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Haugen man arrested for domestic violence

One person was arrested and another has serious injuries after Barron County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a domestic violence concern at the Lakeview Medical Center Saturday morning.

Officers responded to the center just before 3 a.m. Saturday, March 10 for a female who had been assaulted.

After an investigation, Jason Rush, 34, of Haugen, was taken into custody for charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering the safety, criminal damage to property and bail jumping from a domestic abuse incident in the village of Haugen earlier Friday night.

The 45-year-old victim was taken to another hospital, where she has serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department encouraged community members and loved ones to vigilant when it comes to stopping domestic abuse. Barron County Domestic Abuse Advocate Kristy Moran can be reached at 715-537-6334 for help.

According to the report:

On Saturday, March 10, at 2:51 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Office Department responded to Lakeview Medical Center for a female who was assaulted. As a result of the investigation, Jason Rush, 34, of Haugen, was taken into custody on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering the safety, criminal damage to property and bail jumping from a domestic abuse incident in the Village of Haugen earlier that night.

The victim was transported to another hospital where she remains with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Cadott man charged with 19 counts of bail jumping

A Cadott man has been accused of bail jumping — and is facing almost 20 charges in Chippewa County court because of it.

Thomas J. Keppert, 54, was charged with 19 counts of felony bail jumping in court Monday. The charges stem from a period between Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 17.

According to a criminal complaint, Keppert did not submit a preliminary breath test (PBT) daily on dates between December 2017 and January 2018.

An arrest warrant was issued for Keppert Monday.

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Methamphetamine incident leads to charges for man, woman

An Augusta man has been charged with methamphetamine possession and felony bail jumping after allegedly injuring a woman and leaving drug paraphernalia in the town of Wheaton in January 2018.

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Griffin E. Berg, 23, who is also charged with battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

The woman, 19-year-old Drew G. Hermes of Elk Mound, was also charged with felony bail jumping and two counts of disorderly conduct.

According to a criminal complaint:

On Jan. 31, 2018, law enforcement responded to a report of a woman walking down the roadway near 20th Avenue in Elk Mound. The woman claimed that someone at her residence was trying to kill her.

The woman, identified as Hermes, told law enforcement that Berg had bitten and hit her approximately seven times. She also said she had consumed methamphetamine the day before, and had tipped over furniture in her parents’ residence.

Found in front of the residence was drug paraphernalia and a substance that tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine. The items were suspected to be Berg’s.

Officers were unable to locate Berg, the complaint said.

At the time of the offense, Hermes was on bond in an Eau Claire County case, with conditions of her bond being not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs or have drug paraphernalia.

Berg was also on bond in an Eau Claire County case; he was not to possess illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia or commit new crimes.

Rock Fest rounds out 25th anniversary line-up

For its 25 anniversary, Rock Fest in Cadott will be bringing the bands Disturbed, GODSMACK and Incubus to headline its stage during the three-day festival Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14, the festival announced last week.

Incubus will take the stage Thursday, July 12, while GODSMACK will be headlining on Friday, July 13. Disturbed will round-out the festival on Saturday, July 14.

The festival will kick off the night before on Wednesday, July 11 with headliner Ace Frehley.

Other acts include Rise Against, Seether, Nothing More and GWAR on Thursday, Halestorm, Bush, Dee Snider and Pop Evil on Friday, and A Day to Remember, Black Label Society, Underoath and Sevendust on Saturday.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. General admission tickets start at $79 for a one-day pass and $109 for a three-day pass. General admission prices does not include camping.

For more information and full pricing options, visit

Phillip S. Jones

Phillip S. Jones, 74, passed away at his home Monday, March 12, 2018.

He was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Fulton County, Ill. to Willard and Paulina (Bair) Jones, He worked as an offset printer for Willamette Paper Company and was a member of the ATV Club. Phil loved the outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, camping, riding ATV or just taking the pontoon for a spin. He had a great sense of humor and was always teasing people right up to his dying day. He was a Packer fan and enjoyed shaking dice and playing cards. He was also the “statistician and coach” for Emily’s bowling team. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Emily of Chippewa Falls; daughter, Misty Jones of Greeley, Colo.; son, Phillip Kailiuli of Roseburg, Ore.; and two grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer. There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday before the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the spring. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ruth E. (Gilles) Falter

Ruth E. (Gilles) Falter, 86, died Monday, March 12, 2018, at Johanna Shores Senior Living in Arden Hills, Minn. Arrangements are pending with Leiser Funeral Home Cadott.

Police-Sheriff calls: Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 11

Law enforcement and emergency response agencies in Chippewa County responded to the following calls:

Saturday, March 10

12:27 a.m. Drug abuse, 1000 block of County Highway OO, Lake Hallie.

2:17 a.m. Driving while intoxicated, 100 block of Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls. Troy M. Schneider, 28, in custody for OWI-first offense.

2:21 a.m. Drug abuse, 9th St., Altoona. Altoona Police Department requesting K-9 officer.

2:45 a.m. Theft of laptop, 10 block of Grove St., Chippewa Falls.

7:09 a.m. Theft of rims and tires from a vehicle, 2000 block of S. Prairie View Rd., Chippewa Falls.

7:44 a.m. Theft of items from a residence, 800 block of Macomber St., Chippewa Falls.

9:25 a.m. Theft of cell phone, 19000 block of County Highway X, Chippewa Falls.

5:41 p.m. Retail theft, Walmart, Lake Hallie.

5:46 p.m. Domestic, 1000 block of 1st Ave., Chippewa Falls. Michael A. White, 34, in custody.

6:15 p.m. Chimney fire, 13000 block of 38th Ave., Lake Hallie.

Sunday, March 11

3:47 a.m. Driving while intoxicated, Highway 40, Bloomer. No name listed.

4:01 a.m. Domestic, E. Wisconsin St., Chippewa Falls. James R. Hanson, 38, in custody.

10:09 a.m. Drug abuse, 500 block of E. Wisconsin St., Chippewa Falls.

2:14 p.m. Driving while intoxicated, Park Ave., Chippewa Falls. No name listed.

3:20 p.m. Theft from a shed, 29000 block of 170th Ave., Cornell.

4:30 p.m. Theft of purse from car, 700 block of Broadway St., Stanley.

6:53 p.m. Domestic, 30000 block of 40th Ave., Cadott.

7:47 p.m. Retail theft, Walmart, Lake Hallie.

9:56 p.m. Criminal damage to vehicle, 800 block of Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls.