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A man accused in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence last Tuesday made his initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5. An autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office said Amara and Sophie died from sharp force injuries to the right side of their necks.
A former Somerset man was sentenced to jail and probation in a conviction on one felony count of possession of child pornography Tuesday, May 22. Richard Lewis Tereau, 42, St. Paul, avoided prison if he never returns to Judge Howard W. Cameron's court on a criminal charge. Judge Cameron sentenced Tereau to 10 months in St. Croix Count Jail and seven years probation.
St. Croix County continues a search to fill two staff positions. Administrator Pat Thompson told the board of supervisors Tuesday, May 1, he is in the process of recruiting a new finance director and a new planning and zoning director to fill vacancies. "At this point, I'm not ready to recommend a candidate (for finance director)," he said. "I want to take time and do this right.
Editor's note: This story was published May 2012.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's department was continuing the investigation of a stabbing incident in rural Somerset Sunday night. Sheriff John Shilts said Monday morning deputies were called to 1952 County Rd. I at 10:20 p.m. where Timothy P. Burdick, 41, had suffered multiple stab wounds to his legs and stomach. Burdick was evacuated to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. George Willie Elmore, 51, was arrested and taken to jail in the incident.
A man arrested 16 months ago in a child pornography investigation was convicted in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Richard Lawrence Tereau, 41, St. Paul, who was a town of Somerset resident at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of child pornography. The remaining 10 counts in the case were read into the record for purposes of a surcharge. Judge Howard W.
The investigation of St. Croix County's most prominent cold case is about to heat up a little more. The murder of William S. "Junior" Clapp at 2:35 a.m. April 25, 1993, from a single gunshot wound at his rural Roberts farm house remains unsolved and the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Assignments Bureau will aid the sheriff's department in the continuing investigation. DCI cold case experts are expected to meet with sheriff's personnel Feb.
Judge Eric J. Lundell differed from the recommendations of the prosecution and handed down a prison sentence for Elise D'Lynn Will of Hammond Thursday morning in a child abandonment conviction. "The public should be put on notice this is not acceptable," said Lundell and sentenced Will to three years in prison and seven years extended supervision. Prosecutor Frank Collins recommended 90 days in jail and a three year probation period.
Traffic deaths on St. Croix County roadway took a sharp rise in 2011 over one of the lowest number of fatalities in recent history. Records at the sheriff's department show 13 deaths in the county in 2011 compared with just six in 2010.
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.