The Lake Wissota Lions Club hosts its first annual Water Safety and Education Day.More >>
Lake Hallie (Press Release) - On Friday, November 13, 2009 at about 3:47 a.m. Officer Hakes of the Lake
Hallie Police Department responded to Randy's Holiday Towing located on 115th Avenue in Lake Hallie.
The investigation showed that someone had forced their
way through the front door to gain entry to the building. Once inside the
building the suspect then stole a pickup truck of an employee, by driving the
truck through the overhead garage door. The City of Eau Claire Police located
the truck later in the day.
Before releasing the recovered truck to the owner, Officer Hakes swabbed
the inside of the vehicle for the purpose of collecting DNA. Swabs taken from
the truck were sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab to be processed. At the time the owner of the truck was
identified as being in the vehicle and one "unidentified" male's DNA was also
The "unidentified" male DNA remained that way until March of 2012 (2
years and 4 months later) when a "match" was reported to the Lake Hallie
Police. It was reported that a subject who was currently on probation and
residing in Sauk County was a suspect. The "match" was a result of
the State DNA data information system.
Officer Hakes traveled to Sauk County with a search warrant to obtain
the suspect's DNA to be used in a comparative analysis for confirmation. The
suspect was interviewed and his DNA collected. The subject admitted to Officer
Hakes that he forced open the business door and stole the truck. It was reported
that he was fleeing the area as he thought the Lake Hallie Police were after
him for a fight. Officers responded to an area bar for a fight, but were unaware
of the suspect or his involvement in that fight.
On May 17, 2012 a Criminal Complaint was filed in the Chippewa County
Courthouse charging Curtis W. Brown age 25, of Lyndon Station with Burglary of
a Building, Felony Criminal Damage, Operating a vehicle without Owner's
consent, and Misdemeanor Theft. Mr.
Brown has a Court appearance date of July 24, 2012. According to the
investigation the suspect is not known by the owner of the business or the
vehicle which was stolen.
This case is just one example how proper DNA collection has changed
the way Law Enforcement collects evidence.
Fall Creek (WQOW)- A home on Partridge Road exploded Sunday afternoon. The Township Fire Department says the family is out of town and no one was hurt in the blast. Right now crews are on scene investigatingMore >>
A home on Partridge Road exploded around noon on Sunday. The Township Fire Department says the family is out of town and no one was hurt in the blast.More >>
Jackson County (WQOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in which a pedestrian was hit by a semi in a parking lot. It happened after 4 p.m. at the Hixton Travel Plaza parkingMore >>
Washburn County (WQOW) - It's been 17 years since a girl disappeared after getting off a bus in Washburn County. New details in the case could be released this weekend. Sara Bushland was last seen inMore >>
It's been 17 years since a girl disappeared after getting off a bus in Washburn County.More >>
GORDON, Wis. – Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire whichMore >>
Wildfire crews from the Department of Natural Resources, working through the night and joined by more than 100 municipal firefighters, have largely surrounded the Germann Road Fire which has scorched 8,700 acres of forest land in Douglas and Bayfield counties.More >>
Chippewa County (WQOW) - Even with the fire ban lifted, Chippewa fire crews are reminding everyone conditions are still dry. Emergency crews spent part of their evening battling a grass fire in ChippewaMore >>
Even with the fire ban lifted, Chippewa fire crews are reminding everyone conditions are still dry.More >>
I just happened to be taking some pictures early Tuesday morning and decided to take a look at the eagle's nest over the driveway. I was shocked! There was our Spring baby!More >>
I just happened to be taking some pictures of our goats, that walk across a bridge 12 feet in the air, early Tuesday morning and decided to take a look at the eagle's nest. I was shocked! There was our Spring baby!More >>
Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's no debating that obesity is a serious problem in this country. What may be open for debate is what the government can do to address it. Eau Claire's Comprehensive Plan hasMore >>
It's a unique step that's never been done in Eau Claire before. The data would be calculated using the body mass index.More >>
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