Fire crews say an Eau Claire mobile home is a total loss after a fire overnight. It happened on Mitchell Road. Officials told News 18 that a man was in the home at the time, but he was able to make it out safely and no injuries were reported. The homeowner told News 18, however, he did lose his pets in the fire. The fire was contained to the single mobile home, although neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution.
A Bloomer mom could spend nine months in prison after her child tested positive for methamphetamine. Kerry Louise Rauscher is charged with child neglect. According to the criminal complaint, people from Chippewa County Human Services were sent to her house after someone reported one of her kids tested positive for drugs with an over-the-counter test. Human services also found the home was not safe for children to live in. Rauscher initially denied using drugs, but a urine test was positive for opiates, methamphetamine, THC and Benzodiazepines.
A pair of shoes can be much more than just something to walk in, it can be something to help change lives. McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire started its Soles4Souls used shoe drive on April 18, and they're taking donations through May 18. Drive organizers say they will take nearly any quality shoe, from new to well-used, any size and any style, from flip-flop to work boot.
Organizers say the shoes go to help people all over the world - in developing countries and in disaster areas. The UWEC Student office of Sustainability adds it's environmentally Sustainable - the shoes being resued or recycled keeps them out of landfills. SOS is also having an Earth Day event on April 24 called Earth Claire. That event will be held on the UWEC campus mall, and is open to the public. To learn more about the Soles4Souls organization, follow THIS LINK.
Thursday, parts of downtown Eau Claire were illuminated a special shade for a very special reason. April is sexual assault awareness month, so local advocates decided to raise the community's awareness by turning the lights on the Phoenix Park bridge teal, the color associated with the cause. Advocates say the best way for community members to support survivors is being listing to them and believing them. For more information about sexual assault and harassment resources, click here. For local support in the Eau Claire area, click here.