Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts.
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A Minnesota man charged with burglary had his case dismissed in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month. The case against James Richardson, 32, Stillwater, was dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence, explained Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie. Richardson was charged in October with two counts of burglary.
Tom Gunderson has spent most of his 26-year career with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department on the road, a majority of those years being patrol sergeant. Starting a week ago Monday, Gunderson is trying a new role, as he became the newest investigator. "I thought it was time for a change," he said, as he was a sergeant from 1992 through this year. "I'm going to miss the activity of being on the road, but I wanted to try something different." The River Falls resident started his career with the sheriff's department in 1984, becoming full-time a year later.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors might look different in a few months, but the question is how much? Board Chair Paul Barkla informed his fellow members Tuesday night they will have to make a decision soon about the size of the board as the county looks over population figures from the 2010 census. "Redistricting is a fun, interesting process," Barkla said. A committee to draft a new district plan has begun.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a new computer system for the Sheriff's Department Tuesday night. After comparing several systems, the Sheriff's Department selected Computer Information Systems Inc. (CIS) out of Skokie, Illinois. The system includes servers, software, training, Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management, Jail Management, Civil Process and Mobile Computer System for the patrol squads. CIS currently operates in several counties including Goodhue in Minnesota, and Jefferson, Langlade and Wood Counties in Wisconsin.
Firefighters halfway across the world will be able to thank Syd Hardy for watching the evening news. Hardy was watching when a story about the Minneapolis Fire Department donating outdated equipment to its sister city in Eldoret, Kenya. The timing was ironic as two days later, Hardy and his fellow Ellsworth firefighters were cleaning out the Village of Maiden Rock fire station.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board last month approved the retirements of two staff members. Jerry Anderson had been an elementary custodian since 1976 and Mary Lou Nabbefeld was the assistant Special Education Director. She had been with the district for 27 years. The board and administration commended the pair for their time and efforts to the district. In other action, the board: --Approved donations from Andy and Leila Wieser and Joe and Mary Wieser to go toward the high school art, history, math and technical education departments.
A River Falls man was charged Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court with two felonies, including reckless homicide. Hardy White IV, 42, 392 Eastview Ct., is accused of causing the death of Jack Jenkins by delivery of a controlled substance. In addition, White was also charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police and ambulance were called out around 5 a.m., Oct.
The current levy cap override for the Prescott School District expires at the end of the 2011-12 school year. And if the District has given any thoughts to extending the levy, the results of a recent community survey is music to their ears. Nearly 66 percent of 300 District voters polled were in favor of renewing the levy. Springsted, a consulting firm, conducted the survey via phone interviews from Dec. 14-19. "We need to address the levy and we wanted to survey the public," Superintendent Roger Hulne said. The levy has been at $1,120,000 each year since the 2008-09 school year.
The Pierce County District Attorney's office Monday has cleared the Village of Spring Valley in terms of violating the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law. Don Nellessen, Supervisor for the Town of Gilman, alleged on Jan. 19, an illegal meeting was held to discuss fire protection contracts between the Village and Towns of Gilman, Spring Lake and Cady. Nellessen was alleging, he along with fellow Gilman Supervisor Jim Traynor and Spring Lake supervisor Richard Johnson were denied entrance because Village President Marsha Brunkhorst stated the meeting was for Chairpersons only.
A Pierce County Board Supervisor was charged last month with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Cullen T. Peterson, 25, River Falls, is alleged to have those two items while he was residing at South Fork Suites on the campus of UW-River Falls. His next court appearance is a motion hearing at 3 p.m. March 24. According to police reports, a UW-RF police officer were called to South Fork Suites Dec. 21 as the resident hall manager and resident assistant were doing room checks.