Tuesday, December 22, 2009

National Honor Society members inducted at B-W

New National Honor Society members were inducted at a ceremony recently at Baldwin-Woodville High School. The new members are pictured above. In the front row, left to right, are: Shauna Basques, Erin Booth, Marissa Braymen, Abby Gadbois and Ross Jennings. In the second row, from left, are: Brooke McNamara, Adam Newton, Ashley Robole, Jordan Johnson, Katie Wahlquist and Tanya LaFavor. In the third row, from left, are: Dakota Ramberg, Jordan Weyer, Emily Veenstra and Jalena Timmers.

Burglary investigation progress made

According to Baldwin Police Chief Jim Widiker, there has been progress in the past week in the investigation into recent burglaries of businesses on Baldwin’s Main Street.
Chief Widiker said there were two search warrants executed last week in Baldwin in connection with the investigation. In one of the searches illicit drugs were discovered as well as a receipt from a pawn shop that led investigators to a laptop computer stolen from PC Doctor.
Chief Widiker said his department has also received word of a personal computer discovered in a dumpster in River Falls but the PC has not yet been examined.
One person is in jail on a drug charge related to the search, said Chief Widiker. He said investigators believe the two burglaries are related.
The second search warrant executed last week turned up no evidence, Chief Widiker said.

New retail store open on Baldwin’s Main Street

Motorcycle Leathers and More is a new retail store open in Baldwin. Located at 740 Main Street, it is owned by Brad Coplan, currently a Baldwin Police Officer.
Coplan said his tentative plan is to retire from the Baldwin Police Department in March “so this is my retirement project.” He has been a officer for 22 years, including 16 in Baldwin.
Coplan said “I’ve had all kinds of bikes all my life,” so he enjoys motorcycle themed products. “I wanted the chance to get a quality product out there at a decent price,” he added. So far business has been good, he said.
The store carries brand name jewelry, wallets and purses, leather jackets, vests and chaps and some art work. “The big item obviously is leather jackets,” said Coplan, “and they’re not just for motorcycling.” He said more items are arriving and one of his goals is to get a line of kid’s clothing. Most of the products sold at the store are from Hot Leathers, which is a wholesaler in Connecticut.
An open house is being planned for this spring as the riding season gets closer, said Coplan. He hopes to have on hand a tattoo artist, someone to pinstripe motorcycles and a motorcycle wash.
The phone number of Motorcycle Leathers and More is 688-3075.

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THE SUN (OSCEOLA): The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a Polk County officer’s use of force in the shooting of a Clam Falls area man was justified. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Stoffel returned to work December 4 after a shooting review panel unanimously determined that Stoffel acted appropriately when he shot and wounded Jason King, 31, in the chest after midnight on November 15 in the driveway of King’s family home. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and a seven-member shooting panel reviewed the information on December 3. Stoffel has been with Polk County since 1993 and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2001.

PIERCE COUNTY HERALD (ELLSWORTH): A 24-year-old-man was hospitalized early Friday after being shot following a skirmish at the Harbor Bar. Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies were called just after midnight to the Harbor Bar in the Town of Trenton for reports of shots fired. Deputies said the victim was shot in the upper torso. He was transported to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center then airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Red Wing firefighters said the man was in serious condition when he was transported from the scene. A St. Mary’s spokeswoman said there was no information on the victim. The Red Wing Republican Eagle has obtained the name of the victim, but is withholding it at the request of authorities. Lt. Dennis Sorenson of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said the victim is still alive, but said his condition was unknown. “We’ve got a lot of pieces to put together,” he said. According the a press release the victim and a possible suspect identified by Red Wing police as a 25-year-old Red Wing man became involved in “some type of altercation” in the bar. Bar owner Brad Smith said the shooting stemmed from an argument that began near the pool tables.

BURNETT COUNTY SENTINEL: Back on track and moving forward. That’s the status of the new Burnett Community Library in Webster following last Wednesday’s Webster Village Board meeting in which the village and Terry Larsen, who is donating his building for the new library, reached an agreement. “The second set of borings showed pretty minimal contamination so the board felt comfortable taking it over,” trustee Tim Maloney reported. The borings, ordered after the first borings conducted as part of an environmental assessment revealed some sort of petroleum spill, were not too bad. “It is now up to the Department of Natural Resources if the site needs to be cleaned up,” Malone continued. “But for the village’s part, we will take over the building from Terry by the end of the year.