The big clean-up continues in the Chippewa Valley and across the state after the weekend storm leaves up to a foot of snow in the area. Totals vary from 7" in Menomonie and Osseo to 5" in Elk Mound to 10" or more in Eau Claire.
Many Chippewa Valley churches and businesses were closed this weekend. And folks stayed home cleaning up their sidewalks and driveways, preparing for today's commute. As a reminder, alternate side parking for Eau Claire is in effect and ending tomorrow Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m.
The Eau Claire Police Department stayed busy helping drivers out of the ditch during the weekend snow storm. As of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to 24 property car crashes, two car crashes with injury and assisted 15 drivers with things like pulling their vehicles out of the ditch.
Authorities in Ashawaubenon report no injuries in a roof collapse caused by heavy snowfall Sunday morning. Nobody was in the enclosed pool area at about 10:00 A-M when that roof gave way at the EconoLodge. Ashwaubenon Public Safety Chief Eric Dunning says a 40-foot section of the roof fell in after a snowstorm dropped more than 15 inches of snow on the area. 65-guests of the hotel were relocated to more lodging nearby. Shortly after that incident, the roof of another building in the Ashwaubenon Business Park collapsed.
The former chief of police for the city of Thorp was found guilty Friday of sexually assaulting a child. The jury reached that verdict in the case against 74-year old Richard Boie. Boie was convicted of assaulting a 7 year old girl numerous times between 2013 and 2014. The girl told investigators that the assaults happened at Boie's home, and that he told her not to tell anyone. A sentencing hearing for Boie is scheduled for July 11. The maximum sentence for the charge is 60 years in prison.