Schaffhausen co-worker charged with making threats at trial

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HUDSON, Wis. - A co-worker of Aaron Schaffhausen faces multiple charges after threatening to harm witnesses and prosecutors at the St. Croix County Government Center on Friday morning.

According to the criminal complaint, Joe Rollag told a deputy at the government center that he needed to talk to Schaffhausen's defense attorney, John Kucinski, or "bad things would happen."

The deputy asked Rollag to speak with him in a conference room. He offered to pass along a note to Kucinski, according to the complaint. Rollag responded by opening a black notebook with a knife clipped on the inside, the deputy said.

The deputy told Rollag that knives were not allowed in the building. More knives were found in Rollag's car, according to the complaint.

Rollag faces charges of battery or threat to a witness, possession of a switchblade, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

On Monday, security was tighter at the St. Croix County Courthouse where jurors will decide whether a North Dakota man was sane when he killed his three young daughters.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says employees and visitors were screened Monday as they entered the courthouse. Schaffhausen's sanity trial is in its second week.

Schaffhausen has pleaded guilty to killing 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their house in River Falls last July.

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