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The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Preston Decorah, 27, Webster. The office has one person in custody related to the death.

It began in Barron County and made its way through Polk County and into Burnett County. It ended in Daniels with the vehicle ending in a rollover.

The St. Croix Tribal Police Department was looking for information regarding a suspect following a police chase in Burnett County.

Burnett County’s Assistant District Attorney Dan Steffen pleaded no contest in a Dane County Courthouse last week to disorderly conduct.

Zach A. Grandy, 19, has been charged with four felony counts including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony bail jumping.

“I still have hope. I just wish the driver would come forward. Maybe his life would change too. It is hard to forget when you can’t find who to forgive,” said Georgia Cobenais in a video released January 31 by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

Mitchell L. Butler, 40, Webster, was sitting in court when the judge sentenced him to 40 years of state prison followed by 20 years of extended supervision stemming from a sexual assault case involving children under the age of 12, according to online court records.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was involved in the investigation that lead to a Grantsburg man being charged with eight felony counts surrounding an investigation in the production of child pornography.

Earlier this year in April all law enforcement agencies in Burnett County signed on to work on a seat belt enforcement grant.

A Minnesota man was charged with criminal damage to property, theft and drug related charges following a reported theft at a Siren gas station.

Charles H. Beenken, 40, Frederic, pleaded guilty but not guilty due to mental disease or defect to child abuse – intentionally cause great bodily harm in Burnett County stemming from an incident last November.

MADISON––A prosecuting attorney for Burnett County has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of theft – false representation in Dane County.

Michael Denn, 57, Grantsburg, pleaded guilty to vehicle operator flee or elude officer and pleaded no contest to attempting to disarm a peace officer, both charges are felony counts. He was initially facing five felony counts, three misdemeanor counts and six traffic cases.

A former town of Grantsburg clerk has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft of movable property after facing felony forgery charges.

Michael Denn, 57, Grantsburg, was arrested in February of 2018. He is facing five felony charges, three misdemeanor charges and a number of traffic violations stemming from a high-speed chase last year.

A Danbury woman was arrested twice for operating while intoxicated over the last few months. She has also been charged with felony attempt to flee or elude an officer and felony bail jumping.

Jeremy J. Paulson, 36, Siren, has two open cases in Burnett County both involving drugs and bail jumping. He led officers on a high-speed chase that reached 95 mph in Grantsburg last month.

A former clerk for the town of Grantsburg has been charged with uttering a forgery, a class H felony, that could result in a $10,000 fine, 6 years in prison or both.

Alan W. Byers, 43, Grantsburg, was given a ten-year sentence for repeated sexual assault of a child. He will serve three years in state prison and then seven years in extended supervision.

TURTLE LAKE––A woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend resulting in his death in Turtle Lake over the weekend, according to the Turtle Lake Police Department. They believe there is no danger to the public at this time.

It was a tense scene near the stoplights in Grantsburg when a sheriff’s deputy pulled into village floral and had three subjects on the ground at gunpoint.

Shane Fagnan, 23, Grantsburg, will be facing additional charges after two search warrants were executed by police which resulted in synthetic cannabinoids being found.

Three people were arrested on drug-related charges following the execution of a search warrant Town of West Marshland. Inside the residence, police found methamphetamine, synthetic THC and drug paraphernalia.

A man from Danbury was caught after taking a postal truck from the Grantsburg Post Office. It was recovered by authorities after the truck’s GPS tracking system was activated.

Rusty Matrious, 25, and Kawliga Tucker, 20, both of Danbury were charged with felony arson in November 2017. Both pleaded guilty to the charge and Matrious was sentenced last week.

SIREN–Siren Police received a call of an erratic driver on Highway 70. The officer could allegedly smell the marijuana as soon as he pulled him over and recovered over a quarter pound of marijuana.


GOVERNMENT CENTER–One of Burnett County’s high-profile cases went to sentencing Monday morning.


GRANTSBURG––Authorities executed a search warrant in the Village of Grantsburg and were able to recover methamphetamine, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. Three individuals were arrested following the search warrant.

A search warrant was executed at a residence in the Village of Grantsburg resulting in the arrest of 3 people on the evening of June 30. The search revealed illegal drugs and paraphernalia. The Grantsburg Police Department, Siren Police Department, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office and St.…

The Wisconsin State Patrol arrested Shana L. Corbine, 39, Webster, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, seventh offense.


BURNETT COUNTY––A Danbury woman has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a class A felony, after she allegedly held her boyfriend at gunpoint overnight.

SIREN—A vehicle with no headlights on, driving through Siren at night lead to a Webster man being charged with his seventh OWI. Ronald Hart, 72, Webster, was charged with operating while intoxicated (7th), a class F felony, and misdemeanor operating while revoked.

The Webster Police Department responded to an apartment complex within the Village, Friday, March 29, to follow up on an animal complaint. While speaking with the dog owner, Chief Stephenie Wedin noted the subject displayed nervous behavior, and detected the odor of marijuana wafting from th…

Diego Garza, 44, has been in custody at the Burnett County jail for almost a year. He will finally have his day in court next week as his case, which includes seven charges, heads to a jury trial in front of Washburn County Judge Eugene Harrington.

A man from Vadnais Height, Minn. has been charged with burglary of a building, criminal damage to property, and attempting to flee an officer after being arrested the weekend before Christmas.

SIREN––A man from Richfield, Minn., is suspected of stealing over $4,500 in hunting equipment. He alleges he found the items outside the Best Western Northwoods Lodge in Siren.

SIREN—On Friday, Nov. 30, the Siren Police Department assisted by the St. Croix Tribal Police Department and Webster Police Department executed a search warrant based on the odor of marijuana in the Village of Siren. During the execution of the warrant, 1.33 pounds of suspected marijuana and…

BURNETT COUNTY––Allen Gene Thomas, 55, Pepin, was found guilty on two charges of aggravated battery with the intent of causing great bodily harm, a class E felony in September. He will have his sentencing hearing Thursday morning in front of Judge Eugene Harrington in the Burnett County Courthouse.

The Siren Police Department is looking for information regarding several calls they received about gunfire last week.

BURNETT COUNTY––In August, officers from Burnett and Washburn County Sheriff offices coordinated with a special agent from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to shut down a trafficking operation in Trade Lake. Last week charges for one of the three suspects involved were…