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A Somerset man was placed on probation for one year Thursday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery in Pierce County Circuit Court. Shannon L. Mull, 31, was originally charged with third degree sexual assault last March after an incident in the City of River Falls. Terms of the probation include undergoing counseling and paying court costs. According to the criminal complaint: The victim told River Falls police she and a couple friends of hers went to Somerset to pick up a friend of theirs, later identified as Mull, a person whom she never met.
A Roberts woman will spend the next three years on probation after pleading guilty Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to multiple felonies, including burglary and theft. The agreement calls for Valerie K. Vorwald, 21, to pay restitution, believed to be over $8,000, undergo a psychological evaluation and an alcohol and drug assessment.
Prescott attorney Warren Brandt was charged yesterday in Washington County (MN) District Court with two felony first degree DWIs (driving while under the influence). Brandt, 58, was arrested early Tuesday morning near the intersection of Highways 61 and 105 in Denmark Township. The maximum penalties for each charge are seven years imprisonment and $14,000 each. According to the criminal complaint, Washington County sheriff's deputies pulled over a 1996 GMC pickup truck at The Point Restaurant after it ran a red light on US Highway 61 around 1 a.m.
Greg Andrews knew one thing immediately when he started as the agricultural agent for Pierce County 25 years ago. "This area felt like home since day one," Andrews said. "And it's going to be home for me for a long, long time." Andrews was reflecting on his 25 years before his co-workers at the UW-Extension office held a party Monday in honor of the accomplishment. "It seems like yesterday when I just started," he said.
Evan Bakke cleared his first hurdle Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court as the River Falls teenager was acquitted of felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct. This was the first of three felony cases Bakke had been charged with that were scheduled to go to trial in a three-week span. The other two cases were burglary along with arson and burglary from two separate incidents. Those trials are scheduled for jury Feb. 4-5.
The hours are long, the work is tedious, but Joey and Mark Brunner, along with Elliot Foley, wouldn't trade their present jobs for anybody else's right now. The three Ellsworth natives have been putting in 80-hour work weeks recently, editing, writing and editing again "Battle of the Bow," a TV show that recently started on The Sportsman Channel. The show is made up of two 10-person teams with their bow-hunting season documented, video-wise.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board approved the 2010 fire department officers earlier this month. Jamey King was named fire chief, while Bryan Olson is assistant chief. Patrick Hines, Jr., was named training officer, Tracy Biederman will be secretary and Kent Gilles will be engineer. It was also announced the village reached the annual settlement with the Town of Union for fire expenses and joint ownership on the Hwy. 10 bridge. The board heard the December numbers were down for the food shelf, but were expected to go back up in January. The next board meeting is at 6:30 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Johnny Solomon knew he was in a conversation with a food critic when he started asking questions about Solomon's menu. What Solomon, the owner of the Boxcar restaurant in Prescott, didn't know what the conversation would turn into. The end result was The Boxcar being mentioned in the recent issue of Midwest Living Magazine as one of the 15 newest restaurants in the Midwest. "I don't think it has hit me yet," he said, earlier this month.
PLUM CITY--Twenty-two fifth graders from the Plum City School District and Ave Maria Christian Academy earned their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) diplomas Wednesday. "It's been an honor and privilege working with these students for the last 12 weeks," Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Albarado said. Albarado, who is in his second year as D.A.R.E. instructor, gave a brief presentation about the history of D.A.R.E. in Pierce County, along with the subjects discussed during the 12-week period, which included tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine use and peer pressure.
Al Huppert started working right after he graduated from high school. Fifty-plus years later, he's ready for the second part of his life to begin, as he retired Friday.