CHIPPEWA FALLS – A man who led police on a high-speed chase in Chippewa Falls and Lake Hallie, and reportedly fired shots at officers Friday night, is also suspected in a possible domestic incident in Eau Claire earlier in the day. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said police had learned early Friday morning that a woman was thrown from a car, and she was hospitalized in Eau Claire. An Eau Claire Police Department press release said that the victim was in critical condition.
The city of Eau Claire has been on an upward trajectory for years now. Unemployment was at an infinitesimal 2.9 percent in July, the local arts scene is flourishing, health care options abound, and it has fared well in a number of national rankings that measure quality of life. Eau Claire even recently placed 18th on a list of the top startup-friendly small cities in the U.S. The Verizon report took into account population, education, work travel time, income per capita, broadband access,
Recreational marijuana may never be legal in Wisconsin. That decision ultimately will be made by the people and their elected representatives in Madison. Nine states and Washington, D.C., however, have legalized the drug’s use. Even in states that haven’t made the move, there’s a growing sense of acceptance surrounding marijuana. In fact, a Gallup poll last year showed that 64 percent of Americans support legalization. Our initial concern is in regard to impaired
Victim rights crucial Victims have a right to know of crimes committed against them from law enforcement. The Eau Claire Police Department was found guilty of not notifying victims of their rights under state law by the Wisconsin Crime Victim Rights Board. The CVRB then sent a packet out to all sheriffs and police departments in the state of Wisconsin reminding them of their duty to inform victims of their rights under state law. After multiple requests for an incident report from the
The 23-year-old man shot Tuesday afternoon by Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputies after a high-speed chase that started in Dunn County has been identified as Reese A. Diesterhaft. Diesterhaft was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is in custody for a parole violation from South Dakota and a warrant from Dunn County, Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said Wednesday. Diesterhaft was charged in June 2012 in Dunn County Court with two misdemeanor counts of
Eau Claire police have arrested a man they believe is connected to summer burglaries in the Randall Park Neighborhood. According to the Eau Claire Police Department: Joshua M. Watson, 21, was arrested on Friday for burglary after police discovered him entering a residence on the 400 block of Chippewa Street in the early morning hours. While Watson did not steal anything on that occasion, police determined that Watson does not know those who live at the residence and did not have permission to