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Latest sex sting results in arrest of Rice Lake man

A Rice Lake man who allegedly texted photos of himself to an investigator posing as a boy under the age of 16 is facing up to 40 years in prison in connection with an alleged “sex sting” arrest on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.The defendant is identified in a May 1

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-05-23 13:25:00

Rice Lake man sentenced to Waupun prison term

A rural Rice Lake man facing felony drug, forgery and firearms charges was sent to the state prison at Waupun after a May 17, 2018, sentencing hearing in Barron County Circuit Court.Court documents said 28-year-old Steven B. Wright, formerly of 2218 25th St., Rice Lake, had his probation revoked ear

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-05-23 13:10:00

Kraft arrested; manhunt ends

The location is in the town of Atlanta, Rusk County, on land along CTH H just south of Imalone Road.

CHETEKALERT.COM - 2018-05-23 16:28:00

Four people charged after early-morning vehicle crash

Four defendants are free on bond after initial appearances Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in connection with a two-vehicle crash in Rice Lake that injured three people, according to Barron County Circuit Court records.Complaints filed April 27 identify the defendants as Leah R. Duclon, 22, 530 Moon Lake Dr

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-05-23 13:35:00

Two on the lam; one wanted for homicide

By Bob ZientaraIn a pair of highly unusual circumstances, wanted fugitives in Barron and Rusk counties remain at large as of press time Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in connection with an apparent murder near Conrath, Wis., on Friday afternoon, May 18, and the unsuccessful pursuit of a burglary suspect the

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-05-23 13:46:00

Spooner man charged with construction deal theft involving Barron building

A Spooner man hired to remodel a downtown Barron building has been charged with felony theft after allegedly taking more than $66,000 from the owner of the building without completing the work, according to a complaint filed Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Barron County Circuit Court.The defendant is iden

NEWS-SHIELD.COM - 2018-05-23 13:18:00

Cameron man faces felony OWI charge after traffic stop

A routine traffic stop on the night of May 14 has led to a felony charge against a Cameron motorist, Barron County Circuit Court records said.A criminal complaint identifies the defendant as 37-year-old Jeff G. Birkenmeier, of Cameron.

CHETEKALERT.COM - 2018-05-23 13:21:00

Restitution paid for theft from ailing mom

A Rice Lake woman accused of stealing at least $7,000 from her mother’s bank account, for which she was guardian, has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.Cheryl K. Hargrave, 65, of 822 N. Wisconsin Ave., has paid resitution in full, according to Barron County Circuit Court records. She pled guilty May

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-05-23 16:24:00

Rice Lake High School names 2018-19 FFA officers

The Rice Lake High School FFA has announced its newly elected officers for 2018-19. To prepare for the year, they will take part in leadership events and activities during the summer. Some may be attending the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in June.

APG OF WISCONSIN - 2018-05-23 14:50:00

Search continues for homicide suspect

CONRATH, WI (MetroSource-WSAU) The search continues for a Rusk County homicide suspect. Authorities consider 31-year-old Preston Kraft a suspect in the death of 53-year-old Robert Pettit, who was found dead Friday at the intersection of County Road I and Blueberry Road near Conrath.

WHBL.COM - 2018-05-22 14:49:00

Pokegama Lakeside Tavern & Grill opens

Rick and April Kershaw recently purchased Pokegama Inn, renaming it Pokegama Lakeside Tavern & Grill. The couple moved to Chetek from Cottage Grove, Minn.

CHETEKALERT.COM - 2018-05-23 12:29:00

UPDATE: Man accused of killing Rusk Co. sheriff's deputy changes plea

LADYSMITH, Wis. (WEAU) --The man accused of shooting and killing a Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy has waived his change of venue request.Doug Nitek, 45, appeared in Rusk County Court on Monday. He’s charged in the October 2016 death of Deputy Dan Glaze.Nitek’s defense says he wants to have the trial i


Woman gets prison for probation violations

Eau Claire County Judge Michael Schumacher ordered Jolene E. Anderson, 41, 7100 Highway K, to spend two years on extended supervision following her release from prison.


Racing: Laursen tops Rice Lake Speedway Late Model Special

RICE LAKE – Taking over the lead on lap 10 when early leader John Kaanta pulled off the track under the yellow flag, Steve Laursen led the last 31 laps to win the Trackside Collectibles 40 for WISSOTA Late Models Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway.Laursen started on the outside of row two and


Stordahl resigns as SES principal

SPOONER– Luke Stordahl will step down as the Spooner Elementary School principal at the end of the school year.The school board accepted his resignation at the board meeting on Monday, May 21.In a short letter to the board and District Administrator Dave Aslyn, Stordahl said, "I am writing to resign


Wildfires burn sheds, were close to homes

SPRINGBROOK– Two planes were used to help extinguish a fire that threatened a home and burned 1.6 acres in the town of Springbrook on Saturday afternoon, May 12.Burning debris in a barrel ignited the fire that burned down a garden shed. The Department of Natural Resources and Spooner Fire District –


Local schools are among those getting a portion of $7.8 million in technology grants

More than $7.8 million in grants has been awarded to school districts across the state in this year's round of applications to give districts that have 16 or fewer students per square mile a greater ability to use technology for instruction.In Washburn County, the Technology for Educational Achievem


Arts center received donation from Indianhead Community Health Care

Jude Bolterman (right), representing Indianhead Community Health Care, presents a donation to Shell Lake Arts Center for first aid supplies. Carly Moline, SLAC associate director, accepted the donation for the center. More than 600 campers will participate in the center’s 51st camp season this summe


Victim identified in fatal shooting; suspect on the loose

The shooting occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 on Blueberry Road, two miles east of Wis. 27, between County I and Broken Arrow Road.


Neighbors react to latest Rusk Co. homicide

RUSK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) --On a warm Saturday in Rusk County, it was time to celebrate at the home of Kevin Johnson.A sea of purple table mats and decorations were placed for his son Dillan, as he prepared to graduate from Lake Holcombe High School."Here, we live in the country. We don't live in the