An Eau Claire man is charged with impersonating an officer, after police said he tried to recruit area kids to participate in an internship, by representing himself as a Drug Enforcement Agency agent. 20-year old Zachery Wojcik is charged with a misdemeanor. According to the criminal complaint, Wojcik promised at least three teenage boys an internship with the federal government, where he claimed to work. The boys told police Wojcik showed them handguns at his home, and would often carry one on his waistband. He also reportedly told police he recruits interns for the Republican Party in Wisconsin, but says he did tell the boys he works for the federal government. A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Wisconsin tells WQOW TV-18 News that Wojcik was fired in March, after just three months on the job. He'll be back in court May 22 for a hearing. The charge carries a maximum penalty of nine months in prison.
An alleged "porch pirate", accused of stealing packages left by UPS drivers outside several Eau Claire homes last Christmas, was back in court on Tuesday. As part of a plea agreement, Dowie Castillo pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, two counts of identity theft, bail jumping and car theft. Those charges spanned multiple cases. Wednesday, Castillo was also found guilty of methamphetamine possession. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 29.
The Eau Claire Area School District is reviewing its staffing needs for next year, but district officials said teachers don't have to fear for their jobs. As is required by state law, ECASD officials asked middle and high school teachers in advance if anyone would be willing to scale back their hours, simply to find out if that would be a potential money-saver down the line. But district officials said, as of now, they're not looking to make any kinds of reductions for next school year. This review process will continue at the school board meeting on Monday.
A Chippewa County man looking for a job, ended up with a stolen wheelbarrow and a theft charge instead. According to the criminal complaint, 32-year old Adam J. Greene dropped off a job application at Bloomer Hardware March 27. On his way out of the store, he stole a child's wheelbarrow. Bloomer police said the store's owner saw Greene steal the wheelbarrow on security cam footage. Several hours later, the owner called Greene back for a job interview, where he was met by police. Greene admitted taking the wheelbarrow for his kids and said he had no intention of paying for it. He's charged with retail theft.