Alfred Straschinske Jr. car accident / hit in the rear
e Three Cars Collide on Hastings Way Eau Claire police investigated investigated three accidents Thursday and one early Friday. Two drivers were charged with violations and total estimated property damage was $850. Charles Smith, 19, Rt. 3, Colfax, Colfax, was charged with following following too closely at 3:15 p. m. Thursday after his auto was involved involved in a three-car mishap in the 400 block of N. Hastings Way. Police said his auto struck the rear of a stopped car driven by Alfred Straschinske Jr., 25, Rt. 2, Augusta. The Straschinske auto was pushed into the rear of a stopped car driven by Ronald Ronald Moe, 24, Rt. 3, Arcadia. Damage was estimated at $600. Fred James, 63, of 720 Fountain Fountain St., was charged with unsafe unsafe deviation from a traffic lane and for failing to give information information at an accident scene at 10:05 p.m. after his auto was 400 block of E. Madison St. Police said he was driving in the inside lane and swung out to go around a street construction construction barricade. His auto collided collided with a car driven in t h e left lane by Michael Quale, 19, of 1709 Birch St. James left the scene but was traced through his car license number obtained by Quale. Thursday at 12:05 p.m. police went to Putnam Drive. They reported Marcia Voth, 18, o f 1527 Badger Ave., was turn- ing onto Putnam from a private drive when her auto jumped the curb and struck a no parking sign. Damage was estimated at $180. Guy Hanson, 1202 Omaha St., called police at 12:25 a.m. today today and reported an auto struck the rear of his home and then drove off. He said the driver was attempting to make a turn in the 700 block of Center St. and backed into the house. Damage Damage was minor. Grocery Shoplifter Placed on Probation James A. Gedwellas, 20, of 404 Third St., who pleaded guilty guilty to a charge of stealing $5 in merchandise from the Randall Super Valu Wednesday, was sentenced in County Court late Thursday afternoon. The youth admitted he h a d shoplifted merchandise from the store on other occasions. Consequently, Judge Thomas H. Barland said he didn't feel the incident Wednesday was an impulsive impulsive act. He withheld sentence and placed the youth on probation to the State Department o f Health and Social Services for a year. He ordered Gedwellas to make restitution on all the merchandise he stole from the store, pay the court costs, and serve the first 12 days of his probation in jail under the Huber Huber Law, allowing him to go to and from his college classes. The first settlement at Columbus Columbus Ohio, was founded in November November 1788 by Benjamin Stites and 23 settlers.