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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For as soon as Rod Rommel threw his hat in the ring to become Pierce County's Administrative Coordinator, out it went. Rommel, who was approved in November to be the Finance and Personnel's committee choice to be the new AC, withdrew his candidacy in last month's committee meeting. "Please be advised that I hereby withdraw my name from consideration for the position," Rommel wrote in a letter to County Board Chair Paul Barkla. "As a sitting County Board member I do not believe it would be appropriate at this time." The committee approved the request.
The proposed Tax Incremental District between the Village of Ellsworth and the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery passed another step Monday as the Village Board approved the agreement. Clerk/Treasurer Peggy Nelson said the next steps in the process will be street improvements (turn lanes on Wallace and Morse Streets along with culverts on Wallace), which likely will begin in the spring. In other action, the Board: * Held an update on the Lawrence property, located at 423 W. Main St. Village President Gerald DeWolfe said the Village and the family reached an Aug.
A 35-year-old Ellsworth man stands accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Aaron J. Steele, 380 E. Wall St., Upper Appt., was charged Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with three counts of sexual assault of a child. His first court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 7. According to the criminal complaint, Ellsworth Police interviewed the victim on Nov. 29. She explained she only knew Steele for about a week through friends and started talking at his house. She ended up sleeping on his couch the first night she met him.
A Prescott man who allegedly struck a teenager several times in a dispute over the boy's housekeeping, faces a charge of felony child abuse. Mark H. Nelson, 53, 334 N. Dakota St., has been ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Prescott police were dispatched around 8 a.m. Dec. 21 for a possible domestic/battery to a child, according to the criminal complaint. Upon arrival, a 14-year-old alleged that earlier in the day, Nelson grabbed him by the back of the neck.
A Hager City man is alleged to have failed to pay over $17,000 in child support since March 2007, resulting in nine felony charges against him. Christopher R. Curtis, 39, N2792 830th St., was charged with the nine felonies Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance 10 a.m. Jan. 24. Each count carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison if found guilty. According to the criminal complaint, a child support order was initially established on the case in Goodhue County in April 1998.
Mother Nature and the collapse of the U.S. economy forced Steve and Jennifer Koth out of their Ellsworth home. At the same time, the couple is bound and determined not to join one of the nearly 150 foreclosure homeowners in Pierce County this year. "There are other options you can aggressively pursue," Steve Koth said. "You can stand up to these banks and fight them.
A 20-year-old Elmwood man was sentenced Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 20 days jail after pleading guilty to three counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Kenneth A. Talford, N4020 410th St., was placed on two years probation by Judge Joseph Boles with the jail term a probation condition.
The east courtroom of the Pierce County Courthouse was full Wednesday night as the land management committee held a public hearing on Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company's (WISC) request for a conditional use permit. The Maiden Rock company is requesting to add over 500 acres to its underground operation. Wisconsin Industrial isn't planning on changing its mining process or activities, but rather to allow the mine to continue onto new property, according to background information.
An Ellsworth woman was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month with police battery and resisting an officer. Joanie C. Jones, 22, is looking at a penalty of $5,000 and/or three years prison if found guilty of the Class H felony. The next scheduled court appearance is a 3 p.m., Jan. 3, 2011, pre-trial conference. According to court records: Ellsworth Police Officer Eric Ladwig was patrolling the Evergreen Estates Trailer Park in the afternoon hours of Dec. 8 when he noticed a vehicle backing out of what he knew was Jones' residence.
A Bay City man was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with second degree sexual assault and substantial battery. Kevin J. Brock, 42, W6314 Main St., is facing a penalty of 23½ years prison and/or $60,000 fine if found guilty of both felonies. His next scheduled court appearance is a 9:30 a.m. preliminary hearing Wednesday. According to court records, Pierce County Sheriff's deputies initially became aware of the case when they received a call about a domestic case around 6 a.m. Saturday.