Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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By a 15-2 vote, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 25 to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on all county properties. This was in accordance with the new concealed-carry law that went into effect Nov. 1. The resolution also pertains to any special events organized by the county as well. The board decided this, according to the resolution, in the best interest of public safety and of the safety of county employees.
A Prescott man was charged with multiple drug crimes Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Matthew P. Simones, 50, 265 Lawrence St., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of THC and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The meth and narcotic drugs are felony charges, while the rest are misdemeanors. His next scheduled court appearance is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
How important is the Pierce County Fair to Pierce County? It's a question that is going to be asked a lot in the future. Monday the Finance and Personnel Committee held a lengthy debate on the issue.
The same week Pierce County announced its new administrative coordinator, one of its past options to fill the position was declared illegal by Wisconsin's attorney general. AG J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion to Pierce County Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence concluding a sitting member of the county board of supervisors must resign before being hired as county administrative coordinator. Last November the Finance and Personnel Committee nominated fellow Supervisor Rod Rommel for the position on a part-time basis.
Pierce County's search is finally over. Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved JoAnn Miller as its new administrative coordinator. "She's a strong leader with over 25 years experience in municipal government," said Supervisor Rod Rommel, in nominating her.
A Pierce County assistant district attorney pled guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court Wednesday to operating while intoxicated. T. Gregory Amann, 54, 362 E. Wall St., was ordered to pay the $817.50 fine. Judge Edward Vlack also ordered his license revoked for six months and for him to undergo an alcohol assessment. Amann was charged with the OWI relating to an incident in the early morning hours of Sept. 2 when, according to State Patrol Trooper Bruce Wozniak's report, he noticed a vehicle passed him with a defective license plate lamp in the Town of Cady.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee made their choice on who the next Administrative Coordinator should be Monday. JoAnn Miller was unanimously selected by the seven-man committee to lead Pierce County into the future. The nomination goes to the full County Board for their approval Tuesday night. Miller was previously a Village Administrator in DeForest, Wis., from 2003-2009 and before then spent six years as a City Administrator in Iowa. She started her working career as an Administrative Assistant for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C.
A River Falls man was charged Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court with four counts of possession of child pornography. Allan D. Dau, 46, N8424 900th St., No. A, is next scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint: Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) obtained a search warrant for Dau's residence a week ago Monday.
An Ellsworth man pled guilty to two counts of burglary Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Justin D. Ogden, 27, also pled guilty to fleeing an officer stemming from an April incident that started in the village of Ellsworth but then involved Pierce County Sheriff's deputies. He pled to those charges as part of an agreement. Ogden will be sentenced 11 a.m. Dec.
A Spring Valley man pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of incest. John A. Landgraf, 64, pled guilty to the charge as result of an agreement. He will be sentenced 10:15 a.m. Dec. 20. He was initially charged with two counts of incest, but the other charge was dismissed. According to the criminal complaint, Landgraf came to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department Aug. 18 and told investigators he had "improper relations" with a family member, now a teenager, for the last eight years.