Monday, October 31, 2011

Hudson Woman Charged With Felony in Alleged Eavesdropping Incident


A Hudson woman has been charged with a felony in an alleged eavesdropping incident at the St. Croix County Government Center on May 2, 2011.
Patt A. Colten of Hudson was formally charged on Friday, Sept. 30, with intercepting wire/electronic communication, a Class H felony. Her initial appearance was Oct. 27 and she posted a $1,000 signature bond.
The charge stems from a May 2 incident at the St. Croix County Government Center in which two individuals allege that Colten was listening to and recording a conversation they were having with an attorney in one of the building's conference rooms, according to the criminal complaint.
Colten and the two complainants have been involved in a property dispute over their lot boundaries for at least two years, and on May 2, all three of them were in court for a pretrial conference with Judge Edward Vlack. After the conference, the complainants met with an attorney in a conference room just outside the courtroom to discuss the case's developments. That's when Colten allegedly eavesdropped on their conversation, according to the criminal complaint.

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