Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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A long day of testimony left mostly questions Monday as Judge Howard Cameron presided over a hearing regarding suppression of evidence from the police interrogation and booking of Aaron Schaffhausen. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree homicide in the July 10 slaying of his young daughters in the River Falls house where they lived with their mother. The accused man sat unresponsive and nearly immobile during Monday's hearing in St.
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According to the foreclosure complaint, Schaffhausen borrowed $170,153 on April 30, 2012, for a mortgage on the house at 2790 Morningside Ave., River Falls. He took out a 30-year loan, agreeing to make monthly payments of $812 starting June 1. The complaint says Schaffhausen didn't make the Aug.
Three doctors representing the Hudson division of an umbrella organization of physicians who staff the Hudson, River Falls and New Richmond clinics are asking the court to dissolve the 16-year-old association. Alleging a deadlock over management issues, Dr. Dennis Hartung, Dr. Mark Stannard and Dr.
Jeff Smith challenges incumbent Warren Petryk for the 93rd District State Assembly seat.
Jim Swanson challenges incumbent John Murtha for the 29th District State Assembly seat.
HUDSON -- A St. Croix County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Sheriff's Department by a woman who was bitten by a K-9 that jumped out of a squad car. In a decision released last week, Judge Edward Vlack dismissed the lawsuit filed in January 2011 by Denise Carroll, Roberts, against the Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company. According to background in the decision, on July 2, 2010, Carroll was helping her daughter move to Roberts when several items blew out of the back of Carroll's truck onto I-94 and its median.
A retired social worker and a stay-at-home mom are hoping to bring to western Wisconsin a program that uses everyday citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children. Jerry Breen, River Falls, and Heidi Roettger, Beldenville, have met with civic organizations to recruit steering committee members to begin forming a local branch of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA, started in 1977 by Seattle Judge David Soukup, now has a network of over 946 programs recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states, according to its website. The website says Soukup, a juvenile co
A rural River Falls man was found guilty last week of possession of child pornography and is scheduled for sentencing in Pierce County Court next month. Allan D. Dau, 47, N8424 900th St., Unit A, River Falls, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Three other similar charges were dismissed but will be used as read-ins. Judge James Duvall ordered a presentence investigation, and a sentencing hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. Nov.
He wanted nothing inappropriate or disrespectful, warned the Catholic priest at the large church in Poland just before the choir began its performance. "We thought, 'What do we do?'" said Kate Jennings, Baldwin. With only about an hour until their prepared concert of American gospel songs, the Gospellers from Wisconsin could hardly change their repertoire. "I'm the one who gets things cranking in the concert," said Jennings, who was especially concerned.
My father never touched alcohol, wouldn't allow it in the house. But, without condemnation, he helped a drunken neighbor who stumbled to our home after crashing his car.