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UPDATE: Kids witness stabbing on Taylor County road


MEDFORD (WAOW) - One man was in jail Friday and another remained in the hospital with at least two stab wounds following a fight that some children witnessed on a county road near Medford, authorities said.

The incident involving Stormy Webber, 34, of Medford and Derek Novak, 25, of Phillips happened about 4:40 p.m. Thursday on County Highway Q just off state Highway 64.

There was an argument that got physical when Novak pulled a knife and stabbed Webber, said Larry Woebbeking, chief deputy of the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.

Children were in the cars of both men at the time as well as two women, he said.

Novak was jailed on a $200,000 cash bond as police are recommending he be charged with attempted reckless homicide, carrying a concealed weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, according to the clerk of court's office.

No charges were filed Friday but Novak is to return to court June 19, a clerk said.

Novak is the father of a child he had with a woman now in a relationship with Webber and the parents had been having child custody issues for months, according to an arrest report.

The fight started with Webber "yelling at Derek telling him to quit following them" as Novak sought to drop off his child he had with Webber's girlfriend, the arrest report said.

Novak's wife told investigators Webber grabbed her husband by the throat with both hands and pushed him into a car as Novak showed the knife, the report said. They ended up on the ground with Webber on top of Novak, punching him in the face, before Webber got stabbed two or three times in the back.

"Derek was adamant the entire incident was self-defense," the report said. "Derek said he wishes he didn't have a knife but he did and can't change it."

Webber remained hospitalized at Aspirus Hospital in Medford with "significant serious injuries but we have been informed he is doing well," Woebbeking said.


UPDATE: According to police, 25-year-old Derek Novak of Phillips stabbed 24-year-old Stormy Webber of Medford Thursday afternoon over relationship and child care issues.

Police said Novak pulled out a knife during the fight, stabbing Webber several times off of County Rd Q and HWY 64 in Medford.

Webber needed to be airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries

Novak was taken to the hospital where he was treated for injuries before being taken into custody.


According to officials, one person was hospitalized with serious injuries after a stabbing in Taylor County late Thursday afternoon.

They said it started as a domestic situation between two men off of County Rd Q and HWY 64.

One person was taken into custody.


Authorities are on scene of a highway stabbing, just west of Medford in Taylor County.

The stabbing happened near HWY 64 and County Rd Q Thursday, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.

They say the scene is still active at this time.

No other details are being released.

Stay with News 9 WAOW as we continue to follow this developing story.

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