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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SPRING VALLEY--Dan Burgess announced his resignation as Spring Valley Police Chief earlier this month to take the same position in Roberts. Burgess' last day in Spring Valley is Friday, Nov. 27, and he starts in Roberts the following Monday (Nov. 30). He said he was intrigued by the opening, as it came at a perfect time, both personally and professionally. Included in that reasoning is Roberts' larger police force and the chance to move closer to the Twin Cities. Burgess came to Spring Valley in March 2006, replacing longtime Police Chief Jim Furuglyas, who retired.
Evan Bakke walked out of the Pierce County Courthouse Friday night after his two-day trial no closer to finding an answer about his innocence than when the trial began. A panel of eight men and four women was unable to reach a verdict after 10 hours of deliberation in the 17-year-old River Falls teenager's burglary trial. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing therefore called it a mistrial around 9:30 p.m. Court rules state Bakke can be tried on the same charge again. The court calendar Monday showed a trial date of Jan.
A panel of six men and women took about two hours Tuesday morning to convict a county woman of making threats to judges. Tally A. Rowan, 34, was charged with the two felonies in Pierce County Circuit Court relating to separating accounts involving Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing and Buffalo/Pepin Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. Those two judges presided over a previous case in which Rowan was found guilty and sentenced for police battery, resisting or obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
Three people in their early 20's were charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with burglary and attempted burglary. Valerie K. Vorwald, 21, Roberts, Justin D. Krizan, 20, Hammond, and Andrew J. Grisell, 20, Sarasota, Fla., are looking at a maximum $37,500 fine and nearly 19 years prison if convicted of both felonies. The charges originate from an incident Oct. 28 in which the Pierce County Sheriff's Department was called to a burglary at W4709 710th Ave. in the Town of River Falls.
Cori Hildebrandt started last month as the new Pierce County Victim-Witness Coordinator. She succeeds Pam Bellrichard, who left after 11 years to take the same post in St. Croix County. Hildebrandt is a River Falls native who graduated from River Falls High School in 1997.
The Elmwood School District is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Board. That topic and more was discussed by the school board recently. The grant was earmarked for the School Forest Education Plan, which the board approved, and the School Forest. According to Superintendent Adam Zenner, the question for the district now is how to further enhance the School Forest/Nature Trial for educational purposes. In other topics, the board: --Held further discussion on the naming of the softball field after longtime Coach Jerry Cognetta.
PRESCOTT--Wendy McIntyre had worked in the real estate field for over 20 years and was seeking a change. "I had my own vision of doing things," she said. "I wanted to have my own policy." Therefore, the lifelong Hastings, Minn., resident went and got her Wisconsin real estate license. And with that, she decided to open up her own company, Wissota Real Estate, that started Oct. 1 in Prescott. Wissota is located at 905 Dexter St.
A Beldenville man was sentenced to five years probation Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court for possession with intent to sell amphetamines. Rodney E. Christopherson, 45, will also have to serve nine months jail as a probation term for that charge. He was also sentenced to two years probation for felony theft. Those probation terms will be concurrent to each other. "If you don't work on your recovery, you will be going to prison," Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing told Christopherson during the sentence.
An Elmwood woman was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one year probation for substantial battery. Diana L. Carsten, 49, was found guilty of the charge earlier this month in a jury trial. The charge stems from an incident last November at the Long Branch Bar in Elmwood, when Carsten was accused of throwing a beer bottle at a waitress. Court records state a bartender told police she was talking to Carsten's boyfriend when he left a tip on the counter and walked away.
A River Falls teenager was placed on probation for one year after pleading guilty Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to criminal damage to property and resisting/obstructing an officer. Keegan D. Enloe, 18, was initially charged with felony police battery and disorderly conduct relating to the same incident. Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Enloe was facing these charges from an incident in the early morning hours of Aug. 24 when River Falls police was dispatched to the power plant at 401 S.