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Dead dogs, other wildlife found dead in northern Wisconsin believed to be poisoned, DNR says

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating after several dogs and wildlife were found dead in northern Wisconsin, possibly from poison. Dead animals, including domestic dogs, coyotes, weasels, raccoons and a wolf, were reported in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence Counties.


Wisconsin woman found with over 300 grams of methamphetamine, sentenced five years in prison

A Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to five years in prison and seven years of extended supervision after being found with over 300 grams of crystal methamphetamine in August of 2017, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.


Felony embezzlement charges filed; Chetek man was Rusk County Dept. head

A former Rusk County Department head is charged in Rusk County Circuit Court with four felony internal embezzlement and theft related counts alleging use of county identification to purchase furnaces, water heaters, tires, deck boards, skid steer parts and other materials for both personal and famil


Wisconsin brothers accused of years-long sexual abuse of siblings; father blamed ‘raging hormones’

Three brothers in Milwaukee were charged with the alleged sexual assault of their younger siblings while their father, aware of the abuse, is accused of doing nothing to stop it.


Fritz, Worden schedule a moving target

With the city preparing to undertake one of its busiest street construction seasons in many years, getting all the moving parts into the necessary order remains a work in progress.


Green Alert issued for 30-year-old Wisconsin woman

A Green Alert has been issued for Aimee Marie McCaughey, who was last seen Monday in Eau Claire. McCaughey, 30, suffers from PTSD/depression, and it is unknown if she is taking her prescribed medication.


Violent attack caught on camera at Wisconsin high school

BERLIN, Wis. -- (WMTV) Disturbing video is making the rounds on social media showing a high school student in Green Lake County violently beating another student. Authorities are now investigating the attack that took place at Berlin High School.


City taps grants to fund downtown roadwork

When the Ladysmith Common Council held a public hearing to allow comment on proposed sewer, water, curb, gutter and sidewalk special assessments for this year’s $1.96 million in street work on Fritz and Worden avenues, it had the project designer, an engineer, city auditor and an attorney on hand to


Hoping for a 'hero'

Arthur Stanley, 65, is holding out hope for a new set of lungs. The man from Sheldon, Wis., has spent three and a half months in treatment at the Mayo Clinic, and two and a half years on the national transplant waiting list.


Man charged in gun theft, attempted flight

A Ladysmith man made an initial appearance on Tuesday, April 9, charged in Rusk County Circuit Court for allegedly stealing a truck and five firearms from a Ladysmith residence and then attempting to flee to Iowa.


Foxconn's Wisconsin Facility is a Ghost Town Where Workers Are Just 'Moving Dirt Around'

The people of Wisconsin are at their wit’s end, trying to figure out what to do about a Foxconn facility that has so far failed to create thousands of jobs. And the Democratic governor, Tony Evers, signaled this week that the deal signed by his predecessor, which provided $4 billion worth of subsidi


Search continues for Wisconsin man who fell into Maine river

BATH, Maine — A search is continuing for a Wisconsin man who fell into Maine’s Kennebec River. Officials say two witnesses saw David Henry Dieterich of Racine, Wisconsin, fall off an unstable dock late Thursday near a parking lot of the Kennebec Tavern in Bath.


Truckers are learning to spot signs of human trafficking in Wisconsin

(WKOW) — Human trafficking has impacted all 72 counties across Wisconsin and although law enforcement is cracking down on it, there’s another group of people who see it happening almost everyday and have the chance to do something about.


Man sentenced after violently spanking 3-year-old

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chetek man has been fined after being accused of violently spanking a 3-year-old child in May 2018. Richard R. Mackowiak, 26, 45 Pinegrove Court, pleaded no contest Thursday in Chippewa County Court to disorderly conduct and child abuse-intentionally causing harm.


NW Wisconsin tribal leaders accused of embezzling $1.5M from casino

TURTLE LAKE, Wis. — Federal gaming regulators are accusing St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders of pocketing at least $1.5 million in casino funds with little or no documentation or receipts.


Wisconsin River expected to reach major flooding levels

COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — The Wisconsin River is expected to reach major flooding levels this weekend. The river was beginning to overtake some of the homes along the banks Friday.


Birkie Foundation funds ski program at Birchwood School

The Birchwood School District was awarded a $2,000 American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Grant this past winter, enabling the district to purchase 21 pairs of cross-country ski boots as well as plating and putting new bindings on 13 pairs of skis that were already a part of the district’s equipment in


Cornell man charged with operating drug house

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Cornell man, who is a convicted felon, has been charged with operating a drug house. Thomas R. Hughes, 62, 312 South St., was charged in Chippewa County Court with maintaining a drug trafficking place and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hughes will return to court May 29


Dam breaks near Duncan Creek Campground, causes major flooding

Campers in Tilden are sorting through damage after flooding washed over the Duncan Creek Campground in Chippewa County Thursday afternoon. A total of 50 campers sit on the campground and many were damaged.


Man accused of roadside hit-and-run that killed Girl Scouts ordered to stand trial

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A judge has declined to dismiss charges alleging that a man accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother in a hit-and-run was high on fumes from an aerosol can at the time.