SHELL LAKE, Wis. (WASHBURN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) - On Monday, August 19, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious vehicle located in the driveway of a residence in the Township of Springbrook. The owner of the property indicated that the vehicle had run out of gas and wanted to ensure that the vehicle had been removed from his property.
Upon arrival, a Washburn County Deputy Sheriff made contact with one male and one female occupant of the disabled vehicle. After receiving conflicting statements from the male and female occupants, the Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to detain the male individual at which time a struggle ensued and the male individual resisted arrest. The male individual was Tased by the Deputy Sheriff, but was still able to flee into a wooded area located along the Namekagon River adjacent to Highway 63 North. The Sheriff’s Deputy was able to ascertain that the disabled vehicle was stolen during a residential burglary in Pierce County and also identified that several items from numerous burglaries were also hidden in the wooded area near the disabled vehicle’s location.
At this point several units from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, including the Washburn County K-9 Unit were dispatched in an attempt to locate the two individuals fleeing in a wooded area. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from numerous agencies including the Spooner Police Department, Minong Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Rice Lake Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service. By utilizing the K-9 Units from the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office and the Rice Lake Police Department, officers were able to track and apprehend a male individual identified as SCOTT R. ZIEGLER from River Falls, Wisconsin.
The female involved in this incident has been identified as LINDSEY ELIZABETH PORTER, a 35-year-old white female from Hudson, Wisconsin. Lindsey Porter, who remains at large, is described as 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with black hair, blue eyes, wearing jeans and a black shirt underneath a black jacket. Lindsey Porter is known to have contacts in the Hayward area, as well as in Pierce and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. Lindsey Porter is not considered a physical danger to the public, however, is known for a history of property crimes as well as drug offenses.
Both Scott Ziegler and Lindsey Porter are facing multiple felony charges for numerous property crimes, as well as charges for resisting arrest by the Washburn County Deputy Sheriff.
If anyone observes a female individual matching the description of Lindsey Porter, they are to contact their nearest law enforcement agency by dialing 911 or can contact the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-468-4720.