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Murder for Hire: Chippewa Falls woman arrested after allegedly attempting to hire hitman

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – A Chippewa Falls woman is in custody after allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill a male acquaintance.

According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, authorities took Melanie S. Schrader, 47, of Chippewa Falls, into custody regarding a murder for hire investigation on Thursday, September 12.

Officers learned that Schrader wanted to kill a man.

Schrader arranged a meeting with undercover officers. During that meeting, Schrader provided money, an address and a picture of the person she wanted killed, according to police.

She was taken into custody without incident.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said bond was set at $250,000 on Friday. He also added Melanie brought a young child she was babysitting with her to the meeting with the “hitman.”

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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