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 Sheriff’s officers from Clark, Taylor and Marathon Counties were scrambling to find a pair of male juveniles last night after vehicles, and weapons were allegedly stolen.  Shortly after 5 o’clock last night a vehicle was reported stolen northeast of Abbotsford.

  According to Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks, at about 6:13 PM, a homeowner in the village of Unity heard a “loud thump” in her food pantry.  She soon determined the holes she observed in her wall and doors were caused by a bullet.  Deputies responded and pursued the suspect vehicle.  During the pursuit in Clark County, multiple shots were fired from the suspect vehicle with one round striking the Colby Abbotsford officer’s squad car, causing minor injuries to the Colby Abbotsford officer.  Marathon County’s initial investigation into the Unity home shooting, leads officers to believe the suspects targeted the Village of Unity residence.

According to Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels, at 7 PM Taylor County Officers were notified that a vehicle pursuit was in progress from Clark County heading into Taylor County.  It was reported that officers in pursuit had been fired upon.  The vehicle eluded officers just after entering Taylor County.  The original stolen vehicle was found abandoned on 7th Avenue in Lublin.  The suspects then stole a second vehicle from the area.

During the height of the search, Clark County Chief Deputy Jim Backus said that S.W.A.T. teams from Eau Claire, Marathon, Clark and Taylor Counties were involved in the search for the two juveniles who were considered “armed & dangerous”.  The State Patrol provided aid in the search with air support.

  Just before 11 PM the Green Bay Police Department was notified by Taylor County that the two suspects may be traveling to the Green Bay area.  Green Bay officers located a vehicle near an address that was associated with one of the subjects.  Green Bay officers arrested the 2 male juveniles near the 200 block of South Chestnut Street, and recovered 2 firearms and the stolen vehicle believed to be associated with the incident.   The two male suspects are reported to be age 13 and 15.

Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels indicated one of the juveniles is from Taylor County.

Because the alleged violations occurred in Taylor, Clark, and Marathon Counties, those jurisdictions will be requesting any charges against the suspects.


  Memorial Health Center has welcomed their new OB/GYN, Dr. Suja Roberts.  She joins the Women's Health Team at Memorial Health Center Clinics-Medford providing obstetrics and gynecology services, including expertise in infertility and water births.  Dr. Roberts specializes in providing exceptional health care to women of all ages.  Recently, K99's Russ Gowey hosted a "get to meet you" interview with Dr. Suja Roberts.....







  As the Medford area was receiving over two inches of rain on Monday morning (August 26) the accompanying wind and lightning knocked down several trees causing damage and injuries.  Just before 9:30 A.M., Medford Police and the Medford Area Fire Department were called to the M.C.T. mobile home park on Medford's northeast side where a downed tree broke off a natural gas valve.  Medford firefighters turned off the leaking gas valve and an official with WE Energies made the necessary repairs.


  While Medford firefighters were on the scene at the M.C.T. mobile home park, they received a request for their off-road rescue vehicles to assist campers who had been injured by a falling tree.  The incident occurred northwest of Medford in the Town of Grover on Sailer Creek Road.  A group of campers were rustic camping near Jerry Lake.  As the campers waited out the rain storm in their tents, a large hardwood tree fell on one of the tents.  Medford firefighters worked with chain saws to rescue one of the campers who was pinned under the limbs of the tree.  A second injured camper had been pulled from the tent by another camper.  Medford firefighters used two off road vehicles to tranport the injured individulas out of the Chequamegon Forest.  Ultimately, two individuals were taken by Taylor County Ambulance to Memorial Health Center in Medford.  The Medford Area Fire Depatment returned to the Medford Fire Hall just before noon on Monday.


The Taylor County Building, Grounds & Parks committee met Tuesday morning. 

The committee approved a revised copy of the job description for the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area manager.


Looking at the 2014 budget, Mr. Ludwig indicated because NTC will be moving out of the county owned campus building, that the county would lose about $25,000 which NTC contributed to maintenance.


When NTC moves out of the current location a large portion of the building will be vacant.  The committee discussed the possibility of consolidating comparable departments into one location. 

Construction on the new Perkinstown Winter Sports area concession area is progressing and is expected to be ready for the winter season.









Another mile of county highway was added to the ATV route by the Taylor County Highway Committee on Tuesday.  Initially the committee discussed a request to open a 7 mile stretch of County F from 73 to H, Bellanger to Otter Lake for ATV usage.  Due to the lack of adjoining ATV routes that request failed by a 3 to 2 vote.  Chairman Scott Mildebrand felt the next request to open County C from 102 to Fawn Avenue “made sense”.  That request to open the 1 mile stretch on County C for ATV use was approved.

     Looking ahead to snowmobile season it was noted that a new portion of the federal forest may be available for snowmobile trails near Steve Creek.  The committee approved opening the right of way along Highways E & D for about 1/3 of a mile to connect logging trails for access to a new snowmobile trail system which would connect to Price County.

     The committee reviewed the proposed 2014 Highway department budget.  Commissioner Jesse Sackman presented 3 options: a 0% increase, 5% and 75% increase.  The largest increase would allow for paving 15 miles and Chipseal 10 miles of road.  With a lack of funds, committee members reluctantly approved proposing the 0% increase budget.

     Should Taylor County and Price County share one highway commissioner?  Price County contacted Taylor County with that proposal.  Price County is operating without a patrol supervisor and their commissioner is leaving at the end of 2013.  Commissioner Jesse Sackman said one of the biggest obstacles would be that Taylor County reports to the D.O.T. offices in Eau Claire and Superior, while Price County reports to the D.O.T. office in Wisconsin Rapids.  Committee members emphasized they were pleased with the job which Jesse Sackmann is doing for Taylor County.  However they felt it would be wise to pursue what Price county officials are proposing.

     Looking at the summer road projects, the Highway D project is being blacktopped now and should be done September 10th or 11th.

     Design work is being done on the County M project from Richter Road to Winter Sports Road for next year.  Several bridges including 1 on County O near Melvin’s and one on T are scheduled for redecking.

     The new state budget adds 52.5 million dollars to the state road budget which should increase the maintenance funds by 40 to 45%.

That was some of the business at the Tuesday Taylor County Highway committee meeting..



  The first phase of Memorial Health Center's major expansion project in Medford is now complete. This phase involved combining it's imaging and lab areas and expanding the Emergency Department.  The Emergency Department's entrance is now serving as Memorial Health Center's entrance for ALL patients, until the organization completes Phase 2 of it's construction project.     Recently, K99's Russ Gowey got an update of the construction project from Scott Perrin, Memorial Health Center's Director of Emergency Services and George Marx, Memorial Health Center's Director of Lab Services.... 







The Medford Planning Commission met Monday night.  Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held with time for residents to speak their opinion regarding an “In Home” business at 630 E Pine Street.
Jennifer and Bradley Rau’s neighbors were split in opinions.  Some were in favor of the permit and others were against the idea.  Jennifer Rau told the committee that she has a Palate studio with up to 4 clients at one time.  The sentiment of the committee mirrored the sentiment of the neighbors with the committee voting 3 to 2 in favor of granting the conditional use permit for a Monday through Saturday business operation.
Next the commission reviewed the site plan for the new Forward Financial Bank building at the corner of Highway 13 and Conrad Street.  One key issue is the entrance & exit driveway permit.  The D.O.T. is requiring that an entrance and exit driveway be on Conrad Street.
The D.O.T. has said that the highway 13 driveway will be exit only.  Initial site work may begin in mid-August with construction on the 5,200 square foot building later in the month.

Former Taylor County Sergeant Dave Bender wants his job back.  Bender was fired by Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels for a variety of charges following a March 6th arrest.  Sheriff Daniels indicated that Bender allegedly used excessive force during the arrest and failed to document the use of force in his report.
 The Taylor County Personnel Committee, acting as a grievance committee listened to nearly 20 hours of testimony and voted unanimously to allow the sheriff to terminate Bender’s employment.  Attorney William Rettko has notified Attorney Ken Schmiege who represented Taylor County, that David Bender wishes to appeal the finding. 
What’s next?  Either Judge Ann Knox-Bauer or a substitute judge will review the extensive pages of testimony and render their opinion.



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