WKEB Local News Archives for 2022-01

Partial Trail Opening to Snowmobiles Saturday January 8th, 2022

Partial Trail Opening to Snowmobiles Saturday January 8th, 2022

 

  Jake Walcisak, Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Administrator, in consultation with the Taylor County Snowmobile Council, has announced the opening of snowmobile trails in Taylor County effective Saturday January 8th at 8:00 am with the following EXCEPTIONS: All trails west of State Highway 73 will remain closed. Trails south of Country Trail A and east of County Highway E will also remain closed. Trails are open only to Snowmobiles at this time. Expect early season riding conditions which may include rough trails, low snow cover and ungroomed segments. 

 

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

 

Bond set at $100,000 for man accused of causing fatal buggy crash

Bond set at $100,000 for man accused of causing fatal buggy crash

 

MEDFORD, Wis. (WSAW) - A 35-year-old Medford man has been formally charged with causing a crash that killed a woman and injured her eight children.

  Skyler Opelt remains in the Taylor County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. He’s charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and four counts of reckless driving.

  The crash was reported around 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 24. Investigators said Opelt was driving on County Highway C in the town of Little Black when he struck a buggy. When deputies arrived on the scene, Opelt said he did not see the buggy.

  Deputies said Opelt had slurred speech and glassy eyes, but he denied using drugs. At the scene, a deputy noticed Opelt laying on the ground. His face turned gray and he was nonresponsive. Narcan was administered at the scene and he began to open his eyes.

  A witness said Opelt did not assist with injuries and said ‘no’ when asked to help get a horse off of a child. Instead, he stood at the scene and smoked a cigarette, according to court documents.

  A Taylor County Jail Sergeant discovered Opelt had made calls to an inmate before, during and after the crash. In the record calls, court documents state an inmate asked Opelt to put money in her account using an app. During the call, a loud noise, which was the crash, was heard. Opelt tells the person he crashed because they kept calling. The inmate said she never would have called if she knew Opelt was driving.

  Court documents state Opelt later admitted to snorting drugs, but he was not sure what.

  The victim of the crash was a 36-year-old woman. She died two days after the crash due to her injuries.

  Opelt will return to court on March 9 for a clerical court appearance.

 

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