Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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A 64-year old North Hudson man died when he lost control of his motorcycle in the village shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday. The accident, which occurred on Lemon Street near Monroe Street North, was reported at 11:10 a.m.
A 33-year-old St. Croix County man has been arrested and charged with three counts of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and the president’s family. Nicholas J. Anderson, Baldwin, was indicted by a grand jury last week, but the indictment was sealed until a warrant could be issued and he could be taken into custody, said a spokeswoman from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison. Anderson is accused of making the threats in three emails sent to the CIA on May 21, June 17 and June 18, said the spokeswoman.
Claiming they have been exposed to excess radiation, four Hudson Hospital & Clinics technologists have filed a lawsuit against the architectural firm that designed the hospital and the construction company that built it 10 years ago. The computed tomography (CT) technicians say quarter-inch plate glass rather than lead-shielded glass was installed in the windows between the scanning and control rooms, thus exposing the workers to more than 20 times the usual radiation.
A funnel cloud was spotted near Wausau this morning. The National Weather Service said there was a public report at 7 a.m. of an apparent twister that never landed. It was seen about seven miles west of Wausau near Hwy. 107 and Marathon County Road U. The Weather Service said many trees went down at that rural location. In the next county to the west, 1.5 inches rain fell near Loyal in Clark County. That was during the 6 a.m. hour this morning when heavy storms also hit the La Crosse region. Street flooding was reported in Onalaska, and Holmen had 55 mph winds.
A Hudson development group's contention that its longtime understanding with the bank should have protected it from foreclosure on $2 million in loans has been rejected by a Wisconsin appeals court. In a decision released last week, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a judgment by St. Croix County Judge Howard Cameron granting foreclosure in a case brought by Associated Bank against Miller Homes of Hudson LLC, Samuel E. Miller and Leo A. and Monica J. Draveling.
The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13). During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St.
The defense's expert witness, a clinical psychologist who claims Aaron Schaffhausen suffers from a rare mental illness and was insane when he killed his daughters, offered the only reasonable explanation for the murders, claimed public defender John Kucinski. Lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg called the defense's diagnosis of catathymia "a wild and unsupported opinion." He said the evidence shows Schaffhausen acted out of anger and revenge. Over a four-hour period Tuesday, the two attorneys made their closing arguments to the jury and a courtroom packed with observers, including Jessica Schaffha
Two of the officers first on the scene the day the children were killed were among those who testified Thursday afternoon in the Aaron Schaffhausen trial. In all 13 witnesses - including eight local law enforcement officers and two toxicologists and an evidence specialist from the state crime lab - testified as the trial to determine Schaffhausen's mental competency moved through its ninth day at the St.
The psychiatrist appointed by the court says Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he murdered his three little daughters. The clinical psychologist hired by the defense says he was not. Psychiatrist Ralph K. Baker testified Monday, and psychologist J. Reid Meloy took the stand Tuesday as the trial continued into its second week at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012, slayings of Amara, age 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5.
A $50,000 cash bond was set Monday afternoon for a witness who allegedly made vague threats toward witnesses and prosecutors in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial, currently underway at Hudson. Joseph Aaron Rollag, 31, of Andover, Minn., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Friday inside the Government Center shortly after he'd telephoned a psychiatric evaluating nurse and told her he was having, according to the criminal complaint, "vague homicide thoughts." The nurse subsequently called the St. Croix Dispatch Center, and an officer was sent to the hallway outside the courtroom.