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 35-year-old Ellsworth man pled guilty Monday to three counts of sexual assault in Pierce County Circuit Court. Aaron J. Steele, 380 E. Wall St., was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to felony sexual assault of a child, along with two counts of fourth degree sexual assault.
PRESCOTT--Jeremy Shanklin and Robert Daugherty began their terms on the Prescott City Council last month. Shanklin defeated incumbent Eddy Wuorenma in the April 5 election, while Daugherty is filling the seat of Peter Kelly, who chose not to seek reelection. Shanklin will chair the health and safety committee, while sitting on the public works and license committees. Daugherty is chairing license and will also be on ordinance and parks/property.
A cell phone video has resulted in an Ellsworth teenager being charged with two felonies. Michael Anthony James Boldt, 17, 312 E. Wall St., is alleged to have sexually assaulted a child twice in the last year. He was charged a week ago Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with the two felonies. He makes his first court appearance 10 a.m. May 16. According to the criminal complaint, Boldt, who attends Red Wing High School, is accused of showing his fellow classmates a cell phone video of him and his ex-girlfriend, then 14-years-old, now 15, of having sex March 21.
Less than 15 days ago, Justin Ogden went on an alleged crime spree throughout Pierce County. Monday, he found out the price for his acts. The 26-year-old was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with two counts of burglary, criminal damage to property, operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, fleeing a patrol officer and misdemeanor theft. The burglaries, operating a motor vehicle and fleeing a traffic officer are the felonies.
A Red Wing man will spend nine months in jail after pleading guilty to police battery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Anthony E. Johnson, 23, was placed on three years probation with the jail term as a condition. He also pled guilty to misdemeanor battery and two counts of criminal damage to property stemming from the same incident April 18. Johnson also pled guilty to police battery, misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer stemming from a separate incident last November.
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.