FL man facing charges for Wisconsin cabin incident

Clint Riese
News Editor

A Forest Lake man faces seven charges stemming from an incident that took place at a Wisconsin cabin. Authorities arrested Ronald Dale Aune, 53, at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming on Nov. 10 following a confrontation involving a weapon the night before in Burnett County, Wis. Aune was at the hospital to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg.

The charges, filed Nov. 13 in Wisconsin, include four felony counts: kidnapping, false imprisonment and two counts of recklessly endangering safety in the first degree. Aune also faces two disorderly conduct counts and one of trespassing. As a Class C felony, conviction on the kidnapping charge could bring a sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, or both.

The criminal complaint alleges the following:

On the evening of Nov. 9, the owner of a cabin in Swiss Township, Wis., and his girlfriend noticed a vehicle pull into the driveway. Aune entered the cabin without permission, pointed a gun at the man’s head and threatened to shoot him if he did not reveal the whereabouts of the woman, Aune’s ex-girlfriend. The woman hid under a bed, and Aune did not see her while searching the cabin.

The complaint says Aune then forced the cabin owner into the passenger seat of Aune’s truck. Aune sat in the driver’s seat. As the woman exited the cabin, the man tried to disarm Aune, and the weapon discharged. The man took control of the gun and hid it in his cabin.

When the man came back outside, the complaint continues, Aune was attacking the woman. The man kicked Aune and told him he called the police. Aune then left in his truck.

According to the complaint, Aune had a friend drive him to Minnesota. The friend later told authorities Aune said he was having relationship problems with his ex-girlfriend and stated, “I was stupid. I was stupid.”

The Forest Lake Police Department looked for Aune at his residence on North Shore Trail, then took a call from Fairview Lakes reporting a patient being treated for a gunshot wound, said Sgt. Mark Richert. Authorities then traced Aune’s cellphone to the same location, where he was taken into custody.

Streets sentenced

A Wisconsin man charged in connection to a string of burglaries in the spring of 2012 has been convicted and sentenced. Thomas Patrick Streets, 67, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony first-degree burglary while in possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of felony second-degree assault. In Washington County District Court on Aug. 30, he received prison sentences of 67 months, 58 months and 36 months, to be served concurrently. He was credited for 375 days already served.

Streets was accused of burglaries in Forest Lake, Scandia, Stillwater Township and New Richmond, Wis. The cases drew attention for their unique nature: The burglar dressed like a chauffeur and entered the homes if no one answered the door.

The arrest of Streets followed a code red alert issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Tougaw sentenced

The Bayport man charged with reckless driving in the collision that led to the death of a Scandia fireman in February was sentenced in Washington County District Court on Nov. 6 to 30 days in jail to be served out of custody.

Kenneth Allen Tougaw, 41, will also pay $285 in fines and court fees. Tougaw pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from the Feb. 28 crash on Highway 36 in Lake Elmo.

John Larson, 42, died from injuries suffered in the crash. The nine-year veteran of Scandia Fire and Rescue and father of three was turning north onto Manning Avenue on a green arrow when his car was broadsided by a van westbound on the highway.

Tougaw’s record includes several prior traffic violations.