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Michael D. Condon, Sr., 45, W10822 690th Ave., River Falls, has been charged with six counts of felony possession of child pornography stemming from an incident in March. According to the criminal complaint, the investigation started in March when members of the Prescott Police Department removed two computers from 1361 Ash St., where Condon was residing at the time. Prescott Police then interviewed Condon at Dakota County Jail in Hastings in May where he was being booked on domestic disorderly charges from an incident also in March (that incident is separate from the pornography charges).
MAIDEN ROCK --- The Maiden Rock Post Office is offering a rare opportunity for area people on Tuesday, July 17. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the post office will hold a passport fair, at which people among other things can either register for a new passport or get theirs updated. Maiden Rock Postmaster Sharon Halverson explained the reason for sponsoring the fair was the post office wanted to do a public service.
Lori Ryden had never been to Washington D.C. before this May. She wishes it'd been under different circumstances. Ryden along with various family members made the trip to the nation's capital to see Jackie Ryden, her late husband, join the list of the over 17,000 names to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Jackie, who was in law enforcement for 33 years, passed away unexpectedly September 2,2006 at the age of 57, due to a heart attack. Ryden was on duty with the Prescott Police Department when the heart attack occurred. "The whole trip was so overwhelming," Lori said.
Jason Matthys has seen his fair share of drug-related crimes over his six-and-a-half years working in the Sheriff's Department. Starting this fall, Matthys will be on the other end so to speak as he'll become the county's new D.A.R.E.
PLUM CITY - Mark Luebker has seen the Plum City School District in various forms - as a student (graduating in 1986), elementary teacher (hired in 1991) and as elementary principal the last two years. Starting July 1, Luebker will add another title to that circle - Superintendent of Schools.
On November 8, 1997, Tasha Schuh told a group of friends she thought that the worst thing that could happen to her was to be paralyzed. Three days later, that fear became reality as the Ellsworth native fell 16 feet from the stage at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing to a cement floor that left her paralyzed from the chest down. Now, nearly 10 years later, Schuh, 26, has a differing take on that fateful night. "I never thought I'd be able to say it, but now 10 years later, I'm happy this happened," she said.
ELMWOOD -- The night of June 9 was a busy one in the Village of Elmwood. That's because seven different law enforcement and ambulance agencies were trying to find the location of Steven Flora. According to an incident report supplied by the Elmwood Police Department, EPD received a complaint from Carmen Flora, Steven's sister, who resides at the Ridgeway Apartments, 137 E.
What started out one night as a last alcohol run for four teenagers resulted in them facing burglary and criminal property damage charges. The four -- Alexander M. Saunders, 18, Ellsworth; Matthew M. Regenscheid, 17, Bay City; Adam G. Larson, 18, Bay City; and Derek M.F. Goulette, 18, Hager City -- are all facing at least one burglary and property damage charge stemming from a Jan. 15 incident. Saunders and Goulette are also charged with criminal trespassing charges from an earlier incident. According to the criminal complaint, the investigation started the morning hours of Jan.
ELMWOOD - For the last five years, Shawn Madden has worn many hats with the Elmwood School District as he's been Elementary, Middle School and Assistant High School Principal. Starting July 1, Madden will only be wearing one - 9-12 High School Principal of the Somerset School District. The Somerset School Board approved the hiring of Madden in its meeting Monday night. Madden said family was the main reason for the new job as he and his wife Kari, are the parents of two young boys, Ty and Kade. "Family came first," he said.
A 38-year-old female substitute teacher in the Prescott School District has been suspended and an investigation continues into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. The situation came to public a month ago when the boy's father sought a restraining order against the woman on May 22. Judge Robert Wing subsequently issued a two-year injunction against the woman on June 4 on the basis of events which allegedly occurred the night of May 17.