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County woman sentenced to 14 months prison for police battery

A county woman was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 14 months prison for police battery.

Tally A. Rowan, 34, was found guilty of the felony by a jury trial in March. Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall also sentenced her to nine months jail for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting/obstructing an officer. Those terms are concurrent.

"Confinement is needed to protect the public," Duvall said. Rowan was also placed on three years extended supervision for the battery charge. "She has shown a pattern of belligerence towards officers along with an avoidance of acceptance of responsibility for her conduct."

The charges stem back to an incident in March 2008 when Rowan crashed her vehicle into a light pole on US Highway 10 in Prescott. The incident carried over to the River Falls Area Hospital, where she was transported due to her injuries. At the hospital, River Falls Police Officer Jennifer Knutson, who was there to assist Prescott police, testified at trial she was injured by Rowan. The injury, which was to her thumb, caused her to miss nine months of work.

For more please read the Sept. 30 print version of the Herald.

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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