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Bates pleads guilty to criminal trespass

Susan M. Bates, 51, of Apple Valley, Minn., pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court stemming from an incident May 9 in Elmwood.

Around 3 p.m. that day, then-Elmwood Police Chief Alex Rockwell explained in his testimony he responded to a call at 230 E. Race Ave. The victim, Ilene Bates, told Rockwell her daughter, Susan, had physically attacked her with two telephones, causing injuries.

Ilene told Rockwell she'd feel more comfortable talking at her own residence, 309 E. Race Ave., to which Rockwell complied. When there, he found one phone ripped off the cord and blood. Ilene confirmed the blood was hers and it came from a cut on her left wrist. She declined ambulance treatment.

To recant the incident, Ilene told Rockwell she was sitting in her recliner, heard the door that goes from the kitchen to the garage open and figured it was another daughter, Mary, who was at the house. She swiveled her chair and saw it was Susan, who said, "Are you ever going to say you're sorry?"

Ilene retreated into the kitchen/dining room area, to where Susan followed her, picked up two different telephones in each hand and began to attack her. Ilene stated she was able to defend most blows by putting her hands up, with one of the blows causing the cut on the arm.

Ilene then told Susan she would go into the den to get a third phone and call for help. Susan also went into the den, took the phone and said, "You're not calling anyone."

Ilene told Rockwell she feared for her life because, throughout the incident, Susan went outside and Ilene thought she was going to her car, grab a gun, come back and kill her. Ilene backed up this claim with a phone call a couple weeks ago during which Susan told her she wouldn't live until Mother's Day.

Ilene retreated into the basement, looking for another phone, found it, but realized it didn't work. At that point, Susan had left. Ilene left the basement, went across the street to the neighbors and called 911.

The Elmwood Police Department was able to reach Susan within a couple hours and had her subsequently arrested. The other charge, Aggravated Battery of an Elderly Person, a felony, was dismissed.

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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