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Seventy miles away, Eau Claire Acres home was alleged kidnapper’s hideout
It appears Jayme Closs lived for much of the past three months in a rural development east of Gordon, Douglas County, known as Eau Claire Acres. The heavily-wooded residential area is alongside the north bank of the Eau Claire River, which runs from east to west toward Gordon.
Man gets jail time for beating fellow inmate
A former Eau Claire man will spend two months in jail for severely injuring a fellow inmate in the Eau Claire County Jail in 2016. Erio S. Oliver, 29, now of Bonifay, Fla., pleaded no contest Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of battery by prisoner.
How the goverment shutdown is affecting Wisconsin
As the partial government shutdown approaches the end of its fourth week, Wisconsin agencies are reporting fairly limited impacts to the services they provide people. But depending on how long the political battle over border security remains unresolved, the situation could jeopardize crucial progra
Weather Outlook: Snow, frigid air returns to the forecast
It was actually colder than yesterday! We started with a low of 9 this morning with wind chills in Eau Claire as cold as 0! We had plenty of sunshine which warmed us only to the 20s, though the energy from the sun helped melt ice from the past couple days off roads. With no wind during the day, the
Cumberland woman accused of driving high with baby in the car
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Cumberland woman is accused of driving high on marijuana with a one-year-old baby in the vehicle. Cheyenne Hayes, 21, was charged in Rusk County Court on Wednesday with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and operating with a restricted controlled substance in
Man accused of stalking and harassing teen at EC grocery store
A former Eau Claire man, who was a supervisor at an Eau Claire grocery store, is accused of stalking and sexually harassing a 16-year-old employee. Robert A. Sahr, 22, of Chaska, Minn., was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of stalking of a person under age 18 and child e
Retired UW-Stout instructor needing kidney hoping for donor to step forward
A retired University of Wisconsin-Stout lecturer hopes every day that someone will step forward and donate a kidney to change her life. Lynn LaVenture, who taught for 18 years in education and counseling, needs the kidney so she no longer would have to be hooked to a dialysis machine for four hours
Wisconsin governor supports legalization of recreational marijuana
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who campaigned in support of legalizing medical marijuana, went a step further this week and said he now supports full legalization, giving hope to Democrats and other advocates who have pushed the issue unsuccessfully for years.
4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Martin Luther King Jr. Events
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— Martin Luther King Jr. events will be held Monday, January 21 in Eau Claire. UW-Eau Claire's AmeriCorps ECLIPSE program encourages volunteers to participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service from noon-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. Volunteers will share a meal at The Commu
More space bought for Cannery District developments in Eau Claire
Eau Claire (WQOW) — A couple more buildings have been purchased for development in Eau Claire’s Cannery District. Wednesday morning, Eau Claire’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA) discussed updates to the Cannery developments, along with buying the buildings at 2000 Oxford Ave.
Closs’ escape gives renewed faith to other families with missing loved ones
Eau Claire (WQOW) – Jayme Closs’ return home has renewed hope for families still searching for their missing kids, sisters and loved ones. That brings us to the case of Sara Bushland who disappeared from Spooner at the age of 15, now 22 years ago.
Law enforcement, health official concerned over possible medical marijuana legalization
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wisconsin could be the next state to legalize medical marijuana. Tuesday Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he's planning on taking steps towards legalization in his first state budget proposal.
Federal prison guards go unpaid while protecting Wisconsin from the state's most dangerous criminals
OXFORD, Wis. (WSAW) Prison guards at Wisconsin’s only federal prison are speaking out in the midst of the partial government shut down. All of Oxford Prison's employees have been working without pay since December 22nd.
Man arrested after firing shot into air during altercation
A 38-year-old man was arrested after police say he fired a gun into the air during a fight early Saturday morning in the 500 block of Germania Street. Officers were sent to that location at 3 a.m. on a report of a fight.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Teryn Karlstad
EAU CLAIRE, Wis, (WEAU) The Eau Claire Regis girls basketball team is undefeated in Western Cloverbelt play this season and leading the way for the Ramblers is Teryn Karlstad. The senior is averaging 18 points game has become the on floor leader for the squad and has adapted to the role.
UPDATE: Eau Claire woman accused of letting men sexually assault two children to head to trial
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An Eau Claire woman is set to stand trial after being accused of letting men sexually assault two children for drugs and money. Michelle Mayer appeared in Eau Claire County Court Monday afternoon. Online court records show that no agreement was made in the case, and it is
Bomb Tacos building for sale in Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – A fan favorite in the food industry is selling, hoping to move to a new location. News 18 learned Bomb Tacos in Chippewa Falls is for sale. The shop has been closed for the winter since December and was supposed to reopen in March.
Child sex assault case dismissed during trial
CHIPPEWA FALLS — The trial for an Eau Claire man accused of child sexual assault was canceled Monday in Chippewa County Court because the accuser — who is cognitively disabled — had difficulty telling her story, District Attorney Wade Newell said.
Death of man outside Wisconsin casino investigated as homicide
TOWN OF DELTON, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials say the death of a man whose body was found in a casino parking lot in Sauk County is being investigated as a homicide. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister says they received a call Monday morning from a Town of Delton resident who reported a missing fam
School board meeting yields building project update and more
The latest Chippewa Falls School District school board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15 yielded updates from the building project referendum, an update on students’ academic performance in a key educational area and a local elementary school's information on a new seating style in their classrooms.