Felony charges of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm have been filed against three persons in connection with a May 14 incident on West Fourth Street near Vermont Avenue in Hayward in which shots were fired out of a car at a pickup truck.
• William Jonas Carley, 28, 13760W K-Town Rd., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm (repeat offense), possession of a firearm by a felon (repeat offense), and obstructing an officer. Carley was placed on a $250,000 cash bond and had his initial court appearance May 28. A preliminary hearing was held June 4.
• Brett Gerald Dennis Jr., 18, 12850W Neezh St., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm, obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dennis was placed on a $25,000 cash bond and had his initial court appearance May 30. A preliminary hearing was set for June 5.
• Charleigh Tashena Clause, 27, 13768W K-Town Ln., LCO, charged with party to reckless use of a firearm. She was placed on a $25,000 cash bond and a preliminary hearing was held June 4.
At 10:41 p.m. May 14, a city police officer responded to several 911 calls of shots fired on West Fourth Street and a 911 call from a 62-year-old man stating that he had been shot at by Charleigh Clause. He stated his Ford pickup truck had been hit by shots and he was following the suspect's black Chevy, which contained three males and Clause.
The officer followed the two vehicles southbound on Highway 27 and performed a traffic stop in a driveway near Raven Road. He ordered the driver, Brett Dennis, out of the vehicle and held him at gunpoint until another squad could arrive. Three males and a female were taken into custody.
A set of brass knuckles was found in Dennis' sweatshirt pocket. Officers found spent and unspent .357 magnum caliber bullets and a box of 9
mm bullets inside the vehicle. A Ruger .357 revolver that had been recently fired was found inside the car. The occupants of the vehicle denied shooting at anyone.
The 57-year-old man said he was at the residence helping his son move items out into his truck when three males and a woman came to the house and locked his son in a back bedroom. The witness said the three males backed his son into a corner and he believed they were going to beat up or gang up on him. The son yelled to his father for help and the father kicked in the back door and they escaped into an alley. They got into his truck to leave and the man heard two gunshots hit the truck. He then caught up with the black Chevy as it headed east.
Another witness told the officer he saw a male passenger get out of the Chevy and fire two shots. The passenger got back into the car and it peeled out into the alley. An officer found two bullet holes in a rear quarter panel of the man's truck. One bullet struck and entered a stereo unit in the back of the truck. It was in line with the passenger seat and had a passenger been sitting there, it would have struck that person. A spent 9 mm casing was found on the ground.
During an interview with an officer, Brett Dennis stated that after the shooting on West Fourth Street, a 9 mm handgun was handed to Charleigh Clause as they fled the scene. He stated he did not know what happened to the gun after that.
The Department of Natural Resources is investigating an incident Sunday, June 2, in which a 78-year-old man was found deceased in the water near his boat, which had its motor running.
The man was identified as Richard D. Brinkman from Theresa, Wisconsin.
Sawyer County Coroner John Froemel said that the preliminary cause of Brinkman's death was a heart attack. "It's not the final autopsy, but the pathologist is leaning that way," he said.
Mark Little, recreational safety warden for the DNR's northwest region, said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, on the Chippewa Flowage in Hunter Township. A 16-foot boat was found on the shoreline with the motor running in neutral. Brinkman was found in the water a short distance away. He was not wearing a life jacket, Little said.
"To get an exact cause of death, we have to wait for an autopsy report. That will take a
few weeks," Little said Tuesday. "There was nothing suspicious at the scene."
Responding to the incident near the CC North boat landing were Sawyer County sheriff's deputies, Sawyer County ambulance from Round Lake, the Sawyer County Dive Team and a DNR warden.
On the morning of May 30, traffic in Hayward switched from the temporary lanes installed on the south side of Highway 27 to the roadway's nearly completed north side, where curb and gutter and sidewalks have been poured and a single layer of asphalt has been laid.
Now construction work will focus on the eastbound lanes on the highway's south side. Construction from the intersection of Highways 63-27 to the Lake Hayward bridge is projected to be completed by July 1.
Meanwhile, work also has begun on Highway 27 south of the Highway B intersection. Traffic is limited to the two inside lanes on a portion of the roadway.
Work was not expected to begin south of Highway B until after Labor Day, but the contractor has asked to start on that portion of the project early. Matt Dickenson of the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation (DOT) said Highway 27 traffic south of Highway B is half the traffic north of B. The DOT doesn't anticipate any issues by allowing the contractor to work south of B into July.
Dickenson said the DOT earlier was unsure if the curb and gutter would be replaced in that section of the project, but has decided to replace it, which is what is being done now.
To the north of Hayward on Highway 63, asphalt paving of the highway has begun. Dickenson said all of Highway 63 where concrete was crushed to gravel, approximately seven miles north (South of Larson Road near Seeley), will be repaved by mid-June.
Once the highway is repaved, the detour from Highway 77 and Highway 00 will be lifted, but truck traffic will continue to be detoured north on Highways 27/77 until the end of June.
Michael Paul of Birchwood claimed a $1 million top prize for the Wisconsin State Lottery Golden Millions $30 instant scratch ticket on May 30.
Paul purchased the winning ticket at a Kwik Trip on Knapp Street in Rice Lake. He is the co-owner of Paul's Sheet Metal company, which is based in Rice Lake.
When contacted by the Record, Paul said, "I'm trying to stay as low profile as I can." Paul was identified as a winner thought a Wisconsin Lottery press release.
According to the Wisconsin Lottery, the odds of winning $1 million on this scratch-off are 1 in 160,000.