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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-22-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE CHIPPEWA, MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU AND YELLOW RIVERS** *A FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for Clark County until 1:30 PM this afternoon for an ice dam on the Black River* It has been reported that the ice jam along the Chippewa River near Durand has broken free. The Flood Warning remains in effect. Winds have shifted to the west and northwest as a weak cold front will continue to slide down from Canada. A few clouds associated with the front may develop. Lows will be in the upper 20’s and low 30’s across Western Wisconsin. More sunshine and comfortable temperatures are expected into the start of the weekend. High pressure to our northwest will follow the cold front, passing through this morning, dropping our temperatures again just a bit today. It will be another bright and sunny day however, with seasonable highs in the low 40’s. The start of the weekend looks milder as the high slides to our east and winds shift to the southeast and south. It will be another sunny day and a good opportunity to get out and enjoy the early spring weather with highs around 50. On Sunday we have a chance to see a few scattered showers in the area as moisture advances northeastward from the Plains. As this system moves in during the early part of Sunday some wet snow may also be present. Later, as temperatures warm, any precipitation would switch over to rain. Right now chances favor the Coulee Region, but rainfall totals looks light. It will be a a bit cloudier that day with highs in the upper 40’s. The combination of warmer temperatures, sunshine and some rain will lead to additional issues with flooding, especially ice dams. Be sure to monitor the latest forecasts for any updates.

From Lindsey Ohmstead at ADRC I have recently have had some calls from clients reporting that they are receiving an automated phone call stating that their Social Security cards have been suspended. I have reassured these clients that Federal Agencies, like Social Security, Medicare or the IRS, will not contact them over the phone and that this is a scam. I also advised not to give out any personal information during these calls or press any buttons during these automated calls to protect their personal information. I advised these clients to just simply hang up the phone.

On March 21, 2019, at 6:58 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a head-on crash on Hwy 8 between Poskin and Almena. Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cumberland Ambulance, Gold Cross Ambulance, Almena Fire Department and Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene. Initial investigation shows a vehicle pulled from the stop sign on 8th Street onto Hwy 8 into a path of a semi that was travelling east on Hwy 8. The driver of the car was extracted from the vehicle and flown out in serious condition. The driver of the semi was also transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. Names of those involved in the crash are being withheld pending notification of family. While re-routing traffic at the scene of this crash, a vehicle struck a Barron County squad car. This accident was investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol. The deputy was not in the car at the time of the crash and not injured. The driver of the other car that struck the county squad was transported to Mayo Hospital with minor injuries.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Military Affairs estimates spring flooding has cost local governments nearly $2 million and damaged hundreds of homes so far. DMA issued a news release Friday saying flooding has cost local governments across 16 counties nearly $1.95 million in response costs and damage to public infrastructure. The agency estimates as many as 671 private homes and businesses have been affected, with 144 homes sustaining minor damage and 22 homes sustaining major damage. One home has been destroyed. No injuries have been reported. Forecasts call for cool and relatively dry weather into next week but DMA warns continued snowmelt across central and northern Wisconsin will keep river levels high.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials have decided to settle allegations they overcharged the federal government for research projects for $1.5 million. According to U.S. Office of Management and Budget principles, universities that receive federal research dollars must agree to credit savings from discounts and rebates on purchases for their projects against the awards. According to federal prosecutors in Madison, the university generated rebates and discounts with supply and equipment vendors but didn’t credit the savings to the federal awards, amounting to overcharging the federal government. Investigators also discovered that UW-Madison’s accounting of the savings failed to comply with the university’s own purchasing practices. UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas told the Wisconsin State Journal tha the matter was a “technical accounting issue.” The U.S. attorney’s office in Madison announced the settlement Thursday.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-21-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, CHIPPEWA, KICKAPOO, MISSISSIPPI & TREMPEALEAU RIVERS** A FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for southern Clark County until 1:30 PM due to an ice jam near the Highway 95 bridge on the Black River. Water has risen up to Resewood Avenue. Due to this, the road has been closed. The last few days of this work week will come with some improvements, though cloud cover may linger into at least the first few hours of the day. Upper level northwest flow will bring down yet another cold front out of Canada. As winds start to increase from the west and southwest, clouds will break and we should get into some sunshine. Breezes will still make it feel cooler but temperatures should be able to warm a few degrees above average, with highs in the mid 40’s.

Just before 1 PM Wednesday, Ladysmith Police were dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident near the Holiday Gas Station on Lake Avenue West. According to a report, a White car was on the curb and had the air bags deployed. The Ladysmith ambulance and Ladysmith Fire Department also responded to the scene. After an investigation, a male subject stated that he was on West 6th Street North when he tried to cross to get to Holiday. Traffic was backed up to this intersection due to a train going through town so he couldn’t see anyone coming West bound. The driver of the second vehicle said she had just turned out of the Ace parking lot and was traveling West bound on Lake Avenue when she was struck by the male driver in the intersection. The female stated that her vehicle was spun around 180 degrees and to came rest on top of the curb after the impact. Both drivers stated that they had no injuries.

PEPIN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — Pepin County is under a flood warning until 7:24 a.m. on Friday. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office says minor flooding is forecasted for the Chippewa River. The sheriff’s department is reminding people to not drive cars through flooded areas: turn around, don’t drown.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is joining a Republican group to be the lead fundraiser for its work preparing for the next round of redistricting. The National Republican Redistricting Trust announced Thursday that Walker would be its national fundraising chairman. Politico first reported the news. It’s the second new job for Walker announced this week. He will also be leading the national effort to call a constitutional convention to adopt a balanced budget amendment. Politicians will be redrawing congressional and state legislative district maps in 2021 following the 2020 census. A group run by former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been active on the issue in Wisconsin and other states. The group Walker is joining was created in 2017 and plans to raise $35 million to help with the process of redistricting and court fights over the new maps.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Wisconsin Building Commission are refusing to endorse Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan for $2.5 billion worth of construction projects across the state. The unprecedented move Wednesday speaks to challenge of divided government and moves the fight over capital building projects to the Legislature. Republican opposition from Building Commission members killed Evers’ capital budget proposal and requires the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee to start from scratch. Typically, the Building Commission makes a bipartisan recommendation based on the governor’s proposal and the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee goes along with the bulk of the request. Republican legislative leaders sent Evers a letter calling his proposed $2 billion in borrowing “unrealistic and unsustainable.” They called on Evers to work with them on a more modest plan.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Wednesday that Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wants an investigation into the West Virginia facility and how it disposes of firearms. Johnson is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he wrote a letter to ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon this week and asked for a probe into the theft, giving a deadline of March 26. Fifty-two-year-old Christopher Lee Yates, of Martinsburg, is accused of stealing guns and ammunition from the facility in February. He was arrested this month on charges including possessing and selling stolen firearms.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-20-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, KICKAPOO, MISSISSIPPI & TREMPEALEAU RIVERS** Spring officially arrives at 4:58 PM and the new season will come with average temperatures. Highs will be in the low 40’s while a breeze from the northwest will make it feeling a bit cooler. A few sprinkles are possible during the afternoon but most of the day looks dry. We can then look forward to a warm up for the last few days of the work week and through the weekend. This will come as the upper level pattern shifts. A large upper trough that has been keeping northwest flow over the state will be pushing further east as an upper ridge moves closer from the west. This transition will allow for a gradual warming that will take our temperatures just above average. A large surface high will also be building through the Upper Midwest, providing plenty of sunshine. Thursday will see temperatures rise to the mid-upper 40’s with the sun and some breezy conditions.

Tuesday morning at about 9:20, Ladysmith Police was contacted by DHHS about a Domestic Incident in Progress at a resident on Douglas Drive Ladysmith. According to a report, a young female was throwing stuff around. The Officer responded and was assisted by Rusk County deputies. After an investigation, the female, Ally R. Canfield, 18, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and later posted bail.

At about 8:25 PM Tuesday, a Rusk County deputy served a warrant at a resident on Marshall Road, Sheldon. According to the report, after an investigation, a female subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sales of Existing homes in Wisconsin were up in February despite escalating prices and winter weather, according to the most recent analysis of the state housing market by the Wisconsin REALTORS Association. Home sales rose 1.2 percent in February relative to that same month in 2018, but median prices continued to increase as well, raising 6.1 percent to $175,000 over that same period. In Rusk County the median price last month was $72,500 and the price last year was not available. Year to date the median price in Rusk County was $102,000 and last year was not available. Sales in Rusk County last month was 15 compared to 5 in February of last year which is up 200%. Year to date sales in Rusk County is 22 compared to 7 last year. The overall economy remains strong with low unemployment, solid job growth and favorable mortgage rates, which bolster demand.

Dairyland Power Cooperative urges caution to those who are using the Dairyland Reservoir for recreational activities. The ice becomes unstable and dangerous as spring approaches. As the srping run-off starts, Dairyland is implementing a normal drawdown of between one to two feet, to help control levels during rapidly changing flows. The total drawdown could be as much as three feet, depending on the amount of additional precipitation and how quickly the snow melts. Fisherman and boaters should also be cautious near the spillway, since hazardous currents can develop as flows increase. At all times of the year, dangerous reverse currents in the tailwaters of dams can cause fatalities. Please obey all warning signs, staying away from restricted areas.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin legislators are set to vote on whether to lift restrictions on the state’s elk hunt. Current regulations allow an elk season once herds in the Clam Lake and Black River regions reach 200 and 150 animals respectively. The rules limit the number of permits to 5 percent of the elk population. The Department of Natural Resources projects the Clam Lake herd will stand at between 211 to 236 elk after calving this spring. The Black River herd is projected to stand at between 70 and 80. DNR officials want to drop the restrictions so they’ll have more freedom to manage the herds. The Assembly’s sporting heritage committee is scheduled to vote on lifting the restrictions Wednesday morning. The Senate sporting heritage committee has already signed off on the move.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers wants to boost Wisconsin’s unemployment benefits and eliminate some requirements to qualify for them. The changes included in Evers’ budget proposal would raise the maximum rate for unemployment benefits from $370 to $406 a week. Critics say the state should not raise benefits at a time of record-low unemployment. Scott Manley, a vice president at the business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, says the state shouldn’t “make it too comfortable to remain unemployed.” The State Journal reports Evers administration officials say the state’s benefits are less than most other states. The governor wants to eliminate, among other requirements, the state’s one-week waiting period to qualify for benefits. He would also drop a requirement that applicants submit to drug testing to receive benefits.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-19-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, KICKAPOO, MISSISSIPPI & TREMPEALEAU RIVERS** Today is the final day of the winter season, and ironically it will be a bit milder. We will see sunshine and then some clouds as temperatures rise into the mid 40’s which would put us a little above average. Extra clouds will then be around tonight and into Wednesday as a cold front passes during the morning. Spring officially arrives late tomorrow afternoon and the new season will come with average temperatures. Highs will be in the low 40’s while breezes will keep it feeling cooler. We can then look forward to a warm up for the last few days of the work week and through the weekend. This will come as the upper level pattern shifts. A large upper trough that has been keeping northwest flow over the state will be pushing further east as an upper ridge moves closer from the west. This transition will allow for a gradual warming that will take our temperatures above average. A large surface high will also be building through the Upper Midwest, providing plenty of sunshine. Thursday will see temperatures rise to the upper 40’s with the sun and some breezy conditions.

RUSK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — The man accused of a fatal-hit-and run in Chippewa County that killed three local Girl Scouts and a mother, appeared in Rusk County Court on separate drug charges. Colten Treu was bound over for trial in Rusk County Monday afternoon, meaning the court ruled that they have enough evidence that his case could proceed in Rusk County. Treu is charged with four drug charges including possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. According to the complaint, filed at the beginning of the year, Treu crashed a company truck in a ditch on Highway 27 in Rusk County. When deputies arrived, the truck was on its side and had sustained a reportable amount of damage. According to the criminal complaint, Treu admitted to investigators that he smoked pot before the crash. Investigators found drugs in the truck. Treu is also currently charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in Chippewa County after being accused of huffing before a crash that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother who were cleaning up the highway as part of a service act with their Girl Scout troop.

BARRON COUNTY – On March 17th, at 9:50 PM, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a female advising that she was walking on Highway 53 by Rice Lake after a domestic with her husband, Steve Anderson. She stated that he had hit her, pulled a gun out and pointed it at her. After she exited the car, he fired several rounds off. Barron County Deputies along with the Rice Lake Police Department were sent to the area where Joni was located. A Rice Lake Police Officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 53 and attempted to stop the car. The vehicle did not yield to the officer for about one mile and finally came to a stop on Highway 53. Mr. Anderson was taken into custody without further incident and two firearms were located in the car. Steven Anderson, 39 of Rice Lake, is being held in the Barron County jail on charges of 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment, Armed while Intoxicated, Battery, Domestic Abuse, Knowingly Flee an Officer and OWI 2nd.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A man was charged in Barron County after an undercover child sex sting. Joshua Studer, 35 of Deer Park, was charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted sexual assault of a child, and child enticement. An undercover officer responded to an online post reportedly made Studer last week. According to a criminal complaint, Studer thought the officer was a 15-year-old girl. Studer is due back in court on March 29.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — The man accused of taking a deposit to clean snow off a roof, and never showing up has been arrested. Eau Claire Police announced James Dorsey, 33, has been arrested. They made the announcement in a Twitter post on Tuesday morning. Police say a victim recently paid Dorsey a $600 deposit to clean snow and ice off a roof. The victim says neither Dorsey, nor anyone from the company (Cedar Creek Restorations), came to do the work. In September, Dorsey was accused of several unfinished contract works in Eau Claire, one where a homeowner had given Dorsey $2,000 to purchase shingles for a roof, but the victim says Dorsey never delivered the materials.

VILLAGE OF HEWITT, Wis. (WEAU) — A man was run over and killed by a dump truck in Wood County. It happened Monday around 7 a.m. in the 10000 block of Soo Lane in the Village of Hewitt. Deputies say the victim, a 77-year-old man, was performing maintenance on the dump truck when the accident happened. The death was ruled accidental by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and the Wood County Corners Office. The victim’s name has not been released at this time.

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – A Bloomer woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing more than $8,000 from patient accounts at Oakleaf Surgical Hospital. Julie Bohl, 35, of Bloomer is charged with one count of theft. According to court documents, Bohl worked in patient financial services as a ‘bill collector’ at Oakleaf Surgical Hospital. On December 26, a patient called and said she received a letter from her insurance company stating she owed them $8,000. The patient said she had paid that bill in cash on August 3 and had a receipt to prove it. The patient said when she came to pay her bill she was taken down several hallways and through secured areas to a booth where she made the payment to Bohl. Another employee said this is not normal procedure for bill payment. That same employee went back and checked the daily desk log and found three more thefts totaling $395. Altoona police checked Bohl’s bank records and found on August 3, the same day the patient made the $8,000 payment, there was a $2,5000 cash deposit into Bohl’s account. Later that month, on August 26, there was a $1,000 deposit. The next day a $2,000 deposit was made. Police say Bohl left Oakleaf Surgical in November 2018 and by the next month her bank account was in the negative. If convicted, Bohl faces up to six years in prison. She is not allowed to have contact with Oakleaf or any of the patients involved in the case.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-18-19

**FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR PARTS OF THE BLACK, KICKAPOO, MISSISSIPPI & TREMPEALEAU RIVERS** Heading into this next full week of March, we are fortunate the pattern will remain quiet and the weather largely dry. Snow melt has slowed from last week but should start to pick up again later this week when temperatures noticeably warm. High pressure will be gradually moving from the Plains to our south through the next few days, while the upper flow will continue to come from the northwest. This will keep some clouds sliding out of Canada, while temperatures slowly rise. Monday will see some sun for a time before more clouds return. Though a stray flurry or sprinkle is possible, it will be dry otherwise with highs in the upper 30’s. Some of those clouds should start to exit at night while a few more will return on Tuesday as a weak cold front arrives from the northwest. This front is not expected to produce any precipitation for us, but south winds should help to bring temperatures up a bit more with highs in the low 40’s. As we officially welcome spring on Wednesday, a secondary front will drop down from the northwest, again likely dry while turning a bit more breezy with sunshine and clouds and highs in the mid 40’s.

In Rusk County news this past weekend, just after 6 PM Friday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising of an accident on County Highway G, Conrath. According to the report, a woman was bleeding from the head but was conscious. Rusk County deputies, Sheldon ambulance and the Sheldon Fire Department responded to the scene. The female patient was transported to the MMC-Ladysmith. There was severe damage to both sides of the vehicle. No other information was available.

At 6:15 PM Friday, a male subject advised Rusk County authorities that when he was going down County Highway F, Chetek, there were dogs in the roadway so he had stopped. According to the police log, the owner of the dogs came out and shot above his truck then pointed the gun at him. After an investigation, the female subject was issued a Disorderly Conduct Citation.

Sunday morning at 8:40, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a criminal damage complaint. According to the report, somebody broke into his storage locker at a location on Railroad Street, Bruce. The case is under investigation.

Sawyer county requested at 1:15 AM this (Monday) morning, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office attempt to make contact with a subject at the men’s lighthouse on Highway 27. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office advised Shawn L. Neidermann, 34, was at a bar in their county and had disturbed a woman by some of his actions. Rusk County deputies advised they made contact with the subject. Probation was contacted and Probation will place a hold on Neidermann. The subject was taken into custody.

Saturday afternoon at about 12:30, when clearing from a traffic stop, dispatch advised a City Officer that Rusk County deputies were out at a location on Fritz Avenue West, in regards to a warrant service. After an investigation Christopher L. Alexander, 40, was taken under arrest for the active warrants and he was transported to the Rusk County jail.

A Ladysmith Officer met with a couple Sunday morning at 8:40, regarding the theft of their Saturn Vue vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle was parked adjacent to their apartment on Miner Avenue off-street. The vehicle’s keys were left in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken sometime after 7 PM Saturday evening. On Sunday, the stolen vehicle was located in the City of Ladysmith at the intersection of East Miner Avenue and East 9th Street North.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-15-19

**FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR BUFFALO, CLARK, CRAWFORD, JACKSON, JUNEAU, LA CROSSE, MONROE, TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU AND VERNON COUNTIES UNTIL 7 PM** Our brief taste of spring-like temperatures is over for now as colder air returns. High pressure over the western states will be sliding east, while a large upper trough covers much of central and eastern Canada, dropping south into the U.S. This will put Wisconsin in northwest flow, not only keeping temperatures cooler, but also bringing some extra clouds at times and perhaps spotty, light precipitation. This will be the case today as it remains mostly cloudy with the chance of at least scattered flurries. Northwest winds will continue to gust up to 30 mph, making for a blustery day that will feel like it’s only in the teens and twenties. Winds will then diminish at night with some clearing and lows in the teens. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend will be on the cool side, but mostly dry. Saturday looks nicer with a mostly sunny sky and lighter winds. It will remain about 5 degrees below average with highs in the mid 30’s. The next disturbance will then be dropping down from Canada by Sunday. Clouds will become more dominant again and there may be a few stray flurries around. It will remain cool with another day with highs in the mid 30’s.

Dunn County (WQOW) – One person is dead after a car collided with a semi in the Township of Red Cedar Thursday afternoon. According to Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd, the SUV was headed southbound on County Highway B, colliding with a semi after entering an intersection. The semi was headed westbound on US 12. Officials said the driver was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. According to the Dunn County Sheriff, the driver of the semi was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. No other information will be released at this time until family members are notified. Dunn County

(WQOW) – Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd is looking for your help after someone was killed in a crash Thursday. The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook they are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash at the intersection Highway B and Highway 12/29. Related: Driver killed in semi versus car crash in Dunn County They are looking for someone who actually saw the crash and not the aftermath. You are asked to call dispatch at 715-232-1348.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Noelani Robinson may be in the company of a relative, friend or acquaintance of Dariaz Higgins, and she may be outside of Wisconsin, according to an AMBER Alert update Thursday. Police have confirmed they’re investigating tips that the 2-year-old may be in Minnesota, TODAY’S TMJ4 has learned. The Milwaukee Police Department is working with federal partners in the search. The man wanted in connection with both the AMBER Alert and a homicide was taken into custody by police. Dariaz Higgins was arrested just before 1 p.m. Wednesday at a motel near Appleton Road and Silver Spring Drive. Another man was arrested about a mile from there for helping Higgins hide. Police have not identified him at this point.

Thursday afternoon at about 4:40 PM, We Energies advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a gas leak at the meter at a residence on East 3rd Street North, Ladysmith. According to the report, the caller advised that they received the call from the owner. Ladysmith Fire Department and a City Officer responded to the scene. Ladysmith firemen were on the scene for a short time.

PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) — East and westbound lanes of Highway 54 in Plover are closed due to flood waters. The county closed the stretch of road around 3 a.m. Friday. The affected area is Foremost Road to County B and from Maple Drive to Cedar Drive. Our reporter at the scene said several vehicles are stuck in the water. Although no one appears to be injured. Drivers heading east should head north on Foremost Road to River Road, east on River Road to Business 51/Post. Then north Business 51 to County HH, and take County HH to I-39. Go South on I-39 back to WIS 54 as an alternate route. Reverse for westbound traffic.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November. It’s evidence that businesses are still hungry for workers despite signs the economy has slowed. The Labor Department says hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up. The number of open jobs now outnumbers the unemployed by roughly 1 million. In the 18 years that the data has been tracked, there were always more unemployed than job openings until last year. Openings have fallen slightly to 7.58 million since the record high of 7.63 million in November. The data was sharply revised this month to show that there were more open jobs late last year. Before the revisions, the record had been 7.3 million openings in January.

RUSK COUNTY NEWS

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-14-19

**FLOOD WATCH INTO EARLY FRIDAY** A strong winter storm is centered over the Central Plains and will be tracking north and northeast, moving into Wisconsin on Thursday. Out ahead of this storm we are seeing plenty of moisture stream northward, and though rain chances will remain on the higher side, it should be much more hit and miss for Western Wisconsin. This will limit overall amounts through Thursday with most places likely not getting more than another .10-.20″. Temperatures are still very mild, in the 40s so go ahead and leave the warmest winter gear at home! Lots of moisture in the air thanks to the recent rain and melting snow is also allowing for another very foggy morning. Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 10 AM with visibility already down to less than a quarter mile in spots. It’s another day to carry the umbrella but the heavier winter coat can stay home as temperatures will continue to rise. As the storm moves up into the state through the afternoon, it will bring the milder air northward and we have a chance to hit 50 degrees for the first time this year. It was actually back on Halloween that we last saw a temperature at 50 or warmer, so it has been a while! Scattered showers and sprinkles will remain possible with a mostly cloudy sky. Winds won’t be that strong with the low in close proximity, but will pick up at night as it begins moving away. Temperatures will then start to drop on the backside of the storm as winds increase from the northwest. As the colder air arrives, any lingering moisture may change over to snow, though any possible accumulations would be minimal. Lows will be in the upper 20’s.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gas line hissing after being hit by ice at a location on Stiles Road, Weyerhaeuser. The Weyerhaeuser Fire Department responded to the call. When firemen arrived and after an investigation the gas was shut off. No other information was available and Weyerhaeuser firemen were at the scene for a short time.

At 3:40 PM Wednesday, a Ladysmith Officer responded to Gordy’s Market for a retail theft complaint. No other information was available and the case is under investigation.

While on patrol, just before 11 PM Wednesday night, a Ladysmith Officer located a vehicle on East 16th Street South with its hazards activated and stalled partially in the North bound lane of traffic. While investigating, the passenger in the vehicle, Wayne A. Ostrowski, 24, was found to have been consuming alcohol and have 2 open misdemeanor bonds. Ostrowski was arrested for the bond violations and transported to the Rusk County jail.

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — A sheriff’s deputy from Minnesota charged with child sex crimes in Barron County enters pleas in court. Jeffrey Masek was charged with child enticement-sexual contact, attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. On March 13, 2019, Masek pleaded guilty to child enticement-sexual contact and attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child. The other charge was dismissed but read in. Masek was a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy. Previously, the sheriff’s department said Masek had been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Sentencing is scheduled for May 24.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police have arrested the man wanted for killing the mother of his child, wounding a second woman and for abducting the toddler. But, there is no sign of the 2-year-old girl. Dariaz Higgins was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on Milwaukee’s northwest side. A second person was arrested for harboring a fugitive. The girl, Noelani Robinson, is still missing and an active Amber Alert remains in effect in her disappearance. Police say they are investigating leads that the child may be in St. Cloud, Minnesota or Ann Arbor, Michigan. Higgins is charged with fatally shooting Sierra Robinson and wounding another woman Monday afternoon.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says Wisconsin farmers don’t need to sell crops to qualify for property tax breaks. The ruling Thursday stems from a dispute over whether the Town of Delafield Board of Review properly reclassified two parcels owned by the Ogden family from agricultural to residential in 2016. The change resulted in the Ogdens’ property taxes jumping from $17,000 to $886,000. The board argued the Ogdens weren’t commercial farmers so the land couldn’t be classified agricultural. The family countered that they grow apples, hay and Christmas trees on the land, agricultural uses as defined by the state Department of Revenue. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a business purpose isn’t required for an agricultural classification. The Board of Review’s attorney, R. Valjon Anderson, didn’t immediately return a message.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials want to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections and declare the species recovered following a decades-long restoration effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal released Thursday would put wolves under state authority and allow hunting in more areas. The Associated Press reported last week that the proposal was coming. Critics argue the move is premature, with wolves still absent across most of their historic range. Government officials say their goal was to protect against extinction, not restore wolves everywhere. Trapping, poisoning and hunting exterminated wolves across most of the Lower 48 early last century. They bounced back under federal protection, and more than 6,000 now live in portions of nine states. A final decision on lifting protections will follow a public comment period.

Rusk County News

WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-13-19

**FLOOD WATCH WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY FRIDAY** **DENSE FOG ADVISORY FOR EAU CLAIRE COUNTY AND POINTS NORTH AND WEST UNTIL 1 PM WEDNESDAY** Scattered showers and drizzle continue this morning. Rainfall totals have varied from .10″ in northern areas to over a half inch to the south. This rain, combined with snow melt, has already led to urban flooding problems with many roads already covered and in some cases impassable. Remember it’s always safest to avoid flooded out roads, finding an alternative route to get to your destination. DO NOT drive around barriers! Temperatures have steadied, in the mid 30’s and may slowly rise. Meanwhile areas of dense fog are forming with a saturated air mass, melting snow, and light winds. While today will start off with areas of dense fog and drizzle, another area of steadier rain is expected to work up from the southwest. This will be front a large storm moving into the Central Plains and then up to the north and east. Expect more frequent showers to return through the afternoon, while continuing into the night before tapering off again sometime overnight. Temperatures will warm a bit more with highs in the mid 40’s.

Early Tuesday afternoon a Burglary complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, the owners have not been at the home located on Highway 27, Conrath, since Christmas. They are remodeling the home, and they went to check on the home Monday night, noticed tracks but it was to dark to see. They checked the house Tuesday morning and saw the side door had been broken. They spoke with authorities and no other information was available.

Tuesday night at about 10:45 PM, a female caller reported to Rusk County authorities that a subject at a location attempted to come after her. According to the report, the caller provided a last name of a subject and then hung up or dropped the call. A Rusk County deputy arrived at the scene and observed multiple lights on in the residence and sounded like a fight ongoing. After a few minutes the deputy advised the need for an ambulance and First responders. After an investigation, 3 subjects were taken into custody. One subject was taken by ambulance to MMC-L. A Rusk County deputy went to MMC-L to arrest the 3rd subject a female. No other information was available.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 call at about 2:15 this (Wednesday) morning from a passer by advising he was waved down by a female who was bleeding from the head. The caller advised she went off the roadway on Highway 8 near Bruce and struck a tree. She was complaining of severe head pain. The Bruce ambulance, Bruce Fire Department and a Rusk County deputy responded to the scene. The female patient was transported by ambulance to MMC-L. The Highway Department was advised of the icy roadway.

Tuesday afternoon at 3 PM, Ladysmith Police received a Disorderly Conduct complaint at a residence on Lindoo Avenue. According to the report, after an investigation, Janine A. Riddle, 63 was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to the Rusk County jail. At about 5:17 AM this (Wednesday) morning, a Ladysmith Officer responded to the 1400 Block of Lake Avenue West in regards to a report of a truck in the ditch. Upon arrival, Rusk County deputies had already made contact with the driver. The driver appeared to have had a medical issue which caused him to drive into the ditch. The Ladysmith ambulance arrived shortly after and Officers assisted with loading the driver onto the cot and into the ambulance. The driver was transported to MMC-L.

The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Scholarship, Teacher Fellowship, and Principal Leadership program has announced recipients of the 304 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals. Awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $10,000 scholarships will be given to 188 graduating high school students. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Student Excellence Scholarship recipients in our area include, Trent Vollendorf of Ladysmith and Hunter Adams of Bruce. Teacher Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. A Teacher Fellowship recipient in our area is Rebecca Omtvedt of Holcombe. Student Initiative Scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships. Those in our area include, Sage Olson of Exland from Ladysmith High School, Robert Fasbender from Cornell, and Natalie Anderson from Bloomer. The banquet will be held on Sunday March 31, at the Chippewa Falls Middle School in Chippewa Falls. The Luncheon will be at Noon and the Award Program will be at 12;30 PM.

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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 3-12-19

**FLOOD WATCH WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY** The first two weeks of March have been frigid! Each day has seen below average temperatures with several nights well below zero! The cold pattern is finally starting to break down. We’ll feel changes as early as today as moisture increases from the southwest. The day will start off with sunshine, but clouds will then increase and thicken for the afternoon. A trough approaching from the northwest will help to add lift and lead to some precipitation developing by late afternoon. Temperatures will be milder and we should see highs in the upper 30’s and low 40’s, leading to rain. Areas of rain and drizzle will continue at night while temperatures don’t drop much with lows in the mid 30’s. Any steady rain looks to exit before daybreak Wednesday, leaving us cloudy with areas of fog and drizzle. A large storm system will then be coming together in the Central Plains while tapping plenty of moisture and warmth from the south. This will all be lifting northward well ahead of this storm and rain will return through the day. Temperatures will continue to rise and we look to see highs in the mid 40’s. Though we are likely to see some breaks, rain and drizzle will continue to be around Wednesday night, through Thursday. Some of the rain could at least be briefly heavy, and there is even a chance to see a few weak thunderstorms in the area. It will stay mild at night with lows only around 40 while we look to rise into the upper 40’s on Thursday. As the storm begins to lift up into the state, the main rain shield is expected to lift north and we should see some drier air start to arrive Thursday night. By this time it appears much of our area will have already seen around an inch of rainfall.

On Sunday March 10, 2019 at about 7:03 pm,  It was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a snowmobile had struck the CTH I bridge in the Town of Dewey, County of Rusk and the subject was lying under the bridge.  The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Ladysmith Fire Department and the Rusk County Ambulance responded to the scene where the subject was transported by Life Link helicopter to a Hospital in Marshfield, WI.  The subject was a 61 year old male from Ladysmith. According to the DNR, the subject struck the bridge with his head and the subject was wearing a helmet.  Further investigations continue.     The crash is being handled by the Wisconsin DNR, Contact Supervisor Warden Scott Bowe for further information.

Monday afternoon shortly after 2 PM, a Rusk County deputy and a Ladysmith Officer were with Robert Breeden in Rusk County Circuit Court. According to the report, the Rusk County DA advised that Breeden is wanted out of Barron County but there is no warrant in the system. Barron County was contacted and it is a Civil Warrant that is valid. Rusk County did a line to line with Barron County.

Rusk County dispatch at about 9:30 PM Monday night, received a call requesting the fire department to the Ladysmith Family Restaurant. The Ladysmith Fire Department and Ladysmith Police responded for a report of a burning smell. According to the report, the odor’s origin was located in one of the ceiling vents and appeared to be furnace related. There was no sign of any fire or smoke and the odor disappeared after time. Ladysmith firemen were at the scene for a short time.

Congratulations goes to Terry Nussberger on completing 50 hours of pro bono legal services in 2018 with Wisconsin Judicare, Inc. You have provided an incredible service to our community, and Wisconsin Judicare is deeply grateful for your service. Wisconsin Judicare has nominated you for the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, along with the State Bar of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society works to highlight the important role that volunteers play in access to justice and encourages other lawyers to follow your example. We applaud you for making a commitment to justice in your community.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has decided not to require state Department of Justice employees to sign nondisclosure agreements. Former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel began requiring DOJ employees to sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements in 2017. Kaul announced in a news release Tuesday that he stopped requiring new employees to sign such agreements earlier this year. Kaul spokeswoman Gillian Drummond said in an email that Kaul ended the requirement when he took office. The attorney general sent an email to all staffers Monday advising that they’re no longer required to sign the agreements. He said that ethics and workplace rules require DOJ employees to safeguard confidential information. He also said DOJ workers should use “professional judgment.” Drummond says any signed nondisclosure agreements are no longer in effect.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Election Commission says its statewide review of elections in the past year have turned up two dozen cases of suspected voter fraud or irregularities. The State Journal says the violations reportedly include people voting twice in an election, felons casting ballots and a non-citizen voter. The possible cases are just a tiny fraction of the 2.7 million votes cast in the November midterm elections. Municipal clerks are required to report the cases to the commission and to their county’s district attorneys who decide whether to pursue the suspected fraud. The cases of possible voter fraud happened between Feb. 16, 2018 and Feb. 15, 2019. The year before, seven potential voter fraud cases were found.

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