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Pierce County Sheriff's blotter: Attempted arson in Ellsworth; Gunshot reports

Attempted arson in Ellsworth

Deputies were called at 10:10 p.m. Dec. 2 to W6286 Highway 63 in Ellsworth for a domestic disturbance involving a man who tried setting fire to a house. The man fled the scene before officers arrived.

Attempted bank break-in

An attempted break-in was reported Nov. 27 at a bank at W3532 Highway 35 in Maiden Rock.

Theft targets Christmas trees

A theft of pine trees was reported Nov. 27 at W6345 300th Ave. in Bay City. The property owner suspects they were stolen to be used as Christmas trees.

Gunshot reports

• A caller reported at 2:01 a.m. Nov. 28 that people were shooting from a vehicle on the road along 730th Street in Hager City. A search of the area did not turn up any suspects.

• Gunfire was reported Dec. 2 on 1145th Street in Prescott. The caller was concerned since the last time she heard shots like that, a cow was struck. Deputies didn't find anything suspicious or out of place.

Bay City burglary

A burglary was reported Nov. 29 at W5189 Highway 35 in Bay City. Evidence and statements were gathered.

Gutted deer remains discovered

Two field-dressed deer carcasses were found Nov. 30 at 290th Avenue and County Road O in Ellsworth. Deputies alerted game wardens to the incident.

'Grandparents' scam' reported

An Ellsworth caller reported an attempted "grandparents' scam" Dec. 1. The complainant received a call from someone alleging her grandson was in jail. She turned over neither funds nor personal identification.

Suspicious check in the mail

A complainant came to the sheriff's office Nov. 27 to report receiving an $80,000 starter check in the mail from TCF Bank. To whom or by the check was made out was illegible.


• Deputies responded at 1:53 a.m. Nov. 29 to W7605 Highway 35 in Hager City for a suspicious activity report. A man was attempting to sell items to a farmer. The man was told to continue on and to sell items on the internet.

• Deputies were called Nov. 29 to N3870 730th St. in Ellsworth for domestic disturbance in progress. A 25-year-old Fridley, Minn., man was arrested on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct.

• A caller reported a tire was slashed Dec. 1 at N7696 780th St. in the town of River Falls. No suspects.

• Deputies stopped a car at 3:02 a.m. Dec. 4 at Highway 35 and 150th Avenue in Bay City for a stop sign violation. The driver, a 23-year-old Red Wing woman, was arrested on suspicion of operating after revocation (alcohol-related), two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, methamphetamine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger was also arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia possession.


• Vehicle driven by Andrea L. Stockwell, 18, Spring Valley, crashed and overturned in a ditch at 12:45 a.m. Nov. 25 on County Road J in the town of Martell. She was not injured.

• Vehicle driven by Naoko Yang, 51, Oakdale, Minn., crashed into a ditch at 6:50 a.m. Nov. 25 on Highway 35 in the town of Oak Grove. Neither Yang nor his passenger, 24-year-old Jorge H. Yang, were injured.

• Vehicles driven by Howard P. Stenerson, 54, Red Wing, and Morgan C. Thumann, 18, Ellsworth, collided at 8:33 p.m. Nov. 25 at Main Street and Terrace Avenue in Ellsworth. Neither driver was injured.

• Vehicle driven by Cody J. Zimmer, 25, Bay City, struck a cow at 5:40 p.m. Nov. 26 on County Road D in the town of Hartland. The cow, owned by Charles Hager, Bay City, died.

• David M. Zink, 59, Beldenville, rear-ended Ronald C. Reigle, 62, Ellsworth, at 6:31 a.m. Nov. 28 on Highway 10 in the town of Oak Grove. Neither driver was injured.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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