Local News 3/29/18

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A Ladysmith man accused of sexually assaulting a child made his first court appearance Wednesday. 23-year old Tyler Carrion was charged Tuesday with raping a 13-year-old girl earlier this month. She told police he was helping her move furniture in her bedroom when he locked the door, held a handkerchief over her mouth, and sexually assaulted her. She said he told her afterward that bad things could, and would, happen to her if she told anyone. He will be in court next Tuesday. 

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A Sawyer County man is in custody after sheriff deputies said he stabbed his father.  Police said the suspect is 20 year old Gary W. Butler III.  According to a release, deputies were called to a home in the town of Sand Lake at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police said the victim, 38-year old Gary Butler Jr suffered stab woulds to his chest and hand.  He was transported to a hospital in Duluth. His condition is unknown at this time. His son now faces charges of attempted homicide. He's being held on $25,000 cash bond.

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The Eau Claire man whose body was found in a car in rural Dunn County last Friday, was stabbed to death. Wednesday at a bond hearing held for the woman suspected of killing him. Ezra McCandless, from Stanley, appeared in court via video conference from the Dunn County Jail.  She's held on possible first degree murder charges for the death of a man officials called "her significant other," Alexander Woodworth.  McCandless claims that the victim attacked her.  No charges have officially been filed against McCandless yet, but the DA anticipates a charge that carries mandatory life in prison. 

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An Eau Claire man accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker and showing her child porn is sentenced to probation. Charles Purnell was accused of groping a co-worker at an Eau Claire fast-food restaurant over the course of a year and showing her child porn on his phone.  According to the criminal complaint, the woman contacted police last week, saying Charles Purnell squeezed her buttocks twice, saying he needed to warm up his hands. Wednesday, Purnell pleaded guilty to two counts of 4th degree sexual assault in exchange for the child porn charge being dropped.   Judge William Gabler sentenced him to three years of probation and 240 hours of community service.

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