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Pierce County sheriff's blotter: Fireworks follies, photos for ransom

Photos for ransom

A Spring Valley caller reported July 5 that someone was holding photos for ransom. The complainant said he had a Skype video call with someone he met online. The other person took photos during the interaction and told the complainant to pay up or have the photos posted online. The complainant didn't send the money. He was told to report back if the photos were posted online.

Fireworks complaints

• A deputy on patrol at 10:44 p.m. July 3 watched a person light a firework at W9806 Highway 35 that tipped over and shot onto the highway. The person was warned and told to stop for the night.

• Deputies responded at 11:42 p.m. July 4 to a grass fire at Lake Pepin Boulevard and Wabash Street in Bay City. A plastic can burned from fireworks was found at the scene.

• A grass fire was reported at 3:03 p.m. July 8 at 250th Avenue and County Road VV in Hager City. A witness reported seeing kids lighting off fireworks in the roadway. They were seen leaving the area in a silver SUV.

Arrest follows motorcycle crash

Deputies responded at 2:38 p.m. July 7 to 150th Avenue and 803rd St. in Hager City for a two-motorcycle crash. Both drivers were found to have revoked licenses. One was arrested on suspicion of OWI, drug possession and operating after revocation.

Domestic-related incidents

• Officers were called July 4 to a domestic disturbance at N8346 710th St. in River Falls. A man there was arrested on suspicion of domestic disorderly conduct.

• Deputies responded at 3:12 p.m. July 4 to W6379 Main St. in Bay City for a domestic disturbance. The suspect fled the scene.

Burglary in Hager City

A burglary was reported July 5 at N3785 County Road K in Hager City. Assorted tools were reported missing. No sign of forced entry.

Traffic trouble

• A deputy on patrol July 5 stopped a vehicle for safety issues on Highway 35 in Prescott. The vehicle was observed traveling 30 mph in a 55 mph zone. It had a rear tire positioned at an angle and appeared close to falling off. The vehicle was towed from the area.

• A deputy on patrol July 7 stopped a Gator utility vehicle driving on Highway 72 in Elmwood. The driver was a visitor to the United States and wasn't familiar with traffic laws. He was made aware of the law and given a verbal warning.

• Deputies responded at 2:24 a.m. July 9 to a one-vehicle crash at W3206 450th Ave. in Elmwood. The driver, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-fourth offense.

• Deputies were called July 9 by Wisconsin State Patrol to assist in issuing speeding tickets on Highway 35 for a group of four vehicles.

Suspicious photographer

A caller on Lake Pepin Boulevard in Bay City reported July 6 that a motorist was taking photos of her home and scaring her children. Deputies were unable to find the suspect's vehicle.

Fraud reports

• Deputies took a fraud report July 5 from a Hager City complainant. The complainant reported getting a call from someone purporting to represent Publishers Clearing House.

• A Hager City caller phoned deputies July 7 to report what she suspected was a new form of fraud. The complainant reported taking a phone call from someone purporting her dead father had won $1 million. The complainant didn't give any personal information.

Suspected BB gun damage

Deputies responded July 7 to 300 Court Road in Plum City for damage to a home and vehicle. The damage appeared to have been inflicted by a BB gun. Possible suspects were identified.


• A purse theft was reported July 5 at W5350 490th Ave. in Ellsworth. Credit cards from the purse were later used without authorization in Minnesota.

• A theft was reported July 8 at W12074 820th Ave. in the town of River Falls. Vehicles on the property had been entered. A wallet and other items were reported missing. A similar report was taken at 12288 820th Ave.

Elmwood fight leads to arrest

A fight was reported at 7:14 p.m. July 8 at 206 S. Public St. in Elmwood. One person was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, battery and bail jumping.


• Several deputies responded to a trespassing complaint July 3 at W7037 135th Ave. in Bay City.

• A caller found a dog wandering by Spring Valley High School July 4. The dog appeared to have been neglected and had a possible broken leg. The situation was handed over to Spring Valley police.

• Deputies were called July 5 to a home on McKay Avenue in Spring Valley for a man who appeared to be hallucinating or delusional. Deputies determined the man was likely under the influence of drugs. An EMS crew evaluated the man and advised him to seek medical attention. He declined. Deputies gave him a courtesy ride to his home in Arkansaw.

• An assault was reported at 3:33 a.m. July 8 at N8224 950th St. in the town of River Falls. One person was arrested on suspicion of strangulation, battery and probation hold.

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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