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HUDSON --Jessica Schaffhausen took the stand for most of the morning Thursday and continued in the afternoon in the trial of her ex-husband, Aaron Schaffhausen, convicted of killing their three daughters. Jessica Schaffhausen, 33, answered questions by public defender John Kucinski in the insanity phase of the trial that began this week. She was stoic as the testimony droned on and broke down only when recalling the events when her three children were murdered in their River Falls home July 10. She recalled the phone message she received when Aaron called and said he had "killed the kids."
Express Employment Professionals of River Falls is hosting the 2013 Refresh Leadership Simulcast, a nationwide educational event on April 17 featuring an all-star lineup of speakers who have proven they don't just understand the principles of leadership - they live them. Featured speakers include founder of Alltop.com and best-selling author Guy Kawasaki, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday Terry Bradshaw, and workplace communication and performance expert Amanda Gore. Set for Wednesday, April 17, the Refresh Leadership Simulcast will be broadcast at UWRF Universi
Parents of special needs or disabled children in St.
Legislation is being proposed to prohibit frac-sand mining within 2,500 feet of a residential area. Growth of the frac-sand mining industry leads Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout to introduce legislation with some controls. Five bills being proposed would give property owners and local government more power to control where the mines and processing plants can be located. Vinehout's district in the western part of the state is home to several frac-sand operations. Statewide there are up to 50 mining plants going now, with dozens more proposed.
New Jersey authorities report they have arrested a man who was found with 21 tons of stolen Wisconsin cheese in his possession. The 34 year old from Plainfield, Illinois, was picked up March 26 driving a refrigerated truck carrying 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese. K&K Cheese of Cashton valued the cargo at an estimated $200,000. Authorities say the suspect submitted false paperwork to take the cheese. K&K can't guarantee the truckload wasn't compromised, so it's not asking to have the cheese returned. If the cheese passes health inspections, it will be donated to a New Jersey charity.
The ACLU has sent complaints to the U.S. Department of Education about three Wisconsin schools which separated boys and girls into single-sex classrooms. The group's Wisconsin chapter is asking if Riverview Middle School in Barron and Robinson and McLenegan Elementary Schools in Beloit are violating Title Nine with the separation. Title Nine bars sex discrimination in education. The Beloit School District says the curriculum is the same for single-sex and combined-sex classes at the two schools and parents are allowed to choose which classes their children will attend.
"I wander thro' each charter'd street Near where the charter'd Thames does flow, And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe/ In every cry of every Man In every Infant's cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forged manacles I hear. How the Chimney-sweeper's cry Every black'ning Church appalls; And the hapless Soldier's sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls.
A River Falls man pleaded guilty to homicide and arson charges in the deaths of his three young daughters Thursday afternoon, March 28, in the first phase of the murder case. Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, Minot, N.D., pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson before Judge Howard W. Cameron in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The case will move to a second phase Monday, April 1, with jury selection in which the defense must prove Schaffhausen was not responsible for his actions at the time he committed the crimes.
Parents of Whitnall School students vented their anger at a special meeting this week at which the district tried to explain why parents weren't told immediately when the school's food service director was arrested for child enticement. James Heidke, 55, was arrested February 23, and parents weren't informed until March 5. WISN-TV aired a story on the arrest the day before the parents were officially notified. Those parents say they should have been told much earlier. Heidke was charged with using a computer to try to commit a child sex crime.
An Oshkosh man and his 18-year-old son were taken to jail, after they and two others were arrested in a road-rage incident that ended in a fight on a freeway near Neenah. Winnebago County sheriff's deputies said two vehicles cut each other off yesterday afternoon on Hwy. 41. People in both vehicles exchanged hand gestures before they stopped and confronted each other. A passing motorist saw two people fighting on the shoulder of the road and called 911. Officers eventually found both vehicles.