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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is temporarily closing its two Western Wisconsin parks due to high water levels and flooding. These parks include the Eau Galle Dam and Recreation Area, located in Spring Valley, and Blackhawk Park, located in De Soto. Corps staff also closed three Mississippi River landings due to high river stages. They include Bad Axe and Jay's landings in Wisconsin and Millstone Landing in Minnesota. The Corps will reopen the park and landings as conditions allow.
Knife near the road A subject located a knife near a laundry basket on the side of the road on 450th Street and Highway 72 in Ellsworth at 7:24 a.m. April 15.The knife was entered into evidence. Dog death from vehicle An officer observed a car had hit a dog at 770th Avenue and Highway 65 in River Falls at 6:10 a.m. April 18; upon arrival the dog was dead. No damage was sustained by the vehicle, but police were unsuccessful in finding the dog's owner. Fraud
A driver and one passenger were sent to the hospital around 1:26 a.m. April 23 after a single vehicle roll-over crash on Highway 10 near 322nd Avenue in Salem Township near Plum City. A Pierce County Sheriff's Office news release stated that the driver, 48-year-old Michael Stewart of Ellsworth, was traveling eastbound in a 1998 Toyota 4Runner on Highway 10 and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to enter the ditch and overturn.
An initial call on Oct. 25, 2018 from the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) informed the Ellsworth Police Department about an alleged case of funds abuse for a Guardian of Estate account. The account, made for an Atrium Post Acute Care resident, was signed over to the man's son, Erick L. Langer of Ellsworth, in August 2017. As Guardian of Estate, Langer was responsible for paying the care center for his father's care with a checking account where social security checks were deposited.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- A Pepin man died as a result of a single-vehicle crash Wednesday near Diamond Bluff. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 11:57 p.m. April 10 on HIghway 35, two-tenths of a mile north of 375th Avenue in the town of Diamond Bluff.
Citations • Taryn Skye-Ann Collins, 20, Ettrick, was cited for speeding in area not posted - 55 miles per hour zone at 12:13 a.m March 25 on County Road E and Highway 35 near Prescott. • Samantha L. Forberg, 20, Ellsworth, was cited for operating without a valid license after a traffic stop at 11:38 p.m. March 25 at Chestnut and Main streets in Ellsworth. • Seth W. Harrison, 19, River Falls, was cited for operating without a valid license and no insurance after a traffic stop at 10:55 a.m. March 26 at 850th Street and Highway 29 near River Falls.
More details have been released following a March 25 Ellsworth Community School District bus crash. According to a news release from the Ellsworth Police Department, two adults and seven Ellsworth School District students were transported to the hospital after sustaining minor injuries from a bus crash. An initial automated announcement from the district said they were sent to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.
Arrests • A vehicle was stopped at 8:57 p.m. March 11 at 920th Street and Highway 65 in River Falls for registered owner showing wanted status and suspended driver's license and expired plates. The registered owner was arrested on an outstanding warrant. • Responders were sent to N1555 770th St. in Hager City at 4:52 p.m. March 15 for attempted fraud. The suspects were not successful in the fraud and meth and drug paraphernalia were located in their possession. A female was arrested and transported to the jail.
Extensive search conducted after suspicious activity report A suspicious person was reported at 2:35 a.m. Feb. 3 at a home on 150th Avenue in Hager City. The caller said the person was asking for a ride to a disabled vehicle. Deputies conducted an extensive check and found neither the suspect nor a disabled vehicle. Town of River Falls burglary A burglary was reported at 4:16 p.m. Feb. 4 at W10218 570th Ave. in the town of River Falls. Neighbor's concern draws rebuke from resident
TOWN OF SALEM -- A 16-year-old male from Plum City died in a vehicle crash Saturday afternoon, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol. At 1:01 p.m. Feb. 2, 2019, the state patrol responded to the crash at 290th Street and 190th Avenue in Pierce County. Upon arrival, troopers found the lone 16-year-old occupant of a 1989 Ford F250 dead at the scene.