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Barron Co. man sentenced for beating woman, leaving her with shattered bones

Barron County (WQOW) – A Barron County man accused of beating a woman, leaving her with fractures and shattered bones was sentenced Thursday. The victim told police she was trying to get Jason Rush treatment for meth addiction when he became angry.


Missing person's vehicle found in Wisconsin

KENOSHA (WKZO AM/FM) -- Police in Wisconsin have put out searchers, and used a drone to look for a woman reported missing and endangered from Portage. 39-year-old Amanda Hanover was last seen on Monday by family members in Kalamazoo County.


Chetek man allegedly made threats to kill woman, officers

Three misdemeanor charges and a forfeiture have been filed against a Chetek man for allegedly brandishing a fake gun, threatening to kill people and, later, threatening officers while in custody.


Charges: Wisconsin man planned to kidnap woman whose garage he broke into

An Altoona, Wisconsin man faces charges relating to burglary and attempted kidnapping after authorities allege he broke into the garage of a Shoreview woman he planned to kidnap.


Three Wisconsin men arrested in Janesville human trafficking sting

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) - Three men, two from Janesville and one from Delavan, were arrested in a Janesville human trafficking sting on Wednesday. Police say 35-year-old David Hanley, of Janesville, 53-year-old Paul Rote, of Janesville, and 46-year-old Keith Dabbs, of Delavan, were arrested at the B


Chetek Alert reader captures photo of winter wonderland

Chetek resident Megan Werth submitted this exceptional photo of snowflakes clinging to her lilac bush in Chetek during the cold snap on Feb. 22. Werth stated that she enjoys taking outdoor photos, but not many wintry scenes. Anyone interested in submitting unique, high-quality outdoor photos are enc


Chance to see northern lights in Wisconsin this weekend

MILWAUKEE — It could be a memorable weekend for sky-gazers. According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, Northeast Wisconsin will be in good position to see the northern lights both Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.


Man charged for allegedly taking vehicles, crashing truck into tree

Charges have been filed against a Chetek man for allegedly taking two vehicles from Chetek last summer, including a Ford F150 that was later found crashed into a tree. The defendant, Richard L. Waite, 27, was charged March 6 with felony operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and misdemean


Kalamazoo woman's car found in Wisconsin

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Wisconsin are looking for a Kalamazoo woman after her car was found in Kenosha. Police say Amanda Hanover, 39, was last seen Monday in Portage. Her empty car was later found parked near the Lake Michigan shoreline in Kenosha. Her cellphone was inside.


Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


A sex offender messaged their daughter, but no law was broken

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Panic turned to anger when a Green Bay, Wisconsin couple found out a registered sex offender used social media to contact their 13-year-old daughter and it wasn't against the law.


Woman who found Jayme Closs honored as part of Social Work Month

MADISON (WKOW) – Jeanne Nutter, the woman who came upon Jayme Closs after the Barron County teen escaped her abductor, was honored today by the state Department of Children and Families as part of Wisconsin’s celebration of Social Work month.


Chippewa Falls is finalist for new business, $6 million project

Chippewa Falls is a finalist for a logistics supply company from outside the area looking at constructing a $6 million facility. Charlie Walker, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation executive director, said he is meeting with company officials again today in trying to finalize the deal.


Part-time Chetek resident hosts outdoor radio show

Developing a strong passion for something can lead people in various directions, whether it is a career hobby or a way of life. That statement certainly holds true for Steve “Stru” Strusinski, who is real estate guru by day and host of The 4 Outdoorsmen, a radio show, by night—well, at least every S


Another home invasion culprit gets prison sentence

A 23-year-old man who joined four other suspects in a pair of robberies in Barron and Chetek in December 2018 will spend six years in prison in connection with two counts of burglary after a sentencing hearing Friday, March 15, in Barron County Circuit Court.


Death apparently related to drugs

An incident that brought squad cars, an ambulance and other emergency responders to a West Division Avenue address on Saturday evening, March 16, 2019, is an apparent fatal methamphetamine overdose, according to Barron County dispatch logs.


Office-seeker asks for new leadership in Township

This is your opportunity Town of Rice Lake residents to change our town leadership by voting in the April 2 election. The current town leadership has been in office for many years and have been unopposed in prior elections. As a result some members have become complacent and feel entitled to the off


Domestic suspect brought guns to Cameron home, charges say

A Rusk County man who allegedly wore body armor and had a rifle and a handgun in his vehicle is facing a 90-day sentence in connection with a domestic incident reported March 11 at a rural Cameron home, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.


Smart calls for smiles, not stares

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald estimated 1,300 people packed the gymnasium at the Barron High School on Friday evening to hear a talk by Elizabeth Smart, of Utah, who was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 and held against her will for 9 months before law enforcement rescued her.


Variety show on March 22 at C-W

The 24th annual Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Variety Show will be presented Friday, March 22, on the stage of the C-W Middle School gym at 7 p.m. This much-anticipated show begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. so all patrons may have a chance to browse the auction items, grab a snack from the conce