Eau Claire School District compensation plan in place

Administrative staff in the Eau Claire School District will be getting raises thanks to a major referendum passing in November.

When the Eau Claire School Board was deciding what to put in the referendum, staff compensation was a huge piece to try and include. Board President Chris Hambuch-Boyle says they worked with the staff to help them formulate a compensation plan. She adds despite a compensation plan coming together, there is still work to do. Hambuch-Boyle says the board will work with people who still come to them with concerns, and they will also make things easier to have a conversation about those issues.

Area man accused of stealing laptop from hospital

An area man is accused of stealing a laptop from an Eau Claire hospital.

40-year old Cory Mlejnek or Barronett has been charged with a misdemeanor count of theft, and makes his initial court appearance next month. According to the criminal complaint, an officer responded to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire on May 25th to a report of a computer taken from a meditation room at the hospital. Surveillance video showed 2 women and a man enter the room and leave with the laptop, which was worth $1,000. One of the doctors at the hospital was able to identify the man as Mlejnek, who was a patient. Mlejnek is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of a felony county of failure to pay child support in October in Barron County.

Fire breaks out at Altoona bar

The owner and employees of an Altoona bar is picking up the pieces the this morning after a fire broke out last night.

The Altoona Fire Department responded to the fire at Encore Bar and Grill just before 6:00 last night. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the roof area. There were people inside the bar at the time the fire broke out, but everyone made it out safely. The building was filled with smoke when fire crews went inside, and the fire appeared to be coming from the ceiling area. Crews were on the scene into the early morning hours this morning to protect other nearby buildings. The Fire Department asks the community to stay away from the scene of the fire, as it is still an active incident. The fire is still under investigation.

Eau Claire growth has the community working together to keep up with the changes

As the city of Eau Claire continues to grow, many organizations and departments are coming together to keep up with the changes.

This week, plans for Haymarket Landing in downtown Eau Claire are being unveiled. And while the plans are just another addition to the growing downtown area, there are many people behind the scenes who have worked hard to see the plans through. Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says his department has come together to keep up with the changes. He says he has a great team of people who have come in to shake out the departments so there can be a reasonable budget for the taxpayers of Eau Claire County. Cramer adds all the extra hands helped make their budget come out really well.

U.S. Postal Service investigating prescription drug thefts in Dunn County

The U.S. Postal Service is investigating a string of missing prescription drug thefts in Dunn County.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says they have received several complaints of medications that went missing last month, and began investigating. Most of the complaints came from veterans looking for deliveries from the VA. The department determined the thefts appeared to be an inside job involving a Menomonie postal employee, and they turned the cases over to the postal service.

Chicago man arrested in Wisconsin for OWI with kids in the car

A 35-year old Chicago man was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, 1st offense, with 3 children in the vehicle under the age of 16.

Just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Etoya Pleas was pulled over for speeding when the Trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle. Pleas was arrested and taken to jail. The passengers in the vehicle, an adult female and three children, age 7, 12, 14 were taken to a local motel.

Man is heading to jail for an armed robbery over meth

An Eau Claire man is going to jail for his role in what police called an armed robbery over meth outside an Eau Claire convenience store.

21-year old Austin Kurth pleaded guilty recently to a felony count of armed robbery. He was sentenced to 8 months in jail, 5 years of probation, and was fined $528. His co-defendants in the case, an Eau Claire woman and Minnesota man, have already been sentenced. According to the criminal complaint, Kurth and the Minnesota man drove to a Kwik Trip on Black Avenue in Eau Claire in July 2015 to buy an ounce of meth for $900 from the woman. Kurth admitted to authorities he robbed the woman of the meth at gunpoint because he owed bond money to people. Kurth said the Minnesota man was in on the decision to rob her. The woman told a witness a gun was pointed at her head during the robbery.

Filing taxes early can help you escape tax fraud and I.D. theft

If you’re one of those people who waits until the last minute to file your taxes, you may want to push up your personal deadline.

Filing your taxes close to the national deadline could put you at risk for tax fraud and I.D. theft. That’s why Frank Fransetto with Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection says filing taxes early will help you beat I.D. thieves. Tax returns are due by April 18th.

Man going to jail for a year for drunk driving convictions

An Altoona man will go to jail for a year for his 4th and 5th drunk driving convictions.

39-year old Daniel Glair pleaded no contest in Eau Claire County Court recently to felony counts of 4th-offense drunk driving within 5 years, and 5th-offense drunk driving. He was also put on 3 years probation, fined over $5,000, and had his license revoked for 3 years.

According to court records, Glair was arrested for 5th offense drunk driving in July after he arrived at his home. He was previously convicted of drunk driving in November 2009, and in June and July 2016, all in Eau County.

3 people hurt in head-on crash over the weekend

3 people were hurt over the weekend in a head-on crash in Eau Claire.

Eau Claire police say a Hyundai driven by 26-year old Brent Weber of Eau Claire, was traveling northbound on McKinley Road Sunday night when it collided with an oncoming Mercury Mountaineer near the intersection of McKinley and Seymour Avenue. Weber was arrested for drunk driving causing personal injury, and the accident closed down McKinley Road for a time.