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A man accused in the murder of his three daughters last summer did not meet the court's deadline for entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Friday. Public defender John Kuscinski said his client, Aaron Schaffhausen would most likely appear in court next at a scheduled hearing in January. Earlier in the proceedings, Judge Howard W. Cameron had set a Dec. 14 deadline for Schaffhausen to enter an insanity plea.
A River Falls man has been found guilty of homicide in the shooting death of a friend during the summer of 2011. Anthony Palmer Velure, 27, pleaded no contest to homicide by handling a dangerous weapon Friday (Nov. 9) in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Judge Eric J. Lundell ordered a pre-sentence investigation and held off on scheduling a sentencing hearing until the PSI is concluded in about eight weeks. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine.
The shooting of a town of Eau Galle man in a standoff with sheriff's deputies last month was justified two separate investigations have determined. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22. "It is clear by the information provided that the shooting by law enforcement officers was justified," said St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson a letter dated Oct. 11 following a review of the incident by his office. "The information that I find most compelling is Mr.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's department has identified the victim in a rural Somerset house fire late Friday. Thomas H. Cook, 70, was found dead in his house at 2107 County Rd. I. A deputy was dispatched at 11:59 p.m., Oct. 5. A Somerset fire crew was on hand and the structure was fully engulfed in flames with massive smoke surrounding the area, the sheriff's report said. The official cause of the fire has not been determined but Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said a space heater was suspected.
The St. Croix County Board of Supervisors rejected a move to close its nursing home facility in New Richmond and passed a resolution to build a new one in a marathon meeting Tuesday. Supervisors Daryl Standafer, Tim Hood, Fred Yoerg, Buck Malick, Chris Kilber, Richard Ottino and Tom Hawksford voted to close the facility but the resolution passed by a 12-7 margin. Options left before the board included building a new nursing home or maintaining the status quo with expense reductions. The option to build a new facility passed on a 10-8 vote.
A town of Eau Galle man was killed Saturday evening in a standoff with sheriff's deputies. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot at least twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22, said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. The sheriff's report said at 7:46 p.m. deputies arrived at 2648 Boston Rd. in response to a 911 call. A woman reported her husband was intoxicated, suicidal and armed with a handgun. McDonnell entered the home brandishing a handgun and ordered her and two teenaged children to leave.
The defense will be able to retain copies of specific sensitive materials in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case following a hearing Thursday afternoon. Judge Howard W.
St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts said Jesse A. Marske, 25, who removed his GPS Bracelet and absconded from custody was found in the area of U.S. Hwy. 12 and Brakke Drive about 12:30 p.m., Saturday.
A temporary restraining order filed against St.
A father charged with murder in the deaths of his three young daughters at a River Falls residence last month stood mute before the court in an arraignment hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. Public defender John Kucinski took the action on behalf of his client Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., who is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 on July 10. A felony charge of attempted arson was added to the complaint since Schaffhausen's initial appearance on July 12. Judge Howard W.