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A man led Minnesota and Wisconsin sheriff's deputies on a chase in a reported stolen car Thursday morning and remained at large in the early afternoon. St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts said Loren H. Phillips, 43, was the alleged driver of a stolen car taken from 787 Pine Ridge Terrace, town of Troy. The car was reported headed into Minnesota, and Washington County authorities located it. They gave chase back into Wisconsin where the vehicle crashed near County Road V and 150th Street in the town of St.
A former Hudson liquor store manager has been convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars while on the job. Nathan Michael Dusek, 38, Knapp, who began working at Chicone's Liquors in 1994 and later became manager, pleaded no contest to one count of felony theft in a business setting Thursday afternoon in an agreement that included dismissal of a felony theft by false representation charge and a pledge to significantly contribute to restitution. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Judge Scott R. Needham who set a sentencing hearing for May 4 at 3 p.m.
The road to a consolidated and updated recycling and solid waste ordinance got a little longer after the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors tabled the issue Tuesday morning. The process hit a snag when Supervisor Linda Luckey said she had concerns about a portion of the ordinance and offered her written amendment to the section on inspections. "Trash cans shouldn't be subject to government searches.
The new year brings a surcharge on unemployment taxes for Wisconsin businesses to cover interest costs on federal loan money. A letter from the Department of Workforce Development Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) in November informed large and small businesses that Wisconsin's unemployment insurance reserve fund had to rely on federal loans to help fund benefits...
Two established incumbents have chosen not to bid for another term on the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors and others followed the trend. Roger Rebholz and Esther Wentz have made it official with papers filed in County Clerk Cindy Campbell's office.
A woman charged with three felony counts of theft in connection with the alleged pilfering money from Hudson Middle School funds and other organizations made an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Brenda L. Lutovsky, 42, was represented by Steve Meshbesher at the Dec. 22 hearing. Judge Eric J. Lundell set a preliminary hearing for March 2 at 1 p.m. Court records list a post office box number in Sarasota, Fla., for her address.
Steve Lewis is hanging it up after 26 years with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. His last day is Dec. 31. But he isn't getting entirely away from law enforcement although his future plans include starting a new business. "I will be a part-time police chief in Star Prairie," Lewis said during a reception honoring his retirement in the government center Friday, Dec. 16. His new business plans include distributing barbeque equipment from small to large. Some outdoor cookers are big enough to roast a hog. "They are small and large, from home to commercial use.
Dave Gifford is about to embark on his third career. The 55-year-old Hudson native will retire from the St. Croix County sheriff's Department Dec. 31 after 18 and one-half years. He plans to pursue another career in the Hudson area but wasn't at liberty to disclose exactly the nature of his new endeavor during a conversation in his office last week. Gifford went through the old traditional ladder of promotion at the sheriff's department.
An attempt to consolidate and streamline St. Croix County's solid waste reduction, recovery and recycling ordinance ran into some rough road last month at a public hearing. A proposed new ordinance that was designed to make things simple garnered a substantial reaction. "At the Nov. 30 public hearing, 20 individuals submitted written or verbal comments, 15 were against the proposal," said Ellen Denzer, county senior planner.
The St. Croix County Transportation Committee will hear appeals to highway department decisions on access to county roads following a resolution passed by the board of supervisors Tuesday morning. The resolution was developed because there was no appeals process in place to deal with decision made by the highway commissioner on issues dealing with county roadways.