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 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.
The interest in leather repair for Steve Bystrom started when he was a student at Ellsworth High School, when then-shop teacher Dave Johnson taught classes on the subject. The interest turned into a hobby, as Bystrom did leather repair during his years as a sheriff's deputy for Wabasha County (Minn.). The hobby then became full-time, as Bystrom has run a store, Territorial Leatherworks, for approximately the last 20 years in four states, with his latest stop being off of the Hwy. 63 and 35 intersection in Hager City.
Mary Lee Huber has been around Ellsworth for nearly all her life. She was born and raised here, and spent 27 years of her teaching career in the Ellsworth School District before retiring in 2004. Yet, as Huber is enjoying retirement, life has led her to a different path far away from Ellsworth: The sea. "Given that I have good health and energy, once you get to retirement, the question is what's next," she explained. "I wanted to think outside the box and sailing is outside the box." Huber has spent winters since her retirement along the Mexican coastline, each year increasing her time.
An Ellsworth man was sentenced to one year probation Monday for misdemeanor sexual assault. Corey J.