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Prescott police place officer on administrative leave

PRESCOTT --- Prescott Police Officer Bradley Woletz was placed on administrative leave Oct. 20 for an indefinite period, Acting Chief of Police Mike Bondarenko announced that day.

Woletz, who has been a member of the department since July 29, 2002, was placed on administrative leave by Bondarenko and Prescott Police Commission Chairman Jack French until further notice due to his possible alleged involvement in the following criminal investigation that occurred the previous day:

Roger W. Hendrickson, 555 Flora St., reported a burglary to his residence Oct. 19. Hendrickson told authorities that, at an unknown time that day, his residence was entered and the following items were taken without his permission: a 27-inch television set, a safe containing cash and documents, and a two-drawer dresser.

Joan Hendrickson, a former alderperson who resigned her position in September, also resides at that address.

"I am unable to release any further details into the investigation at this time because the investigation is ongoing," said Bondarenko, who also said he wouldn't comment further until the investigation is complete.

As a result of a potential conflict of interest, the investigation was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. As of Friday, sheriff's officials said the investigation was still ongoing and therefore wouldn't comment.

"I greatly appreciate the cooperation and assistance that Sheriff (Everett) Muhlhausen has provided to my department and the City of Prescott in this case," said Bondarenko.

This is just the latest of what has been a roller coaster couple of months for the Prescott Police Department. Fellow officer Gary Krutke was placed on administrative leave Sept. 28-Oct. 13 for reported conflicts among fellow Prescott police officers. He returned to work Oct. 16.

Jackie Ryden, a member of the department for the last 10-plus years, died of an apparent heart attack Sept. 2 while at the scene of a mobile home fire.

Bondarenko became acting chief in August, replacing Scott Brownell, who left for a job in Minnesota.

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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