Western Wisconsin News Briefs: Police warn Eau Claire residents lock up belongings while on vacationWestern Wisconsin News
-- Eau Claire police have issued a warning to residents to make sure and lock up their belongings if they're going to be away from home.
EAU CLAIRE - Eau Claire police have issued a warning to residents to make sure and lock up their belongings if they're going to be away from home.
Police Department officials say this time of year there are lots of opportunities for burglars. Officers suggest residents tell neighbors their travel plans and ask them to watch out for anything suspicious. They also recommend people avoid putting too much personal information on social media sites like Facebook.
Officials in Bayfield and Ashland Counties say there appears to be a slight rise in whooping cough cases. So far their have been six diagnosed. All of the children are school age. They had all received the pertussis vaccination. The bacterial infection is very contagious. The biggest identifier is the whooping sound a sufferer makes when they're inhaling between coughs.
A $15,000 donation from the National Rifle Association will be used to expand a state-run shooting range in Iron County. Two grants from the NRA had been used to upgrade Wisconsin ranges at Yellowstone Lake State Park in Lafayette County and another in the Kettle Moraine State Forest previously. Those grants are matched 3-to-1 from federal funds. The grant money comes from taxes paid by shooters and hunters on ammunition and equipment. The funding announced this week will go to the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range in northern Wisconsin.
The Grant County Sheriff’s office says 15 year old MaKayla Hore of Lancaster was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Liberty Township Wednesday afternoon. Four other teenagers injured in the crash remain in Grant Regional Hospital. The 16 year old driver, Morgan Hoehne, and 17 year old Jena Hore, 15 year old Nathaniel Tranel and 14 year old Kindra Yoose, were all said to be in stable to critical but stable condition. Grant County deputies say speed appears to be a contributing factor to the accident, but alcohol does not. All are students at Lancaster High School.