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.
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.
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.
TOWN OF RUSK––A Minnesota police vehicle was found in a ditch and now the office in charge of the vehicle is investigating how it got there.
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.
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.
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.…
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.
A search warrant was executed at a house on Midtown Road in Meenon. Burnett County Sheriff deputies found cocaine, marijuana and a large amount of cash.
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.
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…
BURNETT COUNTY—A Webster man has been charged with aggravated battery of an elderly person after he allegedly attacked a 72-year-old man with a billy club during an altercation in Webster. He then led police on a high-speed chase that ended with authorities finding him underneath a boat.
BURNETT COUNTY–– The five-day jury trial of Jesse Paul Marek, 36, Frederic, is scheduled to begin April 29, 2019. Marek is facing one count of child abuse – intentionally causing great bodily harm, a class C felony, in the case of his 10-week old child’s death in 2016.
BURNETT COUNTY–– Alan Wayne Byers, 42, Grantsburg, has been charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, a class C felony. If convicted on both counts, he faces a possible 80 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines.
BURNETT COUNTY–– Allen G. Thomas, Pepin, 55, was found guilty on both charges of aggravated battery with the intent of causing great bodily harm. He will be sentenced in November and faces up to 30 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
BURNETT COUNTY–– Allen Gene Thomas, 55, Pepin, will be in the Burnett County Courthouse this week for his trial for charges of aggravated battery stemming from an incident in July of 2016. Thomas allegedly stabbed two men in the throat at McKenzie Landing Bar and Restaurant in the Town of Scott.
GRANTSBURG––Last Monday, members of the Sentinel staff noticed the flowers in front of the office were damaged and later found out it was due to an altercation that occurred inside Denny’s Bar in downtown Grantsburg.
BURNETT COUNTY––A Hinckley man has been charged with his 10th operating while intoxicated offense. He was initially found slumped over in his car when emergency medical services arrived he fled the scene and damaged over $3,000 worth of medical equipment.
SIREN––Siren Police arrested two teenagers on July 3 during the Independence Day street dance when an officer saw what looked like a smoke-filled car parked on First Avenue. When the officer tried separating the two, one of them continued to show erratic behavior and continuously disobeyed t…
GOVERNMENT CENTER—Keith Christenson, 54, Grantsburg plead no contest to one count of lewd and lascivious behavior in public, a misdemeanor, last week and avoided what could have been a traumatic jury trial.