CHIPPEWA FALLS — A convicted sex offender from Thorp is set to be released from a mental institution and returned to the community. Derrick C. Smith, 25, was given a deferred sentence in Chippewa County Court on a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 2013. Smith also was charged with five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault; he was found guilty but not guilty due to mental disease or defect. On Thursday, Chippewa County Judge Steve Cray granted Smith a conditional
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A 50-year-old Chippewa Falls woman accused of possessing child pornography, being party to soliciting a child for prostitution and possessing methamphetamine was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison and three years of extended supervision. Nancy M. Johnson, 890 Pumphouse Road, pleaded no contest in Chippewa County Court in April to causing mental harm to a child and possession of meth. She was initially charged with possession of child pornography and soliciting a
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Cadott man accused of stabbing a Chippewa County deputy on Aug. 25 is now facing charges of attempted homicide, resisting or obstructing an officer and recklessly endangering safety. Travis A. Abbiehl, 35, 10356 250th St., appeared Monday in Chippewa County Court, where Judge Steve Gibbs set a $100,000 cash bond. “I believe the defendant is a threat to himself and the public,” Gibbs said. As a requirement of bond, Abbiehl must take all medications
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls man accused of wrapping a seat belt around his girlfriend’s neck until she couldn’t breathe, later forcing her to have sex with him and then refusing to let her leave their apartment waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Chippewa County Court. Steven M. Bowe, 37, 912 Pearl St., is charged with second-degree sexual assault by use of force, strangulation and suffocation, and false imprisonment. Thursday’s hearing was scheduled
CHIPPEWA FALLS — An Eau Claire man convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in 2015 was denied Wednesday in his motion to be released while appealing his case. Seth Z. Lehrke, 23, 3358 Kaycee Drive, was sentenced to serve 5½ years in prison and four years of extended supervision after a Chippewa County jury found him guilty in March 2015 of touching the girl at a home in Eau Claire city limits, in the portion located in Chippewa County, between Dec. 26, 2012, and Feb. 3, 2013. The
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A rural Chippewa Falls man who previously served a four-year prison sentence for a 2001 sex assault was ordered Monday to serve another four-year prison sentence after he sexually assaulted a woman at an area hotel in January 2017. Benny J. Bridges, 50, 11889 N. 15th Ave., was convicted last week in Chippewa County Court of third-degree sexual assault. He was originally charged with second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated victim, which carries up to 25 years in prison.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls man accused of shooting and killing a 31-year-old acquaintance in the town of Eagle Point in March 2016 appeared in court Thursday for a final motion hearing before the beginning of his trial in October. Jesse R. Lloyd, 23, accused of killing Kenneth Patterson on March 13, 2016, is charged in Chippewa County Court with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The trial is slated to
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Cornell man who assaulted a man in his home in 2016 — and also beat up a girlfriend in a separate incident — was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison, along with eight years of extended supervision. Dustin G. Sachsenmaier, 35, 112 S. Second St., pleaded no contest in April in Chippewa County Court to substantial battery-intent to cause bodily harm, possession of a firearm by a felon, strangulation and suffocation, and bail jumping. Judge Steve