Information on investigation and arrest for local threat cases:
On February 17, 2020 at approximately 10:05 a.m., the Eau Claire Police Department responded to a report of a threats case. Officers met with Brittany A. Frane DOB: 9-19-96. Frane told officers she received threatening text messages from an ex-boyfriend. Frane showed the officers texts sent to her as well as Frane's family members in which her ex-boyfriend had threatened to kill her, her family members, and anyone who attempted to stop him.
The text message also contained threats to the Stanley-Boyd Area School District. As a result of the threats to the school, officers notified Stanley-Boyd Area School District and the Stanley Police Department of the investigation. Information was provided that the suspect was possibly in the downtown area of Eau Claire. Patrol officers and detectives searched the area but nothing was located. Shortly before midnight, Eau Claire Police were notified that Frane had received more threatening texts. The nature of the texts insinuated the threat may be imminent so officers responded in emergency mode. The area was searched and nothing suspicious was located.
During the course of the investigation, officers were able to obtain Frane's cellular phone which was examined by the Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Lab. Digital forensic evidence was obtained which showed Frane had sent the threatening texts to herself and family members via an app. Stanley-Boyd Area School District and the Stanley Police Department were notified of this development.
On February 19, 2020, detectives arrested Frane for Felony Terrorist Threats and Felony Obstructing an Officer. Please see the attached media release for further details.
This afternoon representatives from the Wisconsin Association of Women Police awarded Officer Renee Stoik the 2019 Mary Rita Ostrander Leadership Award.
Officer Stoik received the award because of her outstanding work serving our Eau Claire community! Officer Stoik has distinguished herself through her daily work, formulating community-oriented policing initiatives and shown her dedication at countless community events. During Officer Stoik’s nine years with the Eau Claire Police Department, she has served as a role model and supported women in the policing profession. Congratulations Renee and thank you for your service!
Dear Mother Nature,
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, please change the weather forecast or we might arrest you! Happy #ValentinesDay #itscoldoutside
Thanks, WQOW Stormtracker 18 Weather for the non-optimistic weather map 😉