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UPDATE: Police identify woman killed in Polk County bar fight

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Polk County (WQOW) - There's new information on the Polk County bar fight that left a woman dead.

The sheriff's office now says Michelle S. Lowe, 35, of Luck, is the woman who died after being hit by a car in the parking lot of the Staples Lake Bar.

Benjamin Biron of Comstock was arrested for homicide by drunk driving and his passenger Ryan Mazurek of Barronette was arrested for substantial battery for injuries suffered by a man in the fight.    

Investigators say Biron told them they were leaving the bar when they became involved in a fight. Biron allegedly said he feared for his safety and was trying to flee in his car.

A witness told deputies that Lowe was knocked down when Biron put his car in reverse. The witness says the car then went forward and backward several times.

Investigators say Biron had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.


Polk County (WQOW) - Police have identified the woman killed in a Polk County bar fight as Michelle S. Lowe, 35, of rural Luck.


Polk County (WQOW) - A bar-fight in Polk County leaves one woman dead and two others injured.

The Polk County Sheriff's Department says it was notified of a fight at the Staples Bar and Grill, near Comstock, around 2:30 Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff's department, when deputies arrived on scene, they found multiple victims, including an unresponsive woman in the parking lot who was reportedly hit by a vehicle. She was transported to the Cumberland hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The sheriff's department says the other two men, who were hurt, have non life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff's department says witnesses at the scene were able to record the license plate of the vehicle, which fled the scene. That led law enforcement to a home in Barron County, where they made two arrests.

26-year-old Benjamin Biron, from Comstock, is being held on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

26-year-old- Ryan Mazurek, from Barronett, is charged with substantial battery for injuries sustained to another victim in the incident.

The name of the woman who was killed has not been released at this time.


PRESS RELEASE FROM POLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On July 27th 2013 at 2:30 a.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Department was notified of a fight involving injuries at the Staples Lake Bar located at 1977 Polk Barron Street in Johnston Township. 

Deputies, along with Cumberland First Responders and Ambulance Services responded to this call. When deputies arrived on scene, the found multiple victims, the most serious being an unresponsive female lying in the parking lot that had reportedly been struck by the suspects vehicle as the vehicle left the parking lot. 

The female was transported by ambulance to the Cumberland Hospital. The female victim did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Witnesses at the scene were able to record the license plate of the fleeing vehicle which led deputies to a residence in Barron County. With the assistance of the Barron County Sheriff's Office, deputies from Polk County did go to this residence where they did locate the vehicle and make contact with the owner of the vehicle and a second male subject.

During the investigation at the Barron County residence, two subjects were taken into custody. A vehicle was also taken into evidence and transported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office for processing. 

Arrested at the Barron County residence were Benjamin A Biron, 26 years of age, of Comstock, Wisconsin who is being held of charges of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle and Ryan M. Mazurek, 26 years of age, of Barronett, Wisconsin who is charged with substantial battery for injuries sustained to another victim from this incident.

The name of the female is being withheld pending family notifications.

The case remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Department.

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