ASHLAND - The death of a teen carrying a butcher knife who was shot by an Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy led to a march, rallies, and community discussions about police relations.
Friday, a special prosecutor cleared the deputy in that shooting.
Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich shot and killed Jason Pero, 14, in November.
Police believe Pero wanted to die.
In a 911 call, the teen was the one who told police someone was walking around with a knife that day. Pero described a a guy walking around outside his house with a knife. The man was wearing a purple sweatshirt.
Investigators said the deputy saw Pero walking around with a knife outside his house on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation and fired after the boy lunged at him.
Photos of from the search warrant show a note saying, "I love you all. Sorry. Stay happy. Love, Jason."
Ashland County District Attorney Michael Nieskes said in a letter Friday to the state Justice Department and Sheriff Mick Brennan that the shooting was justified.
Nieskes also said an autopsy showed Pero had fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, in his system and a number of apparently self-inflicted cuts on his arms.
BOULDER JUNCTION - A 59-year-old man died Wednesday morning after a head-on crash on Highway 51 in Boulder Junction.
Two full-size pickup trucks hit each other just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 51 and Bakken Road.
"[We] believe, from the crush of the impact, that that was a head-on, not a glancing or angled blow," said Vilas Co. Sheriff's Capt. Gerry Ritter on scene.
First responders used the "jaws of life" to take victims out of at least one truck. In addition to the man who died, two other people were taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for treatment.
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