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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A dangerous Hurricane Florence is steadily making its way to the U.S. East Coast.

At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 mph (253 kph) or higher.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.


Tuesday night at 9:40 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call from a female advising that her husband took off with her kids from a residence on Court Street, Hawkins, and she is home alone and needs some help. The dispatcher asked her why she needed a deputy and she said because there isn’t anyone at his house to take of the kids and then the dispatcher lost contact with her. After a short time the dispatcher called again and a male subject, her stepbrother answered and the dispatcher could hear yelling in the background. The oldest child was the one that was yelling and crying. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene. According to the report, when the husband was leaving in their vehicle earlier, the female threw a brick at the window of their vehicle and cracked it. The stepbrother advised that the female lives in Ladysmith and that both are now at his house. The female was reportedly intoxicated. After an investigation, the female at a PBT of.15. She was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Late Tuesday morning, a male employee of Charter Communications reported to Ladysmith Police that when he came to work on Monday, he noticed that there was vandalism done to their fence, building and dumpster. The case is under investigation.

A City Officer at 1 PM Tuesday, was requested by Probation to go to a residence on Lake Avenue West Ladysmith, and arrest Dixsia P. Dedrickson, 35 for a Probation violation. The Officer made contact with Dedrickson and she was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

(Boyd, WI)  —  A break in a four-inch gas main Tuesday led to the evacuation of hundreds of people living in the Chippewa County village of Boyd.  Residents were allowed to return home late Tuesday morning.  Students at Boyd Elementary School were taken to Stanley Elementary where they were picked up by their parents.  It isn’t known how many people were evacuated, but Boyd has a population of about 550.  We Energies crews reported to the scene and contained the leak.

The Wisconsin Realtors Foundation launched a multi-year campaign to help feed hungry children throughout Wisconsin with a $50,000 initial contribution to Feeding Wisconsin to help stockpile their six food banks and 1,000-plus food pantries throughout the state. We are committed to helping children in need throughout Wisconsin and our partnership with Feeding Wisconsin will help us achieve that goal, one family, one meal and one child at a time, said WRF Chairman Mike Spranger.

Citing Feeding Wisconsin statistics, Spranger noted that $7 feeds one child, three meals a day, for a week. We will measure our success not by how much money we raise but by how many meals we can provide. Spranger noted that feeding hungry children not only helps a child that day, but also helps that child over time.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is touting support from sheriffs in his first television ad, spotlighting an endorsement from a sheriff who came under FBI scrutiny.

The ad shows Schimel standing with a group of sheriffs and a list of sheriffs who have endorsed him. Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels, a Democrat, says he’s glad Schimel is attorney general because he keeps his promises.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reported in April that the FBI was investigating Daniels after he locked a sergeant out of his personal Dropbox account because the sergeant shared case files with the TV program “Cold Justice.”

An FBI spokesman didn’t immediately reply to an email Tuesday inquiring about the status of the investigation. A message left at Daniels’ office wasn’t immediately returned.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with solemn ceremonies, volunteer service and a presidential tribute to “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

World Trade Center 9/11 16th anniversary, Photo Date: 9/10/2017 / Photo: National September 11 Memorial & Museum / (MGN)

Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others who gathered on a misty Tuesday morning at the memorial plaza where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence headed to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001: a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon.

Seventeen years after losing her husband, Margie Miller went to the New York City ceremony from her home in suburban Baldwin.

“To me, he is here. This is my holy place,” she said before the hours-long reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 dead, including her husband, Joel Miller.

The president and first lady Melania joined an observance at the Sept. 11 memorial in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the jetliners fell to the ground after 40 passengers and crew members realized hijackers had taken control and tried to storm the cockpit.

They “joined the immortal ranks of American heroes,” said Trump.


Technically it is still summer for another week and boy this season will be going out with a bang! Warm and humid weather will make a bit of a comeback, especially into the weekend.

Another mostly sunny and all around gorgeous day ahead! High pressure to our east will stick around and even grow in size the next few days, helping to increase the southerly flow in our area. It will be a breezier day and with the sunshine we will have a chance to reach 80 degrees in some places. Warmer days also means milder nights and we look to remain in the low 60’s heading into early Wednesday.

The dry weather continues through the mid-late week, so more nice weather for anything going on outside. Wednesday will also be mostly sunny with highs in the low 80’s. More of the same on Thursday with still some breezes, sunshine, and highs in the low 80’s.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As Hurricane Florence churned toward an eventual Eastern Seaboard landfall, evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday and millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the ISS on Monday morning, Photo Date: 9/10/18 / Photo: Ricky Arnold / ISS / (MGN)

Hurricane Florence’s size is “staggering,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned.

“We could cover several states easily with the cloud cover alone,” Graham said. “This is not just a coastal event.”

There was little change in Florence’s track during the 11 a.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center. Sustained winds were 130 mph (215 kph) Tuesday morning, but it remains a Category 4 storm and is expected to approach the most-damaging Category 5 status as it slows and strengthens over very warm ocean water near North and South Carolina.

The storm is currently around 400 miles south of Bermuda and is moving at 16 mph (26 kph).


Shortly before 4 PM Monday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Burglary complaint. According to the report, a Lion’s club member was at the Lion’s booth at the Rusk County fairgrounds and reported that someone allegedly broke into the booth. The subject stole and drank alcohol, trashed the place and cooked food inside. This appears to be connected to the Criminal Damage in Memorial Park that happened this past weekend.

Also a short time later, Rusk County authorities received information of another Burglary at the Flambeau FFA building at the Rusk County Fairgrounds. A Rusk County deputy made contact with the leader for the Flambeau FFA. No other information was available.

Monday morning at about 9:30, Ladysmith Police received a vandalism complaint. A male subject reported vandalism to the pavilion located near the boatlanding. There was damage to the inside kitchen area of the pavilion. The case is under investigation.

Ladysmith Police Monday night at about 8:40, were dispatched to McDonald’s for a complaint of a theft of a cell phone. According to the report, the caller reported that his juvenile son had his cell phone in his locker at the school during a football game and it was now missing. The juvenile’s father was able to track the cell phone to McDonald’s because someone had turned the phone on at this location. Several attempts were made to call the phone but it would go straight to voice mail indicating that it was shut off. It was discovered by them that the opposing team had stopped at this location to pick up food before returning to Hayward. City Officers spoke to the Juveniles on the bus and requested whomever had the phone to bring it forward. Nobody came forward with the phone so a search was done and it was located in one of the rear seats by an Officer. The father did not want any charges brought and was satisfied with recovering the stolen phone.

A gas main on Murray Street in the Village of Boyd was cut this morning. Boyd Fire Department was asking that residents evacuate the village immediately. Exit away from the village center. All traffic was being diverted. Wind was from the South and to stay upwind of the gas leak. We Energies were on the scene.

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For us, Monday will be mostly sunny as temperatures rise back to around average with highs in the mid 70’s. Winds will start to increase from the south and southwest. These winds will be more noticeable heading into Tuesday and Wednesday as a front slides into Minnesota. As the front tries to get closer, it will run into the dominant high to our east and is expected to fall apart. We could see a few isolated showers sneak into parts of our area Monday night, otherwise it is not expected to have any impact other than a few extra clouds. Tuesday and Wednesday will also be mostly sunny with some of those stronger breezes which will help to warm things up a bit more. Tuesday will top out in the upper 70’s and Wednesday should climb back into the lower 80’s. By Wednesday, dew points are also forecast to climb back into and through the 60’s, also bringing back that summer feel.


In Rusk County news over the past weekend, at 12 Noon Friday Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call reporting a motorcycle deer accident on highway 8 near Tony. According to the report, subject was conscious and laying on the side of the roadway. Possible a leg injury. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Ladysmith fire department responded to the scene. Lifelink helicopter was requested. After an investigation, the motorcycle operator was West bound on Highway 8, was passing a vehicle when he hit a deer. The operator sustained non-life threatening injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

Saturday night just before 8 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female advising she just rolled her car 3 times trying to avoid hitting a deer on Main Valley Road, Tony. The subject did advise that her friend does have a laceration to his arm but not bleeding very badly. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Fire Department, and Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. There was no transport by the ambulance.

A Rusk County deputy did a traffic stop at 11:30 PM Saturday night of a vehicle on Highway 8, Bruce. According to the report, after an investigation the subject was detained. The subject was taken into custody for OWI. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Early Friday afternoon, a City Officer and a Rusk County deputy responded to Grandpa’s Pizza on Highway 8 to take Brandied R. Schofield, 19, into custody for a violation due to Huber release. According to the report, Schofield was told she was going to be taken into custody for Huber Violation and she resisted arrest. Schofield was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. Schofield was issued a citation for resisting arrest.

A Ladysmith Officer Sunday morning at about 3:40, was dispatched to Kwik Trip for a male passed out in a truck with it running by the gas pumps. The individual was located and field sobriety tests were administered. The subject, Joseph M. Weisenberger, 24, was arrested for OWI 1st and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Police have now identified the two people killed in a Chippewa County crash last Friday.

According to Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, Catherine McEathron, 64, and her husband Gerald McEathron, 60 both of Red Wing, MN were killed when their vehicle crossed the center line on Highway F near Tilden and hit a cement truck head on.

Barron County (WQOW) – A man is in critical condition after being thrown from his car in a Barron County crash.

According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, the driver of the vehicle, Phillip Kurtz, 28, of Dallas was westbound on County Road A when his car went onto the shoulder. He over-corrected which caused his car to go off the road, hitting some trees. Kurtz was thrown from the vehicle and airlifted to Mayo in Eau Claire.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice has finally finished testing thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits.

Monday’s announcement is huge for Schimel, who has been under fire for taking too long to finish testing.

Schimel started a project in 2016 to test about 4,000 unanalyzed kits sitting on Wisconsin police department and hospital shelves.

Democrats, including Josh Kaul, who is challenging Schimel in November’s elections, have been hammering away at Schimel for taking years to complete the testing. They say the delays have left dangerous unidentified criminals on the streets.

Schimel has countered that it took time to inventory the kits and find private labs willing to analyze them. He had promised that testing would be complete by the end of 2018.

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We finish up the week with more great weather today. After that cool start, a mostly sunny sky will prevail and temperatures will again gradually climb into the low and mid 70’s. Winds will continue to be light with high pressure over the area. Humidity will be low again, today will feature great weather to enjoy the outdoors.

Going into the weekend and beyond, the upper level pattern will remain fairly zonal here in the Upper Midwest, while an upper trough will be found to our southeast. This will be in association with the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon. We will remain far enough north to not be impacted by this system, but just to our south and into the Ohio Valley there will be plenty of rainfall. We will have blocking high pressure to our northeast, keeping our weather dry and seasonable. Saturday and Sunday will both continue to shine with just some light breezes and highs continuing in the lower 70’s.

(Madison, WI)  —  Three weeks of storms and flooding have caused damage estimated at nearly 209-million dollars in Wisconsin.  State officials say that number will continue to go higher.  More than 15-hundred private homes have been damaged in Dane County alone, with five destroyed.  Lake Monona set a new record high water level Thursday.  The region now faces a dry period, but more rain is on the way — and it will likely arrive in southern Wisconsin before the flood waters have receded.  Local officials say only two-percent of the homes and businesses damaged are covered by flood insurance.

Thursday evening at about 7:20, a Ladysmith Officer responded to the 700 block of West 9th Street North on a report that Jessica A. Sutten, 31, had been seen in the area. According to the report, the City Officer observed Sutten who had a warrant at Dollar General. The Officer made contact with Sutten and advised her that she had a warrant out of Chippewa County. Sutten was placed under arrest and transported to the Rusk County jail.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night at about 10:20 PM, received information from Chetek Police Department about a vehicle coming into Ladysmith and possibly having drugs in it. Ladysmith Police located the vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle had a loud exhaust and no license plate lights on it. A city Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. After further investigation from Rusk County deputies, Methamphetamine and Marijuana was found in the vehicle. Austin A. Wold, 25 was arrested on a Probation hold and a 32 year old male subject was taken to the LEC for an interview.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — With more than seven weeks ahead of November’s general election, the heavyweight battle to see who will be Wisconsin’s governor for the next four years was fought in two arenas Thursday – at a campaign stop in the Chippewa Valley and in social media.

State superintendent Tony Evers spoke with supporters at the Eau Claire County Democratic Party Resource Center. He was joined by lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes and other area Democratic candidates.

While Evers spoke to fellow Democrats at the event, incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker took to Twitter.

He sent an image of a quote-tweet from Barnes that was sent in January. It was a Yahoo Sports article and the headline “Does Donald Trump know the words to the national anthem?” – to which, Barnes’ tweeted the reply: “Take a knee.”

“Tony Evers’ running mate says “Take a knee.” Does Evers share that belief or does he believe that everyone should STAND UP for the national anthem out of respect for our Veterans and service members?” Walker tweeted.

When Evers met with reports after the event, he was not permitted to answer a question about the tweet. However, he did respond when asked to speak on the mood of the campaign for governor.

“That’s Scott Walker’s M.O.,” Evers said Thursday. “The most recent ad is absolutely disgusting and he knows better than to do this, but it’s just, again, a career politician reaching for lies in his pocket to give to the people of Wisconsin.

“It’s a clear indication of his inability to be a positive force in the state of Wisconsin. It’s a symptom of his campaigns and always have been this way and he’ll continue to do that. He keeps amping it up and it shows how desperate he is.”

After Thursday’s Eau Claire stop, Evers did respond to Walker’s quote-tweet.

“I am proud to stand for the national anthem, and I am proud to respect our first amendment rights to peacefully protest,” Evers tweeted. “Scott Walker wants to distract and divide us–anything to avoid talking about his record. That’s why we need a change.

“As governor I will work every day to bring people together and tackle the issues facing Wisconsin families all over our state.”

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The last few days of this shortened work week will be beautiful. The high will be moving east and to our north today. This will provide plenty of dry air as dew points will be in the 40’s and 50’s. We will see sunshine throughout both Thursday and Friday with similar afternoon highs in the lower 70’s. Average highs are in the mid 70’s, so we will fall just short until this weekend.

It will be a nice weekend to enjoy some outdoor time as it will be not only comfortable but we will continue to see plenty of sunshine. The high center will continue to slide east but will remain a block to any incoming weather systems to the Upper Midwest. Any outdoor activities and events will enjoy temperatures in the low to mid 70’s and with little change in dew points, it will continue to be pleasant.

(WQOW) — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced $1.5 million in emergency relief transportation funding to help repair roads and communities damaged by storms and severe flooding. The U.S. Department of Transportation released the emergency funds to the State of Wisconsin for areas throughout the state.

This comes after Baldwin joined with Representatives Kind, Pocan and Grothman in calling on the Trump Administration to act quickly to make federal funds available and support recovery efforts in communities across the state.

Damages to Wisconsin’s highway system was caused by multiple and on-going rounds of thunderstorms, heavy rain, high winds, and hail. The storm events, affecting all areas of Wisconsin, caused widespread flash flooding, closed roadways, damaged bridges and culverts, and compromised critical infrastructure.

“Wisconsin communities across our state have been hard hit and I have worked to secure federal support that will help us recover,” said Senator Baldwin. “This federal road funding is a good first step to help us rebuild our roads so Wisconsin families and businesses can move forward.”


Wednesday morning just before 9 AM, a Rusk County deputy was in contact with a subject at a location on County Highway VV, Sheldon. Little information was available but after an investigation, the subject was taken into custody and was transported to the Rusk County jail.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – Autopsies indicate hypothermia and possibly drowning apparently caused the deaths of four Wisconsin family members kayaking on Lake Superior.

Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan tells the Ashland Daily News that preliminary autopsy results indicate that 39-year-old Eric Fryman died of hypothermia while his three children, ages 3 to 9, died of hypothermia and possibly drowning.

The family from Loyal, Wisconsin, set out from Madeline Island in an open-top tandem kayak last Thursday for a 4-mile (6-kilometer) paddle across open water to Michigan Island. But their 13 1/2-foot (4-meter) kayak capsized after the wind picked up.

Eric Fryman and his three children – 9-year-old Kyra, 5-year-old Annaliese and 3-year-old Jansen – were found dead in the frigid water. The children’s mother, 29-year-old Cari Mews-Fryman, survived.

(CNN) – An important recall of the best selling vehicle in the United States.

Ford is recalling about 2-million F-150 trucks due to a seat belt issue.

The seat belt pretensioner can generate sparks that could start a fire.

Ford is aware of 17 cases where that happened in the United States and another six in Canada, but nobody was hurt.

The vehicles included in this recall are model years 2015-2018 regular cab and supercrew cab vehicles.

Owners can take the vehicles to a dealer for repair.


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Tuesday morning at about 8:40, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 transfer from Chippewa County reporting a two car accident on Highway 27 near Oak Ridge Road, Conrath. According to the report, Rusk County deputies, Wisconsin State Patrol, Ladysmith Fire Department and the Sheldon ambulance responded to the scene. A Rusk County deputy advised that all subjects were out of the vehicles and appeared to be uninjured. According to the police log, the Sheldon ambulance did transport to the hospital but no other information was available.

Probation and Parole Tuesday afternoon requested a Rusk County deputy to go to a location on Highway 27, Ladysmith and take Nathan Smith into custody for them. A Rusk County deputy made contact with Smith and he was taken into custody. Smith was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Just after 12 Midnight this (Wednesday) morning, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 27 near Doughty Road South of Ladysmith. According to the report, a subject was out for field sobriety. After an investigation, the driver, Robert Wayne Steele, 40, was taken into custody for Baby Luke. A City Officer was requested by the County units to respond to their location to transport either a female to jail or a dog to the Rusk County Animal shelter. Upon arrival the county deputies on scene requested that the City Officer take the dog to the shelter. The female subject, Alexandrea N. Erlenbaugh, 28, was also arrested. The male subject, Steele refused a blood draw and they had to get a search warrant. After the warrant was served, the male subject was taken back to the hospital for a blood draw.

Shortly after 2 PM Monday, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 transfer advising of a motorcycle accident on the corner of County Highway F and Pondell Road near Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, there were two occupants. The male was walking around and the female subject was still by the motorcycle and may have a hip injury. Lifelink was requested and would by flying out of Marshfield. The helicopter would land at the landing pad on County Highway D and Highway 40. After an investigation, according to the State Patrol, the motorcycle was negotiating a corner West of county F and saw sand cranes on the road. The motorcycle swerved to miss the cranes went on the gravel on the side of the road and went into the ditch. The male operator, Scott Schultz, 43 of Chetek was transported by ambulance and the female passenger, Lisa Schultz, 41 of Chetek, was transported by Lifelink helicopter. Both occupants sustained non life threatening injuries.

Rusk County will be the host site for the Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Opener in May 2019. As part of this exciting event, Rusk County businesses have the opportunity to take avantage of the increased publicity and advertise their business through Wisconsin Indianhead Country’s annual visitor guide. The guide is published annually. The Ad deadline is Oct. 1st and the publication comes out in early January. A representative from the Wisconsin Indianhead Country will be in the area the week of September 10-15. To reach out to Wisconsin Indianhead Country directly, you can contact them by phone at 1-800-826-6966 or contact the GLACC.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the deficit in goods and services — the difference between what America sells and what it buys from other countries — rose to $50.1 billion in July from $45.7 billion in June. Exports slipped 1 percent to $211.1 billion. Imports increased 0.9 percent to a record $261.2 billion on increased purchases of trucks and computers.

The deficit rose despite efforts by President Donald Trump to bring it down by renegotiating trade agreements and imposing taxes on imports.

The United States has already slapped tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive efforts to challenge American technological dominance. It is taxing imported steel and aluminum and may target auto imports next, causing a rift with the EU. Trump also has threatened to exclude Canada from a revamped North American trade agreement.

So far this year, the trade deficit is up 7 percent from January-July 2017.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say there’s no relief in sight for waterlogged southern Wisconsin residents.

The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for Madison until Thursday afternoon after the area received more than an inch and a half of rain Saturday night through Sunday evening. The weather service says another 2 inches of rain could fall through Wednesday.

Water levels of the four Yahara River lakes continued to rise and Madison police say flash flooding has closed several roads.

Authorities say there is major flooding along the Baraboo River near Baraboo, Reedsburg and Rock Springs. Moderate flooding on the Fox River was reported near Berlin.

Residents have been dealing with high water since heavy rain and tornadoes battered southern and central Wisconsin starting on Aug. 20.

In Rusk County news over the Labor Day Weekend, Sunday morning just before 9 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Burglary complaint. According to the report, a male subject advised someone stole some items from the Eagleview RV Campground on County Highway D., Chetek. An upright air compressor and 2 chain saws were reportedly stolen.

Sunday afternoon shortly before 3 PM, a vehicle gas drive off was reported to Rusk County authorities from the Tony Depot. According to the report, $41 dollars was taken in the gas drive off and the vehicle was reportedly West bound. A Ladysmith Officer looked for the vehicle along highway 8 throughout the city but found no vehicle matching the description.

A Rusk County deputy just before 11 AM Monday, advised that while investigating a gas drive off from Sunday, another gas drive off occurred at the Tony Depot in Tony. The vehicle was described as a Black colored extended cab of supercrew cab heading West bound from Tony to Ladysmith. No other information was available.

Shortly after 2 PM Monday, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 transfer advising of a motorcycle accident on the corner of County Highway F and Pondell Road near Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, there were two occupants. The male was up and walking around and the female subject was still by the motorcycle and may have a hip injury. Lifelink was requested and would by flying out of Marshfield. The helicopter would be landing at the landing pad on County Highway D and Highway 40. Rusk County deputies, Wisconsin State Patrol, Bruce ambulance and the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, this was a single Motorcycle crash with two occupants. Both occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries. The male operator was transported by ambulance and the female passenger was transported by Life Link helicopter. No other information was available.

Rusk County dispatch just before 3 PM Monday received a 911 call requesting the Bruce Fire Department due to a dryer on fire at a residence on West Arthur Avenue, Bruce. They evacuated the building. According to the report, Ladysmith was requested for their ladder truck, tankers and mutual aid. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded with their tankers. Rusk County deputies and the Ladysmith ambulance also responded to the scene. No other information was available.

Friday night, a Ladysmith Officer stopped to speak with Ann M. Zezulka, 25, and two other people outside of the Library. According to the report, Zezulka asked the City Officer to run her name to see if she had a warrant. Zezulka did indeed have a warrant through Probation and was arrested on that warrant. She was transported to the Rusk County jail.

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A return to more humid conditions today as dew points rise into and through the 60’s. After a few early showers and storms, much of the day looks dry, with just a few more widely scattered storms through the day. Clouds will be mixed with sunshine at times as temperatures top out in the mid 70’s. It will also be another breezy day with those southerly winds continuing. A more organized line or even a few clusters of storms are forecast to develop by late afternoon in Minnesota, pushing east into Wisconsin through the evening. Atmospheric conditions will favor not only heavy rainfall but also the chance of large hail and strong winds. Though they may drop heavy rain, they should be on the move, limiting overall rainfall totals and hopefully any flood threat. Once these pass, the rest of the night will be drier with variable clouds and fog.

Heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend we have a chance to stay dry on Saturday, but the overall pattern will continue to favor more shower and storm chances. The front will be to our south on Saturday while a weak high pressure system takes over. We may start off with clouds but it is then expected to get sunny with a nice afternoon. It will remain humid with highs around 80. Upper level southwest flow along with some energy coming up the old front should return rain chances on Sunday. Timing may change but right now it seems like the day may start off dry with a mostly cloudy sky and increasing chances for showers and a few storms through the afternoon and evening. This will drop temperatures some, with seasonable highs in the upper 70’s.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – As always, expect more traffic on your three day Labor Day weekend.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation expects peak travel periods to be Friday from noon to 8 p.m., and the same time Monday.

The Wisconsin State Patrol wants to remind you to be even more cautious and patient sharing the roadways. Drivers should give themselves enough time to travel because of heavier volumes of traffic, which result in reaching a destination much later than anticipated.

Wis. State Patrol driving tips: no tailgating, check blind spots to be able to make safe maneuvers in traffic, do not have music too high, do not eat while driving, and make sure your cellular device is on driving mode.

Travelers can use the Wisconsin 511 website to check for any up-to-date closures or traffic speeds.

Wisconsin State Patrol’s Lieutenant Les Mlsna said there will be an increase in troopers on the road to keep speeds down and to help in the unfortunate case of a car crash.

“We have a problem with distracted driving, whether it’s looking at your GPS, just trying to figure out where you are going to go, or dealing with family in the vehicle with you or… it takes your attention away from where we want it and that’s the safe operation of your motor vehicle, and to obey the laws as you are traveling down our roadways,” said Mlsna.

The good news though, AAA predicts Eau Claire’s gas prices will soon drop, as much as 25 cents per gallon. Gas prices were around $2.94 in Eau Claire as of Thursday, that’s up from $2.45 a year ago at this time.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) As we approach the unofficial end of summer, you can expect lots of people to be on the water over the Labor Day weekend.

That means law enforcement will be out in force, too, making sure everyone stays safe.

And that includes not drinking while driving boats.

Sergeants Randy Lind and Karl Lau spend much of their summer on the water patrolling parts of the Fox River and Bay of Green Bay throughout Brown County.

“Weekends have been very busy this summer. It’s been some pretty nice weather,” Sgt. Lau tells us as we ride in the sheriff’s office patrol boat along the Fox River.

As members of the marine unit, they see a lot on these waters.

“Most of it is the safety aspect is what we’re after,” says Sgt. Lind.

They check for life jackets, fire extinguishers, boat registrations and the one thing that always causes concern.

“We’re always looking for intoxicated boaters, because they are very hazardous out here. It’s difficult sometimes because the water doesn’t have lines to watch people drive recklessly, so we stop and talk to people,” says Sgt. Lau.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The National Weather Service in Milwaukee says at least 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin as storms rolled through the state.

That tally could grow as weather service crews complete damage surveys of the storm that hit the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Several tornadoes touched down in Fond du Lac County. Lori Getter is a spokeswoman with Wisconsin Emergency Management. She says one tornado landed in Dodge County and traveled 3 miles (5 kilometers) on the ground, destroying trees.

Another formed along the Calumet-Manitowoc County line and destroyed a barn. No one was hurt.

Gov. Scott Walker’s latest stop on his tour of storm damage in Wisconsin is Fond du Lac County.

Walker’s office says the governor plans to survey the damage in the county Thursday morning where at least six tornadoes touched down this week. State emergency officials say 20 counties have been affected by flooding over the last 10 days.

Walker on Wednesday declared a statewide emergency, directing state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to assist local authorities as needed.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Forecasters say flooding in southern Wisconsin might get worse before it gets better because of heavy rain expected for the Labor Day weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts up to 2 inches in the Madison area from Friday night through Sunday and up to 3 inches southwest of Madison.

The rain would exacerbate the region’s damaging floods that started with storms Aug. 20. State emergency officials said some areas have received more than 14 inches (36 centimeters) of rain over the past two weeks. Communities across the state are still dealing with flooded neighborhoods and roads.

Gov. Scott Walker declared a statewide emergency this week, authorizing state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to help local governments with recovery efforts.

Rusk County News


Today is the weather pick of this week with high pressure sliding to our east and plenty of sunshine in the forecast. A few clouds may develop for the afternoon, but it will be perfect to spend time outside with the low humidity. Breezes will stir up from the south as temperatures gradually climb into the 70’s. Clouds will then start to increase into the evening, out ahead of the next approaching front. A few scattered showers and storms may also arrive late at night, with milder temperatures, in the low 60’s. A few of the storms tonight could have heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds. We’ll be watching them closely!

The front will then slowly move closer to us on Friday. Some extra clouds will be around with the sunshine while southerly flow will tap moisture, leading to rising dew points. A few scattered showers and storms are possible, but the biggest concern will be the threat of storms into the evening and night as the front arrives. Forecast models are again hinting that these could produce some very heavy rainfall for at least some of us, which is the last thing we need after a very wet stretch. There are also indications that strong winds and large hail may accompany these storms late in the day. Stay weather aware if you will be outdoors! Afternoon highs will be in the mid 70’s.


Wednesday morning at 11:40, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a theft complaint. According to the report, a subject came to the LEC to report a theft of items from their residence. No other information was available.

Just before Noon Wednesday, a female subject at the Weyerhaeuser Equity Convenience Store reported to Rusk County authorities a gas drive off that happened Tuesday night around 8:45 PM. According to the report, the female subject did not have the money and left her ID card and she would be back to pay and never came back. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy advised that the female subject was evicted from a residence awhile ago and doesn’t live there anymore. A citation will be issued to the female subject for fraud on a gas station.

A female employee with Probation and Parole shortly after 4 PM Wednesday, requested a Rusk County deputy for assistance at a location on South Hutchinson Road, Bruce, to meet with an offender. After an investigation, a female subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

This (Thursday) morning at 1:10 AM, Rusk County deputies were called to MD’s Flambeau Resort located on County Highway D., Holcombe. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on a subject. After an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A City Officer responded at about 4:15 PM Wednesday, to the intersection of Highway 8 and 27 for a traffic crash. The vehicle driven by a female failed to stop at the intersection causing an accident. The female subject was issued a citation for inattentive driving.

MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE) — Another round of heavy rains and strong winds in many areas of Wisconsin have caused the closure of some state properties and affected local business, municipalities and private property owners.

Heavy rains and storms have caused the closure of Wildcat Mountain State Park in Vernon County and approximately 50 percent of the Long Lake Campground in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Fond du Lac County, where the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down. There were no reported injuries from any of the storms. Campers who had reservations for the holiday weekend are being notified and give full refunds. State Park officials say that most reservable campsites have been booked for the weekend.

In addition, the 400, Badger, Elroy-Sparta and Military Ridge state trails are either closed or have closed sections due to flooding from previous rain storms. The Sugar River State Trail has reopened but is in poor condition and water levels remain very high along the trail and if they rise the trail could close again. The boat launch, beaches and some day-use areas at Governor Nelson State Park are also closed. For state parks, trails or other state property closures, please go to the Department of Natural Resources web site and search keywords “current conditions.”

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Possible tornadoes uprooted trees, stranded train travelers, leveled a barn and snapped power lines in Wisconsin.

Storms with powerful winds and driving rain caused extensive damage since Tuesday. The National Weather Service says a number of tornado sightings were reported in Campbellsport, Lomira, Oakfield and Brandon.

The deluge of rain caused flooding throughout Wisconsin. About 400 Amtrak passengers were stranded for hours because of flooding over the train tracks in southern Wisconsin. One Amtrak train was stalled near Portage and another near Tomah.

Some 12,000 We Energies customers were still without power Wednesday morning as utility crews worked overtime to restore service.

In western Wisconsin, 5 to 11 inches of rain has fallen in La Crosse, Vernon and Monroe counties causing people in several communities to evacuate to higher ground.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — Gov. Scott Walker declared a statewide State of Emergency in Wisconsin due to an ongoing statewide weather pattern, which has led to severe storms, heavy downpours, flooding, and tornadoes.

“After the latest round of continuing storms and their tremendous impact in Wisconsin, we have declared a statewide State of Emergency,” Governor Walker said. “We are ready to provide any tools and resources necessary to impacted communities. I thank all of those who continue to work diligently to help those in need.”

Gov. Scott Walker’s office says additional personnel and resources are available to counties in need. Wisconsinites are encouraged to contact their insurance companies and local counties about any damages resulting from the recent weather.

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