String of Eau Claire Crimes Pits Perception Against Reality

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3 Responses

  1. Margie

    Mr. Spingola…thank you for this critique of crime in our city. I’ve lived in the Chi-Valley for over 40 years now. The growth in the 1990s drew some bigger city problems to the area. The mall created a slew of new construction on the southeast side. Many of us want to have our cake and eat it too. We like all the new shops, restuarants, and services. We don’t like some of the problems that come along wih them. Your comments are reassuring to me.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  2. Ray

    Come on Margie. You know we’re the real crimes in Eau Claire happens. On the north side. The shop lifting at the mall or the drunks coming out of TGI Fridays don’t cause me to lose any sleep at night.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  3. Mary Jo

    I think the police are trying to keep the gang problem low key. The Hmong gangs seem to stop off in Eau Claire between Wausau and the Twin Cities. Interesting that the guy who died in the stabbing, Vue, had the same last name as the guy who committed the homicide up in Wausau. Any connection?

    October 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

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