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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Three felony charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle were filed Wednesday morning against one of the drivers involved in a Saturday accident in Roberts. Michael Thomas Johnson, 21, Mendota Heights, Minn., was also charged with a misdemeanor count of causing injury while driving drunk. An initial appearance on all four charges is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1. Johnson's four passengers, all young Minnesota men, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital Saturday night. Police and rescue workers responded to the crash at the east intersection of Hwy. 65 and Hwy.
A St. Croix County businessman found guilty of regularly stealing from his fuel oil customers was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison followed by 12 years of other supervision. John P.
A St. Croix County man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting his long-time girlfriend's daughters and sentenced in 2003 to 80 years in prison will stay there. In a decision filed June 2, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed two consecutive 40-year prison terms for Don Allan Ray Dougan, now 52.
The St. Croix County clerk of court who takes office at the start of 2011 will get an 11 percent pay raise, but there will be no increase for the sheriff. Next year's pay for the clerk will be $61,000 while the sheriff will be paid $80,225.
Creating jobs is nothing new to him and would, though in a less direct way than in his private life, be his priority as governor of Wisconsin, says Mark Neumann. Neumann, one of seven Republicans registered as candidates in this year's race, visited Hudson, River Falls and Menomonie Monday, walking the street in all three communities.
It would be prudent for St.
In a decision filed Tuesday, the Court of Appeals ruled that a homeowners' policy precludes coverage for wrongful death claims for a child who died while in her stepmother's care. The appeals court reversed a decision by St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack. The case stems from the death of Emma Day, 8, who had frequent epileptic seizures and was sent home Nov. 27, 2006, after suffering two seizures at school.
With only days left in the current legislative session, local lawmakers are concerned about an attempt to fast-track a bill that would overhaul voter registration laws. Companion bills introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature would make voter fraud easier, would increase costs for property taxpayers and are being rushed through without analysis, say Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson. Companion bills, Senate Bill 640 and Assembly Bill 895, were introduced March 23 and 24 respectively. Public hearings were held March 31.
The fact that a man was tailgating a semi with his high beams on was reason enough for a State Patrol officer to stop the driver on I-94 and charge him with drunken driving, ruled appeals court judges. In a decision filed March 23, the District III Court of Appeals upheld Robert Tomaszewski's conviction of driving while intoxicated, fifth or greater offense. In September 2008 St.