Child Enticement – that’s the charge filed against River Falls man
A man has been arrested in connection with the 16 year old Northfield girl who went missing December 29th. Northfield Investigator, Sgt. PT Haider, had sent out a missing person alert on Friday afternoon for Naomi Bruestle who has special needs and is considered vulnerable. Working with several police departments, Haider says they located Naomi in River Falls, Wisconsin late Saturday afternoon. A joint press release states that River Falls Police arrested a 36-year-old man on Saturday evening at an apartment complex at 523 S Wasson Lane. He was booked into Pierce County Jail that night on a charge of Child Enticement, a Class D Felony. If convicted he
could get up to 25 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. Bruestle was transported to the River Falls Area hospital for evaluation and treatment and returned to the custody of her parents who picked her up that night. Sgt. Haider declined to answer any more questions saying the investigation is still ongoing. Charges could yet be amended as well.
Property sale shelves Mill Towns Trail move
It’s off the table for now. On December 6th, the Northfield City Council discussed the possible acquisition of 2 properties for the Mill Towns Trail. 1700 and 1900 Dundas Blvd. The proposal from the Mill Towns Trail group, was for the City to purchase the land and the DNR to build and maintain it. Staff wanted Council to go into closed session to discuss price and a land swap. At the time, Mayor Graham said it didn’t make sense for them to go into closed session as the next council would be making the decision. Ludescher felt it should be in the public eye. Time ran out as the clock ticked toward 10pm and the Council did NOT agree to extend the meeting. On Friday afternoon, Administrator Martig told media that the City was informed by the realtor for the 1700 property that the owners have signed a purchase agreement with another buyer. Pursuing that opportunity would have relocated the current trail from the ditch between Armstrong Road and the railroad tracks which would ultimately transfer the operation, maintenance, and ownership over to the DNR from the City. At this time, this opportunity is on hold. If something changes with the purchase agreement staff will bring it forward for Council to consider. At the moment, the DNR has neither the money to buy the trail or build it if the City purchased it.
Full agenda for new Nfld Council
The new Council with incoming Mayor Rhonda Pownell have a very full agenda for their first meeting tomorrow night. First up will be taking the oath of offices for newly elected members, they’ll also elect a Mayor Pro-tem for the year. On the consent agenda are numerous appointments to Boards and Commissions including Pownell and Peterson White to the EDA and creating another Advisory Board for the Ice Arena. Council will hear an assessment report on the current Arena by consultant Mark Hayes of ATS&R. Council will also discuss the Fire Facility and related documents for action at a later date. Martig and Pownell will be in studio Wednesday morning at 7:20 with a recap.
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