Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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The psychiatrist appointed by the court says Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he murdered his three little daughters. The clinical psychologist hired by the defense says he was not. Psychiatrist Ralph K. Baker testified Monday, and psychologist J. Reid Meloy took the stand Tuesday as the trial continued into its second week at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012, slayings of Amara, age 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5.
A $50,000 cash bond was set Monday afternoon for a witness who allegedly made vague threats toward witnesses and prosecutors in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial, currently underway at Hudson. Joseph Aaron Rollag, 31, of Andover, Minn., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Friday inside the Government Center shortly after he'd telephoned a psychiatric evaluating nurse and told her he was having, according to the criminal complaint, "vague homicide thoughts." The nurse subsequently called the St. Croix Dispatch Center, and an officer was sent to the hallway outside the courtroom.
HUDSON -- His defense attorney said Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three young daughters in River Falls without realizing what he was doing. The prosecutor said Schaffhausen murdered the children -- Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 - to punish his ex-wife. Public defender John Kucinski and lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg gave their opening statements Tuesday morning, outlining their arguments for jurors.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting another young man in a River Falls apartment nearly two years ago was sentenced this morning to three years in prison followed by five years extended supervision. At the conclusion of the March 1 sentencing hearing, St. Croix Judge Eric Lundell directed sheriff's deputies to take Anthony P. Velure into custody and transport him to Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Last November Velure, 500 Kennedy St., River Falls, pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon in the June 27, 2011, death of Joshua R.
In a brief hearing this morning, St.
A Texas-based company that withdrew its application for a frac sand mine in St. Croix County last summer is again asking for a special exception permit to open a mine. On Jan. 7 Vista LLC submitted its second application to mine on about 500 acres in the Town of Glenwood, just south of Glenwood City, said Alex Blackburn, a county land use specialist.
With a re-election bid 21 months away, Gov. Scott Walker reviewed his accomplishments thus far and promised to "double down" on efforts improve Wisconsin's job climate as he delivered his State of the State address Jan. 15. While Republican lawmakers who represent Pierce and St.
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls. He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1. The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug.
After surviving a recall attempt last summer, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf will face another challenge this fall -- again from a high school teacher. Dan Olson, Clayton, who teaches world history and government at St. Croix Falls High School, filed 709 valid nomination signatures June 1 -- more than the 400 needed to get his name on the ballot for the Nov.