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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.
A former Plum City man was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to three years probation for possession of child pornography. Luke J. Hofmeister, 29, who now resides in River Falls, was charged back in April with the Class D felony.
An Ellsworth man plead guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to battery of a police officer. James E. Peterson, 75, 200 N. Northview, was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement for one year. Terms of the agreement call for Peterson to follow through with recommended counseling and not commit any crimes. If he does, the charge will be dismissed. The charge stems from an incident in February in which Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Jean Spletstoser went to visit a tenant of Peterson's.
ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School District welcomed five new staff members for the start of the 2009-10 school year. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them recently. Their responses follow: Katie Knegendorf Knegendorf is quite familiar with Elmwood, as she is a 2004 graduate.
The Pierce County Drug Court celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month. "It's gone by so fast," said Coordinator Linda Hoyt. "It seemed like we just started." Hoyt explained the first drug court started nationally in Dade County (Florida) in the late 1980's, when judges there got sick and tired of seeing the same criminals in their courtrooms. The program was then established for non-violent felony offenders (i.e. drug offenses) to give them the option of avoiding jail/prison. "Drug court is an intensive treatment program," she said.