Weather Forecast


Two teens charged with burglarizing fair buildings

Charges were filed last week against two Ellsworth teens accused of breaking into buildings on the Pierce County Fairgrounds this past summer and taking cash, food and tools.

Dylan M. Berner, 19, 106 Evergreen Estates, and James M. Leonard, 17, N5076 860th St., Ellsworth, made first appearances on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and damage to property.

Berner made an initial appearance Monday, Oct. 10, on two felony burglary charges, three misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property. He was released on signature bonds, and a preliminary hearing was set for 10:15 a.m. Oct. 18.

Leonard made an initial appearance Thursday, Oct. 6, on two felony counts of burglary, five misdemeanor counts of theft and two misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property. He was released on signature bonds, and his next court appearance is set for 10:15 a.m. Oct. 18.

Leonard is accused of breaking into buildings and the Ellsworth Funsters' van at the fairgrounds in May. Items reported stolen then included a wheelbarrow full of pop, flats of chips, $25 in cash and an iPod.

Fair Groundskeeper Ken Hines reported that there had been entry to almost every building on the fairgrounds.

Acting on a tip, two Ellsworth police officers went to four abandoned houses owned by the county on the 300 and 400 blocks of Grove Street and checked those but found nothing. But when they searched a shed, they found a lawn chair, a flashlight, unopened cans of pop and a cloth bag with clown pants. They also found packs and boxes of many different brands of pop, a cooler and a partially empty bottle of an alcohol drink.

For more please read the Oct. 12 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

(715) 426-1049