Wednesday, March 21st


BLACK RIVER FALLS -- Deanna Lisota is looking forward to retiring from The Consignment Shop & More, which she expects to close by April 15 at 118 Main St. in downtown Black River Falls.

“I’m 74 and ready to retire,” she said Tuesday. She owns the consignment business, which she opened in April 2005. She and her husband, Donn Lisota, own the building and are selling it to Danyal Durman.

Lisota said she has had a “for sale” sign in her store’s window for about three years.

The Consignment Shop & More sells items such as furniture, clothing, jewelry, household goods, books and gifts. Lisota started a store-closing sale on March 14, the day after she and her husband accepted Durman’s offer for the building.

A 36-year-old Blair man has been charged with third-offense drunk driving and third-offense driving with a prohibited blood-alcohol content.

According to the criminal complaint, Jarrod I. Peterson was pulled over after accelerating from a stop sign onto Highway 95 in the town of Springfield shortly after 2 a.m. and nearly causing a collision with a squad car. Peterson's vehicle then drifted over the centerline before police could execute the traffic stop. Peterson acknowledged pulling out in front of the squad car but denied consuming alcohol.

A passenger told police they were on their way to the passenger's residence so he could take his seizure medication. The passenger was heavily intoxicated and later suffered a seizure and stopped breathing. He regained consciousness and was breathing again when emergency responders arrived.

BLACK RIVER FALLS -- A 49-year-old Black River Falls man has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct/domestic abuse for two incidents here.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a Fillmore Street residence March 3, where Harold D. Charneski was accused of trespassing. A woman told police she and Charneski had been living together but that she has asked him to leave by Feb. 28. The woman said she had obtained papers for eviction and harassment injunctions but had yet to file them and that Charneski was still residing there. After she asked Charneski to leave, he responded by threatening to take everything out of the house. She said Charneski told her that the "whole town" is on his side and that he uses that to control her.

A 41-year-old Black River Falls man has been charged with operating a vehicle without the owner's consent after driving off with another person's car as it was warming up in a parking lot March 3.

According to the criminal complaint, Christopher A. Doeslaere drove away from the Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls shortly before 7 a.m. The owner called police after returning to the parking lot and reporting it missing. Police were able to identify Doeslaere, who stopped at a kiosk an hour before to obtain a rewards card. Surveillance video then matched Doeslaere as the suspect who drove off in the victim's car.

Later that day, police received a call from Doeslaere, who said he was at a town of Millston residence.

Despite new competition, Wisconsin's frac sand industry has come roaring back from a slump that idled mines two years ago, fueled by a continued surge in domestic crude oil production.

“They can pretty much sell all the sand they want,” said Kent Syverson, an industry consultant and chair of the geology department at UW-Eau Claire.

After a strong 2017, U.S. frac sand demand is expected to grow again this year and could hit an all-time high in 2019, according to producers and industry analysts.

“We’re looking at a really good year,” said Rich Budinger, spokesman for the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, who noted that many idled mines are ramping up again.

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