A01 A01
Man dies of stabbing near Round Lake; son arrested
Man's wife is also gravely wounded

A 34-year-old Rocky Ford, Colorado man, Peter D. Farnsworth, was taken into custody Friday, May 23, by Sawyer County sheriff's officers after he allegedly stabbed his father to death and stabbed and wounded his mother at a residence near Round Lake in the town of Hayward.

The deceased was identified as Thomas L. Farnsworth, 72, of St. Paul, who died of an apparent stab wound. The second victim was Juli L. Farnsworth, 65, of St. Paul, who was found with severe facial injuries and lacerations. Mrs. Farnsworth was air-lifted by medical helicopter to a hospital in Minnesota for her injuries. The extent of her injuries or her current medical condition is unknown, Sheriff Doug Mrotek reported.

Mrotek reported that at 12:49 p.m. May 23, the Sawyer County Sheriff's Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a domestic incident in which one person was deceased at a residence on Hinton Avenue, off Peninsula Road on the west side of Round Lake in the town of Hayward.

Sheriff's deputies, Sawyer County ambulance EMTs and paramedic, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police and a Wisconsin DNR warden responded to the scene.

Officers took Peter Farnsworth into custody. He is being held in the Sawyer County Jail on preliminary charges of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and substantial battery, the sheriff said.

The investigation remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office and Sawyer County Coroner's Office with the assistance of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol.


Winter woman, 95, killed in crash with semi-trailer

A 95-year-old Winter woman, Beatrice C. Stoner, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the Village of Winter Thursday, May 21.

Sawyer County Sheriff Doug Mrotek reported that at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the Sawyer County Sheriff's Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a two-vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of State Hwy. 70 and County Hwy. W in Winter.

Sawyer County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Sawyer County Emergency Medical Services and Winter Fire Department.

The initial investigation indicates that Stoner was driving a 2015 Buick Encore southbound on County Hwy. W when she failed to yield at the intersection and collided with an eastbound semi tractor-trailer operated by Kenneth A. Beres, 33, of Weyerhaeuser. Stoner received fatal injuries from the crash and Beres sustained no known injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.

Reopening of Main Street celebrated

Downtown business owners, Hayward City Council members and contractors celebrated the re-opening of the city's Main Street with a ribbon-cutting Wednesday, May 20.

Beginning in early March, four blocks of Main Street was closed to traffic while it was under construction, which concluded ahead of schedule.

Last year the city was awarded a $1 million federal community development block grant that required a $500,000 city match. The Main Street infrastructure project included new sewer and water, curb, gutter, sidewalk and road pavement from Highway 63 to Fifth Street, as well as replacement sewer line from Fifth Street and California to Nyman Avenue.

The new construction design included bump outs at multiple intersections for public art, bike racks and kiosks to be added in the future, as well.

The first two blocks of the project were originally scheduled to be completed by May 21, with the final three blocks to be completed by June 24, but the contractor was ultimately able to complete the entire project before the May 21 deadline, just in time for what proved to be a busy Memorial Day weekend.

Chris Ruckdaschel, executive director for the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce, said, "We couldn't be more pleased with the job that was done, the work and how beautiful this looks. We've received nothing but great comments.

"We want to thank everybody who was involved in this project. We're hoping for a very good summer ahead," Ruckdaschel added.

He acknowledged the participants in the ceremony, who included city council members; City of Hayward Public Works; LCO Tribal Government; Sawyer County Board of Supervisors; Hayward Community Schools; Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water's Edge; Eau Claire-based

Ayres, which designed the project and provided survey, bidding, and construction observation services; Haas Construction; the Downtown Business Improvement District; Hayward Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce.

"We're mostly here to honor our small businesses, which are the lifeblood and backbone of our community," Ruckdaschel said. "It's been a rough road, but we see better times ahead."

Pastor Chad McCallum from Hayward Wesleyan Church asked for a blessing on everyone. "We need to do this together, to support each other," he said.

On behalf of the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) "and all of our wonderful businesses," James Netz asked Mayor Charlie Munich to "open this Main Street, please."

Prior to cutting the ribbon, Munich said, "I never heard any complaints from patrons" during construction. "It went really smoothly with this complex project." He thanked all for their patience and said, "We're very pleased with the results.

I travel all over northwest Wisconsin with my job and Hayward is by far the most quaint, unique community, especially our Main Street. I am very pleased with this outcome. Thank you, city council," Munich added.

Billie Jo Sabin, owner of Anglers Bar & Grill on Main Street and Downtown Hayward BID Vice President, said, "the project went smoothly and the contractors and crews did a great job to meet timelines."

Ruckdaschel noted that Hayward is among the finalists for the 2020 America's Main Street award, which "makes for an extremely special moment for our businesses and community."

A roll-out parade was held in honor of community first responders. It included a veterans color guard, city police squad car, city fire trucks, and a Sawyer County ambulance.

(Copyright © 2020 APG Media)