Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Turningpoint's Walk to Empower was held Saturday, Oct. 14 in River Falls. Participants marched in support of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The march began at Glen Park and looped down Main Street and back. For more information about Turningpoint's services, visit www.turningpoint-wi.org .
A Hudson woman allegedly tried to bilk a financial institution out of thousands of dollars in a fraud scam known to law enforcement as "card cracking." St. Croix County prosecutors charged Gerguita B. Lauderdale, 21, with felony wire fraud against a financial institution, felony attempting fraud against financial institution and obstructing an officer Oct. 3. If convicted, the maximum penalty could land her in prison for up to six years. According to the complaint:
A Hudson woman is accused of stealing more than $19,000 from a family member over the course of nine months, according to a charge filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 28. Melissa C. Sukowatey, 29, is charged with felony theft—movable property greater than $10,000, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. According to the complaint:
Authorities allege a River Falls man charged with felony business setting theft received more than $200,000 in kickbacks and gifts for a period of three years while working for a Hager City-based company. Daniel W. Briese, 48, was charged Sept. 26 in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony theft—business setting over $10,000 and agent accept commission/bonus in relation to alleged incidents on and between Aug. 18, 2014 and April 19, 2016. If convicted of the felony, he could face up to 10 years in prison and at maximum a $25,000 fine. According to the complaint:
TOWN OF STERLING -- A man died as a result of a one-vehicle crash Sunday, Oct. 1 in the Polk County town of Sterling, authorities confirmed. According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of Evergreen Avenue and State Highway 87 late Sunday night.
A River Falls man who allegedly punched an officer in the face is facing multiple charges in Pierce County Circuit Court stemming from a Sept. 24 incident. Forrest M. Davidson, 19, is charged with felony battery to law enforcement officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, possession of THC and possess drug paraphernalia. If convicted of the felony, he could face up to six years in prison. According to the complaint:
A Minnesota man is facing multiple felonies after a three-vehicle crash in Somerset that left one woman and one juvenile injured. Nicholas B. Audier, 40, Bloomington, was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 22 with OWI—sixth and two counts of OWI causing injury—second and subsequent offense. The first charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison; the other two carry a maximum sentence of six years. According to the complaint:
Records released from the Prescott Police Department and City Administrator Jayne Brand document months of alleged insubordination and policy violations by three employees who were fired in August. Brand released the records to RiverTown Multimedia Thursday, Sept. 28, which contain detailed reports about former probationary police officers Bryan Massman and Ryan Most, as well as former administrative assistant Erin Most — Ryan Most's wife — and the actions leading up to their dismissals. Erin Most
A 29-year-old Somerset man is facing multiple felony abuse charges after allegedly threatening a woman with a screwdriver and beating her at a town of Somerset home Thursday, Sept. 21. Jesse L. Kuschke was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 22 with strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery, aggravated battery, misdemeanor battery — use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment, all with the domestic abuse modifier attached. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint:
A 60-year-old New Richmond man was airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle crash at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the town of Trimbelle. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release, the man lost control of a 2008 Honda motorcycle on County Road O near 430th Avenue. He was driving alone and not wearing a helmet.