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Pierce County Sheriff’s Blotter: Filthy house filled with dogs; bail scam; backward walking woman felt abandoned

A caller reported March 15 that there was a home in rural Elmwood filled with feces, urine and was occupied by more than 40 dogs.

The dogs were allegedly fed exclusively with “roadkill.”

Deputies informed county land management officials, the town of El Paso and the state's Department of Agriculture about the report.


--A caller reported March 15 that a man in a pickup truck came to her property on 570th Avenue in Prescott and began digging up something in her yard.

When confronted, the man took his shovel and left. Prescott police were alerted to the incident.


--A Hager City man reported March 14 that he was called by someone purporting to be a public defender requesting bail money for a “friend” in Richmond, Va.

The caller requested $2,000 -- an amount that went unpaid after the Hager City man called his friend and  determined he wasn't in jail.


--Deputies responded March 17 to the southbound lane of traffic on Highway 63 for a pedestrian who appeared to be “out of it.”

Officers found the man in the Harbor Bar parking lot. He said he was OK and was going to get a glass of water.

--Deputies responded to an accident March 19 at N5684 750th St. in Ellsworth, where a motorist missed his driveway and went into a ravine.

The officers found the vehicle in a nearby field. The driver was arrested on suspicion of OWI.

--A complainant reported March 19 that a red pickup truck had been tearing up a ditch on 450th Avenue at Highway 63 in Ellsworth.

A deputy spoke with the suspect, who admitted to driving through the ditch and said he would repair the ruts he caused.


--A caller reported seeing a woman walking backward in tall, black boots at 6:29 a.m. Sunday, March 20, on North Maple Street in Ellsworth.

Deputies caught up with the woman, who was drunk and upset. She said her friends had left her in Ellsworth without a phone or a ride back to Red Wing, Minn.

She was taken to the Ellsworth police station to call for a ride.



--Deputies assisted Spring Valley police at 2:25 a.m. March 19 at Akers Street and Newman Avenue for a man who fell off a golf cart. The man was bleeding from his head. The man was transported from the scene by ambulance.

--A caller reported March 21 that she was missing two horses at a N8480 850th St. in River Falls. She was advised to contact her Town Board chairwoman and to let deputies know when the horses were found.

There's more in the March 24 print issue of the River Falls Journal. 


Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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