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Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Stetsonville

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Stetsonville   8/30/18


  The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department has released details of a crash involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in Stetsonville.  According to the crash report Wednesday August 22nd at 6:51 AM Laura Hayden of Stetsonville was jogging west on West Blackhawk Avenue when she was struck by a pickup truck being driven by Alexander Davis of Stetsonville.  The windshield wipers on the pickup were activated, but the windshield kept fogging up due to the weather conditions.  The driver’s visibility was also reduced due to the bright rising sunlight.  Alexander Davis indicated he did not see Laura Hayden jogging toward him.  The right front of the pickup struck the jogger.  The report indicated that the angle of the sun at the time of the crash created a significant glare and did reduce visibility.  Laura Hayden was taken by ambulance to Aspirus Medford Hospital.  Alexander Davis did not report any injuries. 



Taylor County Moves Toward ATV/UTV's Allowed On County Highways

Taylor County Moves Toward ATV/UTV’s Allowed On County Highways  8/23/18


  Following a lengthy discussion, the Taylor County Highway Committee voted to send a recommendation to the County Board to open all County highways to ATV’s and UTV’s.  This measure would not include state highways.  Much of the discussion centered on where the money would come from to pay for the required signage.  Since the use of ATV’s and UTV’s involves recreation and potential tourists, the committee felt that the county’s powerline impact fund should pay.  Initial estimates of signage costs range from $7,000 to $10,000. 

  The trend of allowing 4 wheelers on town and county highways is catching on.  Adjacent to Taylor County, nearly all roads are open to 4 wheelers in Price and Rusk County.  Interest in Chippewa County is growing.    The state D.O.T. has said no to 4 wheeler operation on state highways.  However cities and villages with speed limits below 35 miles per hour may allow operation of them if they so choose. 

  Will most of Taylor County’s roads be open to ATV’s and UTV’s?  That will be decided at Taylor County’s next county board meeting which is set for October 31st.



Novak Pleads Guilty To Medford Stabbing

Novak Pleads Guilty To Medford Stabbing      8/16/18


  The 25 year old man who is accused of being involved in a stabbing incident on Medford’s west side has agreed to a plea deal.  Taylor County District Attorney Kristi Tlusty had charged Derek Novak with 3 felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the May 10th stabbing incident when Novak allegedly stabbed Stormy Weber following an argument. 

  The stabbing occurred on Highway Q west of Medford, with children and women in each of the men’s stopped vehicles during the incident.  D.A. Tlusty indicated that the defendant had agreed to a plea deal which would involve Novak pleading no contest to a felony count of use of a dangerous weapon, aggravated battery-intend bodily harm, along with a felony charge of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety use of a dangerous weapon. 

  Judge Ann Knox-Bauer accepted the plea and agreed to dismiss two other charges which will be read in at sentencing. 

  D.A. Tlusty indicated that as a method to avoid a trial, the prosecution would accept 2 guilty pleas and was asking for a punishment consisting of confinement of not more than 3 years and an additional 5 years of extended supervision. 

  The Judge accepted the plea deal and reminded the defendant of the serious nature of the charges which carry a maximum penalty of $35,000 in fines and 27 years in prison.  Judge Ann Knox-Bauer asked Novak if indeed he is 25 years old and has completed 10 years of school without a G.E.D. and Novak said yes.        The judge ordered a presentence investigation and set a sentencing date of October 25th for Derek Novak.  He is being held in the Taylor County Jail on $200,000 cash bond.




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