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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Aaron Yates' 21st birthday is a day he will like to forget. The River Falls resident started Aug. 27 by having drinks with a few friends at a River Falls bar. By lunchtime, he was sitting in a Pierce County Jail, arrested on charges of sexual assault. A day later, he was officially charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with three counts of third degree sexual assault, a Class G felony bringing a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 10 years prison, if found guilty.
A man and a woman who were both charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this year with multiple drug-related charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, reached a conclusion in their cases last week. Mark O. Butler, 36, pled guilty to misdemeanor obstructing an officer, while Melissa M. Schlichting, 29, pled guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine.
Wisconsin's junior senator made multiple stops through Pierce County last week. Russ Feingold held a listening session Wednesday morning at the Seyforth Building on the Pierce County Fairgrounds, then made a brief appearance in Prescott to look at a new fire truck for the fire department he helped secured through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Since first elected in 1992, Feingold pledged to hold a listening session each year in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties. "Listening sessions, which are one of the most rewarding parts of my job, are designed to allow people to discuss conce
An area teenager received probation Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for reckless driving. Travis J. Bacholke, 17, Glenwood City, was placed on one year probation for misdemeanor reckless driving and a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) for three years for two counts of felony reckless driving to cause great bodily harm. The charges stemmed from an accident Oct. 21, when Bacholke was driving a vehicle on 770th Avenue in the Town of Gilman when three girls--two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old--decided to ride on the trunk, as it was close to one of their driveways.
A Minnesota man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court last month with two counts of second degree sexual assault. Joshua B. Plan, 28, Rosemount, is looking at a maximum sentence of $100,000 and/or 40 years prison for each count if found guilty. Pierce County Sheriff's Department was first notified about the alleged sexual assaults on Aug. 16, when the victim's sister reported the case. The sister escorted the victim to the sheriff's department, where the victim was interviewed.
A River Falls teenager was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with alleged felony police battery, and misdemeanors of resisting an officer, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. The next court appearance for Keegan D. Enloe, 17, is an 11:30 a.m. preliminary hearing next Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police were dispatched to the power plant at 401 S. Winter St. at 2:54 a.m. Aug. 24 for an individual, later identified as Enloe, banging on the door and being disorderly.
Eight new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop early last week in preparation for the 2009-10 school year that started yesterday. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Wendy Augustine The Lake City, Minn., native will be teaching at the Lindgren Early Learning Center this year. Augustine completed her college education at Winona (Minn.) State University.
A Minnesota man will spend the next 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree sexual assault of a child. Bruce J. Joelson, 43, will also serve 10 years on extended supervision upon his release. The sentence came down Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. "You did this to yourself," Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall said, addressing Joelson. "You're 100 percent responsible for what went on.
Mark Campbell sat in a Pierce County courtroom Tuesday hoping that this sentencing hearing would go better than the first. Campbell, 38, River Falls, was sentenced to 30 years prison in Feb. 2008 for first-degree sexual assault of a child. A District III Court of Appeals ordered the case to be resentenced in May after stating that Judge Robert Wing should have considered state guidelines before sentencing and say that for the record. Wing sentenced Campbell to 30 years prison and 10 years extended supervision.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Jody Werner spent his formative years constructing and designing forts with multiple levels, even installing trap doors on the second floor. Picking a career was an easy call. "I've always been intrigued by construction," he said. "I've always wanted to go into construction and own my own business." The Appleton native accomplished both goals since he has reached 20 years in the industry and owned his own business. Now, Werner is his own boss again thanks to the launch of Busy Bee Construction and Design LLC in May.