Rice Lake Police stopped a car thief traveling from Washburn County late on June 11. 

Local police and the Baron County Sheriff’s Department were notified by Washburn County law enforcement that the driver may be headed to Rice Lake in the stolen automobile.

Squad cars waited on Hwys. 53 and 48, and a Rice Lake officer located and pulled the vehicle over around 10:15 p.m., according to the call detail report. 

Rice Lake police said a  third OWI offense charge against the female driver would be recommended to the District Attorney’s office. 

Stolen vehicle charges would have to be filed in Washburn County. 

Police said they noticed no damage to the vehicle and that the owner came to Barron County to pick it up. 

Hoppe guilty

in sex crimes

A Baldwin man was found guilty by jury of three felony child sex crimes on June 6.

Jay A. Hoppe, 36, was caught by Rice Lake Police in a sex sting operation in March, 2018. 

The resulting charges before the jury were using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement and attempted second degree sexual assault of a child. 

During the trial, the prosecution showed the jury text message and email exchanges between Hoppe and the undercover officer. 

Hoppe’s sentencing is set for July 24.


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