A quick warm-up is bringing out ticks in western Wisconsin, leading to Lyme disease in the Eau Claire area.
The health department says there are 5 confirmed cases of Lyme disease since January. Officials are warning people to wear light colored clothing and check for ticks after outdoor activities.
3 people were arrested last weekend in connection with a gun threat outside an Eau Claire tavern.
According to police, officers responded to a report of a man waving a gun around outside of Scooter’s just after 1 a.m. Saturday. Officers learned that 3 men were inside the bar when one of them exchanged words with another male. As the victim ran off, 1 of the 3 men removed his gun and pointed it toward the victim. A deputy noticed the possible suspect leaving in a taxi.
The taxi was pulled over, and 3 people were arrested. 24-year old RIchard Schilling, 26-year old Armando Ortiz and 24-year old Maddie Al-Habarneh. Schilling was arrested for being armed while intoxicated, intentionally pointing a firearm at another person, carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold or consumed, and disorderly conduct. Ortiz and Al-Habarneh were arrested for disorderly conduct.
A traffic stop in Eau Claire last week turned into a big drug bust for authorities.
Police say the vehicle was pulled over for a suspended driver’s license, and that the vehicle had marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and numerous prescription drugs in it. 2 people, 24-year old Alexander Best and 30-year old Trenton Wik of Altoona were arrested. Both men are out on bond, and return to court on May 8th for a preliminary hearing.
According to the criminal complaint, an Eau Claire officer pulled over the car Thursday on South Hastings Way when he ran the plate and discovered that Wik, the owner, had a suspended driver’s license. The officer noticed Best and Wik were acting nervous, and the drugs were found in the car that were located near the 2 suspects. Best and Wik are being prosecuted as repeat offenders, and could be sentenced up to 22 years and 18 months, respectively, if they’re convicted.
A vote on the temporary relocation of Eau Claire’s City Hall is being postponed.
A resolution was on yesterday’s council agenda calling for a lease agreement at 2020 Prairie Lane, which is the former 3M office on the city’s northwest side. Extensive renovations are scheduled to happen at city hall, which will require closing the building. A temporary location is needed to continue city business. The vote is now scheduled for the next council meeting in 2 weeks.
A grass fire in Pepin County is responsible for the death of 1 person.
Authorities responded to the fire yesterday afternoon on Hayes Road near Durand in the Town of Lima. The sheriff’s office says around 1 to 2 acres of grass, a small barn, and a tin outbuilding burned. An autopsy will be performed to determine the victim’s cause of death.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says an ammonia leak in Abbotsford has been contained.
The leak happened yesterday in the area of 7th Street and Linden Street. Residents in that area were evacuated. An all-clear was given yesterday evening.
A Rice Lake man has been sentenced for his 6th drunk driving offense.
45-year old Nathan Petit pleaded guilty last week to 6th-offense OWI. He has been sentenced to 1 year in jail, 200 hours of community service and will be on probation for 3 years. His driver’s license is also revoked for 3 years and he must install an ignition interlock in his vehicle. Petit was arrested in February.
A Chippewa Falls area man has been convicted of exposing himself to a child.
36-year old Justin Patchen pleaded no contest last week to exposing his genitals to a child. He was originally charged with attempted 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child. He was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, neglecting a child, retail theft and bail jumping. A judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and sentencing is scheduled for June 28th.
An Altoona man who fatally struck a pedestrian with his vehicle in February and then driving away is scheduled to enter a plea in June.
59-year old Michael George is charged with hit-and-run involving death. George appeared in court last week, and was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle unless properly licensed and not to drink or possess alcohol.
According to the police report, the crash happened on Highway 46 in Amery on February 9th. 50-year old Lisa Allen of Amery was crossing the street when George’s car struck her. She was taken to the hospital then flown to St. Paul where she died. George briefly stopped his car before leaving the scene. Witnesses told police the vehicle’s plate and number, and George was arrested in Woodville and taken to jail.
Officials say a grass fire burned approximately five acres at Lake Wissota State Park.
Multiple crews responded yesterday evening and the Department of Natural Resources was also requested at the scene. The DNR estimates 5 acres of a largely wooded area with lots of pine trees burned. Fire officials say the park was evacuated and closed while crews battled the fire, but has since re-opened. The cause of the fire is being investigated.