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The town of Knapp in Jackson County was certified as a Broadband Forward Community Friday by Gov. Scott Walker, making it the ninth local government in the state of Wisconsin to do so.

“In the most basic terms, this certification says your town has put out a welcome mat. That it is an easy place for companies that want to work here and invest in broadband infrastructure here, and tell them you have streamlined your administrative procedures around that,” Angie Dickison said, who is the state broadband director.

Scott Goetzka, chairman for the town of Knapp, actually heard about the program when he was sitting in State Sen. Patrick Testin’s office.

“We got this because we were in Sen.

Dakota M. Funmaker, 26, of Wisconsin Dells was arrested early Saturday morning after fleeing the Jackson County Sheriff's Office due to a routine traffic stop. 

The Jackson County Sheriff's deputy initiated the stop in Black River Falls on N. Fifth St., which is when Funmaker accelerated and fled from the deputy.

The suspect then continued onto Interstate 94, reaching speeds of more than 110 miles per hour.

Funmaker then lost control of the vehicle and crashed. He and the passenger of the vehicle, Jordan M. Funmaker, 25, also of Wisconsin Dells, ran from police.

Both suspects were captured after a foot pursuit and area search.

Dakota was arrested for first offense operating while intoxicated, obstructing an officer and felony fleeing.

A Black River Falls woman was arrested Wednesday for a hit and run accident that took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, striking a woman in Hixton near 130 W. Main Street.

Kristine Eddy, 31, of Black River Falls has been arrested on a felony charge of hit and run. Eddy is being held at the Jackson County jail on these charges and a probation/parole violation.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received the emergency 911 call at 2:48 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

Hixton First Responders, Black River Falls Ambulance and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the scene.

Once on scene, the victim was found suffering from a possible broken leg and ankle injury.

After dropping six inches of rain in areas, the storm systems that went through Jackson County May 16 and 17 caused about $110,000 in damages and more than 20 road closures in the county.

“The early morning storms dropped a lot of rain. We have reports of six inches of rain up in the northern part of the county. The main townships that got hit were the towns of Garden Valley, Alma, Adams and Northfield,” Kristina Page said, Jackson County emergency management coordinator.

Page said that most of the damage was to town roads, with less than $5,000 in county damages.

“On the county side of the house we really only had one culvert go out and that was county trunk G by York,” Randy Anderson, Jackson County highway commissioner, said.

After four days of hearing the trial and more than 13 hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury was unable to reach a decision Friday in the trial of Harley R. Est, which was ruled a mistrial by Judge Anna L Becker.

Est was tried for first degree reckless homicide and delivery of drugs for the 2015 death of Vernell Pugh. Before the trial, it was believed that Est shot Pugh up with heroin while he slept, but new testimony heard during the trial revealed that it was more likely Est setup a line of heroin for him.

The autopsy revealed three needle marks in Pugh’s arm. Brenda Hentsch, an ER tech at Black River Memorial Hospital, said she placed an IV in Pugh.