Crime

Andrew Steele, a 39-year-old Wisconsin man, was charged on Aug. 29 with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the Aug. 22 murder of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol. According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the Steele home in Fitchburg, Wis., at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 22, in response to [...]

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  The victims of a double homicide in Fitchberg, Wis., will be laid to rest later this week. The funeral for Stillwater natives Ashlee (Putnam) Steele, 39, and Kacee (Putnam) Tollefsbol, 38, is planned for Friday, Aug. 29, in Stillwater. According to police reports, Steele and Tollefsbol were alledgedly shot to death by Steele’s husband, [...]

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A 40-year-old inmate incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder for the Dec. 2, 2013, strangulation of a fellow inmate. Benjamin H. Beck was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for the murder of Shane Copper. The sentence is to be [...]

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An argument over a social media post at the St. Croix Recreation Center in Stillwater ended when a 20-year-old man was arrested for making felony terroristic threats with a knife. Gabriel Preston Larson of Stillwater was arrested on suspicion of making threats with a pocket knife to two juvenile males around 4 p.m., Aug. 13, [...]

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Milwaukee, is reporting the indictment of several individuals allegedly involved in a home invasion robbery in West Lakeland in 2013. On July 8, 2013, a female victim reported that four unknown males forcibly entered her home, bound her hands [...]

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