Man going to prison for violating probation

An Eau Claire area man is going to prison for violating his probation that stems from 4 criminal convictions in 2016.

26-year old Vance Lindenman has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and 3 years of extended supervision. He was also fined over 2-thousand dollars.

Lindenman was originally sentenced in April 2016 to 3 years of probation and 6 months in jail for 1 count each of drunk driving, 4th offense within 5 years, bail jumping, possession of narcotic drugs, and possession of non-narcotics with intent to deliver.

According to court records, Lindenman violated his probation by failing to report to his agent, drinking alcohol, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, not having a valid license and not having an ignition interlock device installed.

Man sentenced for stealing tools from Confluence Center site

A Chippewa Falls man has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools on 2 occasions from the Confluence Arts Center construction site.

36-year old Shawn Lanier pleaded no contest to felony counts of burglary and theft. He has been sentenced to spend 4 years on probation and pay restitution.

According to the criminal complaint, a Market & Johnson construction trailer at the site was burglarized October 20th. Saws and tools valued at $2,400 were taken. Construction tools valued at $6,100, owned by 3 different businesses, were taken November 3rd from the same site. On November 4th, authorities found Lanier at a storage unit in Lake Hallie. Some of the stolen items from the Confluence Arts Center site were found there.

Man and woman charged for causing a child to watch a sexual activity

A rural Menomonie man and woman have been charged with causing a child to view a sexual activity.

29-year old Elizabeth Dolajeck is charged with causing a child age 13 to 18 years-old to view a sexual activity, exposing a child to harmful material and intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child. 29-year old Brian Thibado is charged with causing a child age 13 to 18-years old to view a sexual activity, sexual assault to an intoxicated victim and intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child. Both were charged April 12th. Dolojeck is scheduled for arraignment June 11th, and Thibado will return to court on June 12th.

According to the criminal complaints, a 17-year old girl reported that Dloajeck made sexual advances toward her. She states that on March 30, Dolojeck, Thibado, another person and herself were drinking alcohol, and that she declined Dolojeck’s sexual advances. Dolajeck and Thibado used a sex toy in the presence of the victim, and Thibado groped another person that night.

Man who placed dead rats on a school playground has been sentenced

An Eau Claire man is facing either 15 days in jail or 120 hours of community service after placing dead rats and mice on a school playground.

Damien Wagner was sentenced yesterday after pleading no contest to one count of disorderly conduct and being found guilty. The incident happened last October at the Montessori School on Cameron Street. Wagner admitted in an interview with authorities that he and a friend had trapped the animals as part of an infestation at the friend’s home. He also admitted to placing the dead animals on the playground equipment as a joke. Wagner must also write an apology letter to the school and is not allowed contact with elementary schools.

Fire at Superior oil refinery is out

A huge fire at an oil refinery in Superior is out.

Luckily, no one died in the explosion at the plant, but at least 20 people were injured. Fire chief Scott Gordon said putting out the fire was just a matter of getting enough water, personnel and foam onto the scene. Evacuation orders are remaining in effect into the night, with hourly reassessments.

Drug take-back day this weekend

If you have a medicine cabinet full of old prescriptions, an upcoming event can help you get rid of them safely.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on this Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 2pm at the Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire
Center on Craig Road.

The goal of Take Back Day is to provide a safe, easy and responsible way to dispose of medication. Again, you can plan to make those drops this Saturday.

Man going to prison for violating probation

An Eau Claire man will go to prison for violating his probation that stems from 3 felony convictions in 2017.

20-year old Cole Davis has been sentenced to 1 year in prison plus 1 year in jail, and 5 years of extended supervision.

Davis was originally sentenced in February 2017 to 5 years in prison and 1 year in jail for 1 count each of burglary, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety. According to court records, Davis violated his probation by selling marijuana and alprazolam, possessing drug paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition, threatening 2 females, and using fentanyl.

Man given probation for attacking a man he didn’t know

A Chippewa Falls man has been sentenced for his role in attacking an Eau Claire man who he didn’t know at the man’s residence.

44-year old Jason Butters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to dwelling and criminal damage to property, and a felony count of strangulation. He has been sentenced to 3 years on probation, and has been given credit for the 66 days he has been in jail since the incident on February 17th.

According to the criminal complaint, Eau Claire police were sent to a reported burglary in the 29-hundred block of Seymour Road. An officer arrived to find a broken television outside the house and a man standing outside, who appeared to have fresh wounds. The man said he was lying on his couch watching television when he heard banging on his door. 2 males, who he didn’t recognize, came into the house. Both men attacked him, and at least one of them choked him. The men then alternated between fighting with the man and damaging his property.

Inmate charged for pulling a weapon on a police officer

An Eau Claire County Jail inmate has been charged for pulling a weapon on an officer in February.

The Sheriff’s Office says the inmate, Emmitt Ritter-Simpson, was being escorted from a housing unit to a visitation room for a meeting with his attorney on February 8th. During the escort, Ritter-Simpson attmpeted to assault an officer with a fashioned weapon. He has recently been charged for the inicident.

Ritter-Simpson was booked into the jail on January 16, and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.