Man sentenced for attempting to meet a teen girl for sex

A Glenwood City man has been sentenced for responding to an online ad posted by police and making plans to meet a 14-year old girl in Chippewa Falls for sex.

66-year old Joseph Brabeck has been convicted of 1 count of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced this week to 4 years in prison and 4 years of extended supervision.

According to court records, a Chippewa Falls police investigator put together an online sting, placing ads on social media sites and then sending emails and texts back and forth with several men in the fall of 2015. The investigator posed as a 14-year old girl wanting to meet adult men, and the sting netted 4 arrests, which included Brabeck.

Brabeck had planned to meet the girl in Irvine Park on October 8, 2015. He was arrested when he arrived at the park, and authorities discovered he had brought Viagra, condoms and a digital camera because there was supposed to be a nude photo shoot. Brabeck admitted to responding to the ad and that he had expected to meet a 14-year old girl for sex.

Man going to jail for sexually assaulting a teenage girl

An Eau Claire man is going to jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl.

37-year old Jose Fernandez pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of exposing genitals and 4th-degree sexual assault. He has been sentenced to 323 days in prison and fined $961.

According to the criminal complaint, Fernandez assaulted the girl May 22nd at an Eau Claire residence. The girl said the sexual touching lasted 10 to 15 minutes. The girl said she told Fernandez no when he started sexually touching her, and a witness told police she witnessed the incident. Fernandez denied touching the girl.

2 people arrested after a drug bust in Trempealeau County

2 people have been arrested after authorities found drugs and paraphernalia in their home in Trempeleau County.

The Sheriff’s Department says a search warrant was executed at the home on Tuesday in the Town of Sumner. During the search, authorities found over a pound of marijuana, several drug paraphernalia items, and packaging and weighing materials.

40-year old Steven Stauffer and 45-year old Christina Stauffer, both of Osseo, were arrested and booked into the Trempealeau County Jail. They face a number of charges, including possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking house, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle with a controlled substance.

Historically cold temperatures reported for April

This April in western Wisconsin is bordering on historically low temperatures.

National Weather Service records show that this year’s temperatures have averaged 3 degrees colder than previous records in 1881 and 1950. Only a few daily records have been set, but temperatures have been consistently frigid.

Woman charged for attacking a woman with a knife

An Eau Claire woman is accused of attacking a woman with a knife and beating her over the weekend.

23-year old Thena Crotteau was charged this week with a felony count of 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety and a misdemeanor count of bail jumping. A bond was set for her, and she is ordered not to have contact with the victim or the woman’s boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to a residence on Christopher Drive at 4:19 a.m. Sunday on a report of a stabbing. Once officers arrived, they determined the victim hadn’t been stabbed but that she did suffer facial injuries. The victim told officers she had been released from the hospital at 3 a.m. and returned home. When she and her boyfriend were lying in bed, she said she heard screaming coming from the kitchen and recognized the voice as Crotteau’s. Around 4 a.m., Crotteau kicked down the bedroom door, causing a mirror to fall and break.

Once inside the room, Crotteau, armed with a large kitchen knife, came at the victim. Crotteau went to stab her in the face but ended up stabbing the drywall above her head. Crotteau continued attempts to stab the woman. She began yelling at the victim’s boyfriend, and went into a children’s bedroom and attempted to grab a child. The boyfriend showed officers a video, where Crotteau is seen attempting to stab the woman and making threats. Crotteau told officers she had been at the home to visit the children and their father.

Former police chief convicted of sexual assault of a child

A former Thorp police chief has been convicted of sexual assault of a child.

74-year old Richard Boie pleaded guilty last week to repeated sexual assault of the same child. He will be sentenced on July 11th.

According to the criminal complaint, the assaults occurred between February 2013 and December 2014. The child is now 9-years old. The girl told authorities Boie would lie in bed with her and sexually touch her. She said it happened more than one time and always at Boie’s home in Thorp. The child would go to his house at least once per month during that time frame.

Osburn found guilty of aggravated battery

A jury is back in the case of Cullen Obsurn.

The jury found Obsurn guilty of aggravated battery and not guilty of felony murder in the death of UW-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi. Alnahdi died from a brain injury following a possible fight in downtown Menomonie in October 2016. Sentencing is set for July 13th.

Gov. Walker’s Economic Opportunity Zones approved

The U.S. Secretary has approved the 120 Economic Opportunity Zone designations Governor proposed for Wisconsin, including 3 in Eau Claire.

The zones cover more than 40 counties in rural, urban and tribal areas, and present an opportunity for private, tax-free investment into areas of economic need, befefiting residents living in the zones and private investors.

The potential Eau Claire Opportunity Zones would be in the central downtown business district, an area encompassing the Randall Park neighborhood and a portion of Menomomie Street, and the North Riverfront neighborhood along the east side of the Chippewa River, plus an area along Madison and Birch Streets. Other regional zones that made the list include one in Chippewa Falls, one in Menomonie, 2 in Rice Lake, one in River Falls and one in Ladysmith.

Man sentenced for trying to have sex with underage girls

A man is facing prison time for trying to meet what he thought were underage girls for sex.

39-year old Jeramiha Sackman pleaded no contest yesterday after he responded to a Craigslist ad posted by an undercover Eau Claire Police detective that offered sex with 8 and 11-year old girls in exchange for money. He was later arrested and has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.


More winter weather on the way

More wintry weather is expected in western Wisconsin.

Snow and possibly a wintry mix is forecast for tomorrow in some locations and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect through Wednesday night. Total accumulations of three to five inches are possible with some areas reaching up to 7 inches of snow. Icy conditions are also expected throughout the area.

Spring snow storms are impacting road construction projects in Eau Claire. More than 10┬áinches of snow and temperatures in the low 20s over the weekend are delaying the construction season, which typically begins this month. Major construction projects were put on hold yesterday, but officials say delays won’t be long. Projects west of Eau Claire have also been met with delays.