Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin.
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Polk County authorities said preliminary indications are that a prominent western Wisconsin lawyer’s death was accidental. Owen Williams, a former St. Croix County district attorney and practicing lawyer who worked around western Wisconsin, died Monday at his home. “It’s just a tremendous loss,” said Williams’ law partner, Nick Davis.
The former Hudson High School student depicted in a cellphone video performing sex acts on a juvenile girl was sentenced Wednesday in a case that has stretched out nearly four years. Hudson resident Alexander F. Gove was sentenced to three years on probation by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham. The town of St. Joseph man was also sentenced to 90 days already served in jail.
Safety continues to be a focal point on Pierce and St. Croix county waterways as summer enters its home stretch. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said this year has been catastrophe-free on his stretch the St. Croix River -- and he’d like to keep it that way. “This summer we’ve been very fortunate,” he said. A death last week on the St. Croix River in Chisago County, Minn., highlighted safety concerns on the river. In that instance, a swimmer attempted cross the St. Croix on Aug. 4, but struggled to keep afloat after reaching depths of more than 8 feet.
An armed man allegedly bent on harming potential witnesses and prosecutors in a high-profile murder trial two years ago roamed the halls of the St. Croix County Government Center. The man, who was arrested before any harm was done, was caught with two knives in his possession during the 2013 trial of Aaron Schaffhausen, the man convicted of killing his three daughters at their River Falls home. Joseph Rollag, the armed man at the government center -- which houses the courthouse -- later pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. St.
Two siblings were injured Wednesday at their Houlton home when a tram apparatus they were riding failed and crashed. The people, a 21-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl, were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries, said St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson. Authorities responded at 2:43 p.m. to 1436 Triangle Drive for a rescue call phoned in by another family member at the home.
A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced in Pierce County Circuit Court to six months in jail, seven years on probation and community service. He pleaded guilty May 26 to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of causing injury by intoxicated boat operation.
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A Somerset woman appeared in court in July on allegations that she stole more than $5,000 from a youth girls softball league. Tracy A. Breault, 45, was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court with one count of felony theft. She made her initial court appearance on July 23. According to a criminal complaint: St. Croix County sheriff’s investigators received a report of theft in February from the Somerset Girls Softball League. The league’s treasurer said he discovered a $7,181.62 shortfall in the softball league account.
A Florida man died Friday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in St. Croix County. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, 83-year-old John M. Sundeen of Cudjoe Key, Fla., died from injuries sustained in a Thursday night crash near Woodville.
The man convicted of opening fire on a carload of people last year in Hudson was sentenced Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison. The prison term for Minneapolis resident Ahmed Hirsi is to be followed by 35 years on extended supervision, according to presiding Judge James Peterson’s sentence. “You are, I would consider, a very dangerous man,” Peterson said at the hearing. Hirsi was convicted May 1 by a St. Croix County jury of 13 felonies, including three counts of first-degree attempted homicide after a weeklong trial.