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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-29-19

An upper trough that has been so prevalent from the Northern Plains to the southwest states is finally on the move and will be heading towards the Upper Midwest. As this happens, another strong upper trough is digging southward through Canada, north of the Great Lakes. It appears this northern feature will actually help keep us dry the next few days as approaching moisture will be blocked and shunted to the east. Rain chances now look lower for today, with just a stray shower possible. We can expect clouds and hopefully some sunshine as well, leading to a warmer afternoon with highs around 70. If we do manage to see a few showers it appears chances would be highest at night, before exiting by early Thursday. What remains of a weak low to our south will quickly exit, as high pressure takes hold. This will lead to a mostly sunny sky and we will also warm up nicely Thursday with highs returning to the mid 70’s.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)– A trial date is officially set for the man charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother. On Friday, Colten Treu pleaded not guilty to all charges. A Chippewa County judge also denied a request from Treu’s legal team to hold the trial outside of Chippewa County. The trial is now scheduled for January 21st and is scheduled to last nine days. The jury will be picked based off of a questionnaire. If the court determines they cannot find enough impartial jurors locally, jurors may be picked from another county. Treu faces 11 total charges including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Tuesday afternoon at about 1:40, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on 3rd Avenue, Sheldon. According to the report, a citation was issued to a subject for drug paraphernalia. The subject was taken into custody for Probation and transported to the Rusk County jail.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)– Ten counts of possessing child pornography were handed down Tuesday against a Chippewa County man. The complaint was filed against Raymond Crowell, 36, of Chippewa Falls. It says county and state investigators executed a search warrant for Crowell’s home last month and a laptop computer was examined. 20 images were seized. Crowell is free on a $10,000 signature bond.

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (MEDIA RELEASE) — On Monday, May 27, 2019 at about 5:30 PM Deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff’s along with the Black River Falls Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County Wisconsin with a vehicle that was reported stolen. The stolen vehicle had been involved in two vehicle pursuits in Eau Claire County prior to being located in the City of Black River Falls. The vehicle crashed near N. 8th Street in the City of Black River Falls and the driver, later identified as Quentin D. Labansky (21 years old) from Reedsburg, WI, fled on foot. Labansky then entered an apartment complex where he fired several shots. Law enforcement engaged Labansky in gunfire but Labansky fled. It has been reported that Labansky then attempted to gain entry into several residences and vehicles before stealing a bicycle and attempting to elude law enforcement. Labansky then entered an occupied residence and threatened the occupants with a firearm. Labansky was confronted by law enforcement again where a second exchange of gunfire occurred. Labansky was taken into custody by law enforcement and remains in the Jackson County Jail. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. This is all the information we are prepared to release at this time.

­Eau Claire (WQOW) — Eau Claire Fire Department officials say everyone is okay after a passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday night. Eau Claire Fire Department Batallion Chief Steve Vargo told News 18 that the plan landed at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport at 6:47 p.m. Vargo said the pilot had an indication of a possible fire inside the engine. He then decided to make the emergency landing. No fire was located once the plane landed. Early indications are that there was a malfunction with the sensors, but crews are investigating. Flight data shows the plane was traveling from Saginaw, Michigan with the destination of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The flight was in the air for less than 20 minutes when the pilot diverted he plane to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — Waupaca County sheriff’s officials say a third man has been arrested in connection with a deadly explosion. A 60-year-old man from Marion was taken into custody Tuesday. Two others, a 38-year-old New London man and a 38-year-old man from Clintonville, were arrested Monday on possible charges of homicide by negligent handling of dangerous weapons. A 44-year-old victim was killed Sunday night after being struck by shrapnel from a homemade explosive device in Marion. That person has not been identified.

KIEL, Wis. (AP) — Police say the three people found dead in a home in eastern Wisconsin include a 10-year-old boy. Authorities have not released the circumstances surrounding the deaths in Kiel. But, they have identified those found dead. They include 69-year-old Jack Schigur, 50-year-old Julie Wood and 10-year-old Mason Lesczykowski. Their bodies were found Sunday night after police received an emergency call to the house. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is working the case.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-28-19

Some much needed drier weather returns today as a weak high pressure system takes hold. This will at least help to temporarily shunt the wet weather to our south where a stalled out front will remain. Clouds will linger through at least the first half of the day but we may start to see some sun develop in the afternoon. How quickly this happens will impact high temperatures, but with at least a bit of sunshine we look to reach into the mid and upper 60’s. The dry weather will continue at night but then a few more showers are possible on Wednesday as another wave of low pressure develops along the old front to our south. The low will make a move to the east and northeast during the day, bringing a mostly cloudy sky with those scattered showers. Temperatures will reach near 70.

In Rusk County over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, Saturday morning shortly after midnight, the Wisconsin State Patrol mad a traffic stop on East 16th Street South, Ladysmith. According to the report, the State Trooper requested assistance from City Police due to having 3 occupants in the vehicle. Two Officers responded and stood by as the Trooper conducted field sobriety tests with the driver and then a search of the vehicle was completed for illegal substances. Jodi L Nichols, 33 was arrested for OWI and the passengers would be cited for open intoxicants in the vehicle. The passengers were allowed to leave after the stop was concluded and the vehicle was left at the location.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at 12:15 Saturday afternoon of an ATV accident at a location on County Highway F, Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, 1 person was injured, the patient was alert and talking but has a back injury. Rusk County deputies, Bruce ambulance, the DNR and the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded to the scene. Auto launch helicopter was called to the scene. The helicopter transported 1 patient to Luther Mayo in Eau Claire. No other information was available.

Saturday night at about 9:25 PM, a Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop on Andys Road, Ingram. According to the report, after an investigation, the driver was revoked and was given a field sobriety test. The driver was arrested for OWI and transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer responded at about 11:30 AM Friday to a residence on East 8th Street South, to meet with Probation and Parole regarding a home visit. According to the report, prior to the Officers arrival, Suzin M Croenne, 21, had turned over drug paraphernalia to the agent. The City Officer photographed the drugs/paraphernalia and took possession of the items. Croenne was placed on a probation hold and was taken into custody. She was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Monday night at about 9:20, Ladysmith Police responded to an address on Lindoo Avenue for a report that a garage was on fire. Officers arrived and located a fire in a small garage. A city Officer was able to get the flames put out with a fire extinguisher. The Ladysmith Fire Department arrived shortly after. No one was in the home. Ladysmith Firemen advised the fire was due to an outlet/electrical wiring/electrical arc.

­Chippewa County (WQOW) – Two people were sent to the hospital over the weekend after being involved in an UTV (utility terrain vehicle) crash in Chippewa County. According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened on Sunday, May 26 at 12:59 a.m. on 263rd Avenue in the township of Lake Holcombe. That’s just east of Highway 27. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the UTV was east on 263rd Avenue when the driver missed the curve, went into the ditch and rolled numerous times. The driver was trapped under the UTV. One person had to be flown to an Eau Claire hospital while the other was taken by ambulance. Kowalczyk said the injuries are serious but both people are expected to be OK. The driver of the UTV was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant causing injury.

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an 81-year-old man has died after a vehicle slammed into his home as apparent tornadoes pounded through western Ohio. Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel tells reporters the man was among at least seven injured in the city some 80 miles northwest of Dayton. He says up to 40 homes were damaged Monday night, with some houses moved off their foundations by the storms. He says first responders rescued some people from their homes overnight and were making a third sweep Tuesday to check for anyone else who might be trapped. Hazel says: “It is devastating.” Elizabeth Long, spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network serving the Dayton region, says about 35 people were treated for storm-related cuts, bumps and bruises at the system’s four emergency departments. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The twisters are among 52 tornadoes that may have touched down Monday across eight states as waves of severe weather swept across the nation’s mid-section.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-24-19

A wet finish to the work week but it won’t be a washout. Showers may end up being most numerous in the morning, with a few more scattered showers and even thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Total rainfall may only be a few tenths of an inch, but higher amounts are likely in any storms that may develop. The low will be moving through the Northern Plains with a warm front approaching from the southwest. This will likely keep us on the cooler side of the system yet again, with afternoon highs in the 60’s. Any shower chances will then quickly exit in the early evening as drier air returns. We should be able to see some clearing at night with patchy fog and lows in the mid 50’s. The warm front will lift through while the system’s cold front will be draped over the state on Saturday. Though this may act to pop a few isolated showers and storms Saturday afternoon, chances look higher in the southern part of the state, while dry weather prevails here in the Chippewa Valley. Winds will be from the southwest at least for part of the day, helping us to warm quickly and with a mostly sunny sky expected, we are looking at highs in the mid 70’s.

BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — Jake Patterson, the man convicted of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, is set to be sentenced in Barron County at 1:30 p.m. Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing James and Denise Closs. He’s facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping. The maximum sentence for a homicide conviction is life in prison.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — The man accused of a fatal hit-and-run that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother in Lake Hallie is slated to appear in court. Colten Treu is scheduled to appear in Chippewa County Court at 1:30 p.m. for an arraignment hearing. Earlier this month, his legal counsel argued he could not get a fair trial in Chippewa County. The district attorney’s office responded by saying if an impartial jury cannot be found, a jury from outside the county would be selected, but requested the trial still be held in Chippewa County. Treu faces 11 total charges, among them, homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 reporting a 2 vehicle accident on Highway 8 near Beebe Road East of Bruce. Wisconsin State Patrol, Rusk County deputies, Bruce Fire Department, the Bruce and Ladysmith ambulances responded to the scene. Also Life Link helicopter was called to the scene. One person was trapped in a vehicle and was injured. According to the State Patrol, a car driven by Gary Loomis, 74 of Bruce, and a truck driven by Howard Blodgett 83 of Bruce, were both West bound on Highway 8. Loomis stopped his vehicle to make a left turn onto Beebe Road when his vehicle was rear ended by the Blodgett Truck. Life Link advised they were transporting a patient Gary Loomis to Luther-Mayo in Eau Claire. Another patient was transported by ambulance to MMC-Ladysmith. Each vehicle had a passenger in the vehicle. The Wisconsin State Patrol investigated the crash and no other information was available.

Shortly after 3 PM Thursday, Rusk County dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a 1 vehicle rollover on County Highway P., Ladysmith. According to the report, the lone occupant was able to crawl out of the vehicle and appeared to be uninjured. The Wisconsin State Patrol, Ladysmith ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. The driver of the vehicle was reported to be Hailey Bentley, 18 of Hawkins. No injuries were reported. The state patrol contacted a residence in reference to a fence that was damaged on their property from the accident. No other information was available.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Nearly 38 million Americans will hit the road for Memorial Day this weekend, including more than 746,000 in Wisconsin alone. That’s according to AAA. Experts said the holiday will see the second highest travel volume for a Memorial Day weekend on record. For Wisconsin, travel volume is expected to be up 3.2 percent from last year. With more people on the roads, the more troopers are out, making sure everyone is staying safe. We plan to be out there full force with our guys, said Lt. Craig Larson of the Wisconsin State Patrol. We also have the Click it or Ticket mobilization going o as well. So, we’ll have personal out there enforcing our seat belt laws in Wisconsin, along with any other traffic violations that they come across. That will be partnered with our local agencies as well in the area. Traffic will likely be at its worst today and Monday from 12 PM to 8 PM. Make sure to plan your travel ahead of time, eliminate distractions, leave a good following distance, watch out for emergency vehicles, and of course, drive sober. You can check 511 Wisconsin for information on work zones and road conditions.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Air National Guard sergeant who raised concerns about sexual assault within his unit says Guard officials are trying to force him out. Master Sgt. Jay Ellis sent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin a letter in November saying he had learned of six incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault against females in his squadron between 2002 and 2016 that high-ranking officers did little to address. The letter has sparked two federal investigations. Ellis filed a complaint with the Wisconsin National Guard’s inspector general May 20 alleging that Guard officials have transferred him out of his unit and started researching his medical history, leading him to believe they want to force a medical discharge that will cost him retirement benefits.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-23-19

A much needed dry day as weak high pressure drops down from the northwest. The sky will remain mostly cloudy but we could see some sunshine through the afternoon while breezes will be diminishing through the day. Temperatures will be a bit cooler again with highs in the mid 60’s. The high will quickly move east as the next storm comes together in the Plains, with a warm front stretching to our west and south. Showers may begin to arrive late tonight while more showers and even a few thunderstorms are likely to be around through Friday. The timing of the front has slowed which will likely keep the clouds with us into Friday night. This will limit how much we can warm, with highs now looking to be near 70.

At 10:25 AM Wednesday, a Rusk County deputy tried to stop a vehicle on Marshal Road for no front plate. According to the report, the Red vehicle blew a stop sign at Marshal Road and County Highway I. The vehicle drove to a residence on County Highway V, Conrath and the driver exited the vehicle and ran. After a short time the subject was in custody. Probation was contacted and they would be placing a hold on the subject. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Late Wednesday afternoon a City Officer assisted Rusk County deputies with a complaint of two males shooting fireworks off the roadway on Old 8 Road. According to the report, the suspect vehicle was described as a Silver vehicle. The City Officer located the suspect vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted at Edgewood Avenue and East 16th Street North. The driver and a passenger admitted to the fireworks violation and a Rusk County deputy investigated the fireworks complaint on scene. The driver was issued a citation for OAS.

Rusk County deputies and a Ladysmith Officer at about 11:30 PM Wednesday night, responded to an address on 1st Street South Ladysmith, on a report from a male subject that he had seen a female get dragged into a residence across the street by her hair. According to the report, upon arrival all officers waited outside of the residence to see if a disturbance was occurring. Officers could hear yelling inside so contact was made with the residents. The City Officer asked the male subject what was going on and he replied by saying that he and a female subject were just having an argument. After an investigation and speaking with the female multiple times throughout the night, The Officer determined that a referral of charges will be sent to the DA’s office regarding this case.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — Nearly two years after a Chippewa Falls man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Chippewa County, the driver of the other vehicle is now charged. Miranda Jo Miller, 20, is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. The man killed was identified as 46-year-old Jeremy Goodwin. The crash happened on July 22, 2017 in the Town of Colburn. According to the criminal complaint, Miller told investigators that she was looking for a phone signal, checking it in the seat next to her about every 30 seconds, but did not recall the crash. Both passengers in Goodwins vehicle say he was texting while driving, but could not indicate if it was prior or during the crash. Investigators say Miller failed to stop for a stop sign when she hit Goodwin’s vehicle, sending both into the ditch. Neither driver was wearing seatbelts. Miller is scheduled to appear in court on July 30.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Nearly 38 million Americans will hit the road for Memorial Day this weekend, including more than 746,000 in Wisconsin alone. That’s according to AAA. Experts said the holiday will see the second highest travel volume for a Memorial Day weekend on record. For Wisconsin, travel volume is expected to be up 3.2 percent from last year. With more people on the roads, the more troopers are out, making sure everyone is staying safe. “We plan to be out there full force with our guys,” said Lt. Craig Larson of the Wisconsin State Patrol Eau Claire Post. “We also have Click It or Ticket mobilization going on as well. So, we’ll have personnel out there enforcing our seat belt laws in Wisconsin, along with any other traffic violations that they come across. That will be partnered with our local agencies as well in the area.” Larson said traffic will likely be at its worst this Friday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. He said make sure to plan your travel ahead of time, eliminate distractions, leave a good following distance, watch out for emergency vehicles, and of course, drive sober. You can check 511 Wisconsin for information on work zones and road conditions.

WAUSAU/PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) — It’s a common trend among police departments there are more open jobs for police officers then 20 years ago. “It’s been a challenge to get people interested in law enforcement to get them to apply to our agency. There are fewer and fewer applicants for police jobs today,” explained Chief Ben Bliven, Wausau Police Department. “I owe it to my officers to make sure I am hiring the absolute best and I don’t want to lower standards to do that,” said Chief Dan Ault, Plover Police Department. With the growth of social media and body cameras the demands of the job have changed. Chief Bliven says what’s good for transparency may scare some applicants away. “Not only do we have to know everything about everything but we have to be able to know those things and execute at a very high percentage,” explained Chief Bliven. The overnight shifts and long hours can be tough and many new officers are looking for time off instead of overtime. “We have evolved with scheduling, with accommodating personnel needs now more then 20 years ago,” said Chief Ault.

A lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards says a Republican plan to increase funding for K-12 schools by $500 million is a “mixed bag.” The Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee plans to approve the increase Thursday. It’s $900 million short of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted. School boards lobbyist Dan Rossmiller says under the GOP’s $500 million increase “the typical school district will find a lot of good things” but “that’s not to say that every district will be in great shape.” He calls it a “mixed bag.” Democrats oppose the smaller Republican-backed increase, but they don’t have the votes to stop it. In the current budget, K-12 funding increased by $639 million.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-22-19

The storm responsible for the recent rainfall will continue to weaken as it tracks to our west and eventually to our north. This will pull a front up through Western Wisconsin in the afternoon, which may ignite a few more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Much of the day will be dry though, with clouds mixing with afternoon sun. Winds won’t be as strong, but it will remain very breezy as they shift from the southeast to the south and southwest by late in the day. Any possible sunshine will have an impact on temperatures, with highs currently forecast to reach near 70. Drier weather will then be around at night with a partly cloudy sky and lows around 50. Thursday will be a much needed dry day, though it is now looking a bit cloudier than originally forecast. We are looking at clouds mixing with sunshine with weak high pressure briefly taking hold. It will remain slightly below average with highs in the upper 60’s. Unfortunately the dry weather gives way to more rain overnight Thursday and into Friday. Forecast models are in better agreement with moving a front up and through our area at a slower pace. Rain is likely with a few thunderstorms Friday morning before tapering off through the afternoon. Clouds will remain dominant and this has also led to a drop in temperatures, with highs now expected to be in the mid 70’s. Dew points are still forecast to rise through the 50’s and possibly low 60’s for a time, making for a muggier feel. Drier air then looks to arrive at night, setting us up for what should be a mostly dry holiday weekend.

Utility repair crews are working throughout north central Wisconsin to restore power to thousands of people in the region. At its peak around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Wisconsin Public Service reported more than 31,000 people had lost power. That number has been steadily declining in the hours since with the majority of outages in Wausau, Merrill and Stevens Point. Our sister-station spotted several downed trees which could affect morning commutes. As of Wednesday morning, there was no word on any injuries related to the high wind.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — The man accused of a hit-and-run crash which killed three Girl Scouts and a mother in Lake Hallie is asking for his trial to be moved to another county. According to court documents filed last week in Chippewa County, legal counsel for Colton Treu argue their client cannot get a fair trial in Chippewa County. The district attorney’s office has responded by saying that if an impartial jury cannot be found that a jury from outside the county be selected and request the trial still be held in Chippewa County. A motion hearing on the request for a change of venue is scheduled for Friday. Treu is accused of huffing before driving and killing 9-year-old Jayna Kelley, 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle, as well as Haylee’s mother – Sara Jo Schneider back in November 2018.

Late Tuesday afternoon a theft complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, a male subject advised that his license plate was stolen while at the Broken Arrow Tavern on Highway 27. A Rusk County deputy responded to the scene. The plate was taken off the car. A suspect damaged the bumper in progress. The vehicle does not appear it was involved in a crash. The victim was informed to apply for new plates as the front plate will also be entered as stolen.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has scheduled a rare private meeting with Republican legislative leaders to talk about K-12 education funding. The meeting Wednesday comes as Assembly Republicans plan to unveil their education-funding plan, a day before the Legislature’s budget-writing committee was to take up the issue. Senate Republicans were also meeting privately Wednesday to discuss it. Evers campaigned on his proposal to increase K-12 funding by 10 percent over two years. That is $1.4 billion and includes $600 million for special education. Republicans have talked about a much lower increase, more in line with the $639 million schools got in the last budget under former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Senate Republicans are looking at giving schools a $200 per-pupil increase, which amounts to $505 million.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he’ll veto four Republican-authored anti-abortion bills if they reach his desk. The bills would force doctors to care for babies that survive abortions; end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding; prohibit abortions based on fetuses’ race, sex or defects; and require providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed. The Senate expects to take up the proposals in June. Evers promised weeks ago that he would veto the born-alive bill. He tweeted Tuesday that he’ll veto all the measures, saying lawmakers shouldn’t limit women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, author of the born-alive bill, tweeted Evers apparently supports abortion any time for any reason, even for babies that survive the procedure.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-21-19

If you have outdoor plans, you really won’t need to worry about getting rained on until late in the day, though southern areas could see some showers by early afternoon. Easterly breezes will be increasing, and this dry flow will help to delay the onset of any rain. Winds may gust to 30 mph while highs will be in the low 60’s. Much of the expected rain will then pass through at night, some of which could be briefly heavy but overall amounts look to be around a half inch or less. The low will remain to our west as it heads north towards Southern Canada. It will be lifting a front up through the state on Wednesday, which may bring another shower or storm in the afternoon. Chances will be highest north of Eau Claire. Clouds may try to mix with some sun, helping to warm us up back to around 70.

Monday morning at about 11:35, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a fire call at the JS Supper Club on Highway 8 West of Ladysmith. According to the report, there was a lot of smoke coming from the building. A Rusk County deputy, Ladysmith Fire Department, and the Ladysmith ambulance responded to the scene. After an investigation, it was reported that the furnace was smoking and there was no damage. Ladysmith firemen were at the scene for a short time.

Shortly after 6 PM Monday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant at a location near the Wagon Wheel on Highway 40, Bruce. According to the Rusk County Police log, after an investigation, a female and male subject were transported to the LEC. No other information was available.

A female subject reported Monday morning at 9:15 to Ladysmith Police, that she noticed on her bank statement 2 online purchases from an address in New Jersey. According to the report, the female did not consent to the use of her card for these 2 separate purchases. The complainant was advised to report the incident to her bank and to destroy her current cards and get new ones.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A Rusk County man charged with sexual assault of a child pleaded no contest, was found guilty, and will be on probation for five years. 19-year-old Alexander Kenealy of Hawkins entered the plea in Chippewa County. According to a criminal complaint, in October 2016 – the mother of the victim contacted the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department regarding a possible sexual assault. A month later, authorities determined Kenealy sexually assaulted the victim. When investigators interviewed Kenealy, he admitted to the assault.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — A Chippewa Falls student is in police custody after reportedly making threatening comments towards other students. According to the school district, after learning about the threats, police stopped the student’s bus and took the student into custody. The district says the student is not at school and will not be at school. Law enforcement and student officials are working with contacting the families of the students who were targeted in the comments. No schools were interrupted and all school activities are running as normal.

For the second straight month, Wisconsin’s sales of existing homes failed to keep pace with last year’s sales, which put significant pressure on home prices, according to the most recent analysis of the state housing market by the Wisconsin REALTORS Association. Home sales in April were 9.7 percent below the levels of 12 months earlier, while median prices rose 8.3 percent to $195,000 over that same period. On a year to date basis, sales lagged behind the fist four months of 2018 by 7.8 percent, which pushed prices up 6.4 percent to $184,000. The primary reason for the lower sales and higher prices is the continued weakness in home inventories, which fell again in April. In Rusk County, the median price in April was $85,000 compared to $95,000 in April of last year. Sales in Rusk County last month was 12, compared to 17 in April of last year. Year to date, The median price is $84,000 compared to $96,750 last year, and year to date sales is 45 compared to 38 in 2018. We’ve been in a seller’s market for nearly two years, and if we continue to see limited homes for sale, we’ll have a hard time matching the 2018 sales levels this year.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — Agriculture agents say local farmers are behind on this growing season because of cold and wet weather and UW-Extension is encouraging farmers to apply for crop insurance. Ag agents say most years, about 75 to 90% of corn would be planted by now. Right now they say only about 20-25% of corn has been planted at this point. They are encouraging farmers to get insurance to protect their crops and hoping the weather stays dry. For crop insurance, the final planting dates in Wisconsin differ by crop and county. Agriculture Agent at UW-Extension, Jerry Clark, says the dates for Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties are May 25 for corn for grain and May 31 for corn silage. For soybean, the date is June 10. Acres planted after these dates are still insured, but farmers must notify their crop insurance agents, even if they do not have late and prevented planting coverage. “The other option is they don’t take any insurance and they can still plant the crop,” said Clark. “There will be no payout.”

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-20-19

After a very soggy weekend with a few spots seeing almost 4″ of rain, some much needed drier weather will return today, with a high pressure system making a brief stop in the Upper Midwest. This will lead to a mostly sunny sky and pleasant weather to return outside, with highs climbing back into the more seasonable 60’s. Unfortunately though, it won’t last as the next storm system will already be taking shape in the Plains, moving up to the northeast. This is because in the upper levels of the atmosphere we have a large trough that extends from the Southwest U.S. and extends up to the northeast through the Plains and Upper Midwest. This is allowing storms to form in the Plains and track up into our region every few days. Clouds will already be returning by Tuesday morning, while any showers should hold off until sometime in the afternoon. Highs will be cooling again back down into the 50’s. This system will not bring as heavy a rainfall, but a few showers may linger into at least the start of Wednesday. Drying will then take place as what remains of the low lifts to our west and up into Canada, with a bit of sun returning and a milder afternoon as we get back up to around 70.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, Saturday morning at about 5:20, Rusk County received a report from Chippewa County to attempt to locate a male subject who was involved in a domestic Friday night. According to the report, the subject was last seen in Holcombe in Chippewa County possibly heading to Rusk County. If located, take into custody for Domestic Disorderly Conduct, as the subject is wanted out of Chippewa County and has DOC Warrants. Chippewa County advised they received info that the male subject and his mother might possibly be at a cabin off of McLean Road in Rusk County. A Rusk County deputy knocked on the door repeatedly and no one answered the door. The deputy advised someone was there because they looked through the blinds but wouldn’t answer the door. Later Saturday just before 9 PM, a Rusk County deputy spoke with a female subject at the residence and she advised the male turned himself in. Chippewa County confirmed the male suspect turned himself in about a half hour before and they have him in custody.

Shortly before Noon Sunday, the Bruce Fire Department responded to a Barn Fire on County Highway H, Bruce. According to the report, Sawyer County was contacted for mutual aid from Exland and also mutual aid for tankers from Weyerhaeuser. But after a few minutes they were to disregard the call. Jump River Electric was notified and responded to the scene. No other information was available.

Ladysmith Police investigated Sunday, Criminal Damage to Property reports. At 4:45 AM Sunday, a City Officer responded to a location on East 9th Street South in regards to a report that someone threw a pitchfork through their window. The case is under investigation. A City Officer met with a male and a female subject at around 12:30 PM Sunday. The male subject observed the four tires to his ATV were punctured with an unknown object. The City Officer photographed the damage. Sunday night at approximately 9:45 PM, a City Officer spoke with a possible suspect in regards to the incident. The suspect stated he did not cause any damage to the property. At this time, there are no other suspects in this case.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-17-19

Today will start off dry before clouds take over for the rest of the day. Southern areas may get into some showers by early afternoon, while in the Chippewa Valley it will remain drier with a rising chance of a few showers by late afternoon and evening. Breezes will also be increasing from the east with highs in the low 60’s.. about 20 degrees cooler than Thursday. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will then ride up into the area at night, with some locally heavy rain possible. Storms should remain below severe limits, but any that develop could produce some large hail. This weekend will unfortunately be better for inside activities rather than outside. The front will remain to our south, along with an area of low pressure. We will see more scattered showers and thunderstorms arrive through the day, and though it won’t likely rain all day, chances will be rather high both in the morning and afternoon. Cool east winds will continue and with all of the clouds and moisture, temperatures will only reach the mid 50’s. Sunday will not bring any improvements, in fact the low will be on the move, tracking just to our south and bringing steadier rain to our area. East and northeast breezes will continue, and temperatures are likely to not rise much, with highs barely getting above 50.

Thursday afternoon at about 1:15 PM, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 transfer from Chippewa County in reference to a two car accident on Old Highway D RD, New Auburn. According to the police log, the caller advised extensive damage to a vehicle and the camper he was pulling. The other vehicle described as a older Ford Escort type vehicle East bound on Old Highway D. Rusk County deputies, Bruce ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. After an investigation, a County deputy advised the vehicle that took off was a non contact vehicle. The vehicle in the ditch swerved to avoid a crash. No other information was available.

A Ladysmith Officer at 7:40 PM Thursday responded to an address on West 9th St North on a report of a female trying to hitch hike. According to the report, the City Officer made contact with Chelsea M. Mariani, 26, who advised she had just gotten out of the hospital and did not live around the area. Mariani stated that she believed her mother had left her at the hospital, so she checked herself out an attempted to get a ride home. The Officer after an investigation, discovered that she had a warrant out of Price County. She was taken into custody on the warrant. Her purse was searched and a glass pipe believed to be used to smoke Meth with was found. Charges will be referred for Mariani. She was then transported to the Price County line for her warrant.

Chetek (WQOW) – On May 16, 2017, a deadly tornado took the life of one man and injured dozens of others in Barron County. Homes, forests and campgrounds in the area were devastated. Despite the passage of time, the damage is still evident as the community continues to clean up. “We were in our sun room back here, and all of a sudden it came up,” said LeVerne Fox, manager at Back of the Moon campground in Chetek. “I mean, out of nowhere. Next thing we knew, we were looking out the window and trees were flying through the air.” The tornado downed trees and destroyed anything in its path, but the damage didn’t end there, it also went through several Chetek campgrounds. “The one on the corner down here, Back of the Moon, was totally devastated,” said Kristy Trowbridge, Chetek resident. Trowbridge survived the tornado and lives nearby the campground. “Every trailer was hit, and they had 50 trailers in there.” Summer Haven and Northern Exposure, both campgrounds, also suffered several damaged trailers. The tornado also cut down the community’s major economic draw. “We are a resort community and it hit three campgrounds in our township,” said Mark Carlson, chairman of the Town of Chetek. “I can’t tell you what percentage of our income comes from tourism, but it’s pretty significant.” Fox said the campground lost quite a few people, because of the stress and the way the campground looked. However, those empty campsites have been filled, but the reminder of that day two years ago remains. Fox said steps are being taken to bring life back into Back of the Moon. The campground now has nearly 400 newly planted trees, but like the wounds received that day, returning the scenery to what it once was will take time. Fox said the campground will continue to use its bathhouse as a storm shelter and monitor their phones closely for severe weather. Carlson said the community pulled together strong that day, and now, they are even stronger because of it.

REESEVILLE (WKOW) — A man is OK after being shot Thursday night in Dodge County. Now, authorities are looking for the suspects. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said at about 9:30 p.m. officers were called to a report of a shooting that happened at 403 North Main Street in Reeseville. (Reeseville is east of Columbus.) Investigators said two white men wearing dark clothes confronted a 26-year-old man. He was shot during the confrontation and was wounded. The victim was taken to UW Hospital in Madison where he is currently in stable condition. The suspects left the scene and haven’t been located.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 6-year-old boy has been critically injured by gunfire in Milwaukee. Police say the boy was sitting in a parked car on the city’s north side about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when someone began shooting. Bullets pierced the car and struck the boy. His mother took him to the hospital. Officials say the circumstances that led to the shooting are still being investigated. No one is in custody.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 5-16-19

After a wet start, the sky has cleared and we will see a quick warm up through the afternoon. Highs are still expected to climb near 80 out ahead of this front, dew points are forecast to reach above 60, making for potentially the first muggy day of the season. Additional shower and storm development may occur late in the day and night, but chances look better in southern and eastern counties at this time. Afternoon highs will top out about 10 degrees above typical mid May temperatures…enjoy it while you can, it will not last! The front will drop further south at night, before stalling over far Southern Wisconsin and Iowa on Friday. We have seen a shift with the forecast models in the last 24 hours with regards to the placement of this front. It currently appears it will remain further south Friday and into Saturday, before working back to the north with a low pressure system by Sunday. This means we will still carry some rain chances through this stretch but we are likely to remain in the cool sector of this storm. Any potential severe threat appears to also stay further south, while temperatures also dip back below average for another stretch of days. This will be due to a cool high pressure system poised to our north in Canada.

Wednesday afternoon a male subject came to the LEC to report damage to his cabin located on Clover Lane, Ladysmith. According to the report, the damage happened sometime at the end of April to possibly the beginning of May. A Rusk County deputy went to the scene. No other information was available.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 8:40 PM Wednesday, advising there was a car vs farm tractor accident on Highway 8 near County Highway X West near Glen Flora. According to the report, Rusk County deputies, Ladysmith Ambulance and the Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene. The first responder on the scene reported no injuries. No other information was available.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a Ladysmith Police Officer spoke with a Ladysmith School Bus driver about a truck that did not yield to the school bus he was driving. The incident occurred at the intersection of East 5th Street and Worden Ave. East. A White in color truck did not fully stop for the bus even when the stopping lights were activated. A license plate number was provided to the Officer and this case is under investigation.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — The Wisconsin Assembly honored Jayme Closs with a Hometown Hero award on Wednesday. She was nominated by Rep. Romaine Quinn (R) – Barron. “Jayme, your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible,” said Rep. Quinn. “You are truly an inspiration and bright light during a time of sadness. “You taught us an important lesson,” he added. “No matter how grave your situation. No matter how dark you days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem. There is always hope.” Jayme was present to receive the award. Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award and said Closs’s bravery and spirit are inspiring. “Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better,” she said. Closs stood behind her aunt but did not speak. Jake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping Closs and killing her parents on Oct. 15. He faces life in prison when sentenced on May 24. Jayme was abducted from her home in Barron in October of 2018. She escaped from her captor 88 days later from a remote cabin in Douglas County.

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – UPDATE: The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter who was shot Wednesday night has died. The firefighter’s name has not been released, but the statement says the firefighter had been with the department for 14 years. Funeral arrangements are pending. Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen and Mayor Hanna will make a statement to the media on Thursday at the Appleton Police Department. Appleton police say an officer and a firefighter are among those injured in a shooting near the city transit center Wednesday evening. Police say “several” people were transported to hospitals but couldn’t be more specific. Each of the patients was accompanied by officers. Police say there is “no threat to the community.” Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department says police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call, and while they were there “the situation was very active” and there was a shooting. Multiple witnesses reported hearing gunshots. They said they saw police running towards the scene.

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