Two Chippewa Falls men were arrested for pandering following a prostitution by the Eau Claire Police Department. Among those arrested were Douglas A. Regal, 39, 19991 County X, Chippewa Falls and Daniel L. Ducommon, 32, 12037 30th Ave., Chippewa Falls. According to police, the men offered to pay women in exchange for sex. They agreed to meet the women at the Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., where the men were arrested. The Plaza Hotel was a partner with Eau Claire Police in the investigation, which had been underway for a year. The investigation looked for men and women involved in prostitution through ads on the Internet. "The investigation involves local women... Read more here
At least 1400 Xcel customers in Chippewa Falls, including the Chippewa Falls Police Department, were without power for about 40 minutes Wednesday afternoon. According to Xcel spokesman Brian Elwood, an equipment failure at a substation in Chippewa Falls caused a power outage at about 4:20 p.m. “A pretty good cross-section of... Read more here
A western Wisconsin company faces hefty fines after the death of one of its workers on the job. James Tillson, 19, of River Falls died last November when a trench collapsed. It happened near Spring Valley. Now, OSHA is proposing fines of $137,000 against his employer. OSHA has issued five safety citations against Gordy's Pump Service of River Falls. Two of the citations are for willful violations, which means the company either intentionally broke the law or disregarded it, or acted with plain indifference to worker safety. The company has... Read more here
Today, student athletes helped send off the Eau Claire North jazz band by playing the school fight song on kazoos. The jazz band is heading to New York to participate in "Essentially Ellington". North is one of 15 schools who will be performing at the Lincoln Center. Members say the trip is the reward for months of hard work. "We had sectionals one or two... Read more here
Some questions remain unanswered as the investigation into a fatal fire wraps up. Kathleen Lindsey died Friday after her mobile home caught fire. The Chippewa Falls fire chief says the fire started in the living room near a wall. Investigators believe the flames were sparked by a cigarette or electrical problem. Fire crews found Lindsey unconscious near a back door. They tried to rescue her, but she died from smoke inhalation. The fire chief says there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The investigation into the cause and origin of the above named incident has been completed by the Chippewa Falls Fire & Emergency Services Department & the Chippewa Falls Police Department. The origin of the fire was located near the easy chair, wicker table, and the east end of the couch located near the south wall of the living room. ...
A state appeals court said Thursday that it won't block enforcement of a court injunction that stopped enforcement of the photo ID requirements of Wisconsin's voter ID law. A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals said it would not stay the injunction issued last month by Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess in part because the state Attorney General's Office failed to show that harm would result if the injunction remains in place. The case involves a lawsuit challenging the photo ID requirements for voters that was brought by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. The court said that the Attorney General's Office had shown more than a mere possibility of success on the merits of its case. But that alone was not enough to... Read more here
Chippewa County saw a decrease in its unemployment rate in March, as did surrounding counties. According to figures from the state Department of Workforce Development, the March rate for Chippewa County is 7.8 percent, a decrease from 8.2 percent for February. For the Eau Claire metropolitan area, which includes Chippewa Falls, the rate also fell from 7.2 percent in February to 6.9 percent for March. However, the Eau Claire area lost about 800 jobs over the month, and the... Read more here