Local man charged in federal court for violating wildlife acts

A Durand man has been charged with violating the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

34-year old Jeremy Schreiner is 1 of 3 hunting guides charged. He is the owner and operator of Addicted River Guiding in Alma. The indictments allege that each defendant, while guiding a migratory waterfowl hunt in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, directed a client to continue to kill ducks after the client had killed his daily bag limit of ducks. The client in each case was an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent. The indictment claims Schreiner guided such a hunt on November 27, 2013.

Inmate charged with spitting on corrections officer

An inmate at the Stanley Correctional Center has been charged for allegedly spitting on a corrections officer.

45-year old Jon Vangheem has been charged with being a prisoner and throwing and expelling bodily fluids at a public safety worker. He will appear in court on June 13th.

According to the criminal complaint, Vangheem became angry at an officer and swore at him, then spit on him at the prison on May 2nd of last year. He has been convicted of possessing child pornography in Brown County in January 2015, and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Former Jackson Co. District Attorney heading to trial

A former Jackson County District Attorney is going to trial.

63-year old James Ritland of Black River Falls is facing a 3-day jury trial in August. He is charged with 2 felony counts of soliciting prostitutes, a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, and 7 misdemeanor counts of prostitution-nonmarital sex. Ritland has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ritland is a lawyer in Black River Falls, and served as District Attorney in 1981 and 1982. He is accused in part of posting cash bonds for women, and paying for their drugs in exchange for sexual favors between May 2014 and April 2016. According to court records, 2 women said they used the money Ritland gave them to buy heroin from drug dealers outside his office, and then performed sex acts with him.

City of Eau Claire wants residents trim up, or else pay up

The time to fire up the lawnmowers is nearly here again, and not trimming your green could cost you some green.

The City of Eau Claire would like to remind residents to mow their lawns. Property owners are required to remove or destroy weeds and cut the lawn below 7 inches. If the city receives a long-grass complaint against your property, you have 24 hours to take care of mowing or it could cost you.

There is an ordinance, which prohibits weeds and excessive lawn growth within the city limits and a reminder as you are tackling spring cleaning that leaving trash or furniture on your boulevard is a violation of City Ordinance as well.

All eyes are on area rivers after several days of rain

Our recent rain showers has us keeping a close eye on rivers in the area.

Yesterday morning, the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read about 12 feet below the downtown flood stage of elevation. Lower sections of the Chippewa River Trail in the City of Eau Claire are currently open.

Recent and forecasted rains in the upper Chippewa River watershed are likely to result in runoff passing through the system, which will result in rising river gauge readings on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. It is expected to hit 8 feet below flood stage by Sunday morning, but trails are expected to remain open.

Man accused of sexually assaulting girlfriend

An Elk Mound man has been charged with forcing his girlfriend to have sex with him, along with being physically violent toward her.

21-year old Dustin Leonard has been charged with 2 counts of 2nd-degree sexual assault with the use of force, and 3 counts of strangulation or suffocation, plus 2 counts of battery.

According to the criminal complaint, a 21-year old woman told authorities Leonard had become physically violent toward her, such as holding his hand over her mouth and blocking her airway, kicking her, pulling her hair and grabbing her by the neck. She also said he would forcefully make her have sex with him against her will. Leonard has previously been convicted of resisting or obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and battery in Clark County in 2015.

President Trump talks business in Kenosha

President Trump is promoting his “buy American, hire American” policies in Wisconsin.

Trump visited the headquarters of Snap-On Tools in Kenosha yesterday afternoon. In his speech, he also pledged his support for Wisconsin dairy farmers, promising to find a solution to their trade dispute with Canada.

Local troops serving overseas have returned home

Some of our men and women in uniform have returned to our state.

More than 120 Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers of the 32nd Military Police Company returned to Wisconsin April 13 following a 9 month deployment in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

The 32nd MP Company has deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the NATO mission in Kosovo. The unit also deployed to Hungary in 2002 and as part of the domestic relief effort for Hurricane Katrina.

Construction on Clairemont Avenue will begin next week

If you are a frequent driver on Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire, you may want to start making some alternative plans to your commute next week.

An improvement project on Clairemont Avenue through the city will begin next Thursday, April 27th. The $3.6 million project includes pavement repair and replacement, new curb and gutter, beam guard, signing, and pavement marking between Highway 312 and Craig Road.

Detours and traffic re-arrangements will be set up while the work is being done. Construction is scheduled to be completed in October.

Eau Claire School Board votes on new member

A new name has been added to the Eau Claire School Board.

Last night, Eric Torres broke away from a tie vote to fill an open seat on the board. He replaces Carolyn Barstad, who resigned from the board in early April. Torres is an assistant professor of education studies at UW-Eau Claire, and was 1 of 9 applicants who made presentations to the board at last night’s meeting. Torres’ appointment runs through April 2018.