Arrest made in Aurora for Wausau crime

Vehicles from the Florence and Marinette County sheriff departments block a driveway off Grandview Drive in the Town of Aurora in rural Florence County on Wednesday morning. Authorities have shut down access to several roads in that area while trying to arrest a suspect in a crime committed elsewhere in Wisconsin. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

AURORA, Wis. — Florence County authorities and other area agencies took a man into custody at a rural Aurora home Wednesday who is thought to be connected to a homicide investigation in Wausau, Wis.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to a press release from the Wausau Police Department. His exact connection to the death of Lyle Leith was not provided.

Leith, 77, was found dead by his daughter Tuesday morning in his garage in the 1000 block of Kickbusch Street in Wausau, according to Wausau Police. Results are pending from an autopsy done Wednesday.

In a press release, Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said his department was asked to assist another Wisconsin agency “investigate a serious crime,” though he did not reveal that crime or other agency.

They went to the man’s home on Grandview Drive in Aurora with valid felony and search warrants.

Law enforcement and other emergency vehicles gathered Wednesday morning at the Aurora Fire Department station during an incident at a rural Aurora home while trying to arrest a suspect in a crime committed elsewhere in Wisconsin. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

“The person was considered high-risk and this apprehension required special equipment to provide the best possible outcomes,” Rickaby said. “This resulted in the increased levels of police and equipment in the Aurora area.”

Squad cars from Florence County, Marinette County, Niagara and Marinette, as well as several ambulances, were seen parked at the Aurora Fire Hall on County Road N and along Grandview Drive. Armed officers blocked off both ends of Grandview Drive to traffic.

The man was taken into custody late Wednesday morning “after several hours of negotiations and tactics,” Rickaby said.

He had to be treated for injuries at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain before being taken back to Wausau. Rickaby’s release did not say what the injuries were or how the man received them.

Wausau Police continue to investigate and ask that anyone with information regarding Leith’s death contact them at 715-261-7800.

Florence County Sheriff’s Department vehicles block Grandview Drive by way of Skyline Drive in rural Town of Aurora on Wednesday morning after authorities shut down access to that area while trying to arrest a suspect in a crime committed elsewhere in Wisconsin. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

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