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Placing purchased items in cost free plastic bags at retail outlets in St. Croix County may be a thing of the past if a proposal by Buck Malick, District 6 Supervisor, gains headway. Malick’s proposal said, “Effective Jan. 1, 2015, no retailer in St. Croix County shall provide free plastic bags, except for the original packaging for customer purchases.” He referred the proposal to the community development committee at the end of the board’s regular Jan.
The first of two men charged with releasing rodents into New Richmond businesses has been convicted. Daniel Birt Curran, 19, New Richmond, pleaded guilty to a non-criminal disorderly conduct on a county ordinance violation and was fined $25 on Jan. 16. A second man charged in the incidents, William Francis Curran, 25, New Richmond, was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 18 at 3:15 p.m. before Judge Scott R. Needham. The criminal complaint said Daniel Curran released a black and white mouse in the McDonald’s restaurant on April 19.
The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses. According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer.
A Minnesota man charged with a felony in connection with the shooting of another man while turkey hunting in the town of Somerset last April appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday. Anthony P. Cardarelli, 27, White Bear Lake, Minn., posted a $1,000 signature bond Oct. 24, on one count of second-degree reckless endangerment. The criminal complaint said Jerry Cusick suffered numerous shotgun pellet wounds to his face and chest when deputies and a game warden arrived about 7:23 a.m.
St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a body floating in the Apple River near the Apple River Campground, and just downstream from Village Park in Somerset on Sunday. The body of Charles R. Geiger, 47, of Somerset, was discovered by a group of kayakers at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson. He was fully clothed when found, but didn’t appear to have been fishing, and there weren’t any outward signs of trauma, Knudson said.
A Hudson man was sent to prison Friday in the death of an elderly woman from a distracted driving incident near Roberts last year. Robert Charles Boles, 38, was sentenced to three years in prison and five years extended supervision for one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Lucille M. Hanson, 84, was killed when she was struck by a 1997 Ford Taurus driven by Boles while walking on County TT near her home in Roberts. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Sept 19, 2012.
A proposal to close and sell the Baldwin Ag Center and move the offices to the Government Center in Hudson met with stiff opposition Tuesday morning at the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors meeting. Concerned citizens in the eastern part of the county, most of them farmers or with a connection to the 4-H programs, lined up to voice their disapproval of plans to move operations to Hudson. The plan was unveiled at a public informational meeting Sept. 25 at which some 50 persons attended. “Keep the extension office in Baldwin. The Ag center is in a perfect location.
The Health and Humans Services department staff will have some new digs since the St.
St. Croix County will begin the process of converting St. Croix Industries (SCI) to a private nonprofit organization following action by the board of supervisors Tuesday morning. The SCI issue has been before the board for months since Health and Human Services moved for the recommendation May 6. The issue was tabled at the June board meeting following a marathon discussion session from both the public and supervisors. The board approved the resolution by a 13-3 margin Tuesday.
More than two dozen peace officers from St. Croix County joined other law enforcement personnel in the search for a missing 2-year-old boy in Polk County last week. Isaiah Theis wandered away from the family home near Centuria June 16. He was discovered shortly after 10 p.m. June 17 in the trunk of a car on the family property by a deputy. Patrol Lt. Jason Sykora said 24 sheriff's deputies, two officers from the Woodville Police Department and two from New Richmond Police Department answered the call for help in the search for the boy.