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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 4-4-2019

For today, it will be mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler as moisture begins advancing northward. A front and low pressure system will remain well to the south, while this moisture works into some drier air over the state as high pressure slowly retreats to the east. Much of the day will be dry, but some light rain is expected to first develop in southern counties, reaching the Chippewa Valley by late afternoon and evening. Highs will only be in the mid 40’s. The chance for occasional light rain continues at night, while a little wet snow will also be possible in northern areas, though no real accumulation is expected. Lows will be in the 30’s. Drier air begins to take over again on Friday as clouds mix with some sunshine. Winds will shift to the south, leading to some warming through the day. This will be dependent on how much sunshine we can get, but we should be able to rise back into the milder 50’s. The overall air mass will continue to warm into the weekend, but as this happens, more moisture will be moving into the region. A stretched out front to our west will slowly move east and we could already begin to see a few showers overnight and into Saturday morning, with possibly even a thunderstorm. The chance for an additional shower will remain through the day, but it looks drier for the afternoon. Highs will be around 60.

Wednesday morning at about 9:15, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that a White Buick was driving eratically on Highway 27 North of Ladysmith. According to the report, the vehicle almost went into the ditch. While on the phone with dispatch, the vehicle drove off the roadway and struck a tree. Rusk County deputies, Wisconsin State Patrol, Ladysmith and Sheldon ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, the male passenger was wanted from both Ashland and Taylor Counties. The subject was transported by ambulance to MMC-Ladysmith with unknown injuries. No other information was available.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – A Chicago-area boy missing for nearly a decade may have been found in the Tri-State. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Timmothy Pitzen is the only missing child from Aurora, Illinois. A bone-chilling note by Pitzen’s mother Amy Fry-Pitzen read, “you’ll never find him,” CNN reports. Fry-Pitzen was found dead in a Rockford, Illinois hotel room after committing suicide at the time her son was reported missing, CBS Chicago reports. The FBI’s Louisville office and the FBI’s Cincinnati office confirm they’re actively coordinating with Newport police, Cincinnati police, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Aurora, Illinois police. Pitzen was reported missing May 12, 2011 when he was 6 years old. He would be 14 years old today. Aurora Police Public Information Officer Bill Rowley said two police detectives are on their way to the Cincinnati area to assist with the investigation. The male child in question was found on the west side of Newport Wednesday. Newport police say a neighbor spotted him and noticed he didn’t belong in the neighborhood. A source tells us that happened around 7 a.m. near the area of 8th Street and Columbia Street. He told police he’d been held captive. According to an incident report from the Sharonville Police Department, the boy said he escaped from two kidnappers that have been holding him for seven years. They boy described the two kidnappers as two white males with body-builder type builds. One had black curly hair, a Mt. Dew shirt and jeans, and has a spider web tattoo on his neck. The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms. Police said the vehicle they were driving is described as a newer model Ford SUV with WI plates. It’s white with yellow transfer paint and has a dent on the back bumper. According to the report, the boy escaped and kept running across a bridge into Kentucky and said they’d been staying at a Red Roof Inn but did not know where. Police said after checking Red Roof Inn’s and surrounding hotels, nothing was found. The boy was taken to a hospital in Newport to be checked out and police say he is being interviewed by detectives and other uniformed officers. Police say at this moment they aren’t sure he is who he says he is. They don’t believe he is a missing person from the Tri-State. No officials will confirm whether the boy is claiming to be Pitzen.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer isn’t conceding or saying whether she will seek a recount, despite being down by nearly 6,000 votes based on unofficial results. Neubauer said in a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday that “this race is still too close to call.” She says, “We need to make sure that every last vote is counted and that’s going to take a little time.” Her opponent, Brian Hagedorn, has declared victory in Tuesday’s election and said a recount would be pointless. Neubauer was backed by liberals while Hagedorn had conservative support. A Hagedorn win would keep the state Supreme Court under conservative control until at least 2023. Neubauer would have to pay for a recount because the margin of victory wasn’t close enough to have taxpayers foot the bill.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 4-3-19

A drier day with a narrow ridge of high pressure to our west. Though a light breeze is expected for the afternoon, winds will be much lighter overall while temperatures top out in the upper 40’s. Low 50’s are typical for early April. Clouds will begin to increase to our south by late afternoon as moisture begins lifting northward into the state. A low pressure system in the Plains will be sliding east, while an old cold front will be just to the north. The combination will lead to some light rain lifting towards the area on Thursday. Clouds will take over, while a few showers may arrive by late in the day. Breezes will also be increasing from the east, as high pressure departs through the Great Lakes. Highs will only be in the mid 40’s. Light precipitation is expected to lift north and through our area at night. As temperatures drop, there is a chance some of this may change from rain to wet snow. At this time any accumulations look to be minimal with lows near freezing. Improvements then come on Friday as the next high pressure system moves across. Plenty of sunshine will return, leading to some warming and we should see highs rise back into the 50’s.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn is declaring victory, even though his opponent says the race is almost certainly headed toward a recount. Hagedorn issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying his margin of victory in Tuesday’s election is “insurmountable.” With 99% of precincts reporting, Hagedorn had a 5,911-vote lead out of 1.2 million cast. That is about half a percentage point over Lisa Neubauer, within the 1 percentage point margin that allows for her to request a recount. However, she would have to pay for it. Earlier Tuesday night, Neubauer’s campaign manager Tyler Hendricks said “We are almost assuredly headed to a recount.” Hagedorn was backed by conservatives and a victory would increase their majority control of the court to 5-2. Neubauer had liberal backing, including support from former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. In Rusk County, Brian Hagedorn received 2012 votes and Lisa Neubauer received 1250 votes.

Here are some results in our area from the Spring election on Tuesday. In the City of Ladysmith for City Council, in district 3, Brian Groothousen received 59 votes and Rachel Rodriguez Cerra had 15 votes. Longtime Alderman Mike Hraban did not seek re-election in District 3. In District 7 alderman Jenifer Pearson did not seek re-election. Marty Reynolds got 51 votes, Bob Grotzinger got 32 votes and Sue Moore received 20 votes. For the Ladysmith School Board, Todd Novakofski got 703 votes and Al Manson 370 votes. Al Manson Passed away in February so this means the Ladysmith School District will go to the application process to replace Al Manson’s position for a one year appointment. Then the candidates will run for the remaining two years of that spot next April. There were four candidates for two seats on the Flambeau School Board. The two challengers, Doug Verdegan had 708 votes and Jennifer Pestel had 422 votes defeated the two incumbents, Patrick Anderson who had 371 votes and Joel Taylor who had 368 votes. In the Lake Holcombe School District, the referendum passed, 608 yes votes to 274 no votes. For the Lake Holcombe School Board, there were four candidates for two seats on the board. Jeff Anders received 450 votes, Debbi Readinger had 381 votes, Craig Jiskra got 280 votes and Kody Morfoot had 151 votes. In the Village of Bruce for Village President, Shane Trott got 122 votes and Karen Hanson got 44 votes. There were six candidates for three trustee positions for the Village of Bruce. Avery Newman received 110 votes, Incumbent Galen McGee Brainerd got 85 votes, Lawrence Cabak got 70 votes, Brenda Popple got 53 votes, Michelle Mason had 47 votes and William McDonald got 39 votes.

Tuesday night just before 9 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office were advised that a car hit the bridge on Highway 27 at Deertail Creek. The driver was alert and conscious and appeared fine but the airbags deployed. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance, and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, the driver will be issued a citation.

At about 12:45 Tuesday afternoon, a traffic accident was reported on Miner Avenue West at the Miner Plaza Building. Ladysmith Police, Ladysmith ambulance, and the Ladysmith Fire Department were called to the scene. According to the report, the driver Betty J. Williams, 85, lost control of her vehicle and struck the Miner Plaza Building. No injuries were reported and no other information was available.

RUSK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A man previously found incompetent to stand trial is now competent to face charges in two counties. At a hearing on March 29, Preston Kraft was found capable of standing trial for murder and other charges. In January, Kraft faced charges for the death of Robert Petit in Rusk County and multiple charges in Chippewa County, including second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He was found incompetent at the time. A preliminary hearing is set for May 14 in Rusk County.

RUSK COUNTY (WQOW) A Mondovi man, found guilty of making bomb threats in Rusk County, will spend more time behind bars. A jury found Dustin Hewitt guilty of making the threats in February. Prosecutors say he made the threats through Facebook and email in 2016 to the Rusk County Law Enforcement Center prompting an evacuation of the courthouse and jail. Barron County Judge Maureen Boyle was called in to rule on the case because it involved Rusk County officials. She sentenced Hewitt to three years behind bars, plus two years of extended supervision. That sentence will be tacked on to the 4 ½ years Hewitt is serving for making threats to the Eau Claire Probation and Parole Office.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 4-2-19

The next cold front will be dropping down out of Canada with increasing west and southwest winds. Despite the breezy conditions, it will be a nicer day with sunshine likely, while some clouds will increase through the afternoon as the front approaches. This front should have just enough moisture with it to produce a line of broken showers, leading to increasing rain chances by later afternoon and into the evening, though any rain looks to be fairly brief. It will also be milder with highs around 50. Once the front exits, drier and slightly cooler weather will return for a few days. An area of high pressure will be arriving from the northwest with plenty of sunshine expected Wednesday. On Thursday the next weather system will be passing well to our south, but the northern edge of clouds are likely to impact at least our southern counties. Temperatures will remain close to average with highs in the upper 40’s.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Polls are open in Wisconsin for voters to choose a new state Supreme Court justice to serve a 10-year term. The winner in Tuesday’s election will replace 85-year-old Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is retiring. Conservatives have been in the majority on the court since 2008, currently with a 4-3 split. If state appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn wins the race, it would increase their majority. A win by fellow appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer would give liberals a chance to take control of the court in the 2020 election. Voter turnout in past Supreme Court races in non-presidential years has generally been around 20 percent. Several races are also on local ballots, including Ladysmith City Council, area school boards, the Lake Holcombe School Referendum and the Bruce Village President and Village Trustees. Also some village and township races in Rusk County. Voters need a photo ID to cast their ballots. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Monday afternoon just after 5 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female advising that her 17 year old son was punching holes in the walls because he was angry at her. Rusk County deputies responded to the call. After an investigation, a male subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity serving Burnett, Polk, Rusk and Washburn Counties, has been awarded two AmeriCorps member positions and is looking for motivate, qualified candidates to serve locally during the 2019-2020 service year, which begins in August. Habitat AmeriCorps members serve in full-time, stipend positions, helping to meet the housing needs of communities and low-income families across the U.S. For over 22 years, Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity has served families in need of decent, affordable housing through building and repairing homes, communities and hope. Applicants accepted as Habitat AmeriCoprs members serving with Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity will expand their understanding of the need for affordable housing while making positive connections with peers, families and communities in the areas of community outreach and resource development. They will join more than 500 other Habitat AmeriCorps members who will be placed in more than 160 communities nationwide.

­WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says his campaign has raised $18.2 million in the 41 days since he launched his Democratic presidential bid. Campaign manager Faiz Shakir said Tuesday it came from about 900,000 first quarter contributions. He says the average donation was $20 and Sanders’ campaign has $28 million cash. Sanders was expected to post the largest fundraising haul among the Democratic field. He previously announced he’d raised $10 million in his first week. Sanders fueled his unsuccessful 2016 campaign with grassroots giving. There was little surprise Sanders would have a strong quarter. The latest results cement Sanders as a financial front-runner in a growing primary field of more than a dozen candidates. South Bend, Idndiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) launched an exploratory committee two months ago and said Monday he’d raised more than $7 million in the quarter.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 4-1-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR SEVERAL PARTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER** We begin the first week of April with decent weather. Typical highs for the first day of the month in Eau Claire are around 50 degrees, while average lows are in the upper 20’s. Don’t be “fooled” by the forecast today. The gradual warming trend will continue for most of the area. The morning began with a few flurries but those have exited. Afternoon highs will top out just below average in upper 40’s. A weak system is developing to our west and will move through late tonight. Its passing will bring a few flurries to the Chippewa Valley. The Coulee Region has a better chance for light rain or even minor accumulation of wet snow by early Tuesday morning. Overnight lows will be in the upper 20’s and low 30’s for most locations.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, at 9:48 AM Friday morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call of a two car accident on Highway 8 near Kief Road, Weyerhaeuser. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department were called to the scene. According to the report, after an investigation, a Chevy Silverado was West bound on Highway 8 and slowing to turn North onto Kief Road when the West bound Safelite Van rear ended the Silverado. No injuries were reported. 3 parties involved in the crash refused treatment from EMS.

Friday afternoon at 1:15, a Ladysmith Officer conducted a traffic stop on East 12th Street South on a vehicle for defective Driver’s side brake lamp and defective center high mount stop lamp. According to the report, the driver was James S. Cooley, 35. Cooley was found to have a suspended driver’s license and issued a citation for OAS. Passengers in the vehicle were Tracy M. Pettit, 46, and Crystal A. Trudeau, 21, and were found to have been in violation of a No Contact bond. Pettit and Trudeau were arrested. K9 Kona conducted a K9 sniff of the vehicle and alerted on the vehicle. Nothing of evidentiary value was located. Both Trudeau and Pettit were transported to the Rusk County jail.

Ladysmith Police received an anonymous call just after 12 midnight Saturday morning, reporting that there was an underage drinking going on at a location on Center Avenue East. City Officers responded to the residence and were allowed entry into the residence. According to the report, all of the occupants were given a PBT to see if they had consumed any alcohol. Two individuals had a positive reading on the PBT of .03 and .09. Both were issued citations for underage drinking-possess and consume.

Saturday night at about 10:40 PM, a City Officer assisted Rusk County with locating Shawna Pauline Ostrowski, 38, due to a relative calling dispatch advising Ostrowski was walking on Port Arthur road needing medical assistance. The City Officer located Ostrowski and Steven B. Hause, 23, standing outside of a residence on Port Arthur. After an investigation, they discovered that Hause had a felony probation warrant. He was transported to MMC and than to the jail for the warrant. Ostrowski was also brought to MMC and caused a disturbance therefore causing her to be brought to jail for Disorderly Conduct.

Voters will head to the polls this Tuesday for the Spring election. Ladysmith voters in District 7 will pick a new alderman as Jennifer Pearson is not seeking re-election. Candidates Bob Grotzinger, Jr., Sue Moore and Marty Reynolds are vying for the position on the city council. Voters in District 3 also will pick a new alderman as longtime alderman Mike Hraban is not seeking re-election. Candidates Rachel Cerra-Rodriguez and Brian Groothousen are vying for the position. For the Ladysmith School Board, it has two seats to be decided. The names of Al Manson and Todd Novakofski will be on the ballot despite Manson’s death in February. Due to Manson’s death, all write in votes will now be counted. If Manson gets more votes that any write-in, he wins re-election to the board. The vacancy than would be filled by school board policy in an application and interview process. In the Flambeau School District the Incumbents, Patrick Anderson and Joel Taylor and being challenged by Doug Verdegan and Jennifer Pestel. Voters in the Flambeau School District will vote for two of the four candidates. The Lake Holcombe School District has four candidates for two seats on the school board. The Incumbent Jeffrey Anders is being challenged by Debora A. Readinger, Craig A. Jiskra and Kody Morfoot. Lake Holcombe voters will also vote on the referendum question on the ballot. If the district should be allowed to exceed revenue caps by $850,000 per year for three years for operational and maintenance expenses. If the referendum fails, district officials would start with the dissolution process. In the Village of Bruce, Shane Trott and Karen Hanson are vying for Village President to replace outgoing village president Mike Newman. There are six candidates for 3 village of trustee positions. The only incumbent, Galen McGee Brainerd, challengers, Michelle Mason, Avery Newman, Lawrence A. Cabak, Brenda Popple and William McDonald.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-29-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** High pressure in Canada will be dropping down into the Northern Plains late today keeping the weather quiet. Temperatures will fall just below average for the final day of the work week. A couple of low pressure systems are forecast to develop before the end of the week. One well to our north, and another to our southwest in the Plains. These will be in the vicinity Friday into Saturday, but for now forecast models seem to be in agreement this these will pass far enough away from our region to not have any major impact on Western Wisconsin. Far southern sections could see a rain or wet snow shower Friday night, otherwise it will be dry. Expect sunshine with seasonable highs in the mid and upper 40’s to end the work week. The weekend will start off cool and breezy… but dry as the southern storm quickly moves away and the next high pressure system takes hold from the north. This will drop temperatures into the upper 30’s and low 40’s from Saturday into Sunday. Both days look to feature a decent amount of sunshine, especially on Sunday. A slow warming will then follow into early next week. Not a washout, but wet weather may return to the area next Tuesday through Thursday. Highs will be slightly above average Tuesday and Wednesday in the mid 50’s. Next Thursday looks cooler with highs return to the mid 40’s.

Thursday afternoon just before 1 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a grass fire at the energy mine site on 5th Street, Weyerhaeuser. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department was called to the scene. They were there for about 30 minutes. No other information was available.

Even though there is still some snow on the ground, fire danger is already a concern. It can change every day, but the fire danger is affected by wind, humidity and how dry everything is below the surface level. Whether there is a lot of snow on the ground or not, there is a lot of conditions that play into that. It really depends on how wet the ground is. If you plan to burn anything you should always stay by your fire and have something nearby to extinguish the fire.

Just after 5 PM Thursday, a Ladysmith Officer was dispatched to a residence on East 10th Street South to respond to a report of a burglary at the residence. A female subject reported that someone entered her home and stole some items. The case is under investigation. ­

(WQOW) – Now that the kidnapper and killer in the Closs case has pleaded guilty, Jayme Closs will not have to testify against him in court. Experts say testifying can be stressful in general, but if the survivor was victim of an adverse childhood trauma that stress could be amplified in court. A counselor at the L.E. Phillips Libertas Center said survivors could be triggered by having to recount details and there is a chance they couldn’t testify due to the stress of court proceedings. It all depends on the person. “Potentially it could be helpful for them to feel like they’re more involved in the process as well,” said Sara Biddle, a counselor at L.E. Phillip. “If they’re not (going to trial) that could be more difficult for them because they may feel that the trial was unfair because they weren’t able to speak.” Biddle said each survivor’s experience is different, so what will offer them closure will be different as well. She believes those in our judicial system need to be educated on how to help trauma survivors find that closure.

A luncheon to honor the achievements of north central and northwest Wisconsin students, teachers and principals will be held Sunday, March 31 at Chippewa Falls Middle School in Chippewa Falls, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation announced today. Students in our area receiving Excellence Scholarships will be Trent Vollendorf from Ladysmith High School and Hunter Adams from Bruce High School. A Recipient of the teacher Fellowship award will be Rebecca Omtvedt of Lake Holcombe School District. Students receiving the Initiative Scholarships in our area are Sage Olson of Exland from Ladysmith High School and Robert Fasbender from the Cornell High School. The Chippewa Falls event is the third of four regional award programs sponsored by the Herb Kohl Foundation. The luncheon is scheduled to begin Sunday, March 31, at 12 Noon at Chippewa Falls Middle School. The award program will commence at approximately 12:30 PM.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-28-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** Temperatures will again top out above average today, just not as warm as Wednesday’s highs. Many spots did get up into the 60s yesterday but in Eau Claire we officially topped out at 58°. For today, northwest flow will keep afternoon highs in check, most of the area will reach the low and mid 50’s. Sky cover will be a mix of sun and clouds as another weak cold front moves down from the northwest. Temperatures continue to slowly cool heading into the weekend. High pressure in Canada will be dropping down into the Northern Plains late into Friday keeping the weather quiet. Temperatures will fall just below average for the final day of the work week. A couple of low pressure systems are forecast to develop before the end of the week. One well to our north, and another to our southwest in the Plains. These will be in the vicinity Friday into Saturday, but for now forecast models seem to be in agreement this these will pass far enough away from our region to have any major impact on Western Wisconsin. Far southern sections could see a rain or wet snow shower Friday night, otherwise it will be dry. Expect some sunshine on Friday with seasonable highs in the upper 40’s.

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Lottery has scheduled a news conference to talk about the $768 million Powerball ticket sold in suburban Milwaukee. Lottery officials did not say if the winner or winners would be present at the news conference Thursday. Under state law, the winner or winners can’t remain anonymous but have 180 days to claim the winnings. The jackpot is the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history. The win is Wisconsin’s 17th Powerball jackpot since 1988. The winning ticket was sold in New Berlin, a city about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee. The retailer that sold the ticket has not been identified but will receive a $100,000 payout.

MADISON, Wis. – Wednesday’s $768.4 million Powerball jackpot-winning ticket was sold in New Berlin, and is the largest in the state’s Lottery history. The jackpot is the third-largest in U.S. Lottery history and Powerball’s second-highest all-time. “This is an amazing milestone moment for Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin. “It truly is incredible to think that the winning ticket for this historic jackpot was sold in our own backyard. I am extremely excited for the winners and for our state. This event puts us in the national spotlight and turns Wisconsin into WINsconsin.” The win marked Wisconsin’s 17th Powerball jackpot since 1988. The Badger State is now tied for sixth on the all-time list of most frequent winning states. Wednesday’s win also came nearly two years to the day since Wisconsin hit its last Powerball jackpot when a Milwaukee resident won $156.2 million on March 22, 2017.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU)– Entering the courtroom Wednesday, Patterson smiled as he looked to his father and sister on the left side of the courtroom; this as the accused kidnapper and killer was expected to enter a plea. During Jake Patterson’s 3rd court appearance Wednesday afternoon, a plea agreement was announced. Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping. The fourth count, armed burglary, was dismissed and read in. Patterson’s decision to plead guilty, his attorneys say, is what he’s wanted since the first day they met him. “He has always been consistent in his statements and his belief that this is exactly what he wants to do,” says Charles Glynn, Patterson’s attorney. As his father and sister visibly wept, Patterson acknowledged giving up his right to a trial and his possible sentencing. “A class A Felony, upon conviction shall be sentenced to imprisonment of life,” says Barron County Judge Babler, as he read the maximum penalty of one of two homicide charges. As the arraignment ended, those in the courtroom, watched Patterson as he turned around and said “Bye, Jayme” before being escorted out. Patterson is due back in court for a sentencing scheduled for May 24 at 1:30 p.m.

RUSK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU)– A Rusk County man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old is found guilty. A jury found Robert Dilysi guilty of two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Child Enticement-Sexual Contact. Deputies say they were made aware of the assaults back in June. Deputies went to Dilysi’s house on June 25, and they found the home had been abruptly vacated. Dilysi was arrested in Tennessee four days later. A sentencing hearing has been scheduling for May 30. He faces a maximum penalty of 105 years in Prison.

PRICE COUNTY – The Price County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 24th, at about 10:52 AM , the Department received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle crash on State Highway 70 East of Hicks Landing Road in the Township of Fifield. Initial investigation revealed the driver of a vehicle West bound on State Highway 70 drove of the roadway and struck trees. The vehicle caught fie upon striking the trees. The driver was found deceased. The name of the driver was Russell Hanson, 65 of Fifield.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-27-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** A real taste of spring temperatures with a nice surge of warmer air coming up from the south. The only hindrance is cloud cover but we look to be at least partly sunny at times through the day. A cold front will be advancing towards the area but not arriving until sometime at night. Southerly winds out ahead of the front may gust to 30 mph which will help get temperatures rising and should lead to highs in the 60’s, especially from Eau Claire on south. This would make it the mildest day so far this year, while hitting that first 60 degree day within a few days of what is typical. The front will then slide through, winds will shift more to the west and northwest and cooler air will follow. Thursday will continue to be dry, with clouds and sunshine and highs around 50.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office released an update from the snowmobile accident earlier this month. On Sunday March 10th, at about 7:03 PM, it was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a snowmobile had struck the County Highway I bridge in the Town of Dewey and the subject was lying under the bridge. The Wisconsin DNR investigated and determined the snowmobile operator, Anthony “Tony” Prokop, 61, struck the bridge with his head. The operator was wearing a helmet and was traveling under the bridge when he hit his head. Prokop was transported by Life Link helicopter to a hospital in Marshfield. Wednesday, March 27, about 4:45 AM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office was advised that Anthony “Tony” Prokop of Ladysmith, passed away do to the injuries sustained in the snowmobile accident on March 10 where he struck the County Highway I bridge. The crash was being handled by the Wisconsin DNR.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU)– The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents is expected to plead guilty Wednesday. Jake Patterson has a court appearance scheduled for 1 p.m. in Barron County court. Earlier this month, a reporter with our NBC affiliate in Minneapolis exchanged a letter with Patterson, who, in the letter, said he would plead guilty to spare Jayme and her family from a trial. In the letter, Patterson added, “can’t believe I did this.” Patterson’s attorney, Charles Glynn would not confirm or deny the validity of the letter. If Patterson follows through with his claim to plead guilty, there would be no trial and a sentencing date would be scheduled. If he decides to plead “not guilty” with the option of tacking on “no contest” or “not guilty by mental defect” the case could go to trial or a plea deal could be worked out. Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme, on Oct. 15. Jayme was held for 88 days before escaping in January. Patterson is charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count each of kidnapping and armed burglary. He faces life in prison if convicted on the homicide counts.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)– A Minnesota man arrested in connection with a child enticement sting operation by the Eau Claire Police Department will serve jail time. Online court records show Garth Calvin of Buffalo City, Minnesota, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation. According to a criminal complaint, officers posing as an underage child connected with Calvin and arranged to meet in Mount Simon Park, that’s when he was arrested.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn says his opponent Lisa Neubauer is lying about him and attacking him over his personal beliefs. The candidates met Tuesday in a final, spirited debate a week before the April 2 election. Hagedorn says Neubauer is misleading voters and is calling him names. Neubauer says she is presenting facts about Hagedorn’s past blog writings and his beliefs that voters should know before the election. Hagedorn wrote a blog while a law school student where he criticized court rulings in favor of gay writes, called Planned Parenthood a “wicked organization” and commented on other legal issues. Neubauer also criticized Hagedorn for starting a private school that bans gay teachers. Hagedorn says Neubauer is “deliberately trying to undermine my reputation” by mining partisan talking points.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-26-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** The nice weather continues as the center of high prssure moves to our east today. Mid and high level moisture will be trying to move in from the west, so we may see at least a few clouds, but overall it will be another sunny day. Southwest breezes will develop in the afternoon, leading to temperatures in the upper 40’s. Clouds will be increasing tonight while a south breeze remains, so temperatures won’t drop very much, with lows in the mid 30’s. We are still on track to see our first 60 degree temperatures of the year on Wednesday. A cold front will be sliding towards the state from the west, while a warm front lifts through and up to our north during the day. This could touch off a stray shower, but most places will remain dry. Winds will pick up further from the south and with clouds and sunshine it will still be a fairly nice day with those well above average temperatures. The front will slide through at night, shifting winds and delivering some cooler air for the last few days of the work week.

BARRON COUNTY (WEAU) Wednesday, the man accused of kidnapping Barron teen Jayme Closs and murdering her parents is due back in court for his arraignment. Wednesday will be suspect Jake Patterson’s third appearance in Barron County Court. His first appearance, which was held over video conference, was held just days after his arrest on January 10. There, Patterson was formally read his charges of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. His second court appearance back in Mid-February was brief. During that time, Pattterson waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. The third court appearance for Patterson will take place on Wednesday when he is expected to enter a plea. Earlier this month, a reporter with an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis exchanged a letter with Patterson, who, in the letter, said he would plead guilty to spare Jayme and her family from a trial. In the letter, Patterson added, “can’t believe I did this.” Patterson’s attorney, Charles Glynn would not confirm or deny the validity of the letter. If Patterson follows through with his claim, there would be no trial and a sentencing date would be scheduled. I f Patterson decides to plead “not guilty” with the option of tacking on “no contest” or “not guilty by mental defect” the case could go to trial or a plea deal could be worked out. There is of course no guarantee on what Patterson will plea. It’s scheduled to start at 1 PM. MADISON, Wis.

(AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn are meeting for a final debate one week ahead of the election. Neubauer and Hagedorn are both state appeals court judges. They are running to replace retiring Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Neubauer is backed by liberals while Hagedorn has support from conservatives. A win by Hagedorn would increase the court’s conservative majority to 5-2. A Neubauer win would maintain the current 4-3 conservative majority. However, a Neubauer win would mean the race next year would give liberals a chance to win back the majority. The debate Tuesday in Milwaukee is hosted by WISN-TV and the Marquette University Law School. Veteran journalist Mike Gousha (goo-SHAY) will moderate. The election is April 2. The winner serves a 10-year term.

Ellsworth (WQOW) – Several students were taken to the hospital with injuries when they were involved in a bus crash Monday. According to the Ellsworth School District, the crash happened on Monday afternoon around 3:45. District leaders says several students suffered minor injuries and were taken to Red Wing Hospital. The DOT sent out a notice on Monday saying all lanes of Highway 10 were closed at Broadway Street in Ellsworth for a crash. The crash was cleared within the hour.

Madison (AP) — Wisconsin officials are waiting for a pair of courts to decide whether laws that Republicans passed last year limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general can stand. Lawmakers passed the measures in a lame-duck session in December, before Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul took office. A Dane County judge blocked the laws Thursday, ruling that lawmakers convened illegally when they passed them. Attorneys for Republicans are asking the 3rd District Court of Appeals to put that ruling on hold pending appeal. That decision could come any moment. Another Dane County judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether to block the laws in response to union arguments that they violate the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More details are emerging about Gov. Tony Evers’ plans to bolster funding for Wisconsin’s state parks. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released an analysis of Evers state budget Tuesday. It shows that Evers wants to spend an additional $2.8 million from the state conservation fund on parks over the biennium. About $931,000 annually would go toward $1.50-an-hour raises for seasonal park workers. Another $500,000 annually would go for maintenance and costs associated with additional electrified campsites authorized under the last state budget. Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker eliminated state support for state parks in 2015, leaving the parks to survive on fees alone.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-25-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** **FLOOD WARNING in effect for southern Clark County until 3:30 PM due to an ice jam on the Black River** The remaining snow around our area will continue to melt this week but the good news is we aren’t likely to add any significant precipitation to facilitate additional flooding problems. The pattern remains a dry one for the Upper Midwest. A large high pressure system over Southern Canada will be dropping down into the Upper Midwest. This will bring a bright, sunny day to the region while it will be a bit cooler than the last few days. Afternoon highs will be in the low 40’s which is a few degrees cooler than average. Calm winds and a clear sky will allow us to drop down into the teens early Tuesday morning, while the high slides to our east on Tuesday. Winds will develop from the south, making for a breezier afternoon, while high clouds may start to increase through the day. It will be a nice day otherwise, with highs reaching the upper 40’s.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, just after 3 AM Saturday morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a male subject advising that they had three people walk up on there porch. The people advised they flipped there vehicle on County Highway F heading North out of Weyerhaeuser. They also advised a female subject had a bleeding hand. Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith ambulance and the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded to the scene. According to the report, the driver of the vehicle was not hurt and stayed with the vehicle until law enforcement showed up. One subject was taken by ambulance to LMC. A male subject was taken into custody. No other information was available.

Sunday evening at about 6:45, the female subject from the vehicle accident requested to speak with a Rusk County deputy about her cell phone being stolen. According to the report, the subject advised after a crash she was unable to locate her phone. The subject advised she saw photos posted on a APP on her IPAD that is linked to her phone. Verizon was called and the phone was reported lost/stolen. The phone was entered by Rusk County as stolen.

At 10:25 AM Saturday morning, while investigating a Disorderly Conduct complaint, Ladysmith Police advised that ie was determined that Kaetlynn S. Parker, 32, had an active Eau Claire County Warrant. The Warrant was confirmed and Parker was taken into custody. She was transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer at 5:10 PM Saturday, responded to an address on East 3rd Street South for a warrant pickup. The Officer aquired information that Jared Michael Fredrick, 18, lived at this address. Contact was made with Fredrick and the warrant was confirmed. He was arrested and the warrant was transported to the Rusk County jail.

The Price County Sheriff’s Office reports that on March 24th, at about 10:52 AM, the department received a 911 call reporting a one vehicle crash on State Highway 70 East of Hicks Landing Road in the Township of Fifield. Initial investigation revealed the driver of a vehicle West bound on State Highway 70 drove off the roadway and struck some trees. The vehicle caught fire upon striking the trees. The driver was found deceased. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members.

DOUGLAS COUNTY – (WEAU) The dispatcher that took the 911 call about Jayme Closs’ escape was recently honored. The Douglas County Board recognized Dispatcher Amy Pullen, along with Douglas County Deputies Jacob Engelman and Matt Derosia for their part in the call that brought Jayme home. Pullen has worked as a 911 dispatcher for a decade and said in an interview in January that she was just doing her job. This is the first time in 10 years I’ve gone into a full body shake and body sweat just because of the severity of the situation and how public it was, and her family was in dire need of finding this girl she said after Jayme’s escape. ­

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Three men are charged for allegedly raping a woman in Eau Claire. The victim reported it happened at an apartment on West Grand Avenue on March 17. She said she had met Logan Allen on Tinder a few weeks before and he had asked her to come over. She told police when she got there, two other men were there, whom she later identified as Alexi Gloodt and Alexander Pinero. All three are under 22. The victim said they were playing a drinking game and it felt like they were purposely choosing her to drink to get her drunk. She reported all three men had sex with her when she was too intoxicated to consent and even said no to at least one of them. In an interview with police, Allen admitted all three of them had sex with her that night. The victim had a sexual assault exam and said she decided to go to the police department so this wouldn’t happen to anyone else. “It’s unique because the young adult males that are involved,” Lt. Derek Thomas with ECPD said. “We take this case extremely seriously. We’re providing the victim with the victim advocacy program to ensure that she has the necessary resources to be able to cope with the incident and the charges have been referred to the district attorney’s office.” All three were in court last Friday with cash bond set at $5,000. They’re facing charges of second degree sexual assault and possession of THC. They each face more than 40 years in prison.

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