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Released documents shed light on officer’s actions
Documents released by the Ladysmith Police Department this week shed more light on why an officer resigned during an internal investigation. Officials declined to state exactly why officer Packer Makinia resigned after working about two years for the department.
Warrant issued for missing pretrial court date
A $1,000 arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Rusk County Circuit Court for a Ladysmith woman who failed to appear for her final pretrial court date to face four drug charges.
Sheriff's office releases name of driver killed in Chippewa County crash
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Minnesota man died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in the town of Bloomer. William M. Shelton, 77, of Duluth, Minn., was killed in the crash, which occurred at 11:52 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Highways 64 and 40.
Council directs city attorney to continue Walmart tax talks
The Ladysmith city council met in closed session Monday to consider a response to a retail giant’s claim it had been over-assessed the company’s lawsuit seeking a refund of a portion of its 2017 taxes.
Board may add cameras on all buses
A parent’s complaint about unsafe drivers at rural highway school bus stops and his dashboard video camera donation aimed at helping catch law-breaking motorists has the Ladysmith School Board ramping up safety measures.
Stanley man convicted of second sexual assault in less than two months
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A 22-year-old Cornell man — who was recently convicted of another sex assault — was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting a girl in February 2017 when she was 15.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign underway in Wisconsin
RIB MOUNTAIN (WAOW)- In Wisconsin more than 3,000 people were hurt last year and 143 people were killed because of alcohol related crashes, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
One person dead following crash in Chippewa County
Bloomer (WQOW) — One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash this morning in Bloomer. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said the accident happened at the intersection of STH 64 and STH 40 around 11:50 a.m. on Friday.
Cornell man found guilty of sexual assault after raping teen, threatening to kill someone
Chippewa County (WQOW) – A Cornell man charged with sexually assaulting a girl and threatening her was found guilty on Friday. A jury found Tomas Hoyle guilty on four counts of 2nd degree sexual assault.
New Ladysmith Prevea center to open soon
Prevea Health announced this week that the new $4 million Prevea Ladysmith Health Center at 1101 Lake Ave. W. in Ladysmith will open for patient care next month. Currently, Prevea provides family medicine and women’s care at the Prevea Health Center located within Clinics at Rusk. Starting on Wednes
Car driver killed in crash with log truck
The driver of a passenger car was killed in a crash with a log truck near Bloomer in Chippewa County on Friday. The crash occurred at 11:52 a.m. on Dec. 14. According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, a passenger car with a lone occupant was traveling northbound on Wis. 40, approaching th
Walker signs Republican power grab to 'ignore and override the will of the people of Wisconsin'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got beat in November, so he won't have the chance to personally hurt Wisconsin’s workers anymore. But he’s making sure that his fellow Republicans will hold onto the power he’s wielded so happily, by signing a bill, passed by Republicans in the state legislature during th
Man charged with putting spy camera in rental property
Charges have been filed in Rusk County Circuit Court for a Bruce man after a spy camera was found in the bathroom of a rental property. The man was originally scheduled to appear for an initial appearance but that date has been moved to Jan. 8.
Wisconsin DOC confirms Colorado man who killed wife, daughters at Dodge Correctional
WAUPUN - The Wisconsin Department of Corrections confirmed Friday that a Colorado man who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters is serving time at Dodge Correctional Institution.
Sawyer County bomb threat investigated at Hayward Hospital
The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office was informed at 12:43 p.m., on Thursday, of a bomb threat that was sent via e-mail to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. Sawyer County Deputies responded, assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, town of Hayward Police Department and city of Hayward/town of Hayward
Wisconsin Men Plead Guilty Charges Linked to Killing of Mountain Lion
Three Wisconsin men pleaded guilty to charges linked to the killing of a mountain lion in January 2017. Robert Peters, 53, and Steven Reindahl, 55, both of Turtle Lake, pleaded guilty in federal court on Dec. 12 of hindering a federal grand jury investigation by providing false testimony about the 2
Loggers charged with stealing timber from Sawyer County, Flambeau forests
The owners and truck drivers for a Chippewa Falls-based logging contractor face Sawyer County felony charges that they stole more than $10,000 worth of cut timber from the Flambeau River State Forest and Sawyer County Forest in the Town of Winter between Nov. 26, 2012, and Jan. 9, 1013.
Former Winter priest appears in court
(This story will be updated for the Record’s print edition) Following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Sawyer County Circuit Court, a former priest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winter was bound over for trial by Judge John Yackel, who ruled there is probable cause for three felony a
Two arrested after informant sold meth to Chetek man
Police have arrested two Chetek men after one allegedly bought several grams of methamphetamine from a confidential police informant. Charged in Barron County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 5, were Quinlan D. Thomas, 54, and Christopher P. Schaetz, 51, both of Chetek.
School board declines to formally hire police officer
A school resource officer will not be formally hired by the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District following a decision by the CWASD Board, signaling an end to months of deliberations and talks with the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and Chetek Police Department.