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County supervisor charged with disorderly conduct

A Pierce County Board member has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly disrupting a UW-River Falls student meeting and using obscenities.

Witnesses said Benjamin Plunkett, 35, interrupted a Student Senate ethics committee meeting. They said he didn't use expletives during the first interruption, but the second time said, "This is bull___" and later repeatedly directed sexual obscenities at two male student senators.

Plunkett, 709 Bartosh Ln., River Falls, is scheduled for an initial appearance May 18 in Pierce County court on a single count of disorderly conduct on University of Wisconsin lands. The case is a forfeiture-level charge. Plunkett has the options of paying the $280 fine, pleading not guilty by writing a letter to the court or attending the hearing to plead not guilty. If he pleads not guilty, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled.

When reached by cell phone Monday, Plunkett declined to answer any questions about what happened or about how he will plead. Instead, he referred queries to Milwaukee-area defense attorney Brent Nistler, who did not return a phone call.

For more please read the April 29 print version of the Herald.