Woman going to jail for her 5th OWI

An Eau Claire woman is going to jail for her 5th OWI offense since 2009.

28-year old Kirsten Henning has pleaded no contest to a felony count of 5th-offense OWI. She was also placed on 3 years of probation, fined over $1,800, and has her driver’s license revoked for 6 months.

According to the criminal complaint, Henning was arrested for drunk driving December 29th following a traffic stop on the 1700 block of Summit Street. Her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving. Henning has been previously convicted of drunk driving in 2009, 2010, and twice in 2013.

Severe storms cause major flooding in Arcadia

Areas of southwest Wisconsin are dealing with flooding and damage in the aftermath of a line of severe storms.

The storms blew through Wednesday night causing floods of up to 8 inches in some Mississippi River towns. Arcadia was particularly hit hard with high waters causing an evacuation. A flash flood watch remains in effect for western and southern Wisconsin through Saturday.

Residents of Arcadia are assessing the damage from floodwaters after a line of severe storms hit the town. Many roads were still impassable yesterday after Wednesday night’s storms. Residents from 30 homes that were evacuated when water went over a dike returned to survey the damage. Ashley Furniture suspended operations because of flooded buildings.

RCU closing some branches in the Chippewa Valley

A local bank is closing some of their area branches this fall.

Royal Credit Union announced it will be closing its Amery, Balsam Lake and Sacred Heart Hospital-Eau Claire offices, effective Friday, October 27 of this year. Nearby locations will continue to provide access and online banking to Members.

All team members working in the affected offices will be offered a position at Royal.

Man charged with sexual assault of a child changes plea

A New Richmond man charged with 3 counts of 1st-degree sexual assault of a child has changed his plea.

69-year old Richard Zeier has withdrawn his insanity plea, and is now pleading not guilty in St. Croix County Court. He had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

According to court records, a boy younger than 10-years old told police that Zeier drank the boy’s urine when the child urinated outside 3 different times in 2014. Authorities also found several bottles of urine in Zeier’s residence.

Conviction of Eau Claire businessman stands

The conviction of an Eau Claire businessman stands.

66-year old John Torgerson was sentenced to 4 years in prison for 47 convictions of securities-related offenses. Torgerson is being held at a correctional facility in Tomahawk, and claims evidence at his 2014 trial in Eau Claire County Court was insufficient to support the convictions, and he has challenged Judge Michael Schumacher’s restitution order of $440,000.

A Wausau-based Court of Appeals rejected those claims, saying the judge could reasonably conclude Torgerson’s criminal violations were a substantial factor in investors’ losses.

Torgerson served as state deputy commissioner of banking and insurance fraud under Tommy Thompson for 6 years. He was convicted of 24 counts of selling unregistered securities, and 23 counts of securities fraud.

Man killed in motorcycle crash identified

We now know the name of a man killed in a motorcycle accident near Spooner.

On Saturday just after 3 in the afternoon, a Trooper responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash at County Highway A, in the Township of Evergreen, west of Spooner.

Two Spooner police officers were on-scene and CPR was being administered to the driver, who didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing. The driver, 68-year old Jerome Burnham of Spooner, did regain a pulse and breathing prior to being air lifted from the scene, but later died from his injuries.

The cause for the motorcycle leaving the roadway has not been determined and remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

German police officers joining the Altoona force

A bit of German culture will be coming to the Altoona Police Department.

Beginning July 30th and running through August 12th, the department will be hosting 5 German State police officers in cooperation with the non-profit STAR International Police Exchange Organization. STAR was founded in 1985 between American and German officers in an effort to create an international platform for law enforcement education and friendship.

The German officers will be joining several local law enforcement agencies in ride alongs, training exercises, and facility tours, and will live with families of local officers in Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties. The department hopes to host Spanish and Swiss officers in the future.

A man is arrested after a high-speed chase in Trempealeau County

A man has been arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning.

The Independence Police Department says an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for several traffic violations just before 2 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene, and led police on a chase with speeds reaching 90-miles per hour at times. The driver went down several back streets within the City of Independence, before traveling northbound on State Road 93. He avoided a set of spike strips on County Road X.

The driver eventually made his way back to Independence, where he drove through a yard. Spike strips were set up near Adams Street in Independence, but the driver stopped his vehicle before he hit the strips, and was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Romiro Pillado-Salgado. He was taken to the Trempealeau County Jail on charges of knowingly fleeing an officer, 1st-offense OWI, and an outstanding warrant.

Rollover crash in Trempealeau County leads to an arrest

A rollover crash in Trempealeau County has led to an arrest.

The Sheriff’s Department says police were called to a 1-vehicle rollover crash just before 1:30 Monday morning on State Road 93 at County Highway A in the Town of Arcadia. When they arrived on scene, a man was fleeing the area and running towards Arcadia. Deputies then discovered the vehicle involved in the accident was stolen out of Minnesota.

Authorities were able to identify the driver, 24-year old Ronald Jaszewski of Arcadia. Jaszewski eventually turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Department. He sustained minor injuries in the crash. Drug use is believed to be a factor in the crash, and charges against Jaszewski are pending.

Roads close ahead of Country Jam

It’s here again! As many prepare for another Country Jam, there are traffic updates and some changes to be aware of. Country Jam will be offering a shuttle service from the Memorial High School parking lot. Free parking is available at Memorial High School and daily or weekend shuttle bus passes can be purchased on site.

As of today, Crescent Avenue is closed to traffic between Curvue Road and South Town Hall Road and will remain that way until Sunday morning. All other traffic will be diverted around the festival area using Town Hall Road and Curvue Road or West Cameron Street.

During the peak traffic hours at the end of each day’s festivities, no traffic will be allowed into the area other than shuttle buses and taxis. This means that there will be no access to the festival grounds or either campground from 9:30 p.m. to approximately 2:00 a.m. each day of the festival.