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Police: Man who broke into Wisconsin home wanted a bath

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. -- A Minnesota man who allegedly broke into an occupied Wisconsin home last week and locked himself in a bathroom never had a chance to come clean. He was getting ready to take a bath when authorities arrived. Authorities say the 29-year-old St. Paul, Minnesota man was filling up the tub when Chippewa Falls police who answered the call of a stranger in the home ordered him to come out of the bathroom. He did, wearing only a T-shirt and underwear that was inside-out. His pants were on the bathroom floor, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported. The unbathed suspect had an odor of alcohol, police said No one residing in the home said they knew the man and don't know how he got in. The man told police he lived in the home with his girlfriend. He continued to maintain he was in his own residence after officers told him he was in Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles from St. Paul. The man is facing charges of burglary to a dwelling and criminal trespass. He was ordered not to possess or consume alcohol. 
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EC man sentenced to three years prison for OWI-7th offense

CHIPPEWA FALLS — An Eau Claire man has been sentenced to serve a three-year prison term after he was convicted of his seventh drunk-driving offense, including his third offense in less than two years. Devon M. Thronson, 29, 3861 N. Shore Drive, pleaded guilty to OWI-7th offense in Chippewa...

Inflation causes setbacks for county road construction; highway facility under budget

EAU CLAIRE— Nearly five miles of road construction planned for Eau Claire County faces a year-long delay due to price increases. At the beginning of the summer, the county had 20 miles of road improvement projects planned including pavement replacement and culvert repairs. However, with the cost of materials fluctuating due to inflation, the county will only be able to complete 15 miles of improvements as scheduled.

Authorities arrest man after traffic stop in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) -A man is arrested after authorities conducted a traffic stop in Augusta. According to a media release from Augusta Police Department, on Aug. 3 at 2:56 p.m. Augusta Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a man who had multiple warrants out for his arrest. The man,...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -Driving impaired has the potential to result in serious consequences. From now through Labor Day law enforcement agencies in Wis. are focusing on raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. Wisconsin State Patrol Troopers will be working with law enforcement officers across the state for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Eau Claire man leads police on multiple chases

EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A 22-year-old man is arrested after leading police on multiple chases in Eau Claire County. Last night, Altoona police tried to stop a vehicle. The driver got away from the officer. An Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputy found the vehicle in a neighborhood near...
Volume One

WOODN'T YA KNOW? The Carve-In Chippewa Event will be in EC

In Outlander, the historical drama time-traveling novel and television series, the main character Jamie, throughout the years, holds onto a toy snake carved for him out of wood by his older brother William, who tragically died of smallpox at age 11. Today, in the Chippewa Valley, members of the West...

Big Rig Truck Show

ROCK FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The Big Rig Truck Show is at a new location this year, Rock Falls Raceway. The event runs Friday and Saturday, August 19-20. It features show trucks from across the country, semi drag racing, and new in 2022 - the AFTERSHOCK Jet Truck. Food and...

Minnesota Airline is Selling Its Newest Flight For Under $10

A Minnesota airline has just added a new flight to its schedule, and ticket prices start at under $10!. It's not often that you see the ticket price of a flight on a major airline for about a third of what it costs to check a bag, but that's the case on this new flight that Sun Country Airlines just started booking. And, it's also the Minneapolis-based airline's shortest flight, too, at just 85 miles.

Man Caught With Cocaine After Getting Stuck in a Bush Sentenced in Eau Claire County Court

(AP) A man arrested after getting stuck in a bush with a bag of cocaine was sentenced in Eau Claire County Court. According to the Eau Claire Police Department, on Christmas morning last year, an officer noticed a vehicle with a burned-out tail light make an improper turn. After a chase the vehicle stopped and David Lunde and another man got out and fled on foot.

EC man sentenced to prison for sixth drunken-driving conviction

CHIPPEWA FALLS — An Eau Claire man will serve an 18-month prison sentence after he was convicted Monday of his sixth drunk-driving offense. Francis C. Schmidt, 44, 2720 La Salle St., pleaded guilty in Chippewa County Court to OWI-sixth offense, as part of a plea agreement. When he was originally arrested in May 2021, he was charged with his seventh drunk-driving offense.

Airport disaster drill at CVRA

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -Emergency response teams from around the Chippewa Valley took part in a mock airport disaster drill. The drill took place at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport from around 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. This drill is an effort to better prepare first responders in the event of an airplane mass casualty incident. At the time of the drill, people were asked not to call 9-1-1 to report or ask about an incident at the airport as it was a planned training.

Man Charged with Homicide of Clark County Highway Worker Appears in Court

The man that struck and killed a Clark County Highway worker appeared in Clark County Court. On August 8th of last year, at about 1:18 AM, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call of an accident on CTH G by Mann Road in the Township of Hendren. The initial investigation indicates that at about 12:00 AM, two Clark County Highway Workers were sent to a tree that was across CTH G by Mann Road.

Prep football: Fresh off playoff berth, Altoona looks to build in Coulee

Altoona’s dream of returning to the football postseason came to fruition in 2021, ending a four-year stretch spent away from the playoffs. Now that the Rails have hit that milestone, they’re aiming to take the next step in a program rebuild that’s been years in the making. Altoona went 6-4 last year and competed in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Rails have rostered young teams for the past several years, but that youth has now turned into experienced veterans who know...

Pets of the Week: Rory and River

Rory and River are the Pets of the Week from the Clark County Humane Society made possible by Creekside Kennels south of Black River Falls. Two awesome brothers are the CCHS Pet of the Week! River and Rory were surrendered to CCHS when their family had too many dogs to care for. They are about six months old and weigh approximately 50# each. These two are just so very handsome!

Wisconsin Brewery Offers $10,000 to Do Nothing But Watch Sunsets

You don’t have to imagine getting paid to chase sunsets because Wisconsin-native Leinenkugel’s Brewery has just made this a reality. With their Summer Shandy and Lemon Haze IPA, Leinenkugel’s beers are easily one of the best summertime sippers around. But there’s a third warm-weather variety that has generated such a loyal fanbase that 2,500 brew hounds signed a petition on to bring it back out of retirement.