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On April 22, 2024 at approximately 11:23 AM, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office assisted Eau Claire Police Detectives with contacting three suspects in the Township of Elk Mound following an Armed Robbery that took place on Barland Street in Eau Claire on April 18th.

Bertrang was charged with armed robbery as a repeat offender and two counts of felony bail-jumping as a repeat offender. Pember was charged with armed robbery as party to a crime as a repeat offender and two counts of felony bail-jumping as a repeat offender. Leonard was charged with armed robbery as party to a crime, two counts of aggravated battery using a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor bail-jumping.

All three are being held on $25,000 cash bonds. They are set to appear in court on April 30 in Eau Claire Circuit Court.

SOUTHERN DUNN COUNTY, WIS. - On April 13, 2024, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible body in the Chippewa River, near Happy Island, in Southern Dunn County. Deputies responded to the scene with patrol boats and rescue/recovery equipment. The Wisconsin DNR also assisted at the scene.

The body was identified as a missing woman from Eau Claire, 56 year-old Margarite Endres, who had been missing since early February.

"The police department extends our condolences to the family and friends of Margarite. We would also like to extend our thanks to the members of the public who provided information, search and rescue teams, and other agencies that assisted in the search."

Chief Kelly Bakken, Altoona Police Department

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office and Eau Claire Police Department are investigating the incident.

MENOMONIE, WIS. - On April 20, 2024, at approximately 11:54 PM, the Dunn County CommunicationS Center was notified of a single vehicle crash near the intersection of County Road K and 670th Avenue in the Township of Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Menomonie Fire Department responded to the scene. 

Upon law enforcement’s arrival, it was learned there were three patients. The vehicle was located on its passenger’s side and had significant damage. One patient was ejected from the vehicle and two patients needed to be extricated from the vehicle by the Menomonie Fire Department. Due to the number of patients and the amount of extrication needed, assistance was requested from Spring Valley and Elmwood EMS. Three helicopters were also requested for assistance. Two patients were flown from the scene and another patient was transported by EMS and later flown to another hospital. 

Preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was southbound on County Road K when the vehicle crested a hill in the roadway. The vehicle entered the west ditch and began to correct. The vehicle overcorrected and lost control, striking a tree. Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash. This crash remains under investigation by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Kevin Bygd 

Dunn County, Wisconsin 


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