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 with his wife and two daughters.
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A Hager City man has been charged with allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend. Norman E. Anderson, 36, was charged late last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation, along with misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct. The strangulation charge is a Class H felony, meaning if he is found guilty, the penalty would be $10,000 and/or six years prison. The misdemeanor bail jumping carries a penalty of $10,000 and/or nine months prison.
A Prescott woman was charged late last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with police battery. Jamie L. Whelan, 23, 715 Shane Park Cir., Apt. 8, stands alleged of the Class H felony, which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison if found guilty. Her next court appearance is a Monday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott Officer Kari Bastien stopped a vehicle around 2:36 a.m. Dec. 27 for appearing to go faster than the posted speed limit on Hwy. 10 at Hilton Street, along with having a loud exhaust.
ELMWOOD - Calling it "the right time", Jodi Pulk announced her resignation as Village of Elmwood Clerk-Treasurer last week after six years. She said the stress and headaches of the job began to wear her out. "I just felt it was time for me to step back and focus on me and my family," Pulk said Wednesday. She and husband Dave are the parents of an eighth-grader. In her resignation letter to the Village, which was dated Dec.
An accomplice of Wade Swenson is now looking at felony charges herself. Christin B. Swenson, 18, North Branch, Minn., was charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with allegedly delivering illegal articles to an inmate. The charge is a Class I felony, which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison if found guilty. Court records show she was released from jail on $3,000 bail Dec. 28 and her next court appearance is a pre-trial conference scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.
While most people dread tax time, Jeannie Thompson isn't one of them. That's because Thompson has been an accountant for almost 25 years, including eight of those in Ellsworth. With tax time fast approaching, Thompson has returned to Ellsworth, this time with a different name -- JET Accounting, Inc., and location -- 105 N. Piety. The business starts accepting clients Jan. 15, 2010. "It's great being back," she said. Thompson graduated from River Falls High School and then went on to earn her degree from Texas A&M University.
"Thank you for your service." With those five words, Ami Scarbrough's life changed forever. Scarbrough typed those words on Bill Odell's Myspace page as Odell was nearing the end of a deployment in Iraq. When Odell came back, a friendship was formed, but Odell wanted more. "He asked me out several times until I said yes," which Scarbrough estimated was four months later. That was 2006. Last year, Scarbrough added Odell to her name as the couple was married.
A Knapp man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month with felony theft. Lawrence J. Paul, 40, stands accused of not completing a building contract. The felony theft is a Class I felony, meaning if Paul was found guilty he would be looking at a maximum $10,000 fine and/or 42 months prison. His initial court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2010. According to the criminal complaint: A rural Spring Valley couple signed a contract with Paul, who did business as R2 Framing and Construction, to do roof and house repair in early April.
The events of Nov. 15, 2008 are still having a profound effect on Nicholas Thayer to this day. On that day, the 29-year-old Ellsworth native admitted to killing a deer with a gun, which was illegal at that time. For that, he was charged with hunting a deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass.
The last six months, select Ellsworth High School (EHS) students have been getting a crash course on what the adult world will be like. They have been participating in Panther Employment Services (PES), a service in which students have been receiving extra support in employment experiences.
A 54-year-old Bay City man plead guilty Thursday to possession of firearm by a felon in Pierce County Circuit Court. Lemuel A. Johnson, N1357 Katie Lane, also plead guilty to misdemeanor intentionally pointing firearm at person relating back to an incident last August in the City of River Falls. He will be sentenced 11 a.m. Feb. 2. Johnson was facing these charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip on S. Main St. on Aug. 2 according to the criminal complaint. A 911 call was placed after Johnson left Kwik Trip.