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UPDATE: Crash victims identified, all four from Hudson/North Hudson
UPDATE: Plane crashed 10 minutes after takeoff
Police Beat: Passed out atop a truck, drunken man finds he’s not in Bay City anymore
PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF Blotter: Strange calls, critters and scary intruders
Toddler drowns in rural Prescott
crime and courts
Kids fishing event held July 25 at Lake Mallalieu
Wild Side: Summer solstice is a fine time of year
Featured photo: Directions to the moon
4-H group installs Little Free Library at Kinni town hall
She’s reached a grand old age and thriving on her own
Local kids perform ‘Wizard of Oz’
Weekend Happenings, July 24 - 26
arts and entertainment
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 7/28/15 Council Meeting Agenda
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: Ad For Bids - Bartosh Canyon Outfall Repairs
PIERCE COUNTY: TAX DEED LAND SALE NOTICE
CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 7/28/15 Public Hearing - Official Flag
TOWN OF TROY: 8/6/15 Plan Commission Meeting
Ellen M. Smith, 84
Bruce M. "Griff" Griffey, 74
Timothy John "TJ" Williamson Jr., 26
Mary G. Rivard, 90
Mark Alan Bennett, 60
Days Gone By: Battle between ‘wets’ and ‘drys’ raged on and on
Featured guest column: Want to park in my driveway? Bring change
Days Gone By: 1888 saw the rise of temperance groups and the fall of saloons in the city
Days Gone By: Elixirs, liniments, and pain relievers
Get Out! Deals
April 24, 2013
Forged check brings bigamy charges
A Wausau man could be sentenced to nine years in prison if he is convicted on bigamy charges. Timothy Swinea, 45, is accused of never divorcing a woman he married 20 years ago in Missouri. He has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of bigamy and bail jumping. Swinea also entered...
April 24, 2013 - 3:31pm
City worker alleges wrongful termination
A former Stevens Point city employee, Kelly Reith, has filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division saying he was wrongfully terminated. He was fired Jan. 18, about 10 days after receiving a positive performance review from the city. He lost his job one day after he...
government / business / health
April 24, 2013 - 3:30pm
April 19, 2013
Father sentenced to consecutive life terms for murder, arson
The man who killed his four children and burned down his house to collect the insurance money will spend the rest of his life in prison. Armin Wand, III, 33, of Argyle was sentenced this week to three life terms plus 105 more years behind bars on three counts of homicide plus a...
April 19, 2013 - 12:24pm
April 17, 2013
Authorities charge mother after fatal fire
The mother of three young children killed in a residential fire in West Allis last week now faces charges in Milwaukee County of three felony counts of child neglect causing death. Three of Belen's children, 4-year-old twins Adrian and Alexis Colon died in the blaze, along with...
April 17, 2013 - 11:29am
Deer-dressing men face fines
The state DNR says five suburban Milwaukee men who trapped and put a T-shirt on a wild deer could be fined up to $300 each. WTMJ Radio and TV reported this week on a YouTube video from Oak Creek that showed five men create an elaborate trap, wrestle with a deer, then put a shirt...
April 17, 2013 - 11:27am
Ex-bank teller sentenced
ELLSWORTH -- A former River Falls State Bank teller was placed on three years' probation last month in Pierce County Circuit Court for felony theft. Holly M.
April 17, 2013 - 9:53am
Restaurant firing goes ballistic
A manager and the employee he fired ended up in combat outside Copper Kettle restaurant, 1005 S. Main St., after 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13. After...
April 17, 2013 - 9:05am
April 12, 2013
Bishop facing homicide charges says he was late for a sermon
A Lutheran bishop told police he was rushing to a Sun Prairie church for a sermon April 7 when his SUV struck and killed distance runner Maureen Mengelt. A criminal complaint against the Reverend Bruce Burnside, 59, Madison, quoted him as saying he did not have any alcohol or drugs....
April 12, 2013 - 10:10am
April 10, 2013
Scam Alert: If it is too good to be true...
PRESCOTT--"If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true," Prescott Police Chief Mike R. Bondarenko said in a warning to city residents...
April 10, 2013 - 12:48pm
Humane society vet suspects drug fraud
A veterinarian for the Sheboygan County Humane Society was suspended after his license was allegedly used by the group's director and he reported her to the police. Eileen Ribbens was charged last week with two criminal counts alleging she used Rick Lord's veterinary license to...
April 10, 2013 - 12:02pm
Animal cruelty charges for cat killing dismissed
Charges were dismissed April 4 in Pierce County Circuit Court against a River Falls area man accused of shooting and killing a neighbor's cat. Gregory F. Kerr, 54, N6053 CTH E, was charged with the Class I felony in November 2011. Kerr was accused of fatally shooting "Tuffy," a...
April 10, 2013 - 11:19am
April 3, 2013
Court says road-weight rules apply to manure spreaders
A state appeals court ruled this week that a manure spreader is not exempt from size-and-weight limits on Wisconsin highways. In a 12-page ruling, the Third District Appellate Court in Wausau upheld fines of $1,600 against the Marshland Acres farm in Pepin County in far western...
April 3, 2013 - 12:04pm
March 29, 2013
Schools take heat for segregated classrooms
The ACLU has sent complaints to the U.S. Department of Education about three Wisconsin schools which separated boys and girls into single-sex classrooms. The group's Wisconsin chapter is asking if Riverview Middle School in Barron and Robinson and McLenegan Elementary Schools in...
March 29, 2013 - 11:59am
March 21, 2013
Parents cited for underage-drinking party
A Pewaukee couple and their teenage son will pay a total of $2,700 in fines for hosting a youth party that resulted in three alcohol-related traffic deaths. Scott and Charlene Wetzel and their 18-year-old son Jason were initially given 26 citations by Waukesha County District Attorney...
March 21, 2013 - 10:52am
March 20, 2013
Local man faces sex assault, strangulation charges
ELLSWORTH -- A River Falls man will make his first court appearance in Pierce County Circuit Court next month on charges of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation and suffocation. Ernest Patrick Sharlow, Jr., 22, 162 Kinni Ct., is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m., Monday, April...
March 20, 2013 - 11:58am