Four dead including an officer in Rothschild, WI

Wausau, Wis. – Yesterday Wednesday March 22, the Wausau community was struck by a terrible tragedy when four victims, including an officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, were shot dead.
   At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 22, 2017, law enforcement received a report of an active shooter in Rothschild, Wisconsin. The suspect visited the Marathon Savings Bank, killing two civilians, and a law office in Schofield, killing one civilian. The suspect ended this violent spree by barricading himself in an apartment in Weston, Wisconsin. After a few hours of negotiation, the suspect exchanged gun fire with responding officers and was injured.
   The suspect of these shootings is a 45-year-old male who is a resident of the Village of Weston. He sustained nonfatal gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment where he remains in police custody. The suspect will be prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Litigation Unit. The suspect was motivated by a domestic incident, not a bank robbery, as previously reported. More information, including the suspect’s identity and any prior contact with law enforcement, will be released in the near future.
   A law enforcement officer with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office’s tactical team and an officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department were involved in the exchange of gunfire that resulted in the suspect’s injury. The involved officers are on paid, administrative leave, pending the outcome of the officer involved shooting investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and a charging decision by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Legal Services.
   This was an isolated incident with one suspect. Law enforcement investigation to this point has identified this as a domestic violence incident that evolved into tragic crimes that extended further into the community. The victim of the domestic violence associated with this suspect is identified and unharmed.
   Detective Jason T. Weiland spent 18 years in law enforcement, all of them in the Wausau-area, the last 15 with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department. Detective Weiland was well-trained and his brave response likely prevented other deaths. He is survived by his wife and two children. Jason, a devoted Green Bay Packers fan, was 40-years-old.
   A memorial fund for the Weiland family has been established through Intercity State Bank, 2900 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476.  Donations for the family can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name of “Weiland Memorial Fund.”
   The Wausau community is also mourning the loss of the following three individuals:
Dianne M. Look 67, Sara H. Quirt Sann 43, Karen L. Barclay, 62.
   Businesses affected by yesterday’s events are closed until further notice.

Muscoda man eludes police..for awhile

On 3/22/17 at approximately 10am a domestic abuse incident was reported to the Muscoda Police Department that had occurred on North Wisconsin Avenue. 26 year old Bryce Mathews was reported to be the aggressor.
   At approximately 1130 AM Mathews was located walking on foot. A foot pursuit through a densely wooded area of the village ensued. Mathews was able to elude police. At approximately 230 PM a tip was received that Mathews was spotted in the Pineland area near Otter Trail and Pine Road. Muscoda Police responded and Mathews again fled on foot.
   Police were able to successfully establish a perimeter and Grant County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 Riko arrived on scene and performed an on-lead area search. During the on-lead area search, K9 Riko located a track of the suspect. K9 Riko then led deputies to a semi-trailer where Mathews was concealed inside.
   Mathews then surrendered himself to K9 Riko and the Deputies. Mathews was arrested and transported to the Grant County Jail on four outstanding arrest warrants.        Charges of Domestic Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass to a Dwelling, Violation of a Restraining Order, Criminal Damage to Property, and Resisting Arrest have all been referred to the Grant County DA’s Office.
   Muscoda Police were assisted by the Grant, Richland, and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Boscobel Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Local Irish music by the Ramblin' House at the
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The Ramblin' House includes Bill Mort, whistle / mandolin, Denise Benoit, bodhran / fiddle, Matt Shortridge, fiddle, and Jane Keeley, guitar.  You won't be able to sit still when this group plays.  Listen to them play with this sample video.
   The Watercrest Cafe' is at 209 Main Street in Gays Mills.  The group plays St. Pat’s Day, and Saturday until 8 p.m.  The Watercrest has the right atmosphere for a family gathering.  (Photo by Dave Collins, MWNews.net)

Fast multi-agency police work leads to stolen car
arrest within 45 minutes

On March 4, 2017 at approximately 12:49 am a Crawford County Deputy was patrolling the area of State Highway 60 and State Highway 131, when the deputy noticed parts off of a vehicle lying on the double yellow line of State Highway 60.
   Investigation found that a vehicle was travelling westbound on State Highway 60 crossed the center line and hit the guardrail located on the southwest side of the highway causing severe damage to guardrail.  Deputy also found a license plate left at the scene belonging to a 1997 Toyota Rav4 registered to Bradly P. Blaskowski age 51 of Madison, WI. 
   Further investigation found Blaskowski’s vehicle was stolen from Double K’s Bar in the City of Boscobel an estimated 12 minutes before the crash scene was found by the Crawford County Deputy.  A Prairie du Chien Officer over herd the radio traffic and remembered seeing the vehicle in question crossing over the State Highway 18 bridge heading into Iowa.  
   The Clayton County Sheriff Department was given the information and at approximately 1:31 am the Clayton County Sheriff Dept. located the vehicle in their county.  Lucas D. Hertrampf, age 29 of Madison, WI was found to be the driver of the stolen 1997 Rav4. 
   Hertrampf was arrested and held in the Clayton County Jail on charges through the Clayton County Sheriff Dept.  Hertrampf will also be facing charges through the Grant County District Attorney’s Office and the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office in regards to this incident.  

The Port burglarized by masked man

On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at approximately
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4:33 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a burglary to “The Port” convenience store. The store is located near the intersection of USH 18 and STH 60 in the Township of Bridgeport,             Crawford County, Wisconsin.
   On the aforementioned date, at approximately 1 a.m., an adult white male forcefully gained entry into the convenience store. Upon entry, the suspect attempted to gain entry into a safe, cash register, and ATM Machine. Eventually, the suspect was able to gain entry into the ATM Machine and remove the ATM Cassette from within. The Cassette is essentially the lockbox portion of the ATM Machine that houses the cash.
  
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The suspect got an undisclosed amount of cash from the ATM machine and miscellaneous items from the store.
   DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT AT THE TIME OF THE BURGLARY
Sex: Male, Race: White, Height: Approx. 6ft.
Weight: Medium Build, Facial Feature: Large Nose, Shirt or Jacket: Black, Facemask: Black, Eyewear: Goggles, Gloves: Light Color
   THE CRAWFORD COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS URGES ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER CRIMES TO CALL 326-8933 OR 1-866-779-PAYS. ANYONE CALLING EITHER OF THESE NUMBERS WITH A CRIME STOPPERS TIP WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND A REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 WILL BE PAID FOR A TIP WHICH SOLVES A CRIME WITH AN ARREST, CHARGES BEING FILED AND/OR RECOVERY OF STOLEN PROPERTY. 

 

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