HUDSON -- A River Falls man pleaded guilty to homicide and arson charges in the deaths of his three young daughters Thursday afternoon, March 28, in the first phase of the murder case. Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, Minot, N.D., pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson before Judge Howard W. Cameron in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
The defense and prosecution waded through a litany of motions in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday morning.
Judge Howard W. Cameron, Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg and public defender John Kucinski sparred over some two dozen motions.
Gov. Scott Walker was in Hudson Tuesday afternoon to announce new law enforcement initiatives aimed at the protection of children and sexual assault victims as well as funds to collect DNA upon arrest.
Flames swept through and engulfed the back shop of St. Croix Sport just off Hwy. 35N. in the town of Troy shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to snowmobiles, snow blowers, ATVs, chain saws, and commercial lawn-care equipment. Some was inventory being repaired for customers. It took 26 River Falls firefighters, with two engines, a water tender and a ladder truck almost an hour to control the fire.
A 22-year-old River Falls woman lost her life in a one-car crash Friday afternoon on Hwy. 35 in Hudson. Emergency responders found Myrrhia J. Kleinbrook unresponsive inside her car after it crossed through the median and southbound lanes of the four-lane highway, and then hit a concrete culvert between the highway and the off-ramp to Hanley Road.
A man accused in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence last Tuesday made his initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.
District Attorney Eric Johnson said the throats were slit on all three girls.
In a verdict reached Saturday morning, a St. Croix County jury acquitted UW-River Falls professor Thomas William Barnett of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last summer in a Hudson movie theater. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Friday afternoon and evening and were excused at about 8 p.m. Friday, said St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. The seven-man, five-woman panel reconvened Saturday at 9 a.m. and just after 11 a.m. announced an acquittal on both counts.
Reed Grimm’s group earned a standing ovation from the judges for the second night in a row. Grimm and the other three members his group in Las Vegas made it through the final cut, putting Grimm in the top 42 contestants.
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