Man arrested for meth during a traffic stop

A Black River Falls man has been arrested for having meth on him during a traffic stop.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year old Jeremy Mayo was pulled over around 3:15 p.m. on Monday in Independence. A K-9 unit was requested to assist and officers became aware of narcotics being in the vehicle. Approximately 35 grams of methamphetamine was found in the car during a search. Mayo was arrested and booked for possession of meth with intent to deliver and probation violation.

Sex offender heading back to treatment center

A violent sex offender will be returning to a treatment center for violating terms of his release.

42-year old Jason Staves was convicted in Chippewa County in 1993 of 2 counts of 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He was declared a sexually violent person in 1997 and was held at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston from from 1997 until he gained supervised release in February.

Staves violated terms of his probation and has been held in the Portage County Jail since November 27th. Staves violated his probation by having a knife with a 3-inch blade, DVD’s with sexually explicit covers, and possessed a photo catalog that included young girls. There were also indications he wasn’t taking his medications. This week, a judge ruled Staves should return to Sand Ridge indefinitely for further treatment.

Man charged with murdering UW-Stout student could reach a plea deal

The man charged with murdering a UW-Stout student could reach a plea agreement.

27-year old Cullen Osburn is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of 24-year old Hussain Alnahdi in October 2016. Alnahdi died October 31st after an altercation in downtown Menomonie on October 30th.

Osburn appeared in court on Tuesday, where a possible plea agreement was discussed, and would be decided on at a later date. an 8-day jury trial is scheduled to begin on April 10th.

New proposal would increase funding for small school districts

A new proposal would increase funding for small Wisconsin school districts.

Governor Walker is backing the Sparsity Aid bill that would raise aid to rural school districts. Under the proposal, payments to small school districts would increase from $300 per student to $400 per student. Around 30 school districts would benefit from the proposal, including Thorp, Gilmanton, Eleva-Strum, and Augusta.

Human trafficking being recognized in Eau Claire

The City of Eau Claire is recognizing the problem of human trafficking.

The city council issued a proclamation yesterday saying that the city recognizes the entire month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. A representative from the trafficking fighting organization Fierce Freedom spoke at yesterday’s meeting, pointing out the crime tends to increase around public events such as the Super Bowl. She encouraged people to increase their awareness of the issue and watch for signs.

2 Chippewa Falls men sentenced for OWI’s

2 Chippewa Falls men have been sentenced for their most recent drunk driving convictions.

46-year old Patrick Crawford of Holcombe has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and 4 years of extended supervision. His driver’s license has also been revoked for 3 years.

According to the criminal complaint, Crawford was pulled over in the Town of Birch Creek, west of Holcombe, on August 20th. He failed field sobriety tests and was nearly 4 times the legal limit when he was arrested. This was his 7th OWI offense.

The other man who was sentenced is 49-year old Jacky File of Bloomer. He was arrested for his for his 8th drunk driving offense on July 29th. He has been sentenced to 3 years in prison, 5 years of extended supervision, and his license was revoked for 3 years.

Dog who was missing in freezing temperatures has been found

Rocky the cattle dog has been found safe.

The dog disappeared from his foster home 6 days ago. On Friday, the Winona County Humane Society sent out a request for help locating the dog after several days of unsuccessful searches by foot. Rocky, who was described as timid, broke free of his collar and was presumed without shelter in freezing temperatures. But by Friday night, he had been found. He had frostbite on 2 paws, was dehydrated and had lost 10 pounds, but was overall healthy.

Opioid Abuse Prevention grants given to 5 local coalitions

5 local coalitions are among 63 in the state receiving grants for opioid abuse prevention.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced in a release that Building a Safer Evansville, Healthy Edgerton and Youth2Youth 4 Change in Beloit were Rock County’s recipients. Better Brodhead in Green County and Oregon CARES in Dane, Rock and Green Counties also received funding. Grant funding across the state totaled more than $496,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Man sentenced for beating another man over meth

An Eau Claire man has been sentenced for beating another man over what he believed was bad methamphetamine.

27-year old Austin Kauffman pleaded no contest to a felony count of substantial battery. He has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and 2 years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, a man was beaten by Kauffman March 30th at a residence on the 600 block of Talmadge Street. The severity of the other man’s injuries could permanently affect his sight in both eyes, and prevented him from speaking with police until April 11th. The man told police he is a meth user and buys a large quantity of the drug at a discounted rate to maintain his habit. He sells half of it to pay for the half he keeps for personal use. The man said he had supplied Kauffman with meth for about a month. Kauffman accused him of selling bad meth because his girlfriend broke out with sores after using it. An argument then led to a fight.

Officer-involved shooting leaves suspect dead

Investigators say a suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Sparta.

A domestic violence incident Sunday morning led to a deputy shooting the suspect who had been threatening a woman with a knife. The man died of his injuries. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave and state officials are investigating the shooting.