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(Slinger, WI)  —  Interstate 41 is open again, after crews spent five hours during the night removing four semitrucks strewn along the freeway in Monday’s snow storm. Sixty vehicles were involved in the pileup near Slinger, and five people were taken to hospitals to be treated for non life threatening injuries. Officials say about 30 vehicles were directly involved, and 30 others left the roadway and got stuck. Officials say the snowy conditions were too poor to remove the semis right away — and insurance adjusters gathered at a nearby travel plaza to check out the damage reported by their clients. Washington County sheriff’s officials say it might take a few weeks to figure out who caused the crash, but the State Patrol says a backup from another pileup down the road may have been a factor.

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin lawmakers will hear up to nine hours of testimony today (Wednesday) on a controversial bill to relax state rules for high capacity water wells. The measure from Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald would end D-N-R oversight for the repairs, replacements, and ownership transfers of wells that pump more than 100-thousand gallons per day — and it would also study waters in the Central Sands region, to see if steps are needed to preserve levels of streams and lakes. The Senate passed the bill in the last session, but the Assembly killed it. Farm groups have said the measure provides a more certain regulatory climate — while conservation groups have opposed the bill, saying it put waterways in danger. The Assembly Agriculture Committee and the Senate’s labor panel are holding a single joint hearing on the bill.

At about 3:45 PM Tuesday, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 for a fire call. A male subject advised that his ATV was on fire in a field located on Thatcher Road, Glen Flora. The Hawkins Fire Department was called to the scene. The Hawkins Firemen were at the scene a short time. No other information was available.

A female subject reported Tuesday afternoon to Ladysmith Police, that she last worked at Rockwell Automation on February 24th. The complainant reported that she left a Glucose Meter, Test Strips, Money and Inhaler on a cart at work. She stated that she returned Tuesday and the property was no longer there. The case is under investigation.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Candidates for Wisconsin state superintendent are scheduled to meet for a forum less than three weeks from the election.

Incumbent superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz are set to meet Wednesday at the event organized by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Holt and Evers are scheduled to take questions from a moderator.

The race is officially nonpartisan but Holtz has been trying to woo conservatives while Evers has the backing of Democrats. Evers is seeking a third term. Holtz retired last year as superintendent of the Whitnall School District after clashing with the school board. He also previously worked as superintendent in Beloit.

Holtz supports expanding private school vouchers and doing away with the Common Core curriculum, two things Evers opposes.

The election is April 4.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About 200,000 retired public employees in the Wisconsin Retirement System will receive a 2 percent pension payment increase starting in May.

The Department of Employee Trust Funds announced the payment increase on Tuesday. It comes after the State of Wisconsin Investment Board reported that investments in the “Core Fund” rose by 8.5 percent last year and “Variable Fund” investments rose by 10.6 percent.

All public employees are covered by the “Core Fund,” which levels out gains and losses over a five-year period to avoid large spikes.

The nearly 40,000 retirees who invest in the voluntary and more volatile “Variable Fund” will see a 4 percent increase. That fund is comprised of all stocks, making pension payments tied to it more subject to ups and downs.

(Milwaukee, WI) — Schools are opening today (Wednesday) in southeast Wisconsin, while residents dig out from up to 23 inches of snow. Broadcast outlets in the region report no school closings as of six a-m, after the snow cleared out from most places Tuesday morning. Wind Point in Racine County had 23 inches of lake effect snow from Lake Michigan, and Kenosha had 16 inches — and the highest inland snow total was 15-point-seven at Newburg in Washington County. No storm related power outages were reported anywhere in Wisconsin this (Wednesday) morning. About 47-hundred We Energies’ customers have their power back after a contractor hit an underground cable late Tuesday near Hart Park at Milwaukee’s border with suburban Wauwatosa.

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Early Monday morning at about 12;40, a female employee at the RCMH ER advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a male subject that went into the ditch. The vehicle was drivable and the subject had minor injuries. According to the report, it was unknown if the accident happened in Sawyer or Rusk County. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy determined that the crash occurred on Highway 48 near County Highway F, in Sawyer County. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was advised of the accident and information on the driver.

Just before 8 AM Monday, a theft complaint was reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. A subject came to the LEC reporting a theft of deer stands off of the deceased neighbor’s property on County Highway H, Bruce. The case is under investigation.

Early Monday afternoon, according to the police log, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office did a follow up at a residence on Jew Creek Road, Hawkins. After an investigation, a Rusk County deputy had a male subject in custody who was transported to the Rusk County jail.

At 5 AM this (Tuesday) morning, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 transfer from Barron County of an accident on Hogsback Road, Chetek. According to the report, a Donald Colberg was reportedly pushed off of the road from an oncoming vehicle. Colberg did not get a description of the vehicle. He did hit some trees and his side airbags were deployed. The Chetek EMS and Chetek Fire Department responded to the scene. The male subject was transported to LMC. He complained of neck and shoulder pain. The driver advised that he was going West bound and a East bound dark colored truck was left of center. Colberg entered the North ditch and hit some small trees.


On Tuesday March 14, 2017 at 12:08am a Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the City of Cumberland and the vehicle failed to stop.  A high speed chase ensued with speeds reaching over 100 mph on Hwy 48.

Spike strips were set up on Hwy 48 at Hwy 25 but the driver avoided them.  The driver then turned off of Hwy 48 onto 17th Street (dead end road).  The vehicle continued around a barn on private property and was heading back to Hwy 48 when the vehicle struck a pole and then rammed a Barron County Sheriff Department Squad, causing the passenger side air bags to deploy, and continued on.  The vehicle came to a stop prior to reaching Hwy 48.

The passenger, Amanda Hinzman, 38 of Rice Lake jumped out as the vehicle stopped and was ordered to the ground.  The driver Justin Curtis, 35 of New Auburn failed to comply with deputies commands at first but did exit the vehicle.  Curtis then failed again to comply and attempted to get back into the car. Barron County K-9 Chase was deployed and apprehended Curtis but Curtis continued to resist and was tazed and taken into custody.

A Barron County Deputy was injured in the crash and was taken to LMC and treated and released.

Hinzman and Curtis are currently being held in the Barron County Jail on several charges including felony fleeing and hit and run causing injury.  Both subjects also had warrants for their arrest.  The Cumberland and Rice Lake Police Departments assisted us with this incident.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — A Bloomer man has been charged after being accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Court records show 74-year-old Gary Gassen was charged with three counts, including two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Chippewa County court on Monday.

According to a criminal complaint, Gassen admitted that he engaged in sexual activities with a minor last month.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee-area businessman Andy Gronik says he hopes to make a decision “fairly soon” on whether he will enter the 2018 race for governor as a Democrat.

Gronik tells The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he won’t decide within the next two weeks but it won’t be months either. Gronik is among several Democrats across the state deciding whether to mount a run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is widely expected to seek a third term.

The 59-year-old Gronik is president of Stage W, a nonprofit that advocates for “out-of-the-box solutions to improve the quality of life in our state.”

Another 24-year-old political newcomer has launched a campaign for governor. Recent Stanford University graduate Bob Harlow says he is running as a Democrat after losing a primary for a California congressional seat.

The complaint goes on to say that the child said Gassen inappropriately touched the 5-year-old.

The child went on to say that “Mr. Gassen told her something to the effect of don’t tell anybody or he would have to shoot himself.”

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(Undated)  —  Southeast Wisconsin is expected to get the brunt of the latest snowstorm that’s going through the Badger State today (Monday). Four to nine inches are forecast for the Madison and Milwaukee regions, diminishing from west to east throughout the evening. Milwaukee County recorded up to five inches during the night — and La Crosse had four inches, with one more inch possible before the storm leaves west central Wisconsin by midday with Eau Claire getting around two inches. Far northern Wisconsin also expects more snow today (Monday), after nine inches fell in the Duluth/Superior area. Two to five more inches are predicted throughout the day in the far north, with the Bayfield Peninsula expecting the most.

I n Rusk County news this past weekend, at about 11:30 PM Friday night, a Rusk County deputy attempted a traffic stop on Spur Road near Sheldon. The deputy followed the vehicle into Taylor County. After a few minutes the vehicle pulled into a corn field on the North side of Spur Road about 1 mile from the intersection with County Highway H in a field. The driver reportedly got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. The male subject was transported to the LEC and will do a field sobriety. The male subject was arrested for OWI.

Saturday afternoon just before 1 PM, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant on North 3rd Street in Bruce. According to the report, the Wisconsin DOC advised that Aaron Simpson was in violation of his probation rules and they would like him picked up. His electric monitor showed that he was at his home. A Rusk County deputy made contact with Simpson and the DOC placed ahold on him. He was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 at about 2;30 PM Saturday from a female advising of a chimney fire on Broken Arrow Road, Conrath. According to the report, she advised that she could not see any flames coming out of the chimney. The Ladysmith fire department responded to the scene and were there for about 20 minutes.

Sunday morning shortly before 11 AM, a male subject reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office a vehicle theft on Jew Creek Road, Hawkins. The complainant reported that his 2006 Ford Superduty Charcoal Grey Dually was stolen from his yard Saturday night. He las saw it at 4:30 PM Saturday. The case is under investigation.

Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, a City Officer was on Patrol in the city near the 400 block of Worden Avenue East. According to the report, the Officer was driving down the alley when he noticed Christopher M. Unrein, 45, getting into a vehicle. Unrein had a valid arrest warrant. The City Officer made contact with Unrein who was arrested and was turned over to Rusk County jail staff.

Also Sunday afternoon, a City Officer was investigating a garbage complaint and learned that Thomas D. Gilson, 46, had a warrant for his arrest from Chippewa County. Gilson was taken into custody and was transported to the Rusk and Chippewa County line.

(Washington, DC)  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville says health insurance costs will eventually drop if Congress passes the G-O-P alternative to Obamacare. On C-B-S’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, Ryan said that if Congress does nothing, premiums would go “far, far, far higher than they would otherwise. And the Wisconsin Republican says health costs will go down once a two year transition period is completed. Ryan said it would take time for states to start regulating health insurance again, and to set up “risk pools” to cover those with preexisting conditions. He also says it will take a while to set proper credits so in Ryan’s words, “the guy waiting tables getting 12 dollars an hour can get health insurance.” In the meantime, Ryan says there needs to be a “stable transition” from Obamacare so “people don’t have the rug pulled out.”

(Blair, WI)  —  Two small town firefighters will be honored twice this week for saving four children from a burning house about this time last year in western Wisconsin. Blair/Preston firefighters Steve Osborn and Justin Huseboe will be recognized at a Red Cross breakfast Wednesday, the first anniversary of the fire — and again on Saturday, when the state Firefighters Association will name them as the state’s “Firefighters of the Year.” Osborn and Huseboe were among the first to respond to a house fire in Blair last March 15th — and once they learned there were children inside, they said their instincts took control as they entered a house full of smoke and flames to find and save the youngsters. W-Q-O-W T-V says both Osborn and Huseboe downplay their own accomplishments, saying the entire Blair/Preston department should be praised.

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Almost one-thousand members of Wisconsin’s tourist industry are meeting in Milwaukee. The 30th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism began Sunday — and this (Monday) morning, Governor Scott Walker and state Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett will unveil Wisconsin’s new tourism ad campaign for the coming year. The state highlighted its supper clubs in its ads during the past year. During the past five years, Wisconsin tourist revenues have jumped by four-point-five billion dollars — and the industry has created 18-thousand new jobs in the years after the Great Recession ended in earnest. The tourism conference ends tomorrow (Tuesday).


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(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin continues to lag behind two thirds of the states in its pace of job creation. The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics says Wisconsin had a year to year private sector job growth of one-percent as of last September, with 25-thousand-600 jobs created during that 12 month period. The percentage was the 34th best among the 50 states — close to where it’s been since the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages was highlighted during the state’s intense debate involving job creation several years ago. That was when Governor Scott Walker failed to keep a promise of creating 250-thousand private sector jobs during his first term — and the voters forgave him. The monthly unemployment report, which uses a much smaller sample of employer surveys than the year to year report, had its best showing in 16 years in January with a statewide rate of three point nine percent — down two tenths from December.

Thursday morning a Rusk County deputy reported damage to a cabin on Willy Road, Weyerhaeuser. According to the report, a pretty big tree was on the roof of the cabin. There was damage to the roof. The owner was contacted at his work and he will be contacting a tree service to remove the tree.

Just after 1 PM Thursday, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a miscelaneous complaint. According to the police log, a female subject requested a Rusk County deputy as she was reportedly trying to get her property from a a male subject but he is refusing to let her in the Apartment on North Main Street, Bruce to get it. After an investigation, Probation advised if the female subject had been living there, this was a violation of the no contact and they will be holding her. The female subject was taken into custody and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Thursday night at 7:40 PM, Kalin A. Croenne, 21, was arrested after a Rusk County deputy had contact with her at a residence in the Village of Bruce. She was arrested for the Ladysmith Municipal Warrant and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Madison – Governor Scott Walker highlighted the major K-12 education investments included in his Executive Budget proposal at Gilman High School today. The governor’s proposal includes $649 million in new state aids for all K-12 schools in Wisconsin, increases per pupil categorical aid by $509.2 million, and lifts K-12 investment to $11.5 billion over two years, an all-time high.

“Our 2017-2019 budget proposal uses the Reform Dividend to invest more money into public schools,” Governor Walker said. “We invest in rural schools, like Gilman High School, to help them address unique needs like transportation costs. We’re putting $11.5 billion of state support into K-12 education, and this budget includes a more than half a billion dollar increase in per pupil aid for public education. That’s real money, and it’s going to have a real, significant impact on our students. Ultimately, this will ensure the continued success of our state for generations to come as we provide a top-quality education to the future leaders of Wisconsin.”

The Gilman School District is estimated to receive approximately $5.7 million in funding from the state under Governor Walker’s biennial budget.

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Early Wednesday morning, the Ladysmith Police Department and Rusk County Dispatch received multiple calls regarding damage from the storm.

At approximately 3:00 AM, Ladysmith Police responded to a power line on the roadway at the intersection of Phillips Avenue East and 1st Street South. The power line appeared to have broken in half. The Ladysmith Fire Department remained on scene until the power company was able to fix it.

The Ladysmith Police Department received another call, at about 4:30AM, regarding a blown transformer on West 5th Street North. Upon arrival Ladysmith Police discovered that a large tree was across the power line. This incident took power out through most of the city. The Ladysmith Fire Department and the power company later arrived and power was restored without incident.

Rusk County Dispatch received a call shortly after 5:00 AM on Wednesday morning. A Rusk County deputy and City officer responded to the intersection of Highway 8 and Bell School Road where a tree was blocking the road. The Ladysmith Fire Department removed the tree with no incident.

Early this morning at approximately 1:00 AM, the Ladysmith Police Department received a call regarding suspicious activity on East 10th Street North. A male subject reported seeing the “Blue Beast” in the woods and that he wanted an officer to check it out. He told dispatch that he had saw the white eyes of the “Blue Beast” and he stared it down until it retreated back into the woods. Upon arrival a city officer spoke with a man who was standing outside. He told the officer that he had not seen anything peculiar. The city officer walked along the woods before leaving, but failed to locate any signs of the “Blue Beast”.

The man accused of attacking an Eau Claire police officer and then driving off with the officer’s squad car made his first court appearance on Wednesday. Damian Stauffer appeared in Chippewa County Court via video-conferencing from the county jail. The judge set a cash bond of $25,000. Stauffer’s lawyer had requested a signature bond, pointing out that he has no criminal record.

Stauffer is accused of punching the officer through the open window of his squad car, then struggling with the officer before fleeing in the squad car, crashing into several parked vehicles before he was caught. Prior to that, police said he was involved in an altercation at a home on Runway Avenue, which ended with a three-year-old child being hurt. They said he then forced his way into a neighbor’s home in a failed attempt to steal car keys.

If he is able to post bond, he was ordered not to have contact with the victims and not to drink or do any drugs.

Agriculture officials said the recent strain of bird flu confirmed in a Barron County turkey flock is not a major cause for concern. On Saturday, a low-pathogenic strain of the virus was found in a 84,000-bird turkey flock owned by the Jennie-O store in Barron, and that flock is now quarantined. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) said this strain is not related to the 2015 virus that destroyed nearly 2 million birds in Wisconsin alone.

A representative from the state veterinarian’s office compared this strain to a case of the “sniffles”, saying the turkeys will likely recover on their own. Eau Claire County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Mark Hagedorn said the case was verified to let the public know all procedures and protocols are being followed and to emphasize the importance of maintaining good bio-security on all farms and backyard flocks.

DATCP said after hearing the news, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea banned imports of poultry products from the Wisconsin but said those markets only brought in about $500,000 in 2016. Officials said poultry products are still safe to eat, but it is important to wash hands and surfaces after handling raw meat.

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(Undated)  —  Wind advisories continue throughout Wisconsin today (Wednesday), as a strong winter storm near Canada’s Hudson Bay keeps blowing strong winds into the Badger State. In Ashland, gusts of 52 miles per hour made a 22 degree temperature feel like four above at three a-m. Wautoma in central Wisconsin had gusts of 58 during the night, and both Madison and Milwaukee had winds in the 20 to 35 mile per hour range. The National Weather Service says a “convective shower” — intense precipitation across a short time period — blew shingles off two houses in Waupun, and Wausau had “thunder snow” which accumulated on grassy surfaces. But Wisconsin has not had any tornadoes, like neighboring Minnesota had Monday night when two twisters touched down in the southeast part of the state. Wind advisories continue throughout Wisconsin until noon in the west and northwest, four p-m in the southwest, and until six tonight (Wednesday) in southern and eastern areas.

Mother Nature continues to cause problems with power outages and down trees and power lines. Early this (Wednesday) morning, power was out for parts of the business area in Ladysmith causing the Ladysmith School district, OLS and North Cedar Academy to start two hours late this morning.

Storm damage was reported Tuesday in Rusk County and in the City of Ladysmith. According to reports, shortly before 4 PM, a pine tree was across Port Arthur Road, Ladysmith which was blocking both lanes of traffic. A tree was in the road on West 5th Street North in Ladysmith blocking one lane of traffic.

Late Tuesday afternoon a tree was in the roadway on County Highway H between Adams and Bernard Road. The South bound lane was blocked. Tuesday evening a tree was down on the East bound lane of Highway 8 just West of Community Park road. A large tree was reportedly across the whole road on County Highway F near Weyerhaeuser.

Rusk County dispatch received a 911 shortly before 11 PM Tuesday that there was a fire in the ditch on the South West side of Highway 27. A power line was reportedly down in the midst of the fire. The Ladysmith Fire Department and the DNR responded to the fire. A power line was reportedly down early this (Wednesday) morning on Phillips Avenue East, Ladysmith. Excel Energy was called to the scene.

At about 3:40 AM this (Wednesday) morning, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 reporting that transformers blew up on Highway 8 near the county line road. There was an active fire on the ground. Due to a power outage, the Weyerhaeuser Fire Department was unable to get the call. The Cameron Fire Department responded to the scene. Weyerhaeuser did respond along with Rusk county deputies to the scene.

Just before 4:30 AM this (Wednesday) morning, a tree was reported down on a power line on West 5th Street North, Ladysmith. Ladysmith Fire Department and Exel Energy responded to the scene. Also a tree was reportedly down blocking ¾ of the road on Highway 8 near Bell School road.

Just after 5 AM this (Wednesday) morning, a female subject advised she was coming around the corner by County Highway H and Meadowbrook Road, and hit a downed tree. The vehicle has front end damage and the air bag deployed. The driver and passenger were reportedly injured and taken by private vehicle to the ER.

In other news, at about 8:40 PM Tuesday, a caller advised Ladysmith Police of a male running around the Albus Conveyors Building on East 2nd Street South. The caller reported that the subject was trying to hide. At the same time, a Black Pontiac was circling the area. According to the report, a City Officer made contact with Bonnie Bell. After an investigation, Bell had a PBT of .216. Probation was contacted and placed a hold on Bell.

(Barron, WI)  —  The avian flu has returned to Wisconsin. The U-S-D-A says 84-thousand turkeys could have been exposed at a farm in Barron County owned by Jennie “O” Turkey Store, and the birds have been quarantined so they can be monitored. Testing began more than one month ago after the turkeys showed signs of depression, and the U-S-D-A said it confirmed the bird flu this past weekend. It’s the “H” Five “N” Two virus, but officials say it’s a “low pathogenic strain” that’s not as severe as the one that killed millions of turkeys and chickens two years ago throughout the Upper Midwest — and it does not pose a food safety problem for people. Both federal and state agriculture officials have responded to the outbreak, in a place that was also hit by the larger 2015 outbreak.

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(Undated)  —  Wind advisories continue throughout Wisconsin, as 16-thousand electric customers were without power as of late morning. Winds were gusting to near 50 miles per hour in the state’s midsection today (Tuesday), and central and northeast Wisconsin remain the hardest hit with more than 12-thousand outages reported by the Public Service utility. The National Weather Service says a metal grain bin was blown down at Elk Creek in Trempealeau County. Forecasters say winds will reach 55 miles per hour in parts of the Badger State until six p-m when the wind advisories expire.

The very strong winds Monday night and Tuesday morning caused a number of reported trees down in Rusk County. At about 10:20 PM Monday, a tree was reported across the road on County Highway M just South of Hawkins. The tree was removed. A tree was reported down over the entire road at about 3:30 AM this (Tuesday) morning on County Highway O near Highway F. Jump River Electric cut up the tree and removed it. A large tree was reported down across Sawdust Road near Jenness Road Bruce. Also a motorist reported a tree down on Leonhard Lane about 1/8 mile North of Highway 8. A motorist advised the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office of a tree down across the road just North of Park Road from Highway 8. According to the report, a female hit the tree with her vehicle on the way to work. No injuries were reported.

Also from the Rusk County police log, a tree was reported down on North Trails End Road, Bruce. Trees were reported down on Highway 27 near Oak Ridge Road, Conrath. A tree across the intersection of Townline Road and 101 Trail Ladysmith. Two trees were reported across Highway 73 about 3-4 miles South of Ingram and a tree across Hansen Road in the town of Grant.

Just before 6 am this (Tuesday) morning, a male subject reported to Rusk County authorities that he hit a down tree on Highway 27 near Highway County P. No injuries were reported.

Also the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office advised a driver just hit a tree that blew down in front of him on Highway 27 near Conrath. No injuries were reported.

In other news, just after 12 Noon Monday, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 requested a deputy at a residence on County Highway F, Birchwood. According to the report, a subject was in her house and would not leave. The subject reportedly pulled her hair and hit her. A Rusk County deputy reported conflicting reports regarding this incident. Reports will be forwarded to the D.A. for review and charge considerations.

Also shortly after 12 Noon, a 911 call from a male advised he hit a tree with his vehicle on Bass Lake Road Ladysmith. The driver complained of a headache. The Ladysmith Ambulance and the Bruce Fire Department responded to the scene. No other information was available.

Monday afternoon, a caller advised someone had damaged her mailbox on Highway 27 near Ladysmith sometime Sunday night. According to the report, the complainant heard a loud crash Sunday night before 10 PM. The evidence suggests that a South bound vehicle drifted right and struck the mailbox. No vehicle parts were found at the scene.

At about 7:20 PM Monday night, Rusk County dispatch received a 911 from a male subject advising he was burning a brush pile on Oak Road, Ladysmith and it was getting out of control. The Ladysmith Fire Department responded to the scene.

At about 10:30 PM Monday, a female subject advised Ladysmith Police that her fiance woke up to what sounded like gunshots and there was glass broken. After an investigation, the window appeared to be shot at with an Airsoft Pellet Gun. Multiple pellets were found on the ground outside of the residence. The case is under investigation.

At 6:30 PM Monday, a Ladysmith Officer was in the Rusk County jail when Cassandra S. Montonya, 20, walked into the jail lobby and stated that she believes she has a warrant. The warrant was confirmed and she was arrested and taken to the Rusk County jail.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report says borrowing by Wisconsin public school districts is at its highest levels in at least 20 years.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reported Monday that voters approved $1.35 billion in new borrowing for Wisconsin public schools last year. The previous high, adjusted for inflation, was more than $1 billion in 1996.

And this spring 23 districts are asking voters to approve nearly $708 million in additional debt. The Taxpayers Alliance says most of the money is being used to pay for new construction or remodeling projects.

As recently as 2011, new debt by K-12 public schools was one-tenth of what it was last year. Borrowing has skyrocketed from around $2,300 per student in 2010 to more than $9,700 per student in 2016.

In Rusk County news over the weekend, shortly before 2 AM Saturday morning, Ladysmith Police made a traffic stop on Lake Avenue West near West 3rd Street North in Ladysmith. According to the police log, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. The driver was taken into custody for OWI 1st Offense and transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday morning at about 2:10, a Rusk County deputy mad a traffic stop on Cedar Street in Glen Flora. According to the report, a field sobriety was performed on the driver. The subject was taken into custody for drugs. The subject was transported to the Rusk County jail.

Sunday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Burglary complaint. According to the report, a male subject advised that his chain saw was stolen from his house located on Maxon Road, Ladysmith. No other information was available.

At 1 AM this (Monday) morning, Ladysmith Police and a Rusk County deputy investigated a Domestic Abuse complaint on Worden Avenue East. After an investigation, Melanie R. Kuula, 41, was arrested and taken to the Rusk County jail.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — A child and police officer are hurt, and a squad car stolen and totaled after a domestic incident in Eau Claire.

Officers with the Eau Claire Police Department tell us the incident started just after midnight Monday morning. Police were first called to the 33-hundred block of Runway Avenue for a domestic dispute.

Officers were told a 20-year-old man was causing trouble and a young child had been hurt. The suspect left before officers arrived.
An officer in the area eventually found him, and the suspect started physically attacking the officer. Officer Bridget Coit says a taser was used, but the suspect fought through it and injured the officer.

The 20-year-old then stole the squad car and sped off, crashing into multiple parked cars. He then barricaded himself in the squad car.

As negotiations began with officers, pepper spray was deployed, but the man remained uncooperative. Officers then used bean bag rounds, and the suspect was eventually arrested.

The child, officer and suspect were all taken to the hospital with injuries. The officer and child are expected to be treated and released.
The name and condition of the suspect are not known at this time.

(St. Croix Falls, WI)  —  One man has been arrested in the disappearance of two Wisconsin foster girls who’ve been found safe.  K-A-R-E T-V of Minneapolis/Saint Paul says officers found 14-year-old Candus Flodin and 13-year-old Makayla Hanson Wall of Saint Croix Falls about eight Saturday night at a residence in Price County in northwest Wisconsin — and a man at the home was arrested. No other details were immediately released, but officials say the two girls were not harmed. Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension got involved in the case after learning that the girls may have headed to see somebody in the Twin Cities.

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  As President Donald Trump continues a crackdown on illegal immigration, there are growing fears that Wisconsin dairy farmers will lose their hired help with no one to replace them. It’s been a concern for years, but Buffalo County farmer John Rosenow says the reality is sinking in. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says up to 80-percent of hired help on the state’s larger dairy farms are immigrants — most of them illegal — and not many Americans want to do such physical work for 13-dollars per hour. Rosenow tells the state’s largest news outlet that one dairy farm in northwest Wisconsin is thinking about closing and selling its one-thousand cow herd before the market gets flooded with animals that can’t be sold. As he put it, “If they get out early, they might be able to salvage something from it.”

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(Janesville, WI)  —  Vice President Mike Pence will talk about the Trump economic agenda and replacing Obamacare when he speaks in Janesville today (Friday). Pence is scheduled to hold a listening session with local business leaders and farmers at the headquarters of Blain’s Farm and Fleet — and he’ll then tour the facility before making a formal speech around noon to about 350 employees and invited guests. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will join Pence. Protesters have said they’ll picket across the street. Pence is making his first visit to Wisconsin since becoming Donald Trump’s vice president in January. Blain Supply C-E-O Jane Blain Gilbertson says her firm is hosting the event to give those representing farm owned businesses a chance to let the vice president know about issues which affect them.


Early Thursday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Probation Agent requesting a deputy to transport Bonnie Bell from the Probation office to the Rusk County jail. The Rusk County deputy took Bell into custody and transported her to jail.

A Rusk County deputy made a traffic stop shortly after 6 PM Thursday on Highway 8 near Hawkins. According to the report, Adam Rosolowski was wanted from the Department of Corrections. Drugs were in plain view and a search of the vehicle a pipe was found which was a tobacco pipe. No other information was available.

At 7:45 PM Thursday, a Ladysmith Officer and Rusk County deputy responded to an address on Corbett Avenue East for a Domestic dispute. After an investigation, Jackie R. White, 29, was arrested for a Probation hold and other Domestic charges.

RIB MOUNTAIN, Wis. (AP) — A fatal shooting by a Marathon County sheriff’s deputy in Rib Mountain is the second deadly encounter between law enforcement and a suspect in north central Wisconsin in four days.

The state Department of Justice says authorities negotiated with a suspect for more than two hours Thursday after responding to a report of a hostage situation in Rib Mountain, near Wausau. Officials have not released details on what caused a deputy to fatally shoot 33-year-old John Hall.

The incident Thursday follows the fatal shooting earlier this week by a Lincoln County deputy. Shawn Igers was fatally shot Monday in Corning. Authorities say the deputy had returned Igers’ gunfire.

(St. Croix Falls, WI)  —  Police in northwest Wisconsin have asked for people’s help in finding two missing foster girls. Saint Croix Falls Police say 14-year-old Candus Flodin and 13-year-old Makayla Hanson Wall left their foster care home to go to school on Tuesday — but they never made it there. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in neighboring Minnesota said Thursday the youngsters might be in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, possibly traveling with a man. Police say they’ve received dozens of tips but none have panned out — and those who know the girls’ whereabouts are asked to call Saint Croix Falls Police.

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