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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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.
The proposed co-op between Plum City and Elmwood for girls basketball will not be happening for the 2011-12 school year. The Elmwood School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday night not to co-op, while at the same time, Plum City's board voted 4-0 to co-op. Elmwood Superintendent Paul Blanford said the majority of the 40 people who spoke weren't ready to give up the Raider name. "The general feel was they still wanted to compete as Elmwood alone," he said.
PRESCOTT--Kris Sampson calls the Prescott Foundation "a big secret." "I think most of the city's residents know the name, but they don't know the good we do," she says. "The average resident goes to work in the Cities and comes home. I don't think they know us." Sampson is one who knows all about the foundation, as she was recently named its president. She explained, about 20 years ago, Prescott had two foundations--focusing on education and community.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors will stay at 17 members for the foreseeable future. The board approved the request Tuesday. The request came following completion of the U.S. census, done every 10 years, in which county governments are required to redistrict to reflect population shifts which have occurred over time. Pierce County had 36,804 residents in the 2000 census. According to the State Legislature Redistricting website, the county grew over the last 10 years to 41,019 residents.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved ratifying the collective bargaining agreement with its four remaining unions Tuesday. Agreements were reached with the Teamsters Human Service and the three AFSCME units - Courthouse, Highway and Human Services. The agreement, which runs until next December, calls for a 1.25 percent wage increase for this year and next year. The Board reached agreement with its Community Health union in January. In addition, the Board approved maintaining certain benefits (i.e.
With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Plum City School District has numerous upcoming events on its calendar. The Board was notified of some of them during its monthly meeting Monday. Among the following: All juniors will be heading to Mondovi March 31 for a "reality check" seminar. The event simulates being a 20-year-old for a month. Each student will be given a paycheck based off of their chosen career and will be going to 30 different stations and use that money to buy insurance, credit cards , buying or renting house, etc...
Plum City and Elmwood are longtime rivals in both boys and girls basketball. However, the rivalry could be coming to an end next year. The two Pierce County schools are in discussion about merging teams on the hardwood next winter and have set up informational meetings this week to hear the public's opinion on the matter. Thursday's night meeting is in Plum City and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the High School gymnasium. The main reason for this move is numbers -- participation, not financial. Plum City had 14 boys and 19 girls out for basketball this past winter (in grades 9-12.