John R. Russett
John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts.
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After nearly 10 hours of deliberation, a St. Croix County jury returned a note to Judge Scott Needham stating it was unable to return a guilty verdict against a New Richmond man accused of killing his son. The jury sent notes to Needham requesting to look at evidence on a few occasions throughout the day, but the last note received around 3 p.m. stated the panel was deadlocked. The impasse was for all three homicide counts against Kayle Alan Fleischauer, who authorities say killed 19-year-old Chase Fleischauer in the early hours of April 14, 2018.
Kayle Alan Fleischauer, charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of his 19-year-old son Chase Fleischauer, took the stand in his own defense on the trial's sixth day. Kayle Fleischauer told the court he had a good relationship with his kids and they were having a good time the evening of April 13, 2018 when they came over to his western Wisconsin residence. Kayle Fleischauer said he noticed no injuries on his son prior to going to bed between 2:30 and 3 a.m. April 14, 2018 and that the wrestling match he had with his son was "pretty equal."
Citing signs of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, Dr. Kelly Mills of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office testified that Chase Fleischauer sustained a series of injuries prior to the gunshot wound that ultimately caused his death in the early morning hours of April 14, 2018.
A Woodbury dentist accused of setting fire to a boathouse roughly half a mile from his rural New Richmond residence "looked as if he were a deer in headlights" when authorities told him they traced a set of footprints from the scene of the fire directly to his garage, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
In Polk County, Wis., a man — young by most standards at no more than 23 or 24 — picked up the phone, dialed 911, then sat down on the couch next to his gun and waited for an officer to arrive. Little more than an hour's drive north of Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois' office — up through Baldwin, past Pine, Bear Trap, Wapogasset and Deer lakes — sits the town of Centuria. Years before he became a chief, DuBois patrolled the streets of Centuria with its roughly 950 residents, anxious and unsure, awaiting a solitary call.
On a good day, Trish Nolan never would have met the man. It began as a group of four. They would sit around and talk regularly, usually until around 2 a.m., as music from the employee lounge permeated the halls. He kissed her behind the scenes when he thought no one was looking. He lied to her about his alcoholism. He lied to her about his marriage. He got her phone number. Then he showed up at her apartment and raped her. "It was like," Nolan paused, "going into hell."
Far from a new issue, law enforcement and mental illness have become increasingly more entangled since state governments began to close their mental health hospitals in the 1950s, continually taxing the agencies tasked with responding to those in crisis.
A former Pierce County Sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony theft in Pierce County Circuit Court Friday, Dec. 22. Robby Joel Jaeger, 35, who worked as a Spring Valley police officer until November 2012, was charged with felony theft as well as unauthorized use of a Village of Spring Valley credit card, according to a criminal complaint filed in early September.
RED WING, Minn. — By the time the flurry of back-to-school bedlam begins to subside, the proverbial dust begins to settle, and the sun sets on the final day of summer freedom, many teachers have dipped into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms. On average, according to education publishing company Scholastic, educators spent an average of $530 of their own money for classroom items last school year.
Aside from the issues at Emerald Sky Dairy in St. Croix County, Tuls Dairies has dealt with infractions before. A search of public records showed: • In June 2014, a worker at Double Dutch Dairy in Nebraska was struck and killed by a front-end loader hauling hay. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed the driver had an obstructed view. In November of that year, the dairy was cited and fined $22,500 by OSHA for four "serious violations," according to an OSHA news release.