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Highway 63 motorists can expect up to 30-minute delays at the Red Wing Bridge late Tuesday night, March 19, 2019, into early Wednesday morning as crews remove sheet piling at a culvert on the Wisconsin side of the bridge, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation.
A convicted sex offender and his girlfriend were arrested this month amid child molestation allegations in River Falls. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office charged 56-year-old River Falls resident Michael D. Condon Sr. with one count of first-degree child sexual assault. Condon's girlfriend, 39-year-old Mary J. Phillips, was charged with felony child neglect with a sex offense as a consequence.
An Ellsworth woman made her initial court appearance this month on an arson charge following a 2017 fire at her former town of Trenton home. Mary E. Melstrom, 42, pleaded not guilty March 4 to two felonies — arson and criminal property damage — and negligent handling of burning material at her initial appearance in Pierce County Circuit Court. The charges stem from a Nov. 26, 2017, fire at her former residence, where prosecutors allege Melstrom twice trespassed in the following months.
Before he entered six not guilty pleas in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday morning, attorney Barry Lundeen claimed the night his client allegedly followed a woman home before driving her to his house where he held her and threatened to kill them both was a singular alcohol-induced incident. Lundeen also told Judge Michael Waterman his client — 30-year-old Somerset resident Jared Alan Wang — has since taken a more active role in his church and is taking steps to ensure he remains sober for the rest of his life.
With the risk of flooding in the Upper Midwest continuing to grow, Xcel Energy is preparing its facilities as well as providing safety information to customers who may be affected. According to a news release Monday, March 18, 2019: Xcel Energy urges caution for customers who now may experience flooding in their homes and businesses. In certain flood-related situations, Xcel Energy may need to disconnect electric and/or natural gas service to ensure customer safety.
While watching the news one evening, Tab Hanson saw a familiar face flash across the screen — it was the same man who a few days earlier hopped into the vacant driver’s seat of Hanson’s vehicle, pulled a gun, told him to get out and then drove away, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
A Minneapolis man charged with promoting prostitution was sentenced to 10 years of probation on March 4 by the Washington County District Court. Johnny Shamar Williams, 35, will also spend a total of 365 days in jail minus the 198 days he served before the sentencing. According to the criminal complaint, the charge related to an undercover operation conducted by the East Metro Human Trafficking Task Force, a unit established in 2015 by the Washington County Attorney's Office with the goal of pursuing and prosecuting labor and sex trafficking.
Child-sexual assault charges were re-filed against a Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy following a scheduling conflict by the former prosecutor. St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Erica Ellenwood is now listed as special prosecutor in the case against 31-year-old Allen J. Wojcik, who faces four felony counts related to sexual assault of a child.
A Hudson Hospital employee and River Falls resident was arrested and charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography — charges that call for lifetime supervision of a serious sex offender. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office alleges 34-year-old Loren E. Rawlings knowingly possessed 484 photos of children in sexually explicit situations on his cellphone and had uploaded 17 child pornography images to Tumblr. A criminal complaint, filed March 5, states Rawlings works as a patient care technician at Hudson Hospital.
With another winter storm forecast to affect the region this weekend, Xcel Energy reminds customers to prepare for severe weather. The company is also monitoring the forecast and is prepared to increase staff or send employees where they may be needed to restore power in the event of storm-related outages, according to a news release.