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A man who claimed New Richmond police promised he'd serve no jail time if he gave them information about meth labs operating in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin lost his appeal last week. The District III Court of Appeals upheld St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell's decision that there had been no such deal between police and Joseph Scott Greene, 26. He subsequently spent a year in jail. Greene also asked the appeals court to adopt a rule requiring police to tape all interrogations of suspects in their custody.
MENOMONIE -- A major mission of the national Disabled American Veterans is to assist injured vets, but Chapter 26 members want to go farther as they lay plans to help their communities. Fifteen months ago Tri-County Chapter 26 -- which serves Pierce, St. Croix and Dunn counties -- bought the former Windmill Sports building north of Menomonie. Along with the building -- which DAV members renovated into a lounge, bars, meeting room and banquet hall -- the 12-acre site holds a golf driving range, picnic shelter and miniature golf course. Recently Chapter 26 members have asked the Pierce, St.
Although appeals court judges understand why a St. Croix County judge decided as he did in a property dispute, they ruled that the standard he based his decision on doesn't fit the case. A District 3 Court of Appeals decision filed Thursday reverses a ruling by Judge Edward Vlack in a civil court suit filed by Graeme D. and Lucie M. McMeeken, Somerset, against Lee M. and Jessica Mishler, Roberts. On Aug. 10, 2003, the McMeekens made an offer to buy a house from the Mishlers.
An emergency dispatch center worker and former police chief has announced his candidacy for St. Croix County sheriff. Jim S. Jackson, New Richmond, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Dennis Hillstead, a Republican, for the four-year term. Jackson, 45, currently works as a tele-communicator in the St. Croix County Emergency Dispatch Center. He previously worked in the Eau Claire emergency dispatch center and was police chief for the village of Fairchild.
Last week St.
The St. Croix County Board gave final approval last week to borrowing $663,274 from the State Trust Fund to help fund several projects. Finance Director Michelle Pietrick said annual payments for the five-year loan will be about $139,000. The interest rate is 4.5 percent. Last month supervisors approved borrowing over $715,000, but have since learned that much won't be needed.
St. Croix County's judges are asking to move up full implementation of a drug court by hiring a coordinator this year. Judge Eric Lundell reported that the county's drug court is up and running.
WAUSAU -- In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals found that a former New Richmond zoning administrator can't be fined for violating the open meetings law because there was no meeting. The appeals panel ruled that it would be "absurd" to require officials such as Wallace Habhegger, the only member of his department, to hold open meetings to discuss the reasoning for denying a building permit.
ELLSWORTH -- A jury heard testimony for five days but deliberated for under 15 minutes before deciding a doctor was not negligent in his treatment of a University of Wisconsin-River Falls student who died of bacterial meningitis. Erik Spindler, 20, a business administration major from Stillwater, Minn., died Nov. 11, 2002, at River Falls Area Hospital. His family later filed a malpractice suit against Dr.
Answers to escalating fuel costs lie in developing alternative energy sources and learning conservation lessons we should have learned two decades ago, said Congressman Ron Kind Friday. He suggested a "new Apollo" effort to make the United States energy independent by 2020. Kind, D-Wisconsin, made time for an interview between lunch with Pierce County officials and attending the inauguration for UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz. The congressman also held a town hall meeting in Ellsworth later in the day. "The truth is we don't have a lot of leverage," said Kind of President George W.