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ELK MOUND – Officers now say there was no abduction in connection with a woman who texted police that she was being held against her will Tuesday.
A 19-year-old Whitehall woman allegedly held against her will by a man she met online was found unharmed this afternoon near Elk Mound. According to Sgt.
The family of Isaiah Thies – the two-year-old Polk County boy found dead in a car trunk – believes the toddler got into the vehicle on his own. Their pastor, Rick Van Gundy, said he also believes the family’s theory that Isaiah took the car keys from his dad’s auto repair business at their home, opened the trunk and crawled inside.
The demand for frac sand appears to be sinking in western Wisconsin and Minnesota – as least for now. Over 100 silica sand mines opened in the state in recent years, the most in the nation. However, both industry and government officials are saying the demand for frac sand has cooled off greatly this year – but it will grow again soon.
Aaron Schaffhausen will find out this afternoon if he’ll ever get a chance at freedom after he killed his three daughters and tried to burn down their home in River Falls last July. Prosecutors recommend three life terms for the murders with no chance for a supervised release plus an additional 12 1/2 years for the attempted arson. Schaffhausen, 35, failed to convince a jury that he was insane when he stabbed and slashed 11-year-old Amara, eight-year-old Sophie and five-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen at the home of his ex-wife. The couple divorced six months earlier, and Aaron admitted
A 27-year-old man injured in a single-car accident July 3 died yesterday (Wednesday, July 10), according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Joshua J. Weyker, Menomonie, was a front-seat passenger in a Chevrolet Impala driven by his wife when the accident occurred at 11:53 a.m. July 3 on the westbound side of I-94 at Milepost 36.5 near Knapp in Dunn County.
Gogebic Taconite has temporarily pulled its military-style security guards from its mining site in northern Wisconsin. The firm admitted Wednesday that Bulletproof Securities of Arizona worked for six days without having a state license. Private security firms are required to be licensed. If they’re not, the penalties can run up to $500 and six months in jail plus a one-year operating ban in Wisconsin. State safety officials did not say if they’ll seek penalties.
The house in River Falls where Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three daughters will be auctioned off in a sheriff’s foreclosure sale on Aug. 13. Schaffhausen defaulted on a mortgage he took out last March. That was two months after he and his wife divorced and he moved to North Dakota – and four months before he killed his daughters Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. Schaffhausen stopped making payments on the mortgage in January 2012, leaving $181,000 unpaid. He’ll be sentenced July 15. In April a jury rejected his insanity defense.
Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency Wednesday in St. Croix and six other counties hardest hit by torrential rains and floods over the past week. The seven counties are St. Croix, Grant, Crawford, Vernon, Richland, Iowa and Ashland. Walker toured Boscobel in Grant County, which had 13 inches of rain last weekend alone. Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management said he’s still rounding up damage reports to see if there’s enough to seek federal disaster aid.
Proponents of a smaller St. Croix County Board were right about one thing: There is more competition for fewer seats. In 2008, when all 31 seats were open, there were races in only four districts and there were no candidates on ballots in three districts. This year, as the number of districts is cut to 19, there will be 11 races, including one primary, and there are no districts lacking a candidate. The filing deadline was 5 p.m.