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The St. Croix County Sheriff's department is asking the public for information on a man missing for a year from his Baldwin home. Investigator Cary Rose is investigating the case of David L. Wobig, 50, who was last seen Feb. 3, 2012. "It's like he fell off the face of the earth," Rose said. Wobig is described as a white male 5-foot-8, 180 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes. He was born Aug. 12, 1962.
The prosecution will have access to all records relative to Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity plea following a judge's ruling in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday morning. During a one hour, 15 minute-hearing Jan. 31, Judge Howard W. Cameron granted a motion by Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg requesting disclosure of Schaffhausen's mental health treatment records and other relevant materials. Schaffhausen is charged in the deaths of his three young daughters last summer in their River Falls home.
A Wisconsin DNR conservation warden formerly of Hudson and River Falls has been named regional warden of the 19-county West Central Region headquartered in Eau Claire. Rick Rosen, 42, was stationed in River Falls in 1999 then moved to Hudson in 2000 serving St. Croix and Pierce counties. He started his career with the DNR as a limited-term employee park ranger in 1994, the DNR said in a Jan. 8 news release. "When I got out of college (UW-Stevens Point, class of 1994) there was a hiring freeze in the state," Rosen said in a telephone conversation last week.
Larry Szyman is the first member of a fledgling service in the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. A pastor at Faith Community Church in Hudson, Szyman has joined the Sheriff's Chaplain Service to aid deputies with the difficult task of dealing with the victims of tragedy. He applies the skills of his profession to comforting the people who suffer from injury and loss. With a little more than a month on the job, the pastor has been called upon three times for his services in difficult situations.
Judge Howard Cameron fielded a slew of motions in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case Thursday, including one filed recently. The St. Croix County judge accepted Schaffhausen's plea of not guilty by mental defect or illness filed by the defense the previous day for a ruling at the regular scheduled motion hearing Jan. 17. The law required Schaffhausen, who appeared from jail where he has been held on $2 million bond on suicide watch, to answer the judge's question to affirm the NGI plea.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors stepped up to the plate again to address the question of selling county land for a capital projects fund Tuesday, Jan.
A St. Croix County Highway Department employee has been charged with telephone harassment in connection with threatening phone calls made to a fellow employee following a pay for performance meeting. Kenneth Lyle Gregg, 61, Ellsworth, made an initial appearance before Judge Scott Needham Jan. 3 on two misdemeanor counts of telephone harassment and pleaded innocent to the charges. The criminal complaint alleged Ken Crotty of the highway department received a series of messages from Gregg Dec.
Sharleen Croes said she dragged her feet on retirement until she was over 70, but has finally made the choice. Jan. 3 marked her last day as real property lister in the St. Croix County Planning and Zoning office after more than 20 years on the job. "I loved the job," the town of Cylon native said during a conversation late last week as she reflected on the past two decades. Contrary to what her title suggests, the position doesn't include listing property as such. "We check a deed to make sure it is right and put it in for tax purposes," she said.
Minnesota Viking quarterback Christian Ponder's sneak across the border to get married quietly in Hudson Dec. 17 is nothing new for the city. Back in the day, Hudson was known as a Greta Green for the Twin Cities because Wisconsin did not have a waiting period or license requirement for marriage when Minnesota did. The situation created a niche for commerce in the town because a number of Minnesota residents, particularly from St.
A former treasurer of a Willow River Elementary school parent group was convicted in a theft case Wednesday afternoon Dec. 19. Nichole R. Haugen, 30, pleaded no contest to multiple counts of theft in a business setting before Judge Howard W. Cameron. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, probation for three years, 120 hours of community service and fined $1,215. In addition, Haugen was ordered to pay $22,874 restitution to the Willow River Parent Group. Haugen was treasurer of the non-profit organization and one of only two officers who had access to the group's checking account.