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While watching the news one evening, Tab Hanson saw a familiar face flash across the screen — it was the same man who a few days earlier hopped into the vacant driver’s seat of Hanson’s vehicle, pulled a gun, told him to get out and then drove away, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Child-sexual assault charges were re-filed against a Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy following a scheduling conflict by the former prosecutor. St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Erica Ellenwood is now listed as special prosecutor in the case against 31-year-old Allen J. Wojcik, who faces four felony counts related to sexual assault of a child.
A Hudson Hospital employee and River Falls resident was arrested and charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography — charges that call for lifetime supervision of a serious sex offender. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office alleges 34-year-old Loren E. Rawlings knowingly possessed 484 photos of children in sexually explicit situations on his cellphone and had uploaded 17 child pornography images to Tumblr. A criminal complaint, filed March 5, states Rawlings works as a patient care technician at Hudson Hospital.
With another winter storm forecast to affect the region this weekend, Xcel Energy reminds customers to prepare for severe weather. The company is also monitoring the forecast and is prepared to increase staff or send employees where they may be needed to restore power in the event of storm-related outages, according to a news release.
Smeared blood, broken walls and multiple firearms greeted police as they entered the Martell Street home of a Somerset man accused of holding a woman against her will and threatening her life, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Court records show Jared Allan Wang had his cash bond set at $10,000 March 4 after he allegedly followed a woman known to him home, kicked in her door, carried her to his truck and drove her back to his house where he kept her and told her he would kill her, then himself.
Initial appearances Melcar Anderson, 37, New Richmond, posted a $2,500 signature bond on felony second degree recklessly endangering safety (domestic abuse) and domestic disorderly conduct charges Feb. 25. The charges resulted from a Feb. 23 incident in the town of Star Prairie. Ralph Berres, 60, New Richmond, was ordered to pay $3,000 cash bail on felony OWI-seventh/eighth, ninth, misdemeanor bail jumping (two) and operating while revoked (alcohol related) charges Feb. 25. The charges stemmed from a Feb. 24 incident in the town of Stanton.
Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a leading worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Glenwood City High School. The funding was made possible through the Donaldson Company Foundation, which strives to provide equitable access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines through grants that increase youth engagement and learning in these areas of study.
Pierce County authorities said they were met with a fortified door and a camera keeping watch on the outside of a Bay City home where a raid was conducted last month. The raid, executed Feb. 20 at W6298 Main St., led to the arrest of a resident who was later charged with an array of drug-related crimes.
An 11-year-old girl was placed in St. Croix County care after she was removed from a wrecked vehicle that authorities said was driven by a Somerset man under the influence of marijuana. The Wisconsin State Patrol said the driver, 36-year-old Lazeric L. Bloodsaw, was arrested on suspicion of OWI with a child under 16 in the vehicle. The incident occurred at 4:08 p.m. Sunday, March 3, when troopers responded to a Dunn County driving complaint and a crash at mile marker 44 in westbound Interstate 94 traffic.
Polk County authorities said three snowmobile-driving juveniles' robbery plans were foiled last weekend when a citizen intervened. According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release, an attempted armed robbery was reported at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Minit Mart in Luck. Three children, ages 16, 13 and 12, arrived at the store on snowmobiles and tried robbing the clerk at knifepoint, according to the sheriff's office. "A citizen intervened and disrupted the robbery attempt," the release states.