An Eau Claire woman is accused of exposing her children, ages 11 and 17, to methamphetamine. The woman, authorities say, would allow several people to use drugs in her basement. Kristy L. White, 38, 4521 Fairfax St., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and a misdemeanor count of child neglect. White is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on May 10. According to the criminal complaint: Police received a report of
An Eau Claire man is accused of groping two women at two separate retail stores on the same day. The women are friends and contacted police after they shared what happened to each other, authorities said. Andrew E. Laskoski, 18, 3341 Blakeley Ave., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and a felony count of bail jumping. A $500 signature bond was set for Laskoski, who returns to court on May 21. As a condition of bond,
A December trial has been scheduled to determine whether convicted killer Jeffrey A. Smith should be discharged from supervised release. Smith has been living near Augusta since he was released from his civil commitment two years ago. Smith in January filed a petition to be discharged from supervision. In the petition, Smith said his condition has changed and that he no longer meets the criteria for commitment as a sexually violent person. Smith said in his petition that three separate
A Minnesota man will be sentenced June 8 for traveling to Eau Claire to have sexual contact with an alleged 11-year-old girl. Arrangements for Spencer R. Kuehl meeting the girl were made with an undercover police officer. Kuehl, 54, of Red Wing, pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of child enticement. A felony count of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child was dismissed. Judge Michael Schumacher ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the state
A Chippewa Falls man will be sentenced July 13 for allowing a 10-year-old child to smoke methamphetamine and not stopping his girlfriend from having sexual contact with her children. Three of the women’s children were younger than age 4. Anthony A. Lee, 38, 17077 57th Ave., pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to felony counts of causing mental harm to a child, methamphetamine delivery and failure to protect a child. Five misdemeanor charges against Lee were dismissed.
After Tuesday’s elections, women will make up a majority of the Eau Claire City Council for the first time since the city adopted the council-manager form of government in 1949. Eau Claire County also will have two female judges for the first time. The influx of women running for — and winning — local elective office is no coincidence, political observers said late last week. They’re creating history with a desire and an opportunity to make a difference, a
Sarah Harless knocked on countless doors and worked tirelessly en route to a surprisingly comfortable victory Tuesday in Eau Claire County’s Branch 5 judicial election. Yet she recognizes the exhausting campaign was the easy part. Next on her docket is actually making the difficult and often life-changing decisions that go along with being a judge. “It’s going to be a new experience — one I’m really looking forward to,” Harless said.
Sarah Harless was overwhelmed late Tuesday night at the wide margin of victory she enjoyed over incumbent Shaughnessy Murphy in Eau Claire County’s Branch 5 judicial election. “I’m still in shock right now,” Harless said. “I’m so amazingly grateful for all the support we got in the community,” she said. Harless got 61 percent of the vote and defeated Murphy 10,529 to 6,634. Harless said she’s not sure why she scored a convincing victory but
An Eau Claire man accused of groping a female co-worker for the past year will spend three years on probation. Charles Purnell, 60, 1025 W. MacArthur Ave., pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. A felony count of possession of child pornography was dismissed. Judge William Gabler fined Purnell $886 and gave him the option of spending 30 days in jail or performing 240 hours of community service. As conditions of
An Eau Claire woman is accused of stabbing her fiance in the chest with a knife following an argument. Litamarie S. Twobears, 25, 624 Broadway St., was charged Friday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of aggravated battery and first-degree recklessly endangering safety and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. A $5,000 cash bail was set for Twobears, who returns to court April 10 for a preliminary hearing. As conditions of bail, Twobears cannot have contact with her fiance,