Suspicious death being investigated in Adams County

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what they say is a suspicious death.

Published reports say that the owner of a property on County Road M found the body on his land. The sheriff says the death was suspicious because of the manner in which the body was found, but is not sharing any other details. Authorities are working to identify the person who died.

2 people arrested after unarmed robbery in Eau Claire

Two people are in custody following an unarmed robbery at an Eau Claire gas station.

The robbery happened last night at a Holiday gas station on North Clairemont Avenue and West Folsom Street. Officers later saw the suspected vehicle nearby and arrested 2 people they believe were part of the robbery. The incident is still under investigation.

Woman sentenced for stealing from Arby’s restaurant

A Chippewa Falls woman has been sentenced for stealing up to $60,000 in cash from an Arby’s restaurant over a 2 year span.

31-year old Natasha Weyenberg was sentenced last week to serve a minimum of 10 days in jail, pay $6,000 in restitution, and was put on probation for 3 years. She pleaded guilty to theft from a business.

According to the criminal complaint, Chippewa Falls police were called to the Arby’s on Prairie View Road on January 5th. The restaurant’s owner explained his store had experienced significant cash losses, and hired a private firm to install surveillance cameras to monitor the registers. The surveillance showed Weyenberg ringing up free transactions and taking the cash and putting it in her waistband. She was also seen looking around to make sure no one was watching before taking the money. Weyenberg admitted to the thefts, but claimed she only took about $5,000.

Woman sentenced for child neglect

An Eau Claire woman has been sentenced for not properly nourishing her 2-month old baby.

29-year old Britney Martinez has been sentenced to 2 years of probation after pleading guilty to 2 misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child.

According to the criminal complaint, an Eau Claire officer was sent to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System in April for a child abuse case. A baby-sitter had brought in a baby girl who was going to be taken by helicopter for treatment in Rochester. Nearly every rib could be seen from outside the baby’s body, and her skin appeared to be sunken and abnormal. Her arms and legs appeared very thin, and she had several bruises on her body. She also weighed about 6 pounds after weighing 5.8 pounds when she was born.

The baby sitter’s sister told police Martinez’s 13-year old child is often the caretaker for all of Martinez’s children, which included the baby, a 4-year old, and a 2-year old. The children mostly fended for themselves, and that the 13-year old would typically make the food and share with the other children. Martinez has 7 children, but only 4 remain in her custody. She told police she had not been able to get the baby to any doctor appointments because of transportation issues.

Man arrested for causing a crash and OWI with a child in the car

A Minnesota man has been arrested for OWI after causing a crash in Polk County on Sunday.

It happened at 12:30 p.m. on US Highway 63 at County Highway F near Clear Lake. The Wisconsin State Patrol says 3 cars were involved. When crews arrived on scene, they determined the crash was caused by 27-year old Joseph Koehler of Oakdale, Minnesota. They say Koehler failed to yield from a stop sign, and was struck by an SUV driven by 59-year old David Ficocello of Cumberland. After the 2 vehicles collided, they then struck a minivan driven by 40-year old Steven Sunday of Clear Lake. Ficocello and Sunday were not hurt, but Koehler was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Koehler was arrested and has been charged with possession of marijuana, OWI with a child under the age of 16 in the car, failure to yield right of way, and operating without a valid driver’s license.

1 person killed in Trempealeau County crash

1 person was killed in a crash over the weekend in Trempealeau County.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, a semi-tractor trailer was driving southbound on State Road 93 in the Town of Arcadia and pulled out of the lane to pass another vehicle traveling southbound. The semi ended up colliding with a car going northbound after it could not successfully pass the other vehicle. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, and the semi driver was not hurt. Names of those involved have not been released, and the crash remains under investigation.

Man charged with solicitation

A Mondovi man is accused of soliciting a woman for sex outside an Eau Claire motel.

56-year old Craig Oesau is charged with a misdemeanor count of prostitution.

According to the criminal complaint, police received a report that Oesau had solicited a woman for sex on the afternoon of August 14 at Rodeway Inn on South Hastings Way. The woman told officers she was outside the rear steps of the motel with her 16-year old sister so she could smoke. A man, later identified as Oesau, approached and asked if either one of them would have sex with him. They refused. Oesau then asked the woman if she would have sex with him for cash, and she refused that offer too. Oesau then left the scene and was tracked down by officers a short time later. He admitted to talking to 2 females behind the motel but denied offering them money for sex.

Wal-Mart suing the village of Lake Hallie

The village of Lake Hallie is being sued by Wal-Mart.

The company claims the village has overvalued its property, causing them to pay too much in taxes. Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in Chippewa County Court. The lawsuit claims the store on Commonwealth Boulevard has a fair market value no more than $9,240,000. However, the village assessor’s office set the value at $14 million. The company is seeking a refund, plus interest. The village has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.

Menomonie police urging residents to lock up at night

Menomonie Police are urging residents to lock up at night.

Residents are being asked to lock their doors and windows at night, leave an outside night light on, and contact police if they see anything suspicious after reports were made about a suspect looking through home windows in north Menomonie.

The man is reportedly wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his face. When approached, the suspect leaves the scene. He was most recently seen running down a bike trail. Police are trying to identify the suspect, and wants anyone who may know something about him to contact them right away.

Governor Walker’s trade mission in South Korea underway

Governor Scott Walker arrived in South Korea Wednesday for the 2nd leg of his 8 day trade mission aimed at boosting Wisconsin exports and encouraging overseas companies to invest in the state.

During his visit to the country, Governor Walker is scheduled to meet with the South Korea Prime Minister as well as the South Korea Minister for Trade and other leaders there to discuss current political and economic conditions and potential collaborations between Wisconsin and South Korea.

Governor Walker also will lead 2 “Opportunity in Wisconsin” events for South Korean business leaders. The companies will learn about opportunities to expand their businesses in Wisconsin and the benefits of investing in the state.