Local News 5/1/18

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WQOW

Harsh words accompanied a harsh penalty in Dunn County Monday, for the man who killed three people while driving the wrong way down I-94 last year.  "The good news for Mr. Kundilovski is that he will have a life, it will just be a life where he is not free to be out in the community," said Judge James Peterson. Serghei Kundilovski pleaded guilty last year to killing three men in a crash after he was huffing aerosol fumes.  District Attorney Andrea Nodolf asked for the maximum saying  "It is not an accident when a grown man decides to huff air duster cans to get high and gets behind the wheel,"/  Judge James Peterson ultimately gave Kundilovski the maximum penalty, 75-years in prison.

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Officials with Eau Claire Emergency Management tell News 18 that the large grass fire in the Pleasant Valley area has been contained.  The fire started near Birch Road and County Hwy F.  A number of surrounding roads were blocked off because of the blaze. Crews are still determining the exact acreage that was damaged in the fires, but a Wisconsin DNR spotter plane was able to determine the damage area stretched for at least a mile and was roughly 1/8 of a mile wide.  Officials still do not know the cause of the fire.  No homes were damaged in the fire, but Murphy did tell News 18 that a small, unoccupied building was destroyed.

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In Chippewa County, hundreds of pounds of pills are now out of reach, and in the hands of the Department of Justice thanks to the Drug Take Back program.  The Chippewa Falls Police Department dropped off more than 700 pounds of drugs collected from around Chippewa County since last October.

In Eau Claire County, the sheriff's office turned in 1,750 pounds of unwanted drugs - 300 pounds of which were turned in at the drug take back event over the weekend.  There are Five permanent drop off locations available year round including;  Altoona Emergency Services Building, Eau Claire County Courthouse-Law Enforcement Center Lobby, Eau Claire County Jail Lobby,  Fall Creek Village Hall, Augusta City Hall.

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Part of Foxconn Technology's plans to create a next-generation environment around its new Wisconsin plant includes the use of autonomous or "driverless" trucks.  The trucks would carry products between the new facility in Mount Pleasant, to General Mitchell International Airport - using Interstate-94 part of the way.  The hi-tech driver-less trucks could be on the road as soon as 2021.  Foxconn is also discussing the use of self-driving cars to carry the thousands of workers from park-and-ride lots to the plant.

-Wheeler News Service

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