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A man accused in the murder of his three daughters last summer did not meet the court's deadline for entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Friday. Public defender John Kuscinski said his client, Aaron Schaffhausen would most likely appear in court next at a scheduled hearing in January. Earlier in the proceedings, Judge Howard W. Cameron had set a Dec. 14 deadline for Schaffhausen to enter an insanity plea.
Marie Salzman Corcoran 600 words/ 21 inches Marie Salzman Corcoran has been through a lot since moving to New York City 13 years ago, the recent superstorm events included. She still isn't ready to leave Gotham and return home to Hudson, but admits she thought about it after the last series of events. Corcoran, who suffered through the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept.
A River Falls man has been found guilty of homicide in the shooting death of a friend during the summer of 2011. Anthony Palmer Velure, 27, pleaded no contest to homicide by handling a dangerous weapon Friday (Nov. 9) in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Judge Eric J. Lundell ordered a pre-sentence investigation and held off on scheduling a sentencing hearing until the PSI is concluded in about eight weeks. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine.
A Hudson native has moved up in the ranks of citizen soldier to company commander. Cpt. Jared Bollom, HHS 1996, was installed as commander of an Army National Guard company in North Dakota Oct. 21. "I recently took command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of Fargo, N.D.," said Bollom, "It's a big honor to be asked to take company command." "It did vie for the job; brigade command approached me," Bollom said, "It's humbling." Bollom graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2000.
Sometimes Steve T'Kach looks back on his life in Washington, D.C., and wonders if it was all a dream. It's not usual for a small town boy to make it all the way to the environs of the U.S. Justice Department, but he did. T'Kach, 56, is back in the Hudson area after taking an early retirement from his government position. He took time last week and reflected on anything but a standard career path. He graduated from Somerset High School in 1974, went on to earn a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and then added a degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St.
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.