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Traffic along Interstate 94 from Wisconsin to Minnesota and vice versa is experiencing a steady increase in volume as population spikes on both sides of the St. Croix River. Moving people efficiently along the Gateway Corridor has been under study by the Gateway Commission in Minnesota since 2009. Wisconsin joined the party in 2010, said Tim Ramberg, St. Croix County highway commissioner. Ramberg presented basics of the study during the March 6 County Board meeting along with a slide show and mountain of statistics.
The planning and zoning department is on a continuing mission to locate all the septic systems in St. Croix County and log them in a database. Pam Quinn, zoning specialist, and Ryan Yarrington, zoning technician, are charged with the task for the department and reminding citizens that septic tanks should be inspected and pumped a minimum of every three years. The mission is not the whimsy of a local bureaucrat or politician, however. Finding and informing the owners of all the sewer systems in the countryside is mandated by state law enacted in 2008.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's department was continuing the investigation of a stabbing incident in rural Somerset Sunday night. Sheriff John Shilts said Monday morning deputies were called to 1952 County Rd. I at 10:20 p.m. where Timothy P. Burdick, 41, had suffered multiple stab wounds to his legs and stomach. Burdick was evacuated to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. George Willie Elmore, 51, was arrested and taken to jail in the incident.
A man arrested 16 months ago in a child pornography investigation was convicted in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Richard Lawrence Tereau, 41, St. Paul, who was a town of Somerset resident at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of child pornography. The remaining 10 counts in the case were read into the record for purposes of a surcharge. Judge Howard W.
The investigation of St. Croix County's most prominent cold case is about to heat up a little more. The murder of William S. "Junior" Clapp at 2:35 a.m. April 25, 1993, from a single gunshot wound at his rural Roberts farm house remains unsolved and the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Assignments Bureau will aid the sheriff's department in the continuing investigation. DCI cold case experts are expected to meet with sheriff's personnel Feb.
Judge Eric J. Lundell differed from the recommendations of the prosecution and handed down a prison sentence for Elise D'Lynn Will of Hammond Thursday morning in a child abandonment conviction. "The public should be put on notice this is not acceptable," said Lundell and sentenced Will to three years in prison and seven years extended supervision. Prosecutor Frank Collins recommended 90 days in jail and a three year probation period.
Traffic deaths on St. Croix County roadway took a sharp rise in 2011 over one of the lowest number of fatalities in recent history. Records at the sheriff's department show 13 deaths in the county in 2011 compared with just six in 2010.
A man facing felony charges in connection with a scuffle with jail deputies last week made an appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, Jan. 17. Charges of battery to law officers, assault by a prisoner, resisting an officer, escape and bail jumping, were filed Jan. 10 against Shane Michael Kringen, 38, whose most recent address was listed as the Lino Lakes prison in Minnesota. Sheriff John Shilts said Kringen forced his way out of a cell on Jan. 9, grabbed Sgt.
A man led Minnesota and Wisconsin sheriff's deputies on a chase in a reported stolen car Thursday morning and remained at large in the early afternoon. St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts said Loren H. Phillips, 43, was the alleged driver of a stolen car taken from 787 Pine Ridge Terrace, town of Troy. The car was reported headed into Minnesota, and Washington County authorities located it. They gave chase back into Wisconsin where the vehicle crashed near County Road V and 150th Street in the town of St.
Dave Gifford is about to embark on his third career. The 55-year-old Hudson native will retire from the St. Croix County sheriff's Department Dec. 31 after 18 and one-half years. He plans to pursue another career in the Hudson area but wasn't at liberty to disclose exactly the nature of his new endeavor during a conversation in his office last week. Gifford went through the old traditional ladder of promotion at the sheriff's department.