February 22, 2017
High-End Winter Storm Watch
Thursday 6pm through Friday
The National Weather Service has expanded a
winter storm watch to include areas along and southeast of a line between
Appleton, Wisconsin and St. Cloud Minnesota from Thursday evening through
Friday evening. Rain will turn to snow
Thursday evening and continue through Friday evening. Snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with
locally higher amounts are possible across the watch area. In addition, northeast winds Friday morning,
becoming north and northwest Friday afternoon, will gust as high as 40mph. Blowing snow will further reduce
visibilities. If these winds
materialize, blizzard conditions should be expected in open areas. The Friday morning and afternoon commutes are
expected to be significantly impacted.
February 20, 2017
First St. Croix Co. 2017 Homicide
On Saturday night, February 18th, at 11:34pm,
Saint Croix County Sheriff deputies responded to 733 North Meadow Drive in
Hudson Township for a reported violent domestic dispute in which a 28-year-old
sibling had stabbed one family member and beaten another with a stick. The family, except for the mother, took
shelter in a garage. Deputies entered
the house and found the mother, who was suffering from obvious stab wounds, and
removed her to a waiting ambulance. She
was pronounced dead on the scene. The
mother has been identified as Charlene Wold, age 49.
deputies searched for the suspect but he had fled the scene before the deputies
arrived. The suspect was identified as
Logan Reese, age 28, of Glenwood City.
about 12:46am Sunday morning, a report was received of a fire in the suspect’s
apartment. At approximately 1:15am a
Woodville Police officer observed the suspect’s vehicle driving on US Highway
12. The suspect fired his weapon at the
officer and engaged pursuit. The pursuit
included officers of the Saint Croix County Sheriff’s department, Baldwin
police, Hammond police, Polk County Sheriff’s department, Amery police, Saint
Croix Falls police, and Chisago County Minnesota Sheriff’s department. When the suspect’s vehicle crashed, he fired
shots at officers. At approximately 2:05am
the subject was found deceased inside his vehicle with what appeared to be a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
case remains under investigation.
February 10, 2017
Gov. Walker To Stop In New
Richmond & Eau Claire Today
Governor Scott Walker is criss-crossing the
state, continuing his Reform Dividend Budget Tour. Governor Walker will make stops in New
Richmond, Eau Claire, and Platteville today. The Governor plans to highlight the Reform Dividend, as well as budget
investment priorities, such as student success, accountable government and
$75K Bond Set For UW-Stout Murder
The Minnesota man accused of killing a UW-Stout
student was in Dunn County court on Thursday for a bond hearing. Prosecutors requested a $1-million cash bond
be ordered for Cullen Osburn, who is charged with felony murder and aggravated
battery in the death of Hussain Alnahdi, a UW-Stout student, in October 2016.
In court on Thursday, the District Attorney
said, because Osburn doesn't have ties to Dunn County, and left the area right
after the incident, it's likely he would leave again if given the chance. But Osburn's lawyer, Chris Zipko, insisted
that is not the case and said his client was acting in self-defense the night
Alnahdi was killed.
When asked if the media attention that this case
has already received would make things difficult for Osburn should the case go
to trial, Zipko said they're not worried about that because there are plenty of
details that still need to come to light.
Ultimately, the judge ordered Osburn's bond set
at $75,000 cash. Osburn is scheduled to
return to court on March 27.
February 7, 2017
2 Vehicle Crash Sends 1 To
On Saturday February 4th, at approximately
5:24pm, the Pierce County Dispatch Center was notified of a two vehicle
accident with unknown injuries on US Highway 63 near 450th Avenue in Trimbelle
Township. A 2014 Chevy Cruz was
traveling northbound on US Highway 63, operated by Phyllis Robey, age 80 from
Ellsworth. A 2007 Chrysler Pacifica was
also traveling northbound on US Highway 63, operated by Wendy Khorshed, age 39
from Hammond. Khorshed was slowing down
for animals in the roadway when Robey struck the back of her vehicle. Khorshed was not injured and Robey was
transported by ambulance to the River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined
injuries. The crash remains under
Minn. Man Arrested On I-94 For OWI
The Wisconsin State Patrol said a Minnesota man
was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence. Just before 4pm on Monday, Troopers stopped a
vehicle on I-94 near mile-marker 34 for speeding. The state patrol said the driver was
30-year-old Cornelius Terrell of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
The trooper smelled marijuana inside the
vehicle. Terrell admitted to smoking
marijuana about three hours prior to the stop. Two minor children were also inside the vehicle. Terrell was arrested for OWI and transported
to the Dunn County jail. The children
were left in the custody of an adult female passenger.
February 3, 2017
Man’s Death At Cumberland Motel
The death of Jerry Stone, age 41 of Fargo, North
Dakota, which occurred at the Cumberland Inn & Suites, is not suspicious,
said Cumberland patrol officer Greg Chafer. "No foul play is
suspected," he said.
On Tuesday at 11:38pm a Barron County sheriff’s
dispatcher received a 911 call requesting an ambulance for a man who was not
breathing. The caller then disconnected.
The dispatcher paged an ambulance and alerted a police officer. The dispatcher then called the number back
and spoke with the manager of the hotel who said Stone was blue and bleeding
from the mouth and nose. The medical
examiner was summoned at 11:48pm. Stone’s body was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire for
an autopsy. Chafer said the department
is also waiting for a toxicology report, which could take about four weeks.
Stillwater Bridge May Open As
Early As August
The new Saint Croix River bridge could open as
early as August, weather permitting, Minnesota Department of Transportation
officials said Thursday. MnDOT had
previously said the bridge would be open by November 2017 — a year later than
originally planned. But Lunda/Ames Joint
Venture officials said the bridge could be done by August. “This winter they’ve accomplished a lot,”
said a spokeswoman for MnDOT. “If it’s a
wet spring or summer, that’s going to certainly push that open date back.”
February 1, 2017
Fatal Crash On I-94 Near Menomonie
Just after 9pm Tuesday night, the Wisconsin State
patrol responded to the westbound lanes of I-94 near Menomonie after a pick-up
truck pulling a semi trailer lost control and jack-knifed. The truck slid down the highway hitting
another semi, and landed in a ditch with its attached trailer landing on top of
the pick-up. The driver of the pick-up,
a 36-year-old man from Franklin, Kentucky, was pinned inside and did not
survive. His name has not been released. The driver of the other semi was not hurt.
January 25, 2017
Artic Cat Bought By Textron
The defense contractor Textron is buying the
snowmobile maker Arctic Cat in a deal valued at about $247 million. Textron said Wednesday that it will pay
$18.50 per Arctic Cat share, a 41-percent premium to its Tuesday closing
price. The transaction also includes
debt, although no exact figure was provided.
Arctic Cat Incorporated will be folded into Textron's specialized
vehicles business, but the brand, as well as its manufacturing, distribution
and operational facilities, will be maintained. The Minneapolis company employs around 1,600 people.
Textron CEO Christopher Metz believes the
company's specialized vehicles unit is complementary to those of Arctic
Cat. Arctic Cat's board unanimously
approved the deal, and shares spiked 40-percent before the opening bell. Textron Incorporated is based in Providence,
January 19, 2017
Car Crash Into Semi Proves Fatal
A Ladysmith man died on Wednesday, January 18th,
when his car crashed into a semi. The
Barron County Sheriff's Department received a call about the accident at
8:23am. The accident occurred on Highway
8, east of Cameron near 23rd Street.
According to Barron County Sheriff Chris
Fitzgerald, the initial investigation showed a car driven by Rich Hendricks,
age 59 of Ladysmith, was traveling west on Highway 8 when it crossed the center
line and struck an east-bound semi driven by George Cizek, age 60, also from
Ladysmith. Hendricks was flown to
Regions Hospital but later passed away. Cizek was treated at the scene and released.
Highway 8 was closed for three hours while the
accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County
Sheriff’s Department. The accident
remains under investigation. This is
Barron County’s second traffic fatality of the year.
January 12, 2017
Menomonie Man Airlifted After
A 74-year-old Menomonie man was airlifted and USHighway 63 closed temporarily after a two-vehicle crash in the town of Martell
in Pierce County early Wednesday afternoon.
At 12:43pm the Wisconsin State Patrol was notified of a crash with
injuries and road blockage at Highway 63 and 690th Street. A southbound 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by
the Menomonie man was heading southbound on Highway 63 when it lost control and
crossed into the northbound lane where a 2016 GMC Sierra pick-up and trailer
The driver of the Impala was airlifted from the
scene to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul with life-threatening injuries. Law enforcement closed the highway and
directed traffic to alternate routes. A
73-year-old female passenger in the Impala was transported by ambulance to
Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin with minor injuries. The driver of the Sierra, a 55-year-old man,
and a 51-year-old female passenger, both from New Hampton, Iowa, had
Names of those involved are being withheld until
families are notified. All four
individuals were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor. The crash remains under investigation.
January 11, 2017
Eau Claire & Chippewa Falls
Hospitals Reduce Staff
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
expected to reduce less than 25 positions after reviewing the system's expense
Julie Manas, president and CEO of HSHS Division
Western Wisconsin, said the reduction is to address labor costs. Manas said there has been a shift in the way
people use health care services, and high-deductible health plans are causing
many people to postpone care. She also
said improvements in technology have allowed for more outpatient procedures.
"These are never easy decisions,"
Manas said. "We are committed to
providing the highest quality of care to our patients. We have watched the industry change over the
past few years and feel that a continued rebalancing of the workforce is
necessary so that we may provide the communities we serve with high-quality,
Franciscan health care today and into the future."
The health system will also not replace some
positions where workers ended employment by choice.
January 4, 2017
One Vehicle Crash On Highway 35
On Monday, January second, at approximately
8:45pm, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle crash
near 1180th Street on Highway 35 in Oak Grove Township. The driver and only occupant, Riise
Gundersen, age 26 of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was operating her 1998 Subaru
Legacy northbound on Highway 35 when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the south ditch and
rolled before coming to rest. Gundersen was transported by River Falls Area
Ambulance to Regina Hospital in Hastings, MN with undetermined injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
December 22, 2016
Eviction Accomplished Without Harm
On Wednesday, December 21st at 7AM the Pierce
County Sheriff’s Office carried out orders from the Circuit Court to remove the
occupants and personal property from a residence that had previously been sold
at Sheriff’s Sale on October 18, 2016 following a foreclosure judgment.
Enforcement of the “Writ of Assistance” was
conducted at 1864 Morning Glory Drive in the City of River Falls with the
assistance of the River Falls Police Department and the Saint Croix County
Sheriff’s Office. The home had continued
to be occupied by the previous owner, Taylor Formanack. Formanack was provided formal notice to
vacate the premises on November 8, 2016 but refused to do so.
Through a series of writings, Formanack claimed
that the laws of Wisconsin do not apply to them and the Court’s formal filings
have no merit in their own Court of Common Law. In writings to the Sheriff and the Circuit
Court, Formanack, who claims to be a “national of minnesota” and a “NON-U.S
Citizen,” cited laws related to defending one’s property with deadly force,
Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law, Trespasser Liabilities and others which
portrayed a threat to the safety of Sheriff Hove and any Deputies who would
enter upon their private property to carry out orders of the Circuit Court.
The eviction was successfully accomplished
Hudson Woman Reaching For Phone
Caused Fatal Crash
A Wisconsin woman was reaching for her cellphone
when she caused a fatal four-car crash in May, according to charges filed
Destiny Xiong, age 35 of Hudson, was charged in
Ramsey County District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular
operation. The crash occurred about
3:25pm May 1 on northbound Interstate 35W in New Brighton. Brea Miller, age 31 of Saint Paul, was riding
in the car in front of Xiong, and died on May 4 from multiple blunt force
injuries she sustained in the crash.
According to the criminal complaint, Xiong was
driving north on the interstate when she received a text message from her
daughter. She tried to put the phone
back on her dashboard, but dropped it instead. She was reaching for it when she slammed into the back of a Honda Fit
that was stopped in the highway construction zone in front of her. Xiong told police she could not recall
whether she braked before the crash. The
force of the impact forced the Honda into a minivan, which struck an SUV.
Miller was sitting in the passenger seat of the
Honda with her fiancée, Michael Bain, behind the driver’s seat. An off-duty Minneapolis firefighter cut
Miller’s seat belt and extracted her from the car with the help of two
bystanders. A nurse who happened on the
scene performed CPR on Miller while the firefighter looked after Bain, who had
difficulty breathing and suffered a cut on his head.
Bain suffered several broken ribs and a traumatic
brain injury, and has no recollection of the crash, according to the
charges. He and Miller have a 2-year-old
The Minnesota State Patrol’s crash
reconstruction showed that Xiong was driving between 68 to 80 miles an hour at
the time of the crash.
December 21, 2016
Woman Dead In Eau Claire House
One woman is dead after a fire on the west side
of the City of Eau Claire. According to
the Eau Claire Police Department, fire crews were called to a house fire on
Eighth Street in Eau Claire around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The department said one woman was found dead
inside that home. The Eau Claire Fire
Chief said when they arrived on the scene, they saw flames coming protruding
from the home. Fire crews had the fire
under control just before 6pm Tuesday evening.
One person has also been displaced from their
residence because of the fire.
Investigators with the Eau Claire Police Department are working with the
Eau Claire Fire Department to find a cause for the fire.
One-Vehicle Rollover Results in
On Tuesday morning, December 20th, the Pierce
County Sheriff’s office assisted the Wisconsin State Patrol at the scene of a
one-vehicle crash on 650th Avenue, west of Highway “CC” in El Paso
Township. The only occupant of the Chevy
S-10 was the driver, Story Taylor-East, age 16 of Spring Valley. She lost control of her vehicle, entered the
south ditch and rolled over. She was
transported to the River Falls hospital with undetermined injuries.
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