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Elk Mound man scheduled for arraignment in St. Croix County on armed robbery

By LeAnn R. Ralph

HUDSON  —  A St. Croix County judge has found probable cause and has scheduled an arraignment hearing for a 39-year-old Elk Mound man charged with robbery.

Thomas Clinton Shearer, 220 South Holly Avenue in Elk Mound, appeared for a preliminary hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court September 22 on one felony count of armed robbery and one misdemeanor count of theft of movable property worth less than $2,500.

A cash bail of $10,000 was set in St. Croix County for Shearer September 13.

Shearer is charged as a party to the crime of armed robbery.

Judge Eric J. Lundell found probable cause that a felony was committed and probable cause that Shearer committed the felony.

Shearer is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in St. Croix County October 12.

According to news reports, Shearer is charged in connection with an incident in Emerald  involving Michelle M. Twilley and Brent D. Bounds, both of Eau Claire.

Twilley, 35, is charged in St. Croix County with one felony count of armed robbery as a party to a crime and one misdemeanor count each of prostitution and neglecting a child.

Bail also was set at $10,000 cash for Twilley in St. Croix County September 13.

Judge Lundell found probable cause September 22 as well that Twilley had committee a felony and scheduled an arraignment for Twilley on October 12.

Bounds, 44, is charged with one felony count of armed robbery as a party to a crime and one misdemeanor count each of pandering and neglecting a child.

Bail also was set at $10,000 cash for Bounds September 13 in St. Croix County.

Bounds waived the preliminary hearing on September 22.

According to online court records, Bounds signed a plea questionnaire and a waiver rights on September 23.

Two men told investigators they had contacted Twilley for sex, that they had paid her for sex before and that two men had followed her into the residence, according to news reports.

As of press time, Shearer, Twilley and Bounds were still in custody in St. Croix County.