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Two EHS teachers suspended

Two Ellsworth High School teachers were suspended with pay Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation.

School Superintendent Dan Kaler said the pair were suspended because of the investigation and the fact criminal charges could result.

"The prudent thing was to suspend the two and let the investigation take its course," Kaler said. "I can't tell you how long the suspension is going to be."

The school district became aware of a police investigation the previous week.

Agencies involved include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Ellsworth Police Department, said Kaler.

"It's a work-in-progress," he said, regarding the investigation. "We'll do what we need to do to investigate it as well.

"Once we get more information from the investigation, their status will change."

Ellsworth Police Chief Greg Place acknowledged yesterday his department was made aware of the matter May 17. The initial complaint--a public document law enforcement agencies must keep which records time, date, place and nature of a call--stated Ellsworth officers responded to the school. It contained the names of Scott McLeod, 52, and William Lewis, 53.

McLeod is an industrial arts instructor and Lewis, who's taught technical education in the past, offers behind-the-wheel driver's education to students.

Both McLeod and Lewis hold federal firearms licenses, according to a public database provided by the ATF, allowing them to buy and sell firearms. .

Lewis calls his business "G & A Sports" and McLeod's is named "Shoot Em Up Sports." Both men operate the businesses from their home addresses in the Beldenville area.

The police chief said the case involved receipt of a firearm shipment at the high school. He said state law prohibits firearms from being on school property unless they are exempt.

He confirmed the EPD is working with the ATF in the investigation, which is underway. He didn't know when the investigation will be completed.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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