WKEB Local News Archives for 2021-12

Partial Trail Opening to Snowmobiles Friday December 31st, 2021

Partial Trail Opening to Snowmobiles Friday December 31st, 2021


  Jake Walcisak, Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Administrator, in consultation with the Taylor County Snowmobile Grooming Association, has announced the Pine Line Trail as well as all trails north of County Trail M AND east of the Pine Line Trail will open on Friday, December 31st at 8:00 am. These trails are open only to Snowmobiles at this time. All other trails remain closed until further notice. Expect early season riding conditions which may include rough trails and low snow cover. 

  For Taylor County trail conditions, please call the Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Dept. at 715-748-1486 or visit www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile/


Arrest Made in Kottke Hit & Run

Arrest Made in Kottke Hit & Run   Tuesday, December 22nd


On October 31,2021, at 6:08 a.m. the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office first received the report of a person laying in a pool of blood near the intersection of Elm Ave and Hamm Dr in the township of Holway, Taylor County. The victim was an unidentified white male and was dead at the scene with multiple injuries.


As the investigation continued Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were able to identify the victim as 27-year-old Titus Kottke of Athens Wi. An autopsy was performed on Kottke, and his injuries were found to be consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle.  


As the investigation continued Detectives were able to accurately account for Kottke’s whereabouts throughout the evening leading up to his death. As part of an exhaustive investigation a suspect was developed, and several search warrants were executed.  


Today the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office took 28-year-old Paul J. Schmeiser of Curtiss WI. into custody for the death of Titus Kottke. Schmeiser is charged with Hit and Run, duty upon striking a person. Schmeiser is being cooperative with law enforcement and will be in court Tuesday, December 22nd for a bond hearing.  



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