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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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.
Her ex-husband was depressed when she met him, and throughout their 12-year relationship, the only constant was his obsession with video games, testified Jessica Schaffhausen in St.
HUDSON -- His defense attorney said Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three young daughters in River Falls without realizing what he was doing. The prosecutor said Schaffhausen murdered the children -- Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 - to punish his ex-wife. Public defender John Kucinski and lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg gave their opening statements Tuesday morning, outlining their arguments for jurors.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
In a decision filed March 12, a state appeals court sent a dispute over a fine for junk vehicles back to county court. In November 2011, the village of North Hudson issued two citations to Randy J. Krongard, claiming he had two junk vehicles in plain sight on his property at 712 Pine St. North. The village considered the vehicles -- a 1992 Ford van and a 1986 Winnebago RV -- junk because their Minnesota registration had expired. Krongard was fined $291. Krongard appealed to county court, but his appeal was dismissed by St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham.
Although a key issue has been settled, Wisconsin commuters hoping for a break from the expense and inconvenience of filing income tax returns at home and in Minnesota shouldn't breathe a sigh of relief yet. "I don't want to lose hope," said Wisconsin State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has actively advocated for reinstatement of reciprocity. But, she said, "I don't want to mislead people into believing it's resolved, when it's not.
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting another young man in a River Falls apartment nearly two years ago was sentenced this morning to three years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. At the conclusion of the March 1 sentencing hearing, St. Croix Judge Eric Lundell directed sheriff's deputies to take Anthony P. Velure into custody and transport him to Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Last November Velure, 500 Kennedy St., River Falls, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the June 27, 2011, death of Joshua R.
In a brief hearing this morning, St.