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Flash flooding left damage and closed roads around Pierce County after a heavy soaking rain drenched the area Wednesday, April 17. Prescott officials were assessing mudslides in two areas, one of which closed a portion of Highway 10. City Administrator Jayne Brand said a mudslide occurred on Hilton Street, which caused a retaining wall to collapse onto Highway 10. The incident closed one eastbound lane of traffic. Brand said "a pretty good part" of the wall collapsed and that another portion of it was bowing.
A national Judo competitor into his 30s, Randal Gast assured authorities his proficiency in self-defense saved him from a fate that "would have been much worse for a lot of different people" when his brother Ronald Gast grabbed the wooden handle of a 13-inch knife from a kitchen drawer, raised it overhead and attacked him, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Police said a man found dead in a Roberts parking lot was an apparent suicide victim. Authorities responded at 5:33 p.m. Monday, April 15, to the Roberts Habitat for Humanity ReStore parking lot, where authorities found a man inside a vehicle with a note warning it contained poison gas.
A Red Wing, Minn., woman accused of stealing nearly $8,000 in saddles and riding equipment in the middle of the night from Rimoe Ranch on County H west of Star Prairie had bond set at $10,000 during her initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court April 11, according to court documents. Allison Ann MacDonald, 29, was charged with felony burglary of a dwelling and felony theft of movable property $5,000-$10,000 close to a month after a March 2 incident in which she allegedly was caught on surveillance footage removing the property from a Rimoe Ranch tack room.
Initial appearances Sydni A. Bahr, 18, Belleville, was ordered to pay $500 cash bail on three felony forgery-uttering (as party to a crime) and one possession of THC charge April 1. However, those charges were then dismissed April 5. The charges stemmed from a March 29 incident in Hudson. Justine T. Bridge, 34, St. Paul, waived extradition April 2 to Ramsey County, Minn., where she is charged with felony second degree burglary - building - possess tool.
The Woodbury dentist from New Richmond accused of setting fire to his neighbor's boathouse pleaded not guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court April 10 to one charge of felony arson and two misdemeanor charges — criminal damage to property and negligent handling of burning material. John Michael Haag, 55, was charged Feb. 4 after police allegedly followed a set of boot tracks from the scene of a fire on the east side of Bass Lake to Haag's residence roughly a half-mile away, according to a criminal complaint.
Road and ramp closures around Interstate 94 in Woodbury originally scheduled to begin Friday night, April 12, have been rescheduled due to snow, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The work has been rescheduled for next weekend, April 19-22. According to the announcement:
I-94 has reopened but road conditions in the Northwest Region are snow covered and slippery. Sergeant Jason Bakken of the Wisconsin State Patrol is asking motorists to slow down and drive with caution.
The following area schools are closed Thursday, April 11, 2019, due to snow.
A driver and a passenger were ejected from an all-terrain vehicle which rolled over Saturday, April 6 at 5:36 p.m., sending the driver to the River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries. The driver, 55-year-old John Kees from River Falls, was transported to the hospital by the River Falls Ambulance service. His passenger, 53-year-old Tiffany Rasumussen from River Falls, was left uninjured. According to a news release from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office: