Bloomer Man Arrested After Damaging Local Trail

Bloomer Man Arrested After Damaging Local Trail

After years of investifation, a Bloomer man was arrested for charges includeing Criminal Damage to Property.

On Friday, October 9th, Deputies with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 60 year old David L. Lunemann, as a result of a 4 year investigation. The initial investigation was generated in 2016 by over 30 complaints of pornographic images and sexually explicit / homophobic notes regarding children being posted on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail system, Hickory Ridge Trails system, horse trails, and other county roadways within Chippewa County.


An annual fall mountain bike / trail running race on the Hickory Ridge Trails and an annual spring trail running race on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail have been targeted of the harmful material for the last 6 years. These events have numerous juvenile participates and spectators who may have been exposed to the images and notes.

Additionally, it is believed the notes were placed to harm the reputation of a local business.

The Hickory Ridge trail system, located in the Chippewa County Forest, is a top destination in the State of Wisconsin for cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and other recreational activities. In the last month alone, the Hickory Ridge trailhead was visited by over 550 vehicles. The popular Ice Age National Scenic Trail system runs through northern Chippewa County with the Chippewa Moraine Center, in the Town of Sampson, being its main trailhead within the county.

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