Illinois man sentenced as sex offender

An Benton, Ill., man was sentenced to 15 years in prison, fined $30,000 and must register as a sex offender after he was found guilty of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sex with a 15-year-old girl last December.

Christopher John Rowe, 38 at the time of the crime, must register as a predatory sex offender, enter the sex offender treatment program and is denied access to the Internet until it is approved by his therapist.

Rowe was employed as a truck driver when met the victim in an online dating site, according to court documents. The girl told Rowe that she was a 19-year-old orphan without an identity and asked to be picked up at an Osceola, Wis., Subway Restaurant.

The girl was reported as a runaway to authorities on Dec. 8, 2011. Authorities tracked Rowe’s truck by the vehicle’s GPS unit and officers from the Minnesota State Patrol, Hudson, Wis., Police Department and St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office stopped Rowe on Interstate 94 in Hudson.

The girl told officers that she and Rowe stopped overnight at the I-94 rest area in West Lakeland Township, where she admitted having sex with Rowe. The girl reported that Rowe asked her a couple of times if she was really 19 and offered to take her back to his home in Kentucky.

 Woman sentenced on threat charge

A Lake Elmo woman was sentenced Aug. 31 to no more than five years in prison and no more than $10,000 in fines after being found guilty of terroristic threats against her boyfriend.

On Aug. 26, 2011, Marjorie Francis Mcewen, admitted to officers at the scene that she was involved in a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, court documents said.

The boyfriend told officers Mcewen chased him around her house with a hammer and was swinging it at him. On the recorded 911 call Mcewen was heard saying, “You’re going to regret it” and “You get out of my house or I am going to try and kill you.”

The boyfriend told officers that during the incident he saw pure evil in Mcewen’s eyes and was terrified of her.

Other conditions of Mcewen’s sentence include participation in a mental health evaluation, completion of a domestic abuse program and staying out of legal trouble.

Man fights extradition request

A Wisconsin man is fighting extradition to Wisconsin after he was arrested recently on a warrant for failure to appear at a pre-trial hearing, the Washington County Attorney’s office reports

Christopher Wayne Haakenstad is being held in the Washington County Jail after his arrest recently by Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant out of St. Croix County, Wis.

The warrant was issued after Haakenstad failed to appear at a Nov. 28, 2011, pre-trial hearing on charges of possessing amphetamine, THC and drug paraphernalia.

St. Croix County Attorney’s Office sought to extradite Haakenstad, but he  refused to waive extradition and requested a hearing.