UW-Eau Claire Police said the body found in the Chippewa River Wednesday was Byron Raymond Reece. In November of last year, the UW-Eau Claire Police Department initiated a missing person investigation involving Reece, who was 33 years old. Although Reece was not affiliated with the campus community, it was believed he was present on university property prior to his disappearance. There is no indication that foul play was involved in his death. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
A man arrested in a bizarre drunk driving chase in Lake Hallie is going to prison. When Brian Nelson was pulled over for a traffic stop in December, he told the officers his name was Kathy. Then, police said he turned off his headlights and drove away, driving through yards at up to 70 mph. After being stopped again, the defendant attempted to walk away from officers and refused to co-operate hiding his hands and kicking his feet. The defendant was tased and he physically resisted attempts to load him in the police vehicle. When he was caught, he also claimed to be deaf. Wednesday, Nelson pleaded guilty to seventh offense drunk driving. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
An Augusta man charged with three felonies in connection to the sexual assault of a child, has pleaded guilty to one of the counts. Thursday in Clark County, Gary Watenphul pleaded guilty to repeated sexual assault of the same child. The two other counts will be considered during his sentencing July 5. Watenphul, who was already on the sex offender registry, could face up to 106 years in prison.
A group of Madison Gas and Electric Company (MG&E) customers are demanding that the company switch to clean energy after coal dust was found in Oak Creek. Customers held a rally at the M-G-E headquarters in Madison Thursday demanding a response from the company. On March 5th, winds blew a coal storage pile at the Oak Creek and Elm Road coal plants into nearby neighborhoods. M-G-E is a minority owner of that plant. Company officials released a statement saying that the incident was unfortunate, and all parties want to prevent a recurrence and the operator will share their plans with neighbors next week at the listening session.
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