A Dresser man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting kids and creating child pornography. Blake Reber faces 50 felony counts in all, including child sexual assault, child exploitation and possession child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, investigators said they found dozens of pictures and videos of child porn showing two girls, both under the age of 13. Detectives said Reber confessed, telling them that he didn't know what he was thinking and that a 'demon popped out'. His first court appearance is scheduled for May 14.
The main suspect in what Chippewa Falls police call one of their largest drug busts ever was sentenced in federal court Tuesday. Shane Johnson was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possessing more than 50 grams of meth, with the intent to distribute. In November of 2017, Chippewa Falls police officers executed a warrant at Johnson’s residence where they found methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, along with vials of what officers suspected to be steroids, and multiple bags of unknown powders. The methamphetamine was analyzed and found to be approximately 98% pure. In addition to prison time, Johnson was also ordered to serve 10 years of extended supervision. A man who was run over by a squad car while lying in the road is now suing the Menomonie Police Department and the city.
Lawyers for Brett Schulte filed the lawsuit in Dunn County Court. Schulte, from Ellsworth, was injured last October during UW Stout's homecoming. Investigators said he was drunk, lying in the road, on a dark and rainy night, when a police officer swerved to avoid him, but ran over the lower part of his body. The lawsuit claims the officer, police department and the city are negligent. The suit doesn't say how much money is being sought, but Schulte did file a $500,000 claim last year, which was rejected by the city council.
The Eau Claire City Council took up several topics at its regular council meeting, including a future site for a temporary city hall and the possibility of adjusting bus rates for low-income riders. The city council approved dropping the bus fare by 25 cents and the monthly pass by $5 for people who have annual incomes below $15,000. City data shows that makes up nearly half of all city bus riders. The rate changes would go into effect in July. Tuesday, the council also decided to host meetings inside the county board room, and still house the temporary city hall at the former 3M building on Prairie Lane.