MADISON—A New Richmond man who continued to remove and dispose of asbestos after his license was revoked pleaded guilty Thursday, June 20 in federal court to wire fraud and violating the Clean Air Act. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber: Lloyd Robl, 49, also known as Lloyd Schmotter, had his asbestos abatement license revoked by the state of Minnesota in July 2001 for not following proper procedures. The revocation became permanent in 2004. However, Robl continued to advertise that he was certified to remove asbestos until July 2016.
MADISON — A Deer Park man who allowed another man to shoot a mountain lion in Montana using his license was fined $30,000 Tuesday, Feb. 26 in federal court and banned from hunting "worldwide" for four years. Darren Johnson, 52, had previously pled guilty to two wildlife law misdemeanor violations in connection with allegedly registering a mountain lion in January 2017 that had been shot and killed by another man in the hunting party.
MADISON — A state appeals court Thursday, Jan. 3 dealt the town of Forest another legal blow in its attempt to limit noise levels the Highland Wind Farm would generate. The District III Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by St. Croix County Circuit Judge Edward Vlack dismissing the town's request to review part of the Public Service Commission's approval of the 44-wind turbine project. The turbines would tower more than 400 feet across predominantly agricultural land spread over a 26,550-acre project boundary in the towns of Forest and Cylon.
MADISON — A Baldwin man who allegedly took more than $1 million from clients of his coin brokerage, pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to multiple wire and mail fraud counts and making a false statement to a bank. The 23-count indictment alleged that: Jamie Smith, 51, operated American Platinum Gold & Silver, Inc., in Hudson from 2014 to 2016 before moving the brokerage to River Falls where it is known as American Independent Gold & Silver, Inc. The firm's website now lists an address on 11th Avenue in Baldwin.
MADISON — While his three co-defendants have pleaded guilty, a Deer Park man will appear in U.S. District Court at a plea hearing on federal charges that he allegedly registered a mountain lion shot and killed last year in Montana by another man. Darren Johnson, 53, is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. Dec. 20 in Madison, according to a U.S. Attorney's office representative. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber:
MADISON – A New Richmond woman who embezzled $300,600 from the company she co-founded and failed to pay $1.269 million in employee withholding taxes was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 2.5 years in prison and ordered to make restitution. Stephanie Johnson, 40, betrayed the trust placed in her by lifelong friend and co-owner of Paradigm Services, Inc., Jamie Carufel, plus several employees of the company that provided care for developmentally disabled adults in group homes and private residences.