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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Local lawmakers’ response to the Wisconsin Legislature’s adoption of a new biennial budget seems subdued with the area’s lone Democratic representative hoping that the governor will veto parts. On a vote of 55-42, the Assembly passed the budget in short order last Wednesday, June 19, after Democrats decided not to offer any amendments or prolong debate. Minority Leader Peter Barca was quoted as saying the spending plan is so bad there was no hope of fixing it.
During a listening session in River Falls Tuesday, U.S.
The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13). During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St.
Nancy and Leroy Johnson could be raising goats. That's what they intended, but in the last three years they've accumulated 10 ½ llamas and not one goat. "We have to do it for love," said Leroy of their growing llama herd. "It's not for making money." Part of the thrill is personified in Dom, the Johnson's youngest llama, whose full name means "Sunday surprise" and who was born delightfully at dawn on Easter. As Leroy tells it, their pregnant female was 358 days into her gestation period.
Two of the officers first on the scene the day the children were killed were among those who testified Thursday afternoon in the Aaron Schaffhausen trial. In all 13 witnesses - including eight local law enforcement officers and two toxicologists and an evidence specialist from the state crime lab - testified as the trial to determine Schaffhausen's mental competency moved through its ninth day at the St.
The psychiatrist appointed by the court says Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he murdered his three little daughters. The clinical psychologist hired by the defense says he was not. Psychiatrist Ralph K. Baker testified Monday, and psychologist J. Reid Meloy took the stand Tuesday as the trial continued into its second week at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012, slayings of Amara, age 11; Sophie, 8; and Cecilia, 5.
A $50,000 cash bond was set Monday afternoon for a witness who allegedly made vague threats toward witnesses and prosecutors in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial, currently underway at Hudson. Joseph Aaron Rollag, 31, of Andover, Minn., was arrested by sheriff's deputies Friday inside the Government Center shortly after he'd telephoned a psychiatric evaluating nurse and told her he was having, according to the criminal complaint, "vague homicide thoughts." The nurse subsequently called the St. Croix Dispatch Center, and an officer was sent to the hallway outside the courtroom.
Her ex-husband was depressed when she met him, and throughout their 12-year relationship, the only constant was his obsession with video games, testified Jessica Schaffhausen in St.
HUDSON -- His defense attorney said Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three young daughters in River Falls without realizing what he was doing. The prosecutor said Schaffhausen murdered the children -- Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 - to punish his ex-wife. Public defender John Kucinski and lead prosecutor Gary Freyberg gave their opening statements Tuesday morning, outlining their arguments for jurors.
In January a small group in western Wisconsin celebrated 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.