BARRON COUNTY — The following is a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department regarding several events that happened over 4th of July weekend.

Press Release

Over the holiday weekend (Friday Morning-Monday Morning) the Barron County Dispatch Center took 518 calls for service.   

Over the weekend the WI DNR and Barron County Boat Patrol arrested 4 boaters for OWI on area lakes in the county.

Also 6 drivers were arrested over the weekend for OWI on the roads in Barron County.

On Saturday July 4, 2020 at 4:04pm the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a boating accident on Pokegema Lake. Initial investigation shows a female, Tera Busker, 41 from Roberts was riding illegally on the front of the boat when they struck a wave and was thrown off of the boat and hit by the motor of the boat. She was flown to an Eau Claire hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. This case remains under investigation by the WI DNR and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday July 4, 2020 at 10:37pm the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a vehicle that went off the road on SS just north of Chetek. Deputies located a female, Tamara Staves, 49 from Cameron. She was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Mayo Hospital in Barron where she passed away. Initial investigation shows a possible medical issue prior to the crash.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Department was the Chetek Ambulance, Chetek Fire, Barron County Area First Responders, Chetek Police Department, WI DNR, WI State Patrol and Life Link Helicopter.

- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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