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A New Richmond man previously convicted of sending lewd photos to minors was sentenced for violating the terms of his probation after authorities said he “blackmailed” several teenagers into sending sexual images of themselves earlier this year.
A 39-year-old western Wisconsin man suspected of jumping bail is in custody after an hours-long standoff with authorities in Woodville Sunday, Sept. 24. Multiple agencies responded after 9 a.m. to a home on the 700 block of Lilac Drive to serve an arrest warrant for Lawrence J. Thomas of Eau Claire who is accused of failing to appear in court on drug-related charges in Eau Claire County.
Metropolitan areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen significant declines in the number of impaired driving offenses, but the rate of drunken driving in rural areas remains high. Minnesota's Dakota, Washington and Hennepin counties saw the steepest reductions in chronically impaired drivers between 2015 and 2016. Hennepin, Minnesota's largest county, experienced nearly a 100-person drop in DWI convictions for a fourth or higher DWI offense.
A Wisconsin dairy group is challenging whether the state can require farmers to obtain operating permits that aren't required under federal law. In a lawsuit filed last month by the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, the group argues the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has long overstepped its authority in regulating large animal farms. A court win could widely impact the state's ability to oversee manure storage and disposal practices unless they can show a farm had contaminated wells and surface waters.
Ramsey Lee values his independence. Born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, the 37-year-old Hudson resident uses Medicaid for his personal and supportive home care because he's unable to dress or feed himself, shower and do other activities for daily living. Despite needing help for routine tasks, he was able to earn a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in business administration. The services Lee receives allow him to live in his home, a cheaper arrangement than if he lived in a nursing home.
When Margaret Christian and Ferdinand Pacheco bought their home in New Richmond this winter, they did not get what they expected. They hired local home construction company Felicity Homes to build their dream home after paying $11,000 for a plot of land as down payment. Christian said the company's owner told them they'd be able to close on the sale on the same day as their old home. But when the closing date approached last fall, communication with the owner became sporadic, and they started to get nervous because construction had slowed.
With the deadliest stretch of vehicle crashes beginning in the summer months, officials are raising concerns about teenage drivers who will soon be sharing Minnesota and Wisconsin roads during the busiest travel time of the year. Dubbed the "100 Deadliest Days," the roughly three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day accounted for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities in Minnesota and Wisconsin last year. Officials in both states say teenage drivers — due to several factors — are at a heightened risk for being involved in a fatal crash.
Two Illinois men accused of transporting the largest load of untaxed tobacco in Minnesota history have pleaded guilty to felony smuggling charges. Mohammad Abdul Majid and Iman Ugurlu, both of Bridgeview, Ill., admitted Wednesday in Washington County District Court to bringing $78,000 in unmarked cigarettes over the Minnesota and Wisconsin border last summer. In accepting their guilty plea, District Judge Tad Jude sentenced Majid and Ugurlu to five years probation for one count of felony aiding in abetting in the sale of untaxed tobacco.
Two Illinois men accused of smuggling unmarked cigarettes over state lines face felony charges in Washington County. Mohammad Abdul Majid and Iman Ugurlu, both of Illinois, were charged last month with felony-level aiding and abetting in the sale of untaxed tobacco and another felony count of aggravated forgery for allegedly transporting more than $78,000 in cigarettes from Wisconsin to Minnesota. They were charged in Washington County District Court via warrant Feb. 9. They are scheduled to make their first court appearance March 9.
Two Illinois men accused of smuggling unmarked cigarettes over state lines face felony charges in Washington County. Mohammad Abdul Majid and Iman Ugurlu, both of Illinois, were charged last month with felony-level aiding and abetting in the sale of untaxed tobacco and another felony count of aggravated forgery for allegedly transporting more than $78,000 in cigarettes from Wisconsin to Minnesota. They were charged in Washington County District Court via warrant on Feb. 9. They are scheduled to make their first court appearance March 9.