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An intimate night quickly turned south after a Hudson man met a woman through an online dating site, and the woman allegedly stole property from him after he says he was drugged. Gretchen Gutierrez Montenegro, 37, Champlin, Minnesota, allegedly stole over $7,500 in property from the man after the two met on the online dating site Zoosk. The stolen property included several guns, and other property and personal documents valued between $2,500 and $5,000.
A 21-year-old Amery man was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, after being found passed out in his vehicle in the New Richmond Middle School parking lot. St. Croix County officers found Jordan Feyen with a number of drugs including LSD and cocaine, along with almost $1,300 in his possession on Oct. 16. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Care for about 2,000 animals saved in connection to a suspected Pierce County-based animal-fighting is estimated at almost $500,000. At an Oct. 3 civil hearing for Senyen Vang and Houa Dai Yang — who are facing numerous drug and animal crime charges from the county and state — Pierce County Assistant Corporation Counsel attorney Jason Fey said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated 30-day animal caretaking costs to be $496,755.
A roughly 11-month, $1 million U.S. Highway 10 bridge rehabilitation project should cause few headaches for area residents. The project — which includes replacing expansion joints, concrete deck repairs and other minor maintenance for the 25-year-old bridge — is currently restricting traffic to one lane on each side. The construction started in early September, and is expected to end in June 2019.
Pierce County officers stopped a burglary at the home of a woman who is facing numerous animal and drug-related charges, two weeks after the woman reported an alleged theft there. According to a Pierce County Sheriff's Office report, officers responded to a call that two men were on Senyen Vang's property at County Road BB in the town of Gilman on Sept. 25. The men, Cheng Xiong and Tou Khang, allegedly attempted to take a car that belonged to Vang. Khang said he had purchased the car as a "fixer upper" from Houa Yang, Vang's boyfriend, and said he knew Yang.
Two days after Ellsworth High School's 20-13 win over Baldwin-Woodville High School, Logan Melstrom was an hour late for work. He was sore from battling an injury all week before being cleared to play in Friday's homecoming game, where he scored two of the team's three touchdowns, and didn't head to his family's garage until closer to 9 a.m. He had a wood patio set to make. "I try to get out here every day," the 18-year-old high school senior said. "I've always been a hands-on guy, it's just the way I am."
A Pierce County dispatch operator's error led to alarms in the southwest corner of the county to remain silent when they should have been activated due to Thursday's storms. The county attempted to activate sirens for Ellsworth and the set of Xcel Energy nuclear sirens it has discretion over for weather emergencies, but a dispatcher mistakenly set off only the Ellsworth alarms.
A local organic farming group hopes an uplifting documentary on the challenges of the farming industry can bring area farmers together.