A Glenwood City, Wis. social studies teacher, coach and city council member is facing multiple felony charges amid allegations he had an online sexual relationship with a Missouri child. St. Croix County prosecutors charged Peter L. Gaustad, 45, with five felonies, including child sexual exploitation, expose child to harmful material, and cause child 13-18 to view sex activity and use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime Friday afternoon. Bail was set at $100,000 at Gaustad’s initial appearance.
The River Falls school community was shaken Monday by two separate events, one involving a student’s death at Meyer Middle School and another resulting in a student’s arrest. Superintendent Jamie Benson sent an automated voice message March 19 to families in the district confirming the death of a sixth-grade student. “The death of any young person is a loss that, in one way or another, affects us all,” he said in the recorded message.
Patty Schachtner suspects she saw a new level of desperation in 2017. The St. Croix County medical examiner this year determined a person died from consuming horse wormer medication. Schachtner said the suicide was the first of its kind the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has reviewed. "I think it's a sign of deeper desperation," she said, adding that the deceased obtained the drug through the Dark Web.
A Minnesota judge didn’t doubt the the progress a confessed drug dealer had made in treatment, but said those steps weren’t enough to avert a prison sentence. Washington County District Court Judge John McBride sentenced Karl R. Heinrichs on Monday to six years in prison — four of which must be spent behind bars. The Stillwater man, arrested last year after a sting that involved Minnesota and Wisconsin authorities, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree drug sales.
BALDWIN, Wis. - Two bodies found this week inside a Baldwin house belonged to a man and his infant daughter, according to authorities. Baldwin Police Chief Darren Krueger said a woman arrived home Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 280 Cedar St. Apt. 54 to find 39-year-old Jeffrey Long dead and their 14-week-old daughter Aubree Long unresponsive. Jeffrey Long died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to police. Authorities were called to the scene at 4:40 p.m. Efforts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful.
RUSH RIVER, Wis. - St. Croix County authorities allege a Roberts woman and her husband embezzled about $190,000 from a rural church here over the course of nearly 10 years. Kara K. Amundson-LaVenture and Michael LaVenture return to court next week on felony theft charges. LaVenture’s charges stipulate he was party to a crime. Amundson-LaVenture also faces one count of unauthorized identity use, a felony. A preliminary hearing in both cases is set for Tuesday, Jan. 3.