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RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-10-19

A nice, pleasant start to this next full week of June as a large high pressure system covers the central states. We will be on the front side with west and northwest breezes through the day. Expect plenty of sunshine, but then some clouds are likely to mix in through the afternoon as temperatures rise. An upper trough will be overhead, and this typically will lead to at least scattered cloud development. It will be very comfortable with highs in the lower 70’s. A few scattered showers my work through during the evening but any of these would dissipate at night with cool temperatures, in the upper 40’s to start Tuesday.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, on Saturday, June 8, at approximately 10:56 AM the Ladysmith Police Department responded to West 9th St. South/State Highway 27 and Gokey Road in the City of Ladysmith for a report of a single motorcycle crash. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located two crash victims who were thrown from the motorcycle. A female passenger, age 66, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver, age 56, was flown to an Eau Claire hospital. The names are not being released at this time. The incident remains under investigation. The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Rusk County Medical Examiner’s Office are also assisting in the investigation. If anyone has information or witnessed this traffic crash please call the Ladysmith Police Department at 715-532-2186.

Friday afternoon just after 3 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a motorcycle deer accident on County Highway F, near Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, one subject was injured. A Rusk County deputy, Bruce Ambulance and the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded to the scene. The subject was reportedly fine, just some road rash. No other information was available.

Rusk County dispatch at about 3:30 PM Saturday, received a 911 transfer from Chippewa County reporting a large brush fire near a barn on Range Line Road, Conrath. The Ladysmith Fire Department, DNR and the Sheldon ambulance were called to the scene. The DNR was on the scene for about 90 minutes.

Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM, a female subject had called in a bond violation made by her brother, Austin C. White, 20,after he had contacted her on Facebook messenger. Per the bond, White is to have no contact with his victim, the female complainant. Photographs were taken of the message that she received and they are added to the case. County deputies responded to an address in Glen Flora to attempt contact with Austin White. He was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer assisted Rusk County deputies Sunday morning at 2:25, at a location on West 4th Street North, about an incident that took place outside the City of Ladysmith at a residence earlier in the evening. Rusk County deputies spoke with Steven R. Steele, 20 and James Dean Miller, 53, regarding their actions at the residence. After an investigation, Miller and Steele were arrested for Disorderly Conduct and both subjects were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday afternoon at 4:15, while a City Officer was speaking with a female subject earlier, she mentioned Jared Janus, 22, was at her residence and said he is always there mooching off her and an older male subject. The Officer performed a records check of Janus and found he had multiple valid Chippewa County Warrants. The Officer went to an address on Fritz Avenue and placed Janus in custody and transported him to the Rusk/Chippewa County line whee he was turned over to a Chippewa County deputy.

MADISON, WI (AP) — Wisconsin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. A ceremony Monday in the state Capitol features an unveiling of the state’s original 19th Amendment and comments from first lady Kathy Evers, who led the state’s efforts to mark the anniversary. Wisconsin was the first state in the country to ratify the amendment 100 years ago on Monday. It wasn’t until August 1920 that the 36th state ratified it, finally giving women the right to vote. Part of the celebration includes people dressed as suffragists answering questions outside of the Capitol. Other events celebrating Wisconsin’s role in ratifying the amendment are planned across the state. Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is leading the national commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — About 400 Wisconsin National Guard members from the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry will be deployed to Afghanistan. Soldiers from the unit, based in Eau Claire, will mobilize this summer. They will provide security for coalition forces in Afghanistan. The unit includes companies from Menomonie, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Arcadia, Onalaska, River Falls and Abbotsford. The 128th Infantry has previously served in Iraq in 2004-2006 and 2009-2010. Another Red Arrow infantry battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, was the first to deploy to Afghanistan. The unit with its 400 members, arrived this spring.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-7-19

On Wednesday, June 5th, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop near the Village of Ingram for a traffic violation and prior fleeing from an Officer earlier in the night. The driver of the vehicle took off and led the Sheriff’s Office on a 26 mile high speed chase through the back roads of Northeastern Rusk County. Deputies were able to bring the chase to an end when the subject chose to travel down an old logging road and got stuck in a swamp. There were no injuries related to the chase and no damage to the patrol vehicles. The name of the driver is Justin Neiderman of Glen Flora.

At about 6:20 PM Thursday, a City Officer and a Rusk County deputy responded to the old Elementary School on East 6th Street South, Ladysmith, on a report that 3 juveniles had entered the school through a window on the West side of the building. Authorities located the juveniles outside of the building after they had exited a door on the North side. The juveniles advised that they had found an unlocked window and entered through there. The juveniles parents were contacted and had them picked up and taken from the location. Authorities then entered the building to find that the fire alarm was on and multiple fire extinguishers had been set off covering most of the inside of the building with powder. A school administrator was contacted and responded to the scene. The Ladysmith Fire Department also responded to stop the alarm from going off. The juveniles did admit to setting off the fire extinguisher inside. The case is under investigation.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call at 7:15 PM Thursday advising a male subject was running around naked in the vicinity of 3rd Street and Lacey Street in Sheldon. According to the report, his vehicle was parked nearby. Rusk County deputies responded to the scene and made contact with the subject. After an investigation, the subject was taken into custody.

Paul Rudersdorf, president and CEO of Security Financial Bank, is pleased to announce that Norb Christman has been appointed market president of Security Financial Bank in Ladysmith. With this promotion, Christman will be responsible for helping establish and grow SFB’s brand and image as a local, community- focused bank. In addition, Christman will continue to provide overall relationship management of assigned business loans. I am pleased with the contributions Norb has made to SFB and his promotion to market president is well deserved. Christman, who is a lifelong resident of Ladysmith, has 15 years in commercial and agriculture lending. He earned finance and accouinting degrees from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Christman is active in the community serving as treasurer of the Ladysmith Community Industrial Development Corporation and on the WITC Financial Services Advisory Committee. He is also is the clerk for the Rusk County Livestock Project Auction.

Barron County (WQOW) – It took less than 45 minutes for a Barron County jury to reach a verdict in a child sex sting case. Prosecutors say Jay Hoppe, of Baldwin, responded to an ad from a 15-year-old girl interested in meeting older men. In March of 2018, he arranged to meet the girl for sex. Instead, he was communicating with a Rice Lake cop and was arrested at the arranged meeting spot. Thursday, the jury found Hoppe guilty of all three counts against him, including attempted 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and child enticement. He faces a maximum penalty of more than 100 years in prison at his sentencing in July.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring slowed in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of slowing global growth and widening trade conflicts. The tepid job growth, along with rising pressures on the economy, makes it more likely that the Federal Reserve will cut rates in the coming months. Bond yields fell after the jobs data was released, signaling investor expectations for lower Fed rates. Last month’s modest job growth followed a much healthier gain of 224,000 in April. The unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.6%. The hiring gains last month were the fewest since February. The government also revised down the job growth for March and April by a combined 75,000. In the first five months of this year, hiring has averaged 164,000 a month, a solid pace that is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. Still, it’s below last year’s pace. The economy is showing signs of sluggishness just as the current expansion has reached its 10th anniversary. Next month, it will become the longest period of uninterrupted growth on records dating to 1854. Yet consumers have turned cautious about spending, and companies are scaling back their investment in high-cost machinery and equipment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride to be flown over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time. Evers on Friday issued an executive order to fly the flag for the remainder of June in recognition of “Pride Month.” It will fly over the east wing of the Capitol where the governor’s office is located. Evers says in the order that the rainbow flag has become an important symbol for the LGBTQ community and publicly displaying it “sends a clear an unequivocal message that Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place where everyone can live without fear of prosecution, judgment, or discrimination.” Evers also authorizes state buildings and any jurisdiction of the state to fly the flag in June.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY)- Firefighters rescued a one-year-old child from a house fire on Green Bay’s east side. Emergency crews were called to the 2500 block of Wisconsin Ave. at around 7:30 a.m. Friday. That is just off of East Shore Drive, along the shore of Green Bay. Firefighters received a report of a child trapped inside the home. They found the one-year-old boy on the second floor filled with smoke and flames. Firefighters rescued the boy out of a bedroom window. “As soon as crews arrived, they went around one side of the home and knocked the fire down. A second crew simultaneously went up to the second floor and rescued the child. The child was taken out of the bedroom window and transported via ambulance to a local hospital,” says Assistant Chief Rob Goplin, Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Six other people escaped the home. “Everyone else was able to get out of the home themselves. After that when I arrived, there was one individual still making his way out and we were able to get the child out,” Goplin said.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-6-19

With the main branch of the jet stream staying to our north, we are seeing widespread warmth over the north-central states and that won’t be changing right into the start of the weekend. A large surface high is parked over the Great Lakes and will only slowly move east through the weekend. This will block any incoming weather systems, leading to a dry stretch of weather for Wisconsin. Thursday may start off with some fog but then the day will be filled with plenty of sunshine. We will again warm nicely and end up back into the lower 80’s. Dew points Thursday and Friday are forecast to be in the upper 50’s to around 60, so there may still be a touch of stickiness in the air. Friday will also be sunny, warm and dry with highs in the low to mid 80’s.

Wednesday morning at 11:50, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Highway 27 near Broken Arrow Road, Conrath. The reason for the stop was the driver typing on the phone while driving. After an investigation, the subject was revoked and was wanted out of Sawyer County. The warrant was confirmed by the Wisconsin State Patrol. The subject was transported to the Rusk Sawyer County line.

According to the Ladysmith Police log, shortly before 10 PM Wednesday, a City Officer assisted Rusk County deputies with a chase in progress that they had been in. The suspect was eventually taken into custody by the officers. The suspect was taken to the Rusk County jail and booked on his charges.

MADISON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM WI DOJ)– Joshua Stein, 29, Cornell, Wisconsin, is charged with three counts of distributing methamphetamine, with one count alleging distribution of 50 grams or more; one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute; and with possessing two firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that he distributed methamphetamine in February 2019, and that on April 8, 2019, he possessed two handguns and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. If convicted, Stein faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the two counts alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and a maximum of 20 years on the other two drug charges. The charge alleging the possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, and federal law requires that any penalty imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the other charges. The charges against Stein are the result of an investigation by the West Central Drug Task Force and the Cornell Police Department. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.

SPOONER, Wis. (RELEASE FROM WI DOJ)– The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force today announced that Jeffrey A. Vesta, a pastor and former teacher in Wisconsin and Oregon, was arrested at his residence in Spooner, Wis. on June 4, 2019 for suspected possession of child pornography. On June 4, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Mr. Vesta’s residence and took him into custody. Mr. Vesta was booked in the Washburn County Jail on June 4 and attended a bail hearing on June 5 in Washburn County. Mr. Vesta was released on a signature bond. An initial appearance will be held June 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Washburn County Courthouse. As in any criminal proceeding, Mr. Vesta is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you or anyone you know may have any information to assist in this investigation, please call the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 468-4700. This investigation is being led by the ICAC Task Force at DOJ and is assisted by Spooner Police Department and the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)– An Eau Claire man is charged with child abuse, after being accused of shooting his children with a BB gun. Police had received reports that David Marshall, 28, had shot his 1-year-old child with the BB gun to discipline the child. According to the criminal complaint, Marshall admitted to shooting his 6-year-old child with the gun, but denied firing on the toddler. Police say Marshall eventually admitted that he had lied, and he shot at both of the children. Bond for Marshall is set at $1,000.

MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A man is arrested after attempting to rob a Kwik Trip with a knife in Monroe County Wednesday. Twenty one-year-old Jakob Layland could face multiple charges including attempted robbery, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and criminal damage to property. According to the Tomah Police Department, it happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officers were dispatched to Kwik Trip North in Tomah concerning an armed robbery complaint. Responding officers were notified that a man, later identified as Layland, entered the store and showed a knife while demanding money from a store clerk. The store clerk refused to comply and called 911. Layland responded by stabbing the knife into a credit card machine and then fled in a vehicle before officers arrived. A short time later, Layland was located walking near Kwik Trip South. With the assistance of Tomah Police K9 Viktor, Layland was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail.

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, President Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion, saying “they came wave after wave without question, without hesitation and without complaint.” Trump joined other world leaders at Normandy American Cemetery in France to honor those who died and participated in the battle. Trump also sought to assure allies skittish about relying on the U.S. under his “America first” brand of leadership. “To all of our friends and partners — our cherished alliance was forged in the heat of battle, tested in the trials of war, and proven in the blessings of peace. Our bond is unbreakable,” the president said. World leaders dwelled on the alliances that were needed to pull off a feat like D-Day. Trump also praised allies for their past work, saying “the full violence of Nazi fury was no match for the full grandeur of British pride.” He also credited the Canadians and the French, along with “the fighting Poles, the tough Norwegians, and the intrepid Aussies.” Under blue skies far quieter than those streaked by gunfire exactly 75 years ago, Trump described the 130,000 service members who took part in the D-Day land from boat as the “citizens of free and independent nations, united by their duty to their compatriots and to millions yet unborn.” He paid particular attention to the few surviving members of that day who likely are witnessing their final remembrance of arguably the world’s most famous battle, singling out a few by telling their personal stories. He described D-Day participants as “among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.” “Those who fought here won a future for our nation. They won the survival of our civilization and they showed us the way to love, cherish and defend our way of life for many centuries to come,” Trump said. What has often been described as America’s “greatest generation” was no less extraordinary in peace, Trump said, crediting them for building a “national culture that inspired the entire world.”

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-5-19

The weather will dry out and turn nicer again through the rest of the day. The air mass will remain warm, while winds will turn to the north. Afternoon highs will be reaching into the upper 70’s while humidity levels gradually drop. The drier air will allow for cooler conditions at night and with a mostly clear sky, we look to be in the lower 50’s heading into Thursday morning. High pressure will be around the area Thursday and Friday, bringing plenty of sunny weather along with a warm up. This will be a nice preview of the summer season to come as temperatures look to rise into the lower 80’s, several degrees above long term averages. The weekend will start off in similar fashion as a slow moving low to our south begins to creep northward and the next front begins advancing from the west. These systems will remain far enough off to bring another mostly sunny day on Saturday with highs again in the low 80’s. Clouds will then be increasing and it’s looking more likely now that Sunday will see a better chance for a few showers and thunderstorms. Clouds will be more dominant and the front will be arriving from the west. It will also be cooler as temperatures drop back to the mid 70’s.

Tuesday morning at about 8:20 AM, a female subject reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that her husband slashed her tires and threatened to Burn up something non specific. He left with the gas can from a location on Lawrence Street, Ingram. According to the report, She was unsure where he was and he was driving a White Ford with Washington State plates. The caller went next door waiting for the Rusk County deputies. A short time later a county deputy met with the subjects at Northwoods Gas Station. The deputy advised that charges will be referred.

SAWYER COUNTY (WEAU) – The Wisconsin DNR says a man was found dead near a boat on the Chippewa Flowage. 78 year old Richard D. Brinkman of Theresa, Wisconsin, was found in the water near the boat deceased and not wearing a life jacket. According to the DNR, the incident occurred on the Chippewa Flowage in Hunter Township at about 3 PM on June 2nd. The DNR said that a 16 foot boat was found on the shoreline with the motor running in neutral. The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.

BLAIRE (WEAU) – The Blaire Police Department says four people are arrested on drug and child endangerment charges after a traffic stop in the City of Blaire. It happened Monday on Olson Street and Tappon Street. Police say during the contact, Independence Police Department K9 Crush was deployed. After a search of the vehicle, police found methamphetamine, marijuana, and numerous drug paraphernalia. 40 year old Carl R. Luther, 46 year old Katina L. Russo, 43 year old Travis T. Turnmire, and 41 year old Rosalie K. Hale were all arrested for possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping. A juvenile was present in the vehicle and taken into protective custody by Trempealeau County Human Services. Luther was also charged with his 2nd OWI with a child in the vehicle. [Police sat the incident is still under investigation.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to send four anti-abortion bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has vowed to veto the measures. One so-called born alive bill would require doctors to care for babies that survive an abortion or face felony charges and up to life in prison. The Assembly passed the bill and three others last month. They are up for final approval Wednesday in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 19-14 majority. None will become law once Evers follows through on his veto promise.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers won’t rule out the possibility of paying for roads without a gas tax increase as he proposed. Republican legislative leaders said last week they won’t accept the 8-cent per gallon gas tax hike that Evers had proposed to help pay for roads. Instead, Republicans say they are looking at raising a variety of other fees by an unspecified amount. Evers on Monday wouldn’t say whether he would support or oppose the roads plan without a gas tax hike. Evers says if Republicans can “magically” improve roads without raising the gas tax, he will look at it. Evers told reporters he wants to review the entire budget before making any decisions and “it’s not soup yet.” The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee was planning to vote on roads funding Thursday.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay Police are asking people who’ve purchased cars online in the last year to take a closer look at their vehicles. Robert J. Solberg, 34, and Joshua A. Taylor, 37, were arrested after investigators say the duo rolled back odometers and altered titles on dozens of vehicles prior to re-selling them in Central and Northeast Wisconsin. Robert Solberg has been released from jail. No charges have been filed at this time. Police believe there are many more victims out there, and they are urging drivers who may have been conned to come forward. A single complaint from a Green Bay resident in May launched the weeks-long investigation. “The one recognized that something just wasn’t right about the vehicle related to the mileage and reported it to us,” says Lt. Ben Allen, Green Bay Police Dept. Lt. Allen says Robert Solberg and Joshua Taylor were buying used cars for the purpose of re-selling them. Before the cars went up for sale, the duo altered the odometers, Allen says. That action is a felony in Wisconsin.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-4-19

A warm front will be approaching Western Wisconsin today, bringing some extra clouds and the chance for a few scattered showers and storms. Southerly flow will bring higher moisture into the state, with dew points rising into the 60’s. It will begin to feel more sticky through the day as temperatures rise close to 80. The best chance for more organized storms will come in the evening and tonight, out ahead of this system. Conditions may favor a few severe storms with strong winds and large hail the main threats. The higher moisture content will also lead to a heavy rain potential. The front will slide through, moving away on Wednesday. We may start off with some clouds and those muggy conditions, but then sunshine will return and dew points will start to drop. The air mass behind the front will not be any cooler, and with the sunshine, we look to top out around 80.

On May 31, at approximately 3:00 PM, the Ladysmith Police Department received a complaint from an adult female in regard to a male exposing his genitals at the Rusk County Community Library located in the City of Ladysmith. During the investigation, the Ladysmith Police Department was able to identify the person of interest. On June 1, the Ladysmith Police Department conducted an interview with the person of interest. Rodney W. Flohr, age 53, of Ladysmith was arrested for lewd, lascivious behavior-exposure. More information will be made available through the filing of a criminal complaint by the Rusk County District Attorney.

At 11:15 AM Monday, Rusk County deputies responded to a location on Port Arthur Road, Ladysmith. According to the police log, at 1:25 PM, after an investigation, Rusk County deputies transported female individuals to the Rusk County jail. A search was performed at the residence and a subject was taken to the Rusk County jail for a Probation Hold.

Monday afternoon at about 3;35, a male subject reportedly walked up to the dispatch window at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and advised that he was there to turn himself in on a Probation Warrant. The subject did come back on file as wanted from the DOC. His Probation Agent advised the warrant is valid. The subject was taken into custody and taken to the Rusk County jail.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature were set to decide how much they intend to spend on health care programs over the next two years. The Legislature’s GOP-controlled budget committee was meeting Tuesday to vote on funding for the state’s BadgerCare Medicaid program and a host of other health care programs in the state. Republicans have already decided to reject Gov. Tony Evers’ call to expand Medicaid, a move that would save the state $324 million over the next two years because of additional federal funding. Under Evers’ budget, the state would also leverage $1.6 billion in additional federal funds to pay for a wide range of programs targeting women’s health, reimbursement rates for doctors and other health care providers, mental health and substance abuse services, dental health care and lead poisoning.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY)- Fond du Lac’s SWAT team rescued two children from a standoff in the 100 block of East Johnson Street. An Action 2 News crew at the scene saw officers take one person into custody. Police confirm that was the suspect. No one was hurt. At about 4:15 a.m., police received a call about a man who was “acting suspiciously.” The department says a man armed himself with a knife with children inside the home. Fond du Lac Police and the Fond du Lac SWAT team and negotiators responded to the scene. Police closed E Johnson Street between Main and Park during the standoff. The road has reopened to traffic. The FAA issued a temporary flight restriction over the scene due to a news helicopter flying overhead. That restriction has also been lifted.

Eau Claire County (WQOW) — Everyone is okay after a car fire in the Township of Clear Creek on Monday. The Eau Claire Sheriff’s Office said it happened at the intersection of County Highway D and Williams Road. They said the incident did cause a brief traffic delay. The driver of the SUV was able to get out and was not injured. Law enforcement did issue a ticket for driving without a valid license.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 6-3-19

A busy first weekend of June in Rusk County. Friday at about 4:45 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a call advising lightning struck a Green box at a residence on the North side of Highway 8, a mile West of County Highway X East. According to the report, it appeared to be a phone or cable box. The Ladysmith Fire Department was called to the scene. The fire was extinguished and Centurylink was contacted to send a technician.

Just after 5 PM Friday, Rusk County authorities received a call advising of a house fire on Whiting Way, Birchwood. According to the report, all occupants were outside of the building. The fire was on the first floor, going up to the second floor. Washburn County was contacted for the Birchwood Fire Department and Birchwood EMS. The house was reportedly fully engulfed. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department was called for mutual aid. The Red Cross was contacted. Firemen were on the scne for about 90 minutes.

Saturday morning at about 7:20 a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Edgewood Avenue East Ladysmith near West Cove Lanes and Campground. According to the report, the driver could be intoxicated and a field sobriety test was performed. After an investigation, the male driver was taken into custody for OWI. The vehicle was stopped for unreasonable and imprudent speed. The Subejct was found to be intoxicated and the defendant was cited for OWI 1st offense and warned for the speed violation.

At about 5:45 Saturday, Rusk County deputies served a warrant at a residence on County Highway East, Bruce. After an investigation, a subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail. A female advised Saturday night at about 10:30, that there was truck overturned in the ditch at a location on Zebro Road, Bruce near the Northwest Mink Ranches. According to the report, no one was in it but the lights were still on. Rusk County deputies, Bruce ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After a few minutes a county deputy was with the driver. A fire truck was at the scene because of smoke an a burning smell. There was no transport by the ambulance and multiple citation were issued to the driver.

Rusk County dispatch at 11:25 PM Saturday Night, received a call from a female subject advising that her vehicle was on fire in her driveway at a residence on Fritz Avenue East, Ladysmith. According to the report, there second vehicle started on fire along with her husbands shop. Ladysmith Police, Ladysmith Fire Department and the Ladysmith ambulance were called to the scene. The caller also advised that it looks like the fire might have been intentional. She could see a line of fire coming from the road to her vehicle. The case is under investigation.

At about 9:40 PM Sunday night, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a vehicle fire at a male subject home located on Lindoo Avenue East, Ladysmith. The caller advised the vehicle was a pickup truck and the caller also said there was a second vehicle in flames. Ladysmith Police, Rusk County deputies, the Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. According to the report, a Rusk County deputy advised the vehicles and surrounding trees were on fire. The fire was reportedly getting close to the residence. After an investigation, Danny D Jackson, 58 was arrested for arson of property other than a building.

In a related story, at 11:25 PM Sunday, while on patrol, dispatch advised Jackson had called about a revious incident officers had dealt with. According to the report, dispatch advised Jackson stated the listed vehicle was his and he has the title for it. Officers responded to the location. Upon arrival, Officers observed the listed vehicle driving South bound on East 11th Street North with no lights on and no license plates. A traffic stop was made in Jackson’s driveway of his residence. It was determined he was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense. Jackson was cited and arrested for the offense.

Friday afternoon at 3 PM, a City Officer met with a female regarding a male exposing himself to the female at the Rusk County Community Library. The City Officer interviewed Rodney W. Flohr, 53, regarding the incident. Flohr admitted to intentionally exposing himself to the female. He was arrested and is being referred to the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) — Two people arrested following the death of a newborn were formally charged Monday in Wood County Circuit Court. Marylinn Feher, 22, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and neglecting a child. The child’s father, Allen Rice, 19, is charged with neglecting a child and obstructing an officer. Investigators said when questioned, he denied that Feher had given birth. The two were expected to be charged last month, however, the judge delayed the initial appearances until after the child’s cause of death was determined. The criminal complaint states the newborn died of blunt force cranial cerebral trauma and features of strangulation. According to a news release, on April 6 at 10:11 a.m. Marshfield Medical Center reported a possible missing newborn. Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker said an investigation began after a woman came to the hospital seeking medical help for heavy bleeding. “Marshfield medical center advised the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Marshfield Police Department a female had come in for treatment, advised that she had given birth, and the baby wasn’t with her,” Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker explained in April.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda showed little emotion and said almost nothing as he was sentenced Monday in Minneapolis. The 24-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. Authorities say Aranda told investigators he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill.” The child survived the attack but has required multiple surgeries for head trauma and broken bones. His parents, who have requested privacy, had impact statements read in court. The boy’s father told Aranda ,”You chose to take your hate and your hurt out on my precious boy.” Aranda’s mother, Becky, said her son is mentally ill. She said he belongs in a mental hospital, not prison.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-31-19

Today will be the warmest we’ve seen so far this year with widespread 80’s expected. The last time we saw temperatures this warm was back in the middle of September! A low pressure system will be sliding out of Canada and into Northern Minnesota, followed by a track to around Green Bay by the evening. This will put the Chippewa Valley into warm westerly flow out ahead of this front. It will be another mostly sunny day as temperatures quickly rise. Some of that haze may again be around, due to fires burning up in Canada. Dew points will also be rising into and through the 50’s adding some stickiness to the air. By late afternoon and early evening we are expecting showers and storms to develop along a cold front to our north. Rain chances will begin in Northern Wisconsin first, tracking southward into and through the evening. Locally we look to stay dry though at least 6 pm with those temperatures in the 80’s and stronger westerly breezes. Scattered storms will then arrive through the evening and there is a chance a few could be strong to severe. Some instability and marginally favorable winds will lead to the threat of large hail and damaging winds as the main threats. Any storms will then tend to weaken into the night with scattered rain chances carrying into Saturday morning,

Shortly after 10 AM Thursday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a criminal damage complaint. According to the report, a male subject reported that someone was trespassing in his gravel pit located on County Highway A, North of Ladysmith. Someone started a fire and there was criminal damage to vehicles in the gravel pit. The case is under investigation.

Just after 1 PM Thursday, a male subject reported to Rusk County authorities that his mailbox was stolen at a location on Old 14 Road, Ladysmith. A Rusk County deputy spoke with the complainant who advised his mailbox was stolen and filled out a statement of loss.

A Ladysmith Officer just after 10 AM Thursday, responded to an address on 1st Street South on a report from a female requesting an officer to have an 18 year old leave the resident. According to the report, upon arrival the officer observed Austin C. White, 20, was being restrained by another subject. After talking with the victim and witnesses it was determined that White became upset at the name calling between his girlfriend and other subjects. Austin White then struck the complainant in her back. White was arrested for Domestic related Disorderly Conduct.

Free smoke alarms, home fire safety plans for Rusk County residents on June 8 Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross plan to install free smoke alarms and work with families on home fire escape plans across Ladysmith and Rusk County on Saturday, June 8. There is still time for people to sign up for appointments to this free, life-saving program. Residents in Ladysmith and Rusk County can fill in their info today at GetASmokeAlarm.org or by calling (608) 406-7356. Each appointment is completely free, takes approximately 20 minutes and is conducted by trained volunteers and staff from the Red Cross. Since 2014, Red Cross and partners have installed 1.7 million smoke alarms nationwide, which have directly helped save nearly 600 lives, including a family in Janesville.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Manitowoc man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a $3 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded 37 people, many of whom were elderly. Sixty-eight-year-old James Nickels earlier pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Prosecutors say Nickels convinced family, friend and neighbors to invest in his sham business. The scheme pays profits to early investors with funds from more recent investors. Twelve persons who lost money, or whose deceased family members lost money due to the fraud, testified at Thursday’s sentencing in federal court. They talked about the financial and emotional harm and sense of betrayal that the defendant’s actions caused them. Judge William Griesbach told Nickels he had committed an “evil, horrible” crime that was “grotesque” and had “high impact.” Griesbach reprimanded him for a lack of remorse.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-30-19

A seasonable spring start to the day but this afternoon will remind us all that summer is just around the corner! Overall May has been a cooler month with an average temperature running about five degrees below normal. We’ll start to make up for it just in time to usher in the new month and new season (meteorological spring ends on May 31 with the meteorological summer season spanning June, July and August). An upper level ridge that has been over Western Canada this week will be sliding southeast, skirting the Upper Midwest on Thursday. This will bring warmer air to the region while it remains mostly dry. It will be a nice day for outdoor work and activities with a mix of sunshine and clouds. There may be a stray shower or storm over northern areas by late in the day, otherwise expect afternoon highs around 80. The warmth will then build on Friday as a cold front begins dropping down out of Canada. Winds will become a bit gusty to end the week with a mostly sunny sky. Some clouds will then develop through the afternoon and we may also see a few scattered storms as temperatures peak in the mid 80’s. Dew points will also be on the rise, and may top 60, making for a more muggy feel. The front will then be around at night with a few scattered showers and storms before slipping south early Saturday.

Wednesday afternoon at about 1:20, a Rusk County deputy responded to a residence on Thornapple Road, Ladysmith. According to the police log, a female requested a Rusk County deputy with assistance in bringing one subject into custody. The deputy called and advised the owner of the home would come to unlock the door. A male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

The Ladysmith Police Chief received information at 9:30 AM Wednesday, that Matthew S. Reeves, 35, was walking on West Miner Avenue. Reeves reportedly had two active Ladysmith Municipal Warrants. City Police found Reeves on West Miner and West 7th Street. Contact was made and Reeves was advised of the warrant and placed under arrest. He was transported to the Rusk County jail without incident.

Chippewa County (WQOW) – The former Cornell City Works Operator accused of stealing city-owned property was sentenced Wednesday. Brandon Larson of Holcombe, and former City Utility Supervisor John Westaby of Cornell, are accused of selling scrap metal that belonged to the city and pocketing the profits. Prosecutors also said they took city culverts and road material to build a road on Westaby’s recreational land. The city estimated the losses at more than $7,000. Wednesday, Larson pleaded no contest to an amended count of misconduct in office. He’s ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and court costs. In August of last year, Westaby was also ordered to pay restitution and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Rice Lake (WEAU) – A Rice Lake man is charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. 30 year old Kyle Korthof is charged with three counts related to the assaults. Police took a statement from the victim this month, and a day later police say Korthof confessed. According to the complaint, Korthof acknowledged he assaulted the child for more than a year, and said he wanted this to be done with. His initial court appearance is scheduled for next week.

MADISON (WKOW) — District attorneys across the state, including here in Eau Claire, could soon have additional help in the courtroom. The Joint Committee on Finance approved Gov. Evers’ proposal to hire more prosecutors addressing a shortage in the system, but far less than what the governor wanted. Lawmakers approved hiring 30 additional assistant district attorneys, Evers wanted 60. Regardless, DA offices’ say it’s a small step in the right direction to address a shortage. According to the Eau Claire County website, we already have six assistant district attorneys and a deputy district attorney in Eau Claire County. That’s in addition to District Attorney Gary King. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said their office has been resource-strapped for years. “Great that the legislature and the governor all acknowledge that there are shortages,” said Ozanne. He said more attorneys could help speed up cases and allow prosecutors additional time to spend with their clients. “The reality is we’d have more time to talk to victims to figure out what we need to keep the community safe and possibly moving more cases into diversion,” he said. If lawmakers pass the proposal and it reaches Evers’ desk, counties would either add additional assistant DA’s, hire part-time employees to full, or allow offices to offer benefits to part-time DA’s. Counties include; Adams, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Columbia, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Forest, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marinette, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Racine, Rusk, Sawyer, Sheboygan, Washburn, Washington, Waupaca, and Wood.

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