Poor air quality notice in effect until Tuesday afternoon
A poor air quality notice is in effect until 3 o’ clock. Officials say air quality has reached unsafe levels for children, seniors, people with breathing and heart problems. Heavy smoke from more than 100 wildfires in Saskatchewan is causing the problem.
Another diver dies at Lake Wazee
For the second time in just over a week, a Lake Wazee scuba diver has died. Sunday afternoon, 59-year-old Kerry Jurica of Weston died after police say he experienced possible equipment difficulties during diving exercises. Jurica was rescued from the lake by another diver. CPR was performed. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. An exact cause of death has not been determined. Foul play is not suspected.
Black River Falls names new police chief
Black River Falls has named a new police chief. 50-year-old Scot Eisenhauer will leave his job as Iron River’s chief, and says he coming to a department that was close to contracting with their county for policing is not new to him. Eisenhauer says he dealt with the same thing in Iron River; they were in the process of contracting with the sheriff’s department, but he says they were able to completely turn the department around to the point that no one in Iron River would now say they’d want to get rid of their police department. Eisenhauer says they’ve now become a vital part of the community not only solving crimes, but being a place where they can come and voice concerns. Eisenhauer says he hopes to start in Black River Falls August 1st.
Married couples could get big tax break in next state budget
Wisconsin married couples might be getting a big tax break if the proposed state budget ends up getting approved. 17th District State Senator Howard Marklein says they’d increase the standard deduction for married couples 550 dollars a year. Marklein says it’ll effect middle-income taxpayers and simplify their tax treatment. Marklein says he’s had a goal since being elected to make the state’s taxcode more fair.
Woman, child seriously injured in I-94 crash
A woman and five-year-old child were seriously injured in an I-94 crash between Hixton and Northfield Sunday afternoon. Police say the woman’s car was trying to avoid hitting the truck which was swerving when she lost control and rolled over into the median. The swerving truck has not been identified. If you have any information, call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Monroe County hoping to prosecute at-large man for child sexual assault
The Monroe County District Attorney’s continues to hold out hope they’ll eventually be able to prosecute an Alaska man who’s been charged with first-degree child sexual assault from 2002. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Daniel Jensen assaulted a 12-year-old girl. Jensen was facing similar Alaska before skipping out on bond while awaiting a May trial. He remains at large.
New Lisbon man wins 60 K in lottery
Dennis Gosda of New Lisbon won 60 thousand dollars in last Wednesday’s Badger 5 lottery drawing.
New Lisbon man arrested for marijuana delivery
A New Lisbon man was arrested last Wednesday after police found more than 13 thousand dollars in drugs and 18 hundred dollars cash in a June drug bust. 35-year-old Gregory Van Treese has been charged with marijuana delivery. He makes his initial court appearance two weeks from tomorrow.
Man pleads guilty to Feb Ona bank robbery
A southeastern Wisconsin man pled guilty yesterday to a February armed robbery of an Onalaska credit union. After stealing a car, 26-year-old Jonathan Smith was eventually arrested in a La Crosse north-side strip mall. Car theft charges were dropped in a plea deal but will be considered when he’s sentenced August 21st. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
Lax woman who pled guilty to amphetamine delivery to be sentenced Tue morn
A La Crosse woman who pled guilty in May to amphetamine delivery is scheduled to be sentenced this morning. 31-year-old Anna Zierfus faces up to 12 ½ years in prison.