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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.
To earn respect, one has to give it. The message was one of many students at St. Francis School in Ellsworth learned about Thursday, as actors from CLIMB (Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body) Theatre presented multiple presentations about the subject. CLIMB Theatre has spent the last 35 years focusing on character education programming in schools (K-12) and educational settings throughout the Midwest. Its mission is to create and perform plays which inspire and propel young people toward actions benefiting themselves, each other and the community.
Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove announced Wednesday Mike Waltz was named the sheriff department's new patrol sergeant, succeeding Jason Matthys. Waltz is a 19-year veteran of the department, who spent the last nine years in investigations. Prior to that, he was the recreation/safety patrol officer. "I'm looking forward in joining the management team and advancing my career with the sheriff's department," Waltz said. He starts his new position Jan. 3, 2011. He told what intrigued him about the opening. "Being in investigations, you are there after the fact.
A River Falls man's "stupid" mistake has resulted in a felony conviction and jail time. Christopher D. Pixley, 20, 437 Kennedy St., pled guilty to arson Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court and was placed on three years probation. One of the probation conditions ordered by Judge Joseph Boles was four months jail. Pixley was charged with arson following a July 23 incident when a UW-River Falls storage shed full of hay rolls went up in flames. According to the criminal complaint, Pixley was allegedly drinking earlier in the night with two other local men who were also arrested.