Editor’s note: Astronomy Update is published on the third Saturday of the month, is provided by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society, and is compiled by Lauren Likkel of the UW-Eau Claire department of physics and astronomy. How many objects make up our solar system? There is the sun, comprising 99 percent of the total mass, and eight planets and their moons. In addition, there are dwarf planets, including the recently demoted Pluto and Ceres, the largest asteroid
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MENOMONIE — A Menomonie man is accused of operating while intoxicated for the seventh time after police say he drove his vehicle into a fire hydrant. John H. Raney, 50, 312 Micheels Lane, is charged with operating a vehicle with a restricted controlled substance in his blood and methamphetamine possession. According to the criminal complaint: A Menomonie police officer was dispatched at 1 a.m. Jan. 6 to Ninth Street East and 24th Avenue East after a caller reported a vehicle crashed
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Two Eau Claire residents have been charged with breaking into at least four homes in Chippewa County and stealing laptops, video-game systems, jewelry and other household items. Damion S. LaRonge, 37, 606B Kane Road, and Ashli C. Salzwedel, 31, 2307 Orchard Place, were each charged in Chippewa County Court with four counts of burglary to a building and four counts of theft. LaRonge also was charged with two counts of bail jumping. According to the criminal
Valentine’s Day was a tough day for a 16-year-old Eau Claire driver. According to Eau Claire police: The male teen and his 2009 Nissan Altima were involved in two traffic crashes on Wednesday. The first crash occurred at 11:30 a.m. at Brackett Avenue and Keith Street. The teen’s vehicle collided with the rear of a second vehicle while both vehicles were northbound on Keith Street. No injuries were reported, and the teen was given a written warning for inattentive driving. The
A 90-year-old Eau Claire woman has died from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle crash Monday. Shirley R. Olson, the driver of one of the vehicles, died Tuesday at an Eau Claire hospital. According to Eau Claire police: The crash was reported at 12:12 p.m. at West Clairemont Avenue and Craig Road. Olson’s gray sedan was northbound on Craig Road when it went through a red light and collided with a tan pickup truck, which was westbound on Clairemont Avenue. The driver of the pickup
A rural Eau Claire man is accused of trying to hire a prostitute for sexual contact. Wayne S. Erickson, 54, 2213 80th St., Chippewa County town of Wheaton, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with misdemeanor counts of prostitution and operating a vehicle after revocation. Erickson is free on a $200 signature bond and returns to court March 26. As a condition of bond, Erickson cannot have contact with Backpage.com. According to the criminal complaint: An Eau Claire police officer, working
STANLEY — A handwritten message found Friday inside a girl’s restroom stall at Stanley-Boyd Middle School was determined not to be an active threat, according to the Stanley Police Department. Stanley police were notified at about 9:30 a.m. that the message was found. A student told a staff member who contacted school administration. Administration and police determined the message wasn’t an active threat. School proceeded regularly as the incident was investigated.
Eau Claire County Found guilty LEE, Heather C., 29, Fairchild, marijuana delivery Dec. 4, 2014, two years probation, $593 fine, 90 days jail, which will be waived pending successful completion of probation, ordered not to have contact with known drug dealers or users. REED, Jennifer L., 27, 439 Gilbert Ave., drunken driving, third offense, June 17, battery Nov. 18 and bail jumping Oct. 27, two years probation, $2,815 fine, 60 days jail, license revoked two years, ignition interlock 18 months.
A novel format will give regional residents an opportunity to interact with Wisconsin’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates at an upcoming forum in Eau Claire. While a traditional debate with a crowded field gives each candidate only a few minutes to speak, four groups have devised a format they believe will get around that problem. The event, “Interview Wisconsin’s Next Governor,” is scheduled from 1 to 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Room 103 at Chippewa Valley