Vilas County Sheriff's Department

A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.

Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.

odmp.org

A ground search in Vilas county has begun after a hunter turned up a jacket and a shoe in the town of Plum Lake.

Sheriff Joe Fath reports the hunter said he saw a child's or smaller adult jacket and a shoe along a snowmobile trail. Fath reports the hunter thought it was strange that the clothing was there. It appears to have been there for awhile.

A ground search in the area is looking for other evidence.

Channel3000.com

The Vilas County Sheriff's office has identified the victim of a fatal crash as James Luedtke. Only one vehicle was involved in the Fourth of July accident that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. in the town of  Presque Isle, near the intersection of County Highways P and W. The driver, 22 year old Luedtke from Milwaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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