Weather Forecast


Update: Inmate charged with battery to deputy

Shane Kringen

A man facing felony charges in connection with a scuffle with jail deputies last week made an appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, Jan. 17.

Charges of battery to law officers, assault by a prisoner, resisting an officer, escape and bail jumping, were filed Jan. 10 against Shane Michael Kringen, 38, whose most recent address was listed as the Lino Lakes prison in Minnesota.

Sheriff John Shilts said Kringen forced his way out of a cell on Jan. 9, grabbed Sgt. Mark Thoms and had him down before other deputies were able to intervene and subdue the inmate.

The state called for a dismissal of the original charges and filled a new complaint Tuesday containing five similar felony counts in the incident and a preliminary hearing was set for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Kringen was ordered to post $50,000 cash bail. He appeared in court in orange prison garb, shackled with three deputies surrounding him Tuesday.

Court records said he is scheduled for a three-day jury trial April 17 on a string of felony charges including a fourth OWI arrest within five years, reckless endangerment and fleeing an officer.

Those charges stemmed from an Aug. 3, 2010, high speed chase Kringen was involved in from Hammond into the town of Hudson. Deputies fired shots and Kringen allegedly rammed three county squad cars before he fled on foot and was apprehended by a sheriff's K-9 partner.

The record also revealed Kringen was convicted of felony battery to a law officer on May 23, 2001, in St. Croix County and ordered to serve five years in prison and three years extended supervision.