An Illinois man has been charged with a crime for aiming a laser pointer at a helicopter last weekend near Somerset and will probably face federal charges. George A. Lubertozzi, 32, Bolingbrook, Ill., posted a $5,000 signature bond Monday on one count of reckless endangerment. The St. Croix County sheriff's report said Lubertozzi was arrested at 1:12 a.m. Sunday at River's Edge campground near Somerset after a Life Link helicopter traveling from Regions hospital in St.
Dennis Hillstead has announced his intentions to bow out of the next election for St. Croix County Sheriff after 12 years in the position. In the meantime, the county has been asked by the outgoing sheriff to steadily increase the salary for the position in each of the next four years to make the job attractive to qualified candidates. The current salary for 2010 set for the county's top lawman is $80,225. "I would recommend a two percent increase in each of the (next) four years be approved," Hillstead said in a letter to the finance committee members dated March 3.