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Two men arrested for burglary to house destroyed by fire in Rock Creek failed to show up for court

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  Two Eau Claire who were arrested in connection with a burglary to a house destroyed by fire in the Town of Rock Creek failed to show up for court.

Michael A. Tenney, 33, and Ryan J. Weiss, 38, both listed in court records with a Vine Street address in Eau Claire, failed to appear for an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court December 12 before Judge Rod Smeltzer.

Judge Smeltzer issued an arrest warrant for Tenney, for whom bail had been set with a $1,000 signature bond November 15.

Judge Smeltzer adjourned the initial appearance for Weiss and rescheduled the court hearing for January 9.

Bail has not yet been set for Weiss.

The two men were identified and arrested on a probation hold.

The burglary occurred in a home in the Town of Rock Creek destroyed by fire October 11.

The fire displaced the family from the residence.

According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department dated November 13, in the early morning hours of November 2, a family member had arrived at the residence and discovered two unknown men with a vehicle behind the residence.

When the family member asked what they were doing, the men said they were “looting the house” and then left the residence with a garbage can full of items.

One of the items stolen from the house, which is believed to have been sold by the suspects, was a signed red No. 45 Michael Jordan basketball jersey, according to the November 13 news release.

The Michael Jordan jersey was made available to the family through the “Make a Wish Foundation,” which with the help of volunteers and donors, grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

According to the November 21 news release, Tenney and Weiss were being held in the Eau Claire County Jail, and charges for the burglary were forwarded to the Dunn County District Attorney’s office.

Michael Jordan has been contacted about the stolen jersey and has since made contact with the victim and replaced the jersey.

According to online court records, Tenney pleaded guilty in Eau Claire Circuit Court in May of this year to felony strangulation and suffocation, felony intimidation of a witness and a misdemeanor count of battery and was sentenced to two years of probation on each count.

Several other charges against Tenney were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing, and he also is currently facing a charge of forgery in Eau Claire County.

Weiss currently is facing a felony bail jumping charge in Dunn County dating back to 2014 and was convicted of possession of narcotic drugs in Pepin County in a 2015 case. In April of 2016, Weiss was sentenced to one year and six months in state prison and to two years of extended supervision.

Weiss also has been convicted of delivering methamphetamine in Eau Claire County and has been convicted of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to probation in both of those cases.