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Man arrested in Ladysmith stabbing


Ladysmith (WQOW) - One person is in the hospital and a man is in jail after a stabbing Sunday night in Ladysmith.

Police were called to a residence on a report that a man with a knife was trying to kill someone. Police say the victim sustained four stab wounds to the chest and stomach with a small knife.   That person was undergoing surgery Monday but the wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

Robert McGinn, 55, was arrested. He is expected to be in court Tuesday.


Ladysmith (Press Release) - On February 3, 2013 at approximately 6:06 p.m. the Ladysmith Police Department with the assistance of the Rusk County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were dispatched to a domestic incident involving a stabbing located at 701 Miner Avenue East in the City of Ladysmith. 

Upon arrived at the residence Officers were advised that the victim, Erick J. Kowalski had left the residence and had been taken to the Rusk County Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained from being stabbed approximately 4 -5 times with a folding knife as reported by the witnesses. 

Robert Charles McGinn, 55, of Ladysmith was arrested for Attempted Homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon and Injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. 

Erick J. Kowalski, 19, of Ladysmith sustained three knife wounds to the chest/abdominal area and one wound on the inside of his left wrist from a 3 ¾ inch bladed knife.  Kowalski was later transported to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire for further treatment. 

Reports were forwarded to the Rusk County District Attorney's Office and McGinn is expected to have his initial appearance on Tuesday February 5, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

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