State legislators talking about raising retirement age

You might have to rethink those retirement plans.

Legislation is being readied to raise the retirement age in Wisconsin for new public workers from 55 to 60. Those working on the bills say the shift would also change how pension payments are calculated in order to protect the system going forward. Similar legislation was introduced in the last session, but no hearing was ever held.

Man charged with running around neighborhood naked

An Eau Claire man is accused of walking and running around naked in a south side Eau Claire neighborhood.

40-year old Spiral Lightninghawk is charged with 5 misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, and misdemeanor counts of theft and lewd behavior. Lighninghawk is out on a $500 cash bail, and he returns to court May 1st.

According to the criminal complaint, Eau Claire police received a report at 6 p.m. Monday of a naked man lying down outside the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center on Craig Road. A witness then saw the man walking on Bittersweet Drive in the Town of Washington. An officer found the man and identified him as Lightninghawk. He was only wearing a red shirt tied around his waist, and he appeared sweaty and had dilated pupils. Another officer met with 2 men who said they had seen Lightninghawk earlier in the day walking naked on the UW-Eau Claire soccer fields. The men chased Lightninghawk to a residence on the 3600 block of Golf Ridge Road, where he stole the red hockey jersey he had been wearing from a garage. A woman who lives on Violet Court told police she saw a naked man running through her yard when she was in her kitchen.

Local man going to prison for selling meth

A Menomonie man is going to prison for selling meth.

30-year old Pao Hang was sentenced this week to 40 months in prison and 5 years on supervised release. He pleaded guilty in federal court in December.

A U.S. District judge found Hang responsible for distributing about 41 grams of very pure meth. Hang was on probation for 2 alcohol-related offense at the time of his meth arrest.

Distribution center will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Chippewa Valley

Hundreds of jobs will soon arrive in the Chippewa Valley as a popular local retailer announced that it will build a new Distribution Center in Chippewa County.

Ryan Companies purchased 72 acres of County property located within the Lake Wissota Business Park in order to serve as a site for a new Mills Fleet Farm distribution center.

The company plans to begin construction immediately on the approximately 1.1 million square-foot Mills Fleet Farm distribution facility. When the project reaches full capacity the distribution center is expected to employ more than 325 people. The $65 million dollar project is scheduled to be completed during the winter of 2017 and 2018.

Machine catches fire at Eau Claire business

No one is hurt after a machine catches on fire at an Eau Claire manufacturing business.

It happened just after 3 yesterday afternoon at Phillips-Medisize Corporation on Mondovi Road. The Eau Claire Fire Department says moderate, grey smoke was coming from a large open overhead door when they arrived at the scene. The fire was confined to the ductwork of plastics machine, and there was minimal damage.

One employee was evaluated for minor smoke inhalation, but refused transfer and was released at the scene. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Woman fined for working as a prostitute

A Menomonie area woman has been fined for working as a prostitute.

39-year old Nicole Plunkett from the Town of Menomonie pleaded no contest in Eau Claire County Court this week to a misdemeanor count of prostitution. She has been fined $443.

According to the criminal complaint, an Eau Claire officer was checking ads for prostitution January 29th on The officer found an ad that contained a picture of a partially dressed woman, who the officer recognized as Plunkett, who he had previously arrested 3 different times. The officer responded to Plunkett’s ad, and arranged to meet her for sexual services for $200. The officer arrested Plunkett after they met later that day. Plunkett said she does not have a job, and is working as a prostitute to make money. She was no interested in receiving any help to help get out of prostitution, and she is freely choosing to work as one. She also said she is no longer struggling with a meth addiction.

Volunteers needed to clean up Eau Claire

The City of Eau Claire will get a major cleaning just in time for Earth Day.

The Parks and Rec Department is organizing the “Amazing Eau Claire Clean-Up” for Saturday, April 22nd. Volunteers will be sent to locations throughout the city, including community parks, neighborhood playgrounds, picnic areas, and recreation trails. They will clean those areas, and prepare flowerbeds for spring planting, if needed. Volunteers are then invited to Boyd Park for snacks and prizes.

The event will start at 9 a.m., and wrap up around noon. If you are interested in volunteering, call 839-5039.

Woman accused of stealing from employer in jail

A Chippewa Falls woman accused of stealing from her employer is in jail on a $10,000 signature bond.

Natasha Weyenberg allegedly stole around $60,000 from the Arby’s where she worked and the criminal complaint says she admitted taking around 5 grand starting in 2015. The 31-year-old faces 4 charges of theft.

Local man sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder

A 26-year old Black River Falls man will spend the next 40 years in prison for murdering a woman 2 years ago.

John Cook was sentenced yesterday for the death of 30-year-old Jacinda Muir in 2015.  He entered a guilty plea to 2nd-degree intentional homicide in December.  He will also be under extended supervision for 20 years after he’s paroled.

Barron County Sheriff’s Department releases warrants list

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information from the public on the apprehension of those on the Barron County Active Warrants List. Each month the Barron County Sheriff’s Department will release 9 warrants in an attempt to clean up the 217 active warrants on file at the department. All current active warrants can be found online at

If you have information about those listed or have knowledge as to where they may be, please contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department . You may remain anonymous and are reminded that for your safety, do not attempted to apprehend the people on the warrant list.