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A woman convicted of embezzling money from Hudson Middle School booster club and a private firm was sentenced to probation in a plea bargain Monday, Oct. 29. Brenda L. Lutovsky was ordered to serve three years' probation and pay full restitution by Judge Eric J. Lundell. She was originally charged with three felony counts of theft in a business setting. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors in the plea bargain and Lutovsky was ordered to pay $729 court costs.
Michael T. Wakeling Sr., a Houlton native and former St. Croix County Sheriff's investigator, died Friday, Oct. 26. He was 66. Wakeling, a 1964 graduate of Hudson High School, spent 32 years in the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and retired June 3, 2006. He served as an investigator of sexual assault and child abuse cases from most of his career. He was inducted into the HHS Wall of Fame in 2007. During an interview with the Star-Observer in June 2006, Wakeling told about applying for a job with the department. "Back then, all you needed was a No. 12 shoe, a No.
The shooting of a town of Eau Galle man in a standoff with sheriff's deputies last month was justified two separate investigations have determined. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22. "It is clear by the information provided that the shooting by law enforcement officers was justified," said St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson a letter dated Oct. 11 following a review of the incident by his office. "The information that I find most compelling is Mr.
A series of seemingly unrelated events last week all came together to conger up memories of significant moments in the history of the National Football League. I purchased an 8 x 10 framed glossy photo of the Green Bay Packers in action in a secondhand store in River Falls. Later I heard of the death of former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras. What do these two things have in common?
The St. Croix County Sheriff's department has identified the victim in a rural Somerset house fire late Friday. Thomas H. Cook, 70, was found dead in his house at 2107 County Rd. I. A deputy was dispatched at 11:59 p.m., Oct. 5. A Somerset fire crew was on hand and the structure was fully engulfed in flames with massive smoke surrounding the area, the sheriff's report said. The official cause of the fire has not been determined but Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said a space heater was suspected.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors rejected a move to close its nursing home facility in New Richmond and passed a resolution to build a new one in a marathon meeting Tuesday. Supervisors Daryl Standafer, Tim Hood, Fred Yoerg, Buck Malick, Chris Kilber, Richard Ottino and Tom Hawksford voted to close the facility but the resolution passed by a 12-7 margin. Options left before the board included building a new nursing home or maintaining the status quo with expense reductions. The option to build a new facility passed on a 10-8 vote.
It was going to happen sooner or later. Too bad it cost the Green Bay Packers on a national stage. The situation is the NFL's use of replacement officials while the regular referees are locked out during contract negotiations. It's become obvious over the first three week of the regular season the replacements are in way over their heads. Never more so than the Packers' 14-12 loss to the Seahawks in Monday night's game at Seattle.
A town of Eau Galle man was killed Saturday evening in a standoff with sheriff's deputies. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot at least twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22, said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. The sheriff's report said at 7:46 p.m. deputies arrived at 2648 Boston Rd. in response to a 911 call. A woman reported her husband was intoxicated, suicidal and armed with a handgun. McDonnell entered the home brandishing a handgun and ordered her and two teenaged children to leave.
The defense will be able to retain copies of specific sensitive materials in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case following a hearing Thursday afternoon. Judge Howard W.
The 2012 harvest at Martell Vineyards last weekend was a bittersweet event. Not only did a harsh growing year with a spring frost wipe out the La Crescent grapes and reduce the total harvest to about half last year's 37-ton production, but also owner Tom Martell, who established the five acres of grapes outside Somerset, died just five weeks before the harvest. His memory will live on and the vines will not go fallow. New owner Rod Benson was on hand for the harvest. The retired U.S.