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Burglars posing as roof repairers to elderly
On July 10, a burglary was reported in Milltown, a second on Highway 63 near Clayton, and a third in Amery on Highway 46. In all three instances, elderly victims were approached while in their yards by two males driving a silver or tan colored, newer model pickup, possibly with a topper. One of the males would talk to the victim telling them they were from a roofing company and could fix their roof for free, while the other would go into the home and take jewelry/coins, cash and other property.
The two males were described as “a very short white male in his 20s, with thin, short, brown hair and very bad/rotting teeth” and “a dark skinned, white male in his 40s, 5’10” to 6’ tall with short brown hair, possibly has a mustache and a muscular build with broad shoulders.”
If anyone has information about these burglaries or the people responsible for them, please contact either the Amery Police Department at 715-268-7411 or Investigator Rick Gearhart at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department at 715-485-8337. Callers may remain anonymous by request.
See this weeks (July 24) Ledger Press for the complete story.
Have more than a fair time at the Polk County Fair
By Reid A Gacke
One of the biggest events of the summer starts Thursday in St. Croix Falls: The Polk County Fair. And to get things started right, the Fair is holding a special family night Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with reduced ticket prices at special old fashioned games that can be enjoyed by one and all. Make sure to take advantage of these special deals to see easily one of the biggest acts of the fair, the Dweebs. The Dweebs bring their special blend of classic rock and pop covers to the Main Stage at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
“The Dweebs provide a fun, memorable performance full of stage antics, crowd participation, mock rock icons, confetti, flying toilet paper and more!”
The Trade Wind Band will also grace the Main Stage at 1:00 p.m. Thursday and, at 8:00 p.m., there will be a horse pull at the Grandstand.
Friday’s events get off to a leisurely start at 11:00 a.m. with the centenarian recognition at the Main Stage, followed by the live country music of Rex Cactus at noon. The St. Croix Show Choir will hold two shows at 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and, at 7:00 p.m., The KC Band will take the stage to wrap up the second day of the fair. 
Saturday is another day of fun for the whole family with a talent show at 1:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, veggie car races at 5:00 p.m., and Duck for the Oyster wrapping things up at 7:00 p.m. with traditional American music and dance. 
Finally, Sunday at the fair kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a church service on the main stage, followed by Glory Train at 11:00 p.m. and a special presentation from the 4H, celebrating 100 years in Wisconsin this year, at 1:00 p.m. 
At 2:00 p.m., the lovely Kelsey Hammonds of Clear Lake and Kayla Johnson of Balsam Lake will take the main stage to see who will be crowned Fairest of the Fair. The 2:00 p.m. main stage event is the culmination of an entire weekend of judging for the girls and will determine who will be ambassador of Polk County for the 2014-2015 year and who will represent Polk County in the Wisconsin state Fairest of the Fair competition.
Wrapping up the main stage events for this year’s county fair will be the ever-popular River City Cloggers at 3:15 p.m.
See this weeks (July 24) Ledger Press for the complete story.

Young man charged with sexual assault of a child 
Sheldon Thayer, 20, of Hayward, was arrested at a home on Highway 46, south of Balsam Lake, on charges of sexual assault of a child and a probation hold. Around 3:00 a.m. on July 14, Polk County deputies were called to the home for a report of a 12 year-old victim being assaulted. The victim had been lying on her stomach on a bed playing a video game with her 11 year-old cousin, when Thayer allegedly came into the bedroom and lay on top of her.
He kissed her cheek and put his hand on her rear, then rubbed outside of her clothing. The 11 year-old cousin said she saw this happen, and turned away because she did not want to watch. The victim said Thayer was on top of her for about five seconds.
A 19 year-old also came into the room during the incident and says he saw Thayer “quickly roll away” from the 12 year-old and leave the room. According to the police report, the 19 year-old did not see Thayer on top of the victim but felt it was obvious by his “rapid movement away from the victim and his hurry to leave the room.”
Thayer claims nothing happened and says he was never in the same room as the victim at any time. He is currently on probation and has a lengthy criminal history with many arrests.
See this weeks (July 24) Ledger Press for the complete story.