Local News 4/3/18

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It's Election Day today!  The Eau Claire City Clerk, Carrie Riepl, said they were expecting a 30 to 35 percent turnout, but with snow, she's not sure if the turnout will be as high. Still, it's important to know what you can and can't do at the polling places.  When you're out at the polls, electioneering is prohibited. That means you can't wear a button or any clothes that supports a candidate.  No recording devices are allowed, and you can't reveal who you're voting for.  If you want to take a selfie - use discretion, and don't show the ballot.

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If you're behind on your bills from this winter, you could be at risk of losing power in the coming weeks. Wisconsin's winter moratorium, guaranteeing electricity cannot be shut off during the winter months, ends April 15. Xcel Energy told News 18 over 12 percent of customers are behind on their bills, and between two and three percent are facing disconnection. Xcel estimated a total of $8.6 million is owed. Xcel said if you know you're behind on paying your bills, the best thing to do is contact them directly, and they will get you in an effort to get the heating and energy assistance you need. 

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A western Wisconsin man faces charges of threatening to shoot up his workplace, and threatening to shoot children.  Nicholas Cherrier, from New Richmond, was charged Monday with making terrorist threats. His employer told investigators that Cherrier told several co-workers he had an AR-15 in in the trunk of his vehicle, and made several comments about buying armor-piercing ammo and a bulletproof vest to "shoot a bunch of kids." He said Cherrier had been talking like this for about two months, and also talked about shooting up his workplace if they fired him. A search of Cherrier's room turned up five loaded, 30-round AR-15 magazines, and hundreds of rounds of ammo for numerous guns. A bond hearing is set for Tuesday. The charge carries a maximum sentence of three years and six months in prison.

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A driver for an area company that transports elderly and disabled people is accused of sexually assaulting two of his passengers.  Cory Olsen, from Fairchild, faces four charges.  Olsen is accused of having sexual contact with two women, each of whom had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

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