Polk County residents have been calling the sheriff’s office about requesting payment for warrants. The odd part was that they were asking for payment of the warrants in the form of gift cards.

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The number two prosecutor in Burnett County has been charged with secretly recording sexual encounters with two women. One of the women alleges the relationship was in exchange for leniency in an ongoing case, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Authorities responded to a shots fired complaint in Grantsburg on Feb. 3. There were no reported injuries from the incident.

Early in the morning a truck was pulled over in Webster for speeding and operating left of the center line. The driver was then cited for an 11th OWI offense, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.


“Meth is killing our county,” Judge Melissia Mogen said. “You have an addiction, but this goes above and beyond that and you sold poison to this community.”

Diego Garza has been in custody at the Burnett County Jail since January 2018. He has had multiple trials set up and has had six attorneys represent him in his case including four felony charges and three misdemeanors.

A 32 year old Glenwood City man is in custody charged with attempted homicide following a Sept. 25 incident in rural Clear Lake.

Two motorists were cited for 5th or 6th OWI in Burnett County in August. One was found drink-ing a beer behind the wheel and another drove into a mailbox and ended up in a ditch.

Michael E. Denn, 58, Grantsburg was sentenced in Burnett County to two years’ probation for two felony charges with nine months conditional jail time which will be served with home monitoring.

A search warrant by Siren Police for drugs led to two people being arrested and charged with a total of six felony drug-related charges, including maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

A registered sex offender has served his time in prison and is being released into Burnett County, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Burnett County has a timber thief for the first time in years. Following citizen calls in Union of hearing chainsaws in the middle of the night, the Minnesota man allegedly cut down almost 80 trees of Burnett County Forest.


The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office has taken a man into custody for attempted reckless homicide. He remains in custody in the Burnett County Jail.

An early morning traffic stop lead to St. Croix Tribal Police confiscating multiple firearms, methamphetamine, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

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A Town of Lincoln cabin was allegedly burglarized twice in as many days by the same suspect. The suspect led authorities on an 11-mile chase and eventually off road into a swamp, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Two individuals were charged in Burnett County with not reporting the bodily harm in the death of Preston Decorah.

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A party on Rylander Road in the town of West Marshland lead to 11 individuals receiving underage drinking tickets.

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The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman in the death of Preston Decorah. Information from the initial investigation suggest he was riding on top of a moving vehicle when he fell off and left on the road for an hour, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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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.