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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MAIDEN ROCK--Maiden Rock Village Trustee Wayne Larson announced his resignation, effective Feb. 1. Larson was in his second term as trustee; his present term was set to expire next April. He cited his employment for the resignation, as he is a truck driver. The village board will likely appoint his replacement at next month's meeting. In other news, the board: --Discussed whether or not to penalize board members if they miss meetings due to unexcused absences.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board met briefly last week and covered a few topics. Among them, the board: Was informed representatives from the Census Bureau will come to Plum City to do some testing this Wednesday. Village officials aren't sure of the exact time, but were told it would be in the afternoon. For more information, stop by the village office. Discussed State Rep. Chris Danou's visit, which was scheduled for Tuesday of this week.
Evan Bakke was back in a Pierce County courtroom last week hoping the sequel would have a happier ending than the original. Bakke, 18, stood in front of a jury, accused of burglarizing a River Falls home last March, for the second time after the initial jury was unable to reach a verdict after 10 hours of deliberation. This time, Bakke didn't have to wait that long, as a panel of six men and women acquitted the River Falls teenager after only two hours of deliberation.
A Bay City man will spend 90 days in jail after brandishing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip in River Falls last August. Lemuel A. Johnson, 55, N1357 Katie Lane, was sentenced to three years probation during a hearing Tuesday morning in Pierce County Circuit Court. Johnson pled guilty to the brandishing charge along with a felon being in possession of a firearm. The jail term is a probation condition. "This was not an everyday occurrence in Pierce County," said Judge Robert Wing, who ordered the sentencing.
PLUM CITY--Neighboring school districts sharing ideas when it comes to academics traditionally doesn't happen. Yet, Wednesday at Plum City Elementary School, the sight was taking place, as teachers from Elmwood and Ave Maria Academy visited the school to learn more about the elementary's role in the Reading Best Practices program. And those who were involved loved it. "Being able to sit and talk with other teachers and come with up new ideas is refreshing," said Diane Hurtgen, Elmwood's Reading Specialist.
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.