, minor crash or slide-off can quickly turn tragic if drivers don’t slow down and pay attention as they approach a traffic incident. The State Patrol’s January Law of the month highlights Wisconsin’s Move Over law which requires drivers to slow down and shift lanes if possible when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. Violations cost $263.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) — A Minnesota man has been charged in the death of UW-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi.

Hennepin County Jail records show 27-year-old Cullen Osburn, from Minneapolis, was booked on January 12. He’s charged in Dunn County with Felony Murder as a repeater and Aggravated Battery-Intending to Cause Bodily Harm as a repeater.

Alnahdi, an international student from Saudi Arabia, died on Oct. 31. Investigators say he was attacked the previous morning on the 400 block of Main Street East in Menomonie. Autopsy results show Alnahdi died of a traumatic brain injury. The Menomonie police department and the FBI have been investigating the case.

According to the criminal complaint, Osburn contacted police on Nov. 2, 2016 about the investigation, saying he was scared and willing to fully cooperate. He told police he was involved in the fight, but was adamant the fight wasn’t about race. He did not want to give any other details without an attorney. Osburn told police he would contact them within a few days, but two days later investigators discovered his telephone was disconnected after trying to schedule an interview.

Multiple witnesses, including Osburn’s sister, told investigators the fight between Alnahdi and Osburn broke out at the Toppers on Main Street. While Osburn’s sister didn’t witness the fight, three other witnesses tried to stop the fight. One witness said Osburn punched Alnahdi twice in rapid succession, saying Osburn “two pieced” Alnahdi.

The criminal complaint gave no further details as to Osburn’s arrest, but jail records show he was booked into the Hennepin County Jail. A spokesperson from the the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office later said that the county’s Violent Offender Task Force and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force caught Osburn Thursday night in St. Paul without incident.

(Madison, WI) — A Republican state lawmaker wants to end Wisconsin’s 18-year-old moratorium on new iron mines. Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany recently told Wisconsin Public Radio he would introduce a bill in the new session to eliminate the moratorium. He told reporters he does not know of new mining projects on the horizon — but he says a major condition to end the 1998 moratorium has been satisfied, as the old Flambeau mine near Ladysmith did not leave water pollution for more than one decade after it closed in 1997. Another condition required that a mine operate for ten years without pollution — and while the Ladysmith mine ran for four years, Tiffany says it achieved the major goal of avoiding pollution for a long time after a mine shuts down. A federal judge said the Flambeau mine left minimal copper discharges, but an appeals court struck down that finding in 2013.

 

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-12-17

Wednesday night at about 11 PM, a City Officer and a Rusk County deputy responded to an address on East 3rd Street South Ladysmith for a warrant pickup. Zackary A. Noel, 19, had a valid Rusk County warrant for failing to appear at his court date for charges of reckless driving causing great bodily harm and operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers license-cause great bodily harm. According to the report, Noel was located inside the residence and he exited the residence to speak with the officers. Noel advised that he believed that his court date was the 14th and not the 4th of January. He was placed under arrest and brought to the Rusk County jail.

At about 11:40 PM Wednesday night, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising they were watching a residence on Lakewood BL., Ladysmith, and no one is to be in it. The caller advised that they think a male subject is at the residence. According to the police log, a Rusk County deputy went to the residence. He advised that there were no vehicle there but there was a fire going inside. The County deputy had permission to go into the residence and made contact with a male subject. The Ladysmith ambulance was requested at the scene but the patient did not want to be transported. After an investigation, the male subject was taken into custody, transported to RCMH for medical clearance and then transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer at 1 PM Wednesday, responded to the Ladysmith High School on a report of a juvenile student who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the report, after an investigation, a 15 year old was cited for possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Wisconsin officials have done a lot in recent years to fight the state’s growing problem with heroin. But a new study shows that methamphetamine use has grown so quickly, it’s on par with heroin. The F-B-I and the state Justice Department estimates that meth usage in the Badger State grew by 250-to-300-percent from 2011 through 2015 based on arrests, court cases, drug seizures, and other statistics. A few years ago, the state made people register to buy cold medicines that were often used in homemade meth labs — but these days, the government says Wisconsin’s meth is made in Mexico, and it comes ready made from California or neighboring Minnesota. Officials say meth usage remains the highest in northwest Wisconsin, while expanding south and eastward during the past five years.

(Madison, WI)  —  Three of every four Wisconsinites will travel somewhere this year, and 55-percent will take two or three vacations mostly between now and September. The figures come from the Triple “A’s” Consumer Pulse survey — which also shows that one of every five Wisconsin travelers will leave the U-S in 2017, mostly to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Almost 80-percent in the Triple “A’s” nationwide survey expect to visit national parks this year — four of every ten Americans would consider a river cruise for an upcoming trip — and more people seek deeper connections to the places and people they see at their destinations. The high travel expectations come despite higher gas prices. The Wisconsin Triple “A” reports an average price of two dollars and 35 cents per gallon today (Thursday) for regular unleaded — almost 40 cents more than this time last year.

 

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-11-17

Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) – Snow will fall on the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin this morning.  Travel will be difficult with some roads becoming completely snow-covered at times and periods of lower visibility.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that remains in effect until 12 PM today. Weather meteorologists say a cold front will slowly drop through the Upper Midwest today, producing widespread snow.  Most of the snow will be light, falling during the morning and early afternoon. Expect totals of 1 to 4 inches in west central Wisconsin with isolated higher amounts.  The latest radar trends suggest the highest totals will be north of Eau Claire, near and north of highway 64.  Four day snow totals will span from 8 to 12 inches in west central Wisconsin.

At about 12:45 PM Tuesday, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call advising of a semi rollover between the X’s of Highway 8 near Glen Flora. According to the report, the semi was upright but the trailer was rolled over. The driver was out of the vehicle and the trailer was blocking the roadway. The Wisconsin State Patrol, Ladysmith Fire Department, the Hawkins Fire Department and Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. No injuries were reported and the scene was cleared at about 5:30 PM Tuesday.

Shortly before 9 PM Tuesday night, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject advising that his girlfriend had hit him and bit him. The subject was at the Northwoods Convenience Store in Hawkins. After an investigation by Rusk County deputies, a male subject was taken into custody for OAR and Bail Jumping. He was taken to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Police Officer late Tuesday morning met with a 56 year old female in the lobby of the LEC in reference to a fraud complaint. The female stated that she was scammed from someone impersonating Dish Network. The City Officer received all the information from the complainant and gave her a crime victim information sheet.

At 1:30 PM Tuesday afternoon, a City Officer received a complaint of money taken out of a 23 year old female’s purse at the Walmart lost and found. No other information was available and the case is under investigation.

Snowmobile Trails – All Rusk
> County Snowmobile Trails will open at Noon on Thursday,
> January 12 (with the exception of some isolated temporary
> trail closures).
>  4-5 inches of new snow was received Monday-Tuesday (with
> more forecast) on top of the packed and groomed based.
> Groomers will be out on the trails packing the new snow and
> good trail conditions are expected when the trails open.
> There will be some fair conditions
>  in isolated spots.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — Nearly four years after a Barron County gas station is robbed, the owners say they’re still searching a suspect and they’re offering a reward for information to find who’s responsible.

Back in April of 2013, Bob and Steve’s BP Amoco in Cameron was the victim of an armed robbery.

According to Cameron Police, even after all this time no arrests have been made in the case.

Back when the crime was committed the owners promised a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Tuesday, they told Cameron Police they’re still honoring that reward.

Anyone with information may contact the Cameron Police Department at 715-458-2117 or the Barron County Sheriff’s Department at 715-537-3106.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — Attorneys have reached a possible plea agreement in a murder case in Chippewa County.

A hearing was held Tuesday for Matthew Labrec, who is one of two men charged in the March 14 death of Kenneth Patterson. Assistant District Attorney, Roy Gay, would not give details, but says Labrec has another hearing scheduled for Feb. 9 and a plea agreement might be made at that time.

Investigators say Labrec and Jesse Lloyd met up to give narcotics to Patterson and ended up shooting him.

Lloyd has a court hearing scheduled in March.

STANLEY, Wis. (WEAU) — Two people are in custody after police say officers searched a Stanley home and found drugs.

It happened Monday after the Stanley Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant for a home on the 100 block of south Broadway Street.

Officers say 28 year-old Nicole Spath and 26 year-old Zene Wiese were booked in the Chippewa County Jail for possession of meth. Officers say charges are also being recommended to the Chippewa County District Attorney for 32 year -old Brandon Hudson for possession of meth along with 34 year-old Misty Lane for possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug trafficking house.

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Chippewa and Clark County Housing Authorities were awarded a $398,544 grant from the state to help local residents who had flood damage from September storms.

The two counties collaborated to apply for the grant. Chippewa County had 14 residents apply for financial relief. Clark County had 24. The grant money can be used to help homeowners make repairs, or it can reimburse homeowners if they have receipts or other documentation from making repairs. The counties said they are now going through a grant verification process and will continue working with the applicants who may qualify.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-10-17

(Undated)  —  About 70 Wisconsin districts have closed for the day, as the result of snow and freezing rain. Three dozen school systems in the southwest part of the state tried starting their classes two hours late, but officials changed their minds and closed for the day. Meteorologists say rain moved into southwest Wisconsin and froze as soon as it hit the colder pavements. Three to five inches of snow fell by mid morning in east central Wisconsin and the Fox Valley — and a few schools in north central and western areas plan to send kids home by early afternoon. Much of the state has winter storm watches and warnings until early evening, with up to nine inches of snow predicted in parts of northeast Wisconsin.

Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) – Snow will fall on the Eau Claire area and most of Wisconsin today, gradually winding down in the late afternoon.  Travel will be difficult with many roads completely snow-covered and slippery, and periods of lower visibility.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM for all of west central Wisconsin, including the cities of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie.

Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say a strengthening surface low will move over the Great Lakes region today, producing widespread snow and a wintry mix in the Upper Midwest.  While most of the precipitation in the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin will fall as snow, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain will fall on the southern third of Wisconsin.  The heaviest snow will fall in the late morning and early afternoon, then gradually taper off in the late afternoon.  By 6 PM, most of the snow will be east and north of the Eau Claire area.

Today’s snow totals will range from 1 to 4 inches in the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin.  Because the air will be warmer, the snow’s consistency will be “heavier” with more moisture.  Some roads could be more icy than usual.  After a break tonight, more snow will fall on the Eau Claire area and the Upper Midwest on Wednesday with additional accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.  Wednesday’s snow will be easier to shovel because the air will be colder, so there will not be as much moisture in the snow.  Still, travel will be impacted with roads at least partially snow-covered and slippery.

A winter storm will bring more accumulating snow to parts of Western Wisconsin Tuesday. The low is expected to track across Iowa and Southern Wisconsin while intensifying through the day. This will likely lead to a band of moderate to occasionally heavy snow north of the track, which would include the Chippewa Valley.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Winona, Houston, Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, La Crosse, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Taylor, and Vernon counties until 6 PM Tuesday.

An account for donations to Debbie and Joseph Stocklen has been set up at CCF Bank in Ladysmith, due to there home and garage fir that happened last Thursday, Jan. 5th. The address for CCF Bank is 810 W. Miner Ave. Ladysmith, WI. 54848. Thank you for your support.

All customers at the Ladysmith Family Restaurant on Tuesday, Jan. 31, will enjoy great food and help support local emergency services departments! Hami Sabani (owner of the Ladysmith Family Restaurant) has offered 100% of the proceeds from their food sales between 6 AM and 9 PM that day to be divided between the Ladysmith Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Ladysmith Fire Department. This is the 6th year that the Sabani family has generously offered fundraising help to support emergency services in Rusk County.

Eau Claire (WQOW) — A Jim Falls man has been charged with armed robbery after demanding cash from a man he believed was having an affair with his fiance.

Joshua Reedy was charged in Eau Claire County Monday afternoon. According to the criminal complaint, Reedy found Facebook messages between his fiance and the man. Reedy then posed as his fiance to lure the victim to the Holiday Gas Station on Birch Street in Eau Claire.

Police say Reedy put on a mask and held the victim at gun point, demanding money and the man’s phone. The victim was able to escape and call 911. He told police he recognized Reedy because they worked together at Hutchinson Technology.

In a search of Reedy’s car, police discovered a black air soft gun, the bandana used in the robbery, and the victim’s cell phone.

Reedy is out on a $5,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 17.

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – With less than two weeks until the new Trump administration takes power, Republican members of congress, like Sean Duffy, are getting ready to work with President-Elect Donald Trump. First, Duffy took time to talk with constituents about the issues they hope he champions in Washington D.C.

Duffy was in Chippewa Falls on Monday hosting his first town hall meeting of the year before heading back to the nation’s capitol for the upcoming session.

He spoke with citizens about a number of hot topics, like securing the border, the United States’ relationship with Russia and repealing Obamacare.

He said it is important to repeal the plan, despite a new report from the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, that claims it will cost $350 billion to do so. “Obamacare is not working for people,” Duffy said. “We’re seeing health care costs increase dramatically in the premiums and the deductibles. So, we’re trying to figure out a system as we engage with Democrats, and the American people, that’s actually going to work to bring healthcare costs down, and provide more access and put people in charge of their healthcare instead of the bureaucrats in Washington.”

Duffy said he will work with Congress to establish a new plan, which he hopes includes more transparency, like letting people know the price of medical care before they are treated.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Our weather may be heating up, but the recent cold spell proved to be deadly. Last week, a Milwaukee woman was found dead in her home of apparent hypothermia. Her heat was shut off by We Energies in August 2016 because bills were not being paid.

As many homeowners may know, state law forbids utilities from shutting off power between November 1 and April 15. But, Xcel Energy told News 18 on Monday, that law does not force them to reconnect any homes that had power turned off before November 1 because of missed payments.

Xcel Energy said starting in September, the utility files a plan with the Public Service Commission that outlines the number of customers that have been disconnected and what steps Xcel Energy is taking to help these customers.

Chris Ouellette, a media relations representative with Xcel Energy, said it typically disconnects two-percent of its customers each year, and the company does whatever it can to get those customers back on the grid during the winter months. “We work as hard as we can. We make as many contacts as possible,” Ouellette said. “We actually have people who go to their homes in person and try to contact them, to get some sort of payment, so we can reconnect their services.”

Ouellette said currently, there are 18 customers, who are disconnected in the Chippewa Valley service territory, and the company has not been able to contact them. She said Xcel is willing to work with customers who cannot pay their full bills.

Xcel Energy also recommends services like Western Dairyland for anyone in need of heating assistance.

 
 
 
 
 

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 1-9-17

(Madison, WI)  —  A poll commissioned by Wisconsin’s largest business group shows that people are split on the need for a gasoline tax increase. The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce says 49-percent of the 506 voters surveyed last month favored raising the gas tax for new and improved roads — and 48-percent opposed it, well within the poll’s margin of error of four-point-five-percent either way. W-M-C president Kurt Bauer said on Sunday’s statewide T-V show “Upfront with Mike Gousha (goo shay’)” that the business group sees the need for a five cent per gallon gas tax hike in order to keep servicing what he calls the state’s three economic sectors — manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture. The poll also showed that 35-percent believe the economy will improve in the New Year, up from just 13-percent one year ago.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, Friday night at about 9:30, a Ladysmith Officer went to a residence on Sabin Avenue East in Ladysmith foe a warrant pick up. The Officer made contact with Shane C. Reeves, 22, and advised that he had a warrant for his arrest for operating while revoked 4th offense. Reeves was then transported to the Rusk County jail.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 12:50 AM Saturday advising a female came to their house and advised that her house was on fire on Railroad Avenue, Bruce. No one was reportedly in the house at this time. She advised the fire was in the oven. The Bruce Fire Department, Rusk County deputies and the Bruce ambulance responded to the call. According to the police log, a Rusk County deputy had the female in his vehicle and they are trying to locate her house. The deputy advised the fire was in the oven and there were mental issues with the female. After an investigation, the female was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Saturday morning at about 9:25, a 911 call from a female advised that the car in front of her stopped in front of her in the middle of the road and she ran into the back of him on South Doughty Road, Ladysmith. According to the report, the male subject got out of his car and started yelling at her. According to the report, she was scared so she took off slowly down the road.. Rusk County received a 911 call shortly there after from the male subject reporting that his vehicle was just rear ended by another car with a female driver. The male subject advised that his back hurt a little bit but he refused an ambulance. The County reported conflicting statements from both drivers. The female driver was cited for following too closely.

The Ladysmith Fire Department responded to a call at about 3:30 PM Saturday afternoon. They responded to a skidsteer on fire at a location on County Highway G, Ladysmith. Ladysmith firemen were at the scene for a short time.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop at about 4:15 PM Sunday on Highway 73, Glen Flora of a vehicle due to the R/O showing suspended. After an investigation, the driver was arrested for a warrant out of Eau Claire County and cited for Operating while suspended.

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