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UPDATE: Reward offered for info in Polk Co. hit-and-run

UPDATED Thursday, January 16, 2014 --- 4:42 p.m.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Polk County authorities have announced a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to whoever struck and killed two men and then fled the scene.

The sheriff's office on Thursday also provided a more detailed description of the vehicle involved in the Jan. 11 crash.

Authorities describe the vehicle as a black Ford F-150 pickup, between model year 1997 and 2003. The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side headlight assembly area.

Authorities say the victims -- 41-year-old Richard Cobenais Jr., of rural Luck and 28-year-old Benjamin Juarez, of Frederic -- were involved in a fight that had spilled out onto Highway E in the Round Lake Native American Community Saturday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Department.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, January 13, 2014 --- 1:32 p.m.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Polk County sheriff's officials have identified two men who were struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene.

Authorities say 41-year-old Richard Cobenais Jr., of rural Luck and 28-year-old Benjamin Juarez, of Frederic, were involved in a fight that had spilled out onto Highway E in the Round Lake Native American Community Saturday evening.

Sheriff's investigators are looking for a dark colored pickup, possibly a Ford F150 with an auxiliary amber light on top. The vehicle may have some damage to the passenger side headlight area.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 --- 3:45 p.m.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a pickup truck that struck and killed two people in Polk County of western Wisconsin.

The sheriff's office says the pickup was southbound on Polk County Highway E through the Round Lake Native American Community when it struck and killed two males around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the driver stopped briefly before continuing south.

The sheriff's office says the two males were involved in a fight at a nearby residence that carried over onto the roadway just before they were struck. Their names have not been released.

Authorities are looking for a dark-colored pickup, possibly a Ford, that might have had amber warning lights. Witnesses reported a blue barrel in the box of the truck and at least two occupants.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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