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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In a verdict reached Wednesday, Jan. 16, a Pierce County jury awarded no monetary damages to a teenager who was sexually assaulted by a female substitute teacher when the boy was 13. In July 2008 Ann Knopf, now 44, Ellsworth, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of child related to encounters with the Prescott boy in 2007 when he was a middle school student.
ELLSWORTH -- At 9 a.m. Monday Sean Froelich was sworn in as Pierce County's district attorney. At 9:15 he represented the county in a criminal hearing. It was the first time he had been in a courtroom as a prosecutor, not just as an observer or to testify as a police officer. Froelich, 33, graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010, passed his Minnesota Bar exam in early 2011 and his Wisconsin Bar exam in May 2011. This past August he won the Pierce County DA primary, defeating 25-year incumbent John O'Boyle.
In January a small group in Pierce County will celebrate the one-year anniversary of a local gathering where everyone may not know your name, but they all understand your struggles. Group No. 52015 of Overeaters Anonymous, formed a year ago, meets at 10 a.m.
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