Man arrested for his 8th OWI

A Cadott man has been arrested for drunk driving for the 8th time.

53-year old Richard Gray has been charged with a felony count of 8th-offense drunken driving. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 7 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, an Eau Claire police officer noticed a vehicle that was stopped at a red light at a Hastings Way intersection at 10:30 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was indicating a left turn but was in the lane going straight. The officer pulled over the vehicle and made contact with Gray, the driver. The officer could smell intoxicants, and Gray’s eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. Gray admitted to drinking at an Eau Claire tavern. His blood alcohol level was nearly 3 times the legal limit.

Man going to jail for road-rage incident

An Eau Claire man is going to jail for being involved in an apparent road rage incident that resulted in a rear-end collision.

44-year old Michael Seamon pleaded no contest recently to a felony count of 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety and a misdemeanor charge of 3rd-offense drunken driving. He has been sentenced to 80 days in jail, 2 years of probation, and his driver’s license has been revoked for 27 months.

According to the criminal complaint. authorities were called to a 2-vehicle crash at 8:37 p.m. February 26th on Cameron Street in the Town of Union. A man and woman told a deputy they were going south on North Clairemont Avenue when the saw a red vehicle come up behind them at a high rate of speed. The red vehicle passed them in an aggressive manner, and cut them off by abruptly swerving back in front of them. Eventually, the red vehicle crashed into them and the driver got out and started to yell at the man. No one was hurt in the crash.

Man accused of selling heroin in the Eau Claire area

An Eau Claire man is accused of selling heroin.

24-year old Tanner Beeksma is charged with a felony count of possession of heroin with intent to deliver. If he’s convicted, Beeksma could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, an Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a vehicle with a defective brake light at 8:25 p.m. October 17th on I-94 in the Town of Union. Beeksma was the driver and appeared nervous. Authorities searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing heroin in the spare tire wheel well in the trunk. Beeksma told police he would buy $50 to $200 worth of heroin at a time and sell it to his clients.

Search continues for missing man

UW-Eau Claire police officers are continuing to search for a missing man.

Police are looking for 33-year- old Byron Reece. Reece’s clothing was found near the riverbank in
Putnam Park last Friday. Officers say they expect to use K9’s in the search soon. So far,
searches around the Chippewa River and Putnam Park on the university campus haven’t
turned anything up.

Man found guilty of sending sexual messages to teen girl

A Spring Valley man has pleaded no contest to a felony chargee stemming from him sending a Facebook message of his private parts to a 16-year old girl.

29-year old Cory Mandelkow was found guilty this week of exposing a child to harmful materials in February 2016. He will be sentenced on January 2nd.

According to the criminal complaint, Menomonie police received a report from the girl’s father that Mandelkow had sent her messages that turned sexual. The girl blocked Mandelkow from sending any further messages, and deleted them. Mandelkow told police his Facebook account had been hacked, but later admitted to contacting the girl, but thought she was 18.

Man going to prison for burning a toddler

A Stanley man is going to prison for burning a 2-year old child in 2016.

41-year old Ricky Mullins pleaded no contest in Chippewa County Court to child abuse-intentionally causing harm and delivery of meth. He has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison and 5 years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, police were sent to Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley in January 2016 after reports of a 2-year old child having burn injuries on the abdomen and buttocks. The child was also acting lethargic and had suspicious dots on the right thigh, and doctors wouldn’t rule out that the toddler was injected with a drug.

Man going to jail for firing rounds outside his home

A rural Cadott man, who is a convicted felon, has been convicted of firing several rounds from a gun outside his trailer home while he was intoxicated.

39-year old Jason Mertes pleaded no contest to being a felon possessing a firearm. He has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and 2 years of probation with a requirement to not drink alcohol or enter taverns.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies went to Mertes’ home at 12:19 a.m. June 11th after receiving a report that Mertes had sent suicidal messages to another person. When officers arrived, 2 eyewitnesses said they had heard 2 gunshots fired from Mertes’ trailer. An officer then saw Mertes come out on the porch, fire the gun, and then go back inside the trailer. When confronted by officers, Mertes complied and set down his gun.

Students who left threatening messages at school could be facing charges

Police are recommending charges against 2 students suspected of leaving threatening notes at Chippewa Falls High School.

A life threatening message was written Monday on a girl’s bathroom stall. Soon after 3 more messages were found, 1 in the boy’s bathroom and 2 written on paper in both bathrooms. The police chief said charges of making terroristic threats and a bomb scare are being referred for the 16-year-old students. Because of their age, the case is being sent to Chippewa County Juvenile Intake.

Teen going to jail for an armed robbery at Eau Claire Domino’s

A Bloomer teen is going to jail for his role in a robbery at the Eau Claire Domino’s in April.

18-year old Anthony Plumley was sentenced to at least 7 months in jail and 7 years of probation on a felony count of robbery with threat of force.

According to the criminal complaint, Eau Claire police responded to the armed robbery on April 7th at Domino’s on Clairemont Avenue. An employee said 2 males entered the business and robbed it of cash at gunpoint before fleeing the scene. Plumley’s co-defendant, 18-year old Derrick Rapley of Eau Claire, returns to court on January 11th.