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Safety belt use in Wisconsin is...

Behind the national average and neighboring states

Although safety belt use in Wisconsin is at an all-time high of 88 percent of drivers and passengers buckling up, the state still lags behind the national average of 89 percent. Wisconsin is also behind its neighboring states all of which have safety belt use rates of more than 90 percent.

An incredibly effective and simple way to save lives

Consistent safety belt use by all occupants including those in rear seats is the single most effective way to protect against being ejected from a vehicle or being thrown around violently inside it during a crash.

Costing all of us lots of money for unbelted motorists in crashes:

Drivers and passengers who are hurt or killed in traffic crashes because they didn't buckle up create tremendous economic losses, such as medical expenses and lost worker productivity. The rest of society pays for nearly 75 percent of these economic losses through higher insurance premiums, taxes, and other public funding, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. In 2013, economic losses from traffic fatalities and injuries in Wisconsin cost more than $2.7 billion, according to the 2013 Wisconsin Traffic Crash Facts.

 

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UPDATE-Search Underway for Missing Person

The body of a missing Superior man was recovered from the Middle River Sunday afternoon about a mile south from the mouth at Lake Superior.

Anthony Puckett, Sr. was last seen Saturday April 20, 2019 at a residence near Hwy 13 and the Middle River.  He was reported as a missing person to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office late Monday April 22. 

An extensive ground, air and water search ensued over the next several days. Puckett's body was located at approx. 4:15pm April 28th by members of the Lakeside VFD who were kayaking on the river searching the banks after water levels had receded. The location was about two miles downstream from the area he was last seen.

The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office.

Agencies participating in the search include the St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad, WI DNR, and volunteers the town of Lakeside, Maple, Poplar, Lake Nebagamon, and other towns' volunteer Fire Departments.

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Jayme Closs Located in Gordon

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirms that Barron County missing person JAYME CLOSS was located alive in the Town of Gordon in Douglas County at 4:43pm and a suspect was taken into custody at 4:54pm, also in the Town of Gordon.

All further information on this case will come from the Barron County Sheriff's Office.

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Traffic Fatality

A Poplar man is dead following a single vehicle crash in the town of Hawthorne on Friday evening 9/28/2018 at about 8:24pm.

Pepper Craft, 45, was the driver and sole occupant of a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice that was southbound on CTH P near Olson Lane when it left the roadway at high speed and struck trees. Craft was pronounced dead at the scene.  He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Sheriff's Office to Host Senior Scamming Presentation

Aging Americans are being specifically targeted by scam artists by telephone, mail, and the internet. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in their continued effort to keep our community safe will be hosting a presentation for aging Americans on how to stay safe from the most popular scams in our area. The presentation will cover the IRS scam, the Grandparent scam, and the lottery scam among others. If you or a loved one are concerned about these scams and want to learn how to stay safe,  please attend this free presentation. Coffee and cookies will be served.

 

The presentation will be held:

 

Monday August 20th at 3:00 PM

The Billings Park Civic Center

3903 N 18th Street

Superior, WI 54880

This building is handicap accessible

 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Detective John Parenteau 715-395-1381

 

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New Release

Deputy Ed Gallagher has safely returned from military deployment with the 179th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. He stopped by the office this morning to present this flag display case to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The flag was flown inside an F-16 while on a mission to stop the threat of ISIS. Thank you Ed for your service and for returning home safely!!!
 

 

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Bennett Burglar Nabbed in Solon Springs

A 42 yr old Solon Springs man was arrested Friday afternoon after a three hour man hunt.  Ryan Little will be facing charges of Burglary and Theft, among others, for the incident which began at 11:32am.

Deputies were dispatched to a residential burglary alarm on Old 11 Rd in Bennett township.  While deputies were en route, a neighbor reported a Red Ford "dually" leaving the scene of the alarm.  Deputy Andrea Dittbrender spotted the vehicle heading south on USH 53.  The vehicle took evasive actions and Deputy Dittbrender lost sight of it in the Mertzig Pkwy area.  It was located a short time later crashed at CTH A at 3rd Av. The vehicle was running and the driver's door was open.  Witnesses reported a male fled from the vehicle into the woods carrying a sack.  The vehicle was found to have been reported stolen from downtown Superior during the early a.m. hours.

Deputy Brian Witt and K9 Talon initiated a track from the truck to the south.  At 12:15pm, a resident on Baldwin Av reported a male jumped her fence and took a bicycle. Talon continued the track to that residence and found a sack containing clothing nearby.

At 2pm a resident on Hillside Drive reported seeing a male matching the description on a bicycle. As Deputies were conducting a door to door search of the Hillside Drive area, another resident noticed some jostling in his covered boat. Thinking he had a racoon in his boat, he grabbed a garden hose.  When the "racoon" coughed, he alerted the deputies in the area instead.

Little was taken into custody without further incident at about 3:15pm.

 

Wisconsin State Patrol also assisted with this incident, as well as numerous Solon Springs Residents.

 
   

 

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Traffic Fatality Claims Solon Springs Woman

One person is dead as the result of a traffic crash in Solon Springs on Saturday January 20, 2018.

The crash was reported to Douglas County 911 at 11:42am at the USH 53 and North Boundary Rd intersection. Leita Antonson, 66, of Solon Springs was pronounced dead at the scene.

Antonson had been driving southbound on USH 53 and made a left turn onto North Boundary Rd, crossing in front of a northbound pickup truck towing an enclosed trailer. The Antonson vehicle was struck broadside in the passenger side door and all units ended up in the ditch on the east side of the highway.

The driver of the northbound pickup, Brandon Braun, 36, Iowa, was uninjured, as was a 36 year old male front seat passenger, also from Iowa. A 32 yr old Iowa man was a passenger in the backseat reported minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital via ambulance.  His condition is unknown.

The crash remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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One Dead in Brule ATV Crash

One person is dead following a weekend ATV crash in Brule. The victim is identified as Wendy Davis, 40, of Brainerd, MN.

The crash was reported at 7:17pm Friday evening Oct 13.  Initial investigation reveals Davis had been operating an ATV east on Old Hwy 2 in Brule, failed to negotiate a curve and left the road, striking a utility pole.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  She was not wearing a helmet.

The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the WI DNR.

 

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Missing Cloverland Man Found Deceased

The body found in Cloverland Township on Tuesday October 3rd was that of reported missing person Fredrick Luostari.

Luostari, 52, had last been heard from on Thursday Sept. 28th.  His vehicle was located by family members on Friday Sept. 29th, stuck in mud on family property located on Rudolph’s Rd.  He was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on Sunday afternoon Oct 1st.

A ground search was initiated on Monday October 2nd covering the area between Rudolph’s Rd and Beck’s Rd.  The search resumed on Tuesday and was concluded when Luostari was located at 12:30pm in the woods about one hundred yards east of Becks Rd, about a half mile north of his residence.

It appears that after getting his car stuck, he attempted to walk home west through the woods the approx. half mile to his home, and he became disoriented. An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Anoka County, MN.  The results are pending, however foul play is not suspected.

The matter remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff and Medical Examiner’s Offices.

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