An Eau Claire man is being recommended for an attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge for an assault of a correctional officer at the Eau Claire County Jail with a fashioned weapon. According to the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s office: Emmitt M. Ritter-Simpson, 22, was being escorted from a housing unit to a visitation room at the jail for a visit with an attorney at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 8 when the assault occurred. Ritter-Simpson was scheduled to be in court today for his initial
Recent snowfall and warmer temperatures are expected to bring the Chippewa River in Eau Claire to within 1.4 feet of flood stage. According to Eau Claire city officials, the river gauge at Grand Avenue was at 7 feet below flood stage at 8 a.m. Monday. Lower sections of the Chippewa River State Trail at the boat landing behind Hobbs Ice Center are currently closed. Lower areas of Owen Park are flooded, and low-lying areas along Riverview Drive will see water later this week, officials said.
Rosie Zaballos liked to host playtime tea parties and was sweet to everyone she met. But her older brother worried that the 16-year-old, whom her family described as “a little slow,” might someday become pregnant. In his 30s and married, he had three kids of his own. And their mom was sick and needed help. So he took Rosie to be sterilized at a state-run hospital so she couldn’t have babies who might place an extra burden on the family. Rosie never came home. She died during
MADISON — Republican Bryan Steil (STYLE) is telling supporters he raised $250,000 within three days of announcing his bid to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan. Steil emailed supporters Wednesday with the fundraising number. It comes after he officially announced his candidacy on Sunday and just two weeks after Ryan said he would not seek re-election. The impressive fundraising total further cements Steil’s position as the likely Republican frontrunner in the contest that’s
The Eau Claire location of Ace Hardware closed its doors Sunday after 12 years of operation, and a company representative cited a need for “change” as the reason. JoEllen Weathers, payroll supervisor at Northland Hardware Co., which owns the store, said the Eau Claire location’s lease was up and the company “decided to make a change.” “It’s a shame, but we can only do what we can do,” Weathers said. “We loved being there, but it’s
WASHINGTON — His nomination in peril, Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson fought Tuesday to convince lawmakers of his leadership abilities as more details of accusations against him emerged, ranging from repeated drunkenness to a toxic work environment as he served as a top White House doctor. President Donald Trump sent mixed signals about his choice to lead the sprawling veterans’ agency, suggesting during a White House news conference that Jackson may want to withdraw because
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush’s hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner’s health clearly affects the other’s. A sudden shock can trigger a heart attack or something like it called broken heart syndrome. Some studies also have found that people are more likely to die soon
WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security’s rationale against the program “arbitrary and capricious.” U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote that the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, “was unlawful and must be set aside.” Bates
WASHINGTON — With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship Tuesday, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement, Syria and more. Hosting Macron for the first state visit of his administration, culminating in a lavish dinner Tuesday night, Trump remained firm in his criticism of past and enduring American undertakings in Iran and elsewhere
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been “very open” and “very honorable,” a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as “Little Rocket Man.” The United States and North Korea have been negotiating a summit between Trump and Kim to be held in May or June to broker a deal on Pyongyang’s nuclear program.