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LAKE HALLIE — A Lake Hallie man who cooked methamphetamine at his residence, adjacent to a day care, is headed to prison.

David M. Winarski, 41, 11079 17th Ave., pleaded no contest in May in Chippewa County Court to maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of methamphetamine, attempted possession of meth, as well as misdemeanor battery charge from Eau Claire County.

On Monday, Chippewa County Judge Roderick Cameron sentenced Winarski to four years in prison plus an additional six years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint:

Lake Hallie police were informed Jan. 3 that Winarski was making meth at his home, and then taking the waste outside and burning it in a fire pit. Winarski’s home is adjacent to Circle of Friends Early Learning Center.

Police searched the residence and found a mobile meth lab in the freezer, plus ingredients for making the drug, such as drain cleaners, lithium batteries and boxes of medicine. No one was home at the time.

Investigators interviewed Winarski in the Chippewa County Jail, where he admitted to meth use and making the drugs.

Chippewa County Aasistant district attorney Roy Gay said the sentencing followed the recommendation ofa presentence investigation.

“I thought it was an appropriate sentence,” he said.


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