Blood evidence left at an April 5 break-in burglary scene in Oak Grove Township led law enforcement to suspect Blake E. Halverson of River Falls, who is now facing one count of felony burglary of a dwelling. The 26-year-old is also out on parole for a 2009 armed robbery case in Pierce County and a 2010 burglary in St. Croix County. The property owner's son found the door of the Oak Grove house at W10713 Highway 10 ajar and the door's window broken after returning home from school April 5. He advised his mother who called law enforcement.
A May 19 traffic chase resulted in a crash and multiple charges against the Hastings driver and his passenger after the Pierce County Sheriff's Department discovered meth and THC in the vehicle. Joshua S. Holt, 30, Hastings, Minn., and Olyana S. Spychalla, 29, Hastings, Minn., were taken into custody with the aid of Goodhue County Sheriff's Department and Red Wing Police. The pursuit ended in a crash on County Road C near Highway 35 in Hager City around 8:57 p.m. May 19 where the driver attempted to flee.
A female reported to be unconscious and allegedly using intoxicants and cocaine turned violent after a Hammond police officer responded to 1110 Broadway St. in Hammond March 23. Patient-turned-suspect Jessica A. King, 38, Hudson, is facing charges of battery to law enforcement officer, two counts of battery to emergency rescue worker and resisting an officer. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines for each felony count.
A mistake was made at the middle school last week with the showing of a politically-slanted video (Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s I Pledge Video) to all students during “Peace One Day.” Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten would not talk about who authorized the video, but said the district made a mistake. In fact, she said “we are accepting responsibility and taking this very seriously.” An apology letter was quickly posted on the school’s website, penned by middle school Principal Dan Koch. Other media sources claim the video was essentially selected by a small group of teachers.