Four local people were indicted in federal court for conspiracy to distribute meth. Sara L. Sullivan and Joshua Robertson of Eau Claire, Tyler Stratton-Anstice of Chippewa Falls, and Christopher Anstice, of Mazomanie were all charged in the case. Prosecutors said the conspiracy took place between November 2017 and January 2018. The conspiracy allegedly involved 500 grams of methamphetamine. If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Six local counties are now under a deer bating and feeding ban after a deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The location is within ten miles of five other counties, and because of that, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau counties will also be under a baiting and feeding ban for the next two years. Eau Claire was already under the ban, which is now renewed for the next three years. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials said detecting this case is all thanks to an Eau Claire County landowner who called officials when a deer seemed sick. They encourage anyone with concerns about unwell deer to report it to the Wisconsin DNR.
An Eau Claire group home employee, accused of putting a resident in a choke-hold, was sentenced Wednesday. Police said Joshua Mielke admitted to placing the resident in a 'full nelson' last December at the Bridge to Independence Adult Family Home. A witness told police the attack was unprovoked. Wednesday, the felony charge of patient abuse was reduced to a misdemeanor. Judge Shaughnessy Murphy sentence Mielke to probation for a year and a half. He must also do ten days of community service, get anger management treatment and not work at a residential care facility during probation.
This year, Eau Claire Sculpture Tour officials have set a goal to crack down on vandalism. This year's tour will include 36 new sculptures including one by local artist Terry Meyer at the Artisan Forge Studio in Eau Claire. Vandalism has been a growing problem for the tour. In fact, last year, a piece was stolen. The Executive Director of the tour says the artwork is welded down so they're secure and extra cameras have been installed. The next group of sculptures will be up by May 9th.