Northwest Wisconsin News Center


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Friday, June 5 -- Marchers and a caravan of cars moved westward out of Milwaukee toward the Mayfair Mall in suburban Wauwatosa last night, but stopped short when they saw police were waiting for them. The crowd of several hundred people then turned back and returned to the city. Police presence was light along their route. It was the eighth straight day of protests in the city over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Another group of protesters marched through the east side of Milwaukee to downtown and back. Several hundred marchers briefly took over intersections, but remained peaceful. 


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Friday, June 5 -- Kaukauna police have arrested Matthew Beyer of Manitowoc in connection with the deaths of his two children. William Beyer, age 5, and his 3-year-old sister Danielle were found dead in a Kaukauna home on February 17 from what police called "intentionally-inflicted injuries." The Outagamie County District Attorney's office is now considering charges of first-degree intentional homicide against Matthew Beyer. 


posted Jun 4, 2020, 9:11 AM by News Room

Thursday, June 4 -- The Wisconsin Department of Health recorded 483 new cases of COVID-19 in the state yesterday, boosting Wisconsin's total of positive cases to 19,400. Of those cases, only 14 percent have required hospitalization. Nine deaths were recorded Wednesday, raising the death toll to 616. More than 71 percent of the state's fatalities from the disease have been over 70 years of age.
In the six-county region comprised of Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties, the total positive case load is now at 61, with two deaths. 


posted Jun 4, 2020, 9:08 AM by News Room

Thursday, June 4 -- The Wisconsin State Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal one-vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday morning in Burnett County. The patrol says 33-year-old Joseph Rogers of Webster apparently lost control of his vehicle on County Road H near Shell Lake and collided with a driveway embankment. The crash is still under investigation. 


posted Jun 3, 2020, 12:06 PM by News Room   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 9:06 AM ]

Wednesday, June 3 -- The Sawyer County Sheriff reported that vandals attempted to burn the memorial marker of fallen deputy Michael Villiard. Deputies responded late Tuesday night to the site of the memorial in the Town of Couderay to find that someone had attempted to set the stone marker on fire. Villiard was killed in action in 1998 while responding to an emergency call. The sheriff's department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying the perpetrators of the vandalism. 


posted Jun 3, 2020, 12:03 PM by News Room

Wednesday, June 3 -- The nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week came to Rice Lake Wednesday afternoon. A group of 40-50 people, mostly teenagers, gathered in Moon Lake Park and marched to the intersection of South St. and Main St., where they engaged peacefully with passing motorists, many of whom honked their horns in support. The group then marched south to the old Gordy's Market building, then north to downtown before dispersing. 


posted Jun 2, 2020, 10:48 AM by News Room

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 -- Unrest connected to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota continued to roil Wisconsin's capital city overnight. A small group of demonstrators broke boarded-up stores early this morning in downtown Madison, marking a third night of confrontations with police, who sprayed tear gas to disperse the crowd. Madison police said 15 people were arrested, bringing the total number of arrests since Saturday to at least 32. Police Chief Vic Wahl said on his blog today that multiple officers were struck with rocks and other projectiles. 


posted Jun 2, 2020, 10:45 AM by News Room

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 -- The state Department of Health is reporting some encouraging signs with the COVID-19 virus in Wisconsin. The amount of positive cases registered Monday was only 140, the lowest mark since April 21. The amount of tests was also down, to 3,632, yielding a positive test rate of just under 3.9%. Just last Friday, the state's numbers took a hit with 733 positive results out of 13,602 tests, a rate of 5.4%. Overall, the number of cases continues a downward trend. On May 1, the rate of positive test results was 12.7%.
Just 3 deaths were recorded statewide Monday, bringing the state's total to 595.
In the six-county region comprised of Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties, the number of cases now stands at 55, with 2 deaths. 

DHS Summer Fun Tips

posted Jun 1, 2020, 5:33 AM by News Room

Monday June 1, 2020 - The Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services has issued some guidelines and recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19 while enjoying summer time activities. DHS covers several areas including youth sports, garage/rummage sales, farmers markets, co-parenting, and faith based organizations. For the complete list go to D H S (dot) Wisconsin (dot) G O V (slash) COVID-19 (slash) Community. DHS also points out the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community is to stay home

Fatal Crash in Washburn County

posted Jun 1, 2020, 4:04 AM by News Room

Sunday May 31, 2020 - The names have been released of three people involved in a fatal crash near Spooner on Hwy. 53, on Friday. The State Patrol said the rear seat passenger, Jade Lansing, 20, of Colfax, was killed when a vehicle lost control and rolled in the ditch several times, ejecting Lansing. The driver, Axel Seltrecht, 18, of Colfax, and Kaya Isker, 18, of Houlton, were transported to Spooner hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

On Friday, May 29th, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Washburn County Sheriff's Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash in Spooner. The crash occurred on US 53 in Washburn County near milepost 154 southbound. Initial investigation shows that the vehicle had lost control, entered the ditch, and rolled over several times. The driver and front seat passenger were initially transported to Spooner Health with non life-threatening injuries. The back seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and received fatal injuries. The names of the parties involved are being withheld pending notification of family. The crash remains under investigation.

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