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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.


Wisconsin woman honored for Jayme Closs rescue

Jeanne Nutter, the social worker who helped lead Jayme Closs to safety after the 13-year-old Barron girl was abducted and held captive in Gordon for 88 days, was honored for her outstanding service by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson during a ceremony at the st


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.


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


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.


Deer Park man arrested in Rice Lake with child sex sting

A man from Deer Park was arrested in a child sex sting by Rice Lake police officers on Saturday, March 16. Thirty-five-year-old Joshua A. Studer was charged in Barron County Circuit Court with felonies use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempt sexual assault of a child under 16 years o


Woman allegedly beat man who was in a wheelchair

A Rice Lake resident who is already a defendant in three other cases has been charged in connection with the alleged beating of a man in a wheelchair, according to a complaint filed Monday, March 11, in Barron County Circuit Court.


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.


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.


No one injured in Rice Lake fire

No one was injured in a fire that broke out at a Rice Lake home on Tuesday. Just after 5:30 p.m. the Rice Lake Fire Department responded to a fire call at 5170 Gortin Road, where a 12-year-old boy was at the residence alone, according to Rice Lake Fire Chief Mark Niemi. Firefighters had to cut holes


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.


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


Local girl scores personal bests in gymnastics

Deutsch’s Gymnastics of Rice Lake has released results from a recent gymnastics competition held March 8-10 in Green Bay. From Hayward, Arnica North, Level 3, age 11-plus, received scores of 8.6 in vault, 7.5 in bars, 8.6 in beam (which also gave her personal best), 7.3 in floor exercise (personal b


Man sentenced for tanning bed camera

Cumberland is a small town, and one of its 2,100 residents has seen approximately 3% of its population undress. Forty-three-year-old Randy Schamberger is not a doctor. He is not a massage therapist.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Authorities uncover ‘phished’ W2s

A case of fraud involving hundreds of Barron Area School District employees may have been broken, according to information shared Wednesday, March 13, 2019, with the Barron Police Department.


Smart advice: give Jayme time, space to recover

Within a few minutes of her arrival at a remote Utah location after being kidnapped in June 2002, Elizabeth Smart was raped. It was one of the first things she told a crowd estimated at well over 1,000 people on Friday evening, March 15, at the Barron High School gymnasium.