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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The Pierce County Hunger Prevention Council and Historical Society will remain in the Ellsworth Village Hall. Since 2007, the two organizations have been housed in the basement of the village hall. The county has paid the village $1,113 per month since April 2007 for the 1,075 square feet utilized by both, with the lease set to expire this August. Sarah Johnson from the hunger council and John Norquist from the historical society both addressed the finance and personnel committee earlier this month and spoke about the need to continue the lease.
PRESCOTT - Africa, London, Ireland, Germany, Jerusalem, Hawaii, Las Vegas. All of these places are intertwined locally thanks to a red reusable bag. The idea started a couple of years ago when Pat and Joy Ptacek went to London and decided to bring along their red Ptacek's bags. "We take them everywhere," Pat, the manager for Ptacek's IGA, explained. "We even used them for our diaper bags.
Helping veterans stay out of jail and reducing County costs. Those two factors are the linchpin behind the creation of the Pierce County Veterans Treatment Court, which passed its final hurdle Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its establishment. "It's a treatment court designed to address mental health needs," County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) David Till said, who hopes to have their first cases towards the end of summer.
The Pierce County Courthouse and Office Building will be undergoing a few changes this summer. First on the list are new windows for the Courthouse, Annex and the Office Building. Construction will start May 2 with a completed date of late June. J&B Windows and Doors out of Becker, Minn., were awarded the bid for $363,340, which came under budget, Building Committee chairman Dan Reis told his fellow Supervisors Tuesday morning. Reis also discussed three more projects that are scheduled to begin this summer. Tuck pointing for the Courthouse.
PRESCOTT - Prescott Police Chief Mike Bondarenko was a happy man last week. Statistics released by the Office of Justice Assistance show crime in Prescott was down in 2010 compared to 2009 in nearly every statistical area - violent crime, property theft, adults and juvenile arrests. Prescott's figures were even above state and national averages. Bondarenko believes the decline is helped by the Department's initiation of its juvenile crime reduction project, in which an officer is a liaison with high school students on a daily basis.
PLUM CITY--Mark Luebker graduated from Plum City High School in 1986 and held multiple positions since 1991 within the Plum City School District--elementary teacher, athletic director, principal and superintendent. Starting next fall, Luebker will be calling a different district home for the first time, as he's accepted the position as District Administrator for the Osceola School District.
All parties involved in Monday's sentencing hearing agreed Taylor Langer would be going to prison for pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child. The question was, how long? Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles provided the answer--six years. After release, the 22-year-old will spend the next four years on extended supervision. "Confinement is needed to protect the public and because it's his second offense," Boles said.
As one facet of his Pierce County Sheriff's Department career is likely ending, another one has opened up for Herman Kreig. The K-9 officer for the last seven years, Kreig was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and started his new position Saturday. "I felt this was the next step in my law enforcement career," Kreig said, succeeding Tom Gunderson, who moved to investigations.
The Pierce County Veterans Court is now one step away from becoming reality after the Finance and Personnel Committee approved its creation Monday. Veteran Services Officer David Till explained to the committee he felt the establishment of the court would be a win-win for both veterans and the county. "Many of the court's requirements will require veterans to utilize programs already in place by the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as Pierce County," he said. If the veterans follow the requirements and graduate, they may avoid jail time, saving the county money.
PRESCOTT--The Prescott Police Department announced Monday a Prescott woman has been cited for 17 violations in relation to a dog bite last month. Melissa Christofferson, 34, 372 Elm St. S., received the following citations: three for animals at large, five for failure to license dog, five for unlawful keeping of a pit bull and/or dangerous dog and four for failure to prove rabies vaccination. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance in Prescott Municipal Court at 5 p.m.