Warrants issued week of Dec. 26:

• Matthew Covey, 53.


• Dec. 19, the police department received a ransom note for its computer. The note stated if the department paid the ransom, the thief/thieves would unlock the files.

“Several of our files were encrypted,” Grantsburg Chief of Police Jeff Schinzing explained. “We had to call Crex Techs for them to go through our machine to ensure everything was okay.”

• Dec. 20, William Nutt, Grantsburg, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

• Dec. 21, the department received a sexting complaint when a teenager sent a picture of his genitalia to a friend.

• Dec. 29, the Minit Mart reported a customer passed at $10 counterfeit bill. 

Chief Schinzing forwarded the information to the federal authorities.

• Dec. 29, an attempted break-in  at the American Legion was reported. While no entry was gained, the back door was severely damaged — to the point the indoor alarm sounded.


• Dec. 28, Richard Matrious, 36, Danbury, was arrested for criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping.


• Dec. 21, Benjamin Anderson, 30, Siren, was arrested for obstructing an officer, operating after revocation and misdemeanor bail jumping.

• Dec. 23, Stephanie Costello, 27, Trego, was arrested for fraud on innkeeper –non-payment.

• Dec. 23, Scott St. Aubin, 39, Luck, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, retail theft, fraud on innkeeper – non-payment, obstructing an officer, and misdemeanor bail jumping.

• Dec. 24, Rheana R. Johnson, 20, Grantsburg, was cited for speeding.

• Dec. 24, Mark R. Byrkit, 45, Shell Lake, was cited for operating without a valid drivers license.

• Dec. 29, Ronald Anderson, 39, Frederic, was arrested for operating after revocation.

Reports from police and sheriff agencies are simply arrest reports. At press time, no charges have been filed.