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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A Red Wing man was placed on three years probation Monday after he pled guilty to three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. Tyler J.S. Theis, 19, pled to the charges as part of an agreement with one of the conditions including 30 days jail. He was originally charged last year with felony sexual assault of a child. According to the criminal complaint, the alleged incident occurred around 3 a.m. July 25 at the Island Campground in Hager City, with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department notified three days later. Investigators interviewed the 15-year-old victim July 29.
A fight in the Pierce County Jail resulted in a River Falls man being charged with a felony. Gene C. Ewers, 40, was charged Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court with battery by prisoners. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday. According to the criminal complaint, a fellow inmate alleged on Jan. 21, Ewers pushed him into the shower door causing him to fall about five to six feet injuring his hand. The victim said the fight started when he asked Ewers and another inmate to quit being so loud and referencing a scene from a TV show.
The study began over three years ago with a simple goal: improving the health of Pierce County residents. The group was headed by public health workers with input from personnel in hospitals, ambulance services and medical clinics.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors reached its first agreement with one of six labor unions Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved the collective bargaining agreement with the Labor Association of Wisconsin (L.A.W.) - Community Health Association (CHA). The agreement begins Jan. 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2012. CHA is made up of 16 members and consists of public health personnel. "We truly felt negotiations took place," said CHA representative Dianne H-Robinson, who made up the negotiation team, along with Sara Sabelko and Michelle Williams.
An accomplice in the River Falls Econo Foods burglary last September pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of misdemeanor theft in Pierce County Circuit Court. Ashley M. Schuh, 21, Mondovi, pled guilty to the counts as part of an agreement. She was originally charged with four counts of credit card fraud, misdemeanor theft and two counts of burglary. According to the criminal complaint, Schuh caught the eye of law enforcement when she and Joleigha Johnson, 30, were found in a stalled vehicle on Interstate 94 in Eau Claire County the early morning hours of Sept. 20.
The current computer system for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department is behind the times. "It's not current for today's standards," Sheriff Nancy Hove said. "It's not user-friendly and it's very outdated." That's because its' their old, old system. The company for their previous system ran into financial hardship and closed last summer. Yet, hope is on the horizon. Department officials presented to the County Board Tuesday night their recommendations of going with Computer Information Systems (CIS) based out of Skokie, Illinois.
As he begins his first full year on the bench, Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles offered his thoughts on the local judicial system and more to the County Board during Tuesday's night meeting. "The transition from private practice to Judge has been smooth," Boles said, a lawyer in River Falls before winning the election last April. "I feel very welcome here in the courthouse and throughout Ellsworth. "I feel very happy to have the job I have which is serving the citizens of Pierce County." Boles talked about recent changes, both involving video conferencing.
The housing market has been one of the biggest victims of the current economic structure, both locally and state-wide. The slide continued in 2010, as the Wisconsin Realtors Association reported a 7.5 percent state-wide drop in sales from 2010 compared to 2009. Locally, Pierce County was even worse, as there were 425 sales in 2009 to 382 in 2010, a 10.1 decrease. "It's the state of the economy," said realtor Dave Murphy, who works for RE/MAX in Ellsworth.
The status of agriculture in Wisconsin in 2011 could be dependent on whether or not you're an optimist or a pessimist. Both viewpoints had plenty of rationale following Wednesday's economic outlook forum held in Madison, which was webcast throughout the state, including at Ellsworth. First, the optimist side, as explained by Greg Andrews, Pierce County Agriculture Agent, who hosted the forum locally: --In 2010, the agriculture industry was one of the few industries, local, state or national, which had an increase in job growth.
The year is only 20 days old, but there have already been two notable animal cruelty cases in the county. On Saturday, Evelyn Halvorson of River Falls reported "Thunder", her 14-year-old Arabian gelding horse was shot and killed. According to the police report, Thunder was found next to six other horses enclosed in a pasture with woods and open land surrounding it. The Halvorsons, who live on County Highway W, believe the shooter was a coyote hunter as Thunder was shot right between the eyes with a rifle bullet. Thunder was a gelding raised from a colt, Halvorson explained.