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Name Released in Deadly Washburn County House Fire

posted by Michael Duncan

Thursday February 27, 2020 - One person is dead following a house fire in Washburn County. Monday morning just after 5am Washburn County Emergency Personnel responded to a residential structure fire in Evergreen Township at W7814 Keller Road. The Spooner Fire Department and Shell Lake Fire Department responded to the scene to find a fully engulfed structure. At approximately 9am, Spooner Fire advised they were clearing the scene with the Sheriff’s Office remaining at the location. Due to the severity of the damage caused by the fire, the house had collapsed. Heavy equipment was then brought in and utilized in processing the scene. The body of 84 year old Samuel E Miller was found inside the collapsed structure at approximately 4:30pm. The blaze remains under investigation. 

One Dead in Washburn County House Fire

posted Feb 26, 2020, 7:29 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Feb 26, 2020, 7:29 AM ]

Wednesday February 26, 2020 - One person is dead following a house fire in Washburn County. Monday morning just after 5am Washburn County Emergency Personnel responded to a residential structure fire in Evergreen Township at W7814 Keller Road. The Spooner Fire Department and Shell Lake Fire Department responded to the scene to find a fully engulfed structure. At approximately 9a, Spooner Fire advised they were clearing the scene with the Sheriff’s Office remaining at the location. Due to the severity of the damage caused by the fire, the residential structure had collapsed. Heavy equipment was then brought in and utilized in processing the scene. The body of a deceased adult male was found inside the collapsed structure at approximately 4:30pm. The blaze remains under investigation. 

Driver in Fatal Polk County Crash Arrested for Homicide

posted Feb 25, 2020, 8:04 PM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday February 25, 2020 - The names have been released following a fatal two vehicle crash in Polk County this weekend. On Sunday, the Polk County Dispatch received a call of a two vehicle crash on CTH M just north of the Saint Croix/Polk County Line. A truck pulling a recreational trailer, driven by 47 year old Michael Barkema of Klemme, Iowa, was attempting to make a left turn when he was struck by a car driven by 54 year old Dawn Ritcher of New Richmond. Richter died at the scene. Barkema and adult female passengers in the truck were uninjured. Barkema was arrested for Homicide by Intoxicated use of a vehicle. 

Another Fatal Polk County Crash

posted Feb 24, 2020, 6:08 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday February 24, 2020 - One person is dead following a two vehicle crash in Polk County. On Sunday, the Polk County Dispatch received a call of a two vehicle crash on CTH M just north of the Saint Croix/Polk County Line. The initial investigation shows that a truck pulling a recreational trailer was attempting to make a left turn when they were struck by a car. The male driver and adult female passengers in the truck were uninjured. The female driver of the car died at the scene. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation. 

Two Polk County Teens Dead Following Single Vehicle Crash

posted Feb 24, 2020, 6:07 AM by Michael Duncan

Monday February 24, 2020 - The names of the two teens killed in a single vehicle crash in Polk County have been released. On Friday at approximately 7:40am, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call concerning a one-vehicle rollover on 220th Street, half a mile south of Highway 8, in St. Croix Falls. An SUV was traveling northbound when it lost control on icy roadways, entered the east ditch, and rolled over several times. The driver, 16 year old McKinley Erickson was airlifted to a hospital were he later died of his injuries. 15 year old Kegan Koshiol was also in the vehicle and died at the scene.  

Fatal Crash in Dunn County

posted Feb 21, 2020, 6:18 AM by Michael Duncan

Friday February 21, 2020 - One person is dead following a two vehicle crash in Dunn County. Thursday just before 6am the Dunn County Sheriff's Office received a call about a two car crash with injuries and entrapment. The initial investigation shows that an SUV driven by 67 year old Dale Bauer of Durand was northbound on CTH O and failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection striking a car driven by 54 year old William Girard of Eau Claire. Life saving measures were attempted but Girard died at the scene. Bauer had minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation. 

Altoona Superintendent Arrested in Connection with Sex Trafficking & Child Porn

posted Feb 20, 2020, 8:47 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Feb 21, 2020, 6:18 AM ]

Thursday February 20, 2020 - The Superintendent for the Altoona School District was arrested today in connection with sex trafficking child porn.  United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Scott C. Blader, and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging 32 year old Daniel Peggs with sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography. The indictment alleges that from October 2015 through May 2016, Peggs recruited and maintained an individual knowing that the individual was a minor and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act.  The indictment also alleges that in December 2015, Peggs used an iPhone to produce a video of the child pornography. According to United States Attorney Blader, the conduct Peggs is charged with does not involve a student from the Altoona School District. Peggs was arrested today (Thursday) in Altoona.  If convicted, Peggs faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the sex trafficking of a minor charge.  The production of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years.

Strong Voter Participation in Barron County

posted Feb 19, 2020, 8:13 AM by Michael Duncan   [ updated Feb 19, 2020, 8:15 AM ]

Wednesday February 19, 2020 - Tuesday's Spring Primary election in Wisconsin brought better than anticipated voter turn out in Barron County.  25.3% of registered voters cast a ballot and 13.4% of eligible voters cast a ballot compared to the Spring election of 2016 which saw 11% of registered voters cast a ballot and 8% of eligible voters vote.

Name Released For Fatal Crash in Polk County

posted Feb 18, 2020, 6:01 AM by Michael Duncan

Tuesday February 18, 2020 - The name of the person who died following a two car collision in Polk County last week has been released. Wednesday, February 12th, at approximately 6:30pm the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a two car accident. The initial investigation indicated that a red SUV driven by 51 year old Dale Peach of Dresser collided head on with a white SUV driven by a female occupant with a juvenile passenger. Peach suffered critical injuries and died at the hospital. The occupants of the white SUV sustained minor non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

71 Year Old Hit By Car

posted Feb 14, 2020, 6:44 AM by Michael Duncan

Friday February 13, 2020 - A 71 year old woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a car. On Thursday at approximately 5:20am the Barron County 911 Center received a call of a car vs pedestrian accident on Hwy P near the Holiday Gas Station. The initial investigation indicated that 71 year old Lolita Kohler of Cumberland was outside of her car after getting stuck in a snow drift when she was struck by a vehicle driven by 20 year old Mataya Fogelberg of Turtle Lake. Kohler was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.   

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