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.
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An Ellsworth man was charged last month with allegedly having sexual intercourse with a child 16 years or older. Corey J. Haase, 22, will have his first court appearance on the charge at 10 a.m. next Monday.
A Hastings man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court last month with five misdemeanors from three separate incidents that allegedly occurred in a seven-hour span. Christian A. Rech, 35, stands accused of mistreating animals, possession of THC and drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct that happened on July 29 within the City of Prescott. His next court appearance on the charges is a 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Pre-Trial Conference. Animals On July 30, Prescott Police Chief Mike R.
A Plum City man was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with multiple counts relating to an incident last month when he allegedly threw a liquor bottle through a teenager's windshield while he was driving. Michael C. Lifto, 35, was charged with felony first degree reckless endangerment and two misdemeanors - criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. The felony carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 12 years and six months prison if found guilty. According to the criminal complaint, a 16-year-old teenager reported around 7:10 p.m.
Melissa Remington sat in a Pierce County Courtroom Monday wondering what was in store for her future. As part of an agreement, Remington pled guilty to four counts of theft, one felony bail jumping, two counts of forgery and one identity theft to obtain money stretched over five different case files. If her past was any indication, the future was looking bleak. "The real issue in all this is the defendant's character," County Assistant District Attorney Greg Amann said.
Judge James Duvall dismissed a civil suit last Tuesday in which a Pierce County resident was asking the court for an order permanently suspending the highway department's gravel mining operation in the Town of Trenton. Paul Greenhaw, Hager City, had filed suit last month, alleging the operation caused continuous damage to houses in the Hiawatha Heights residential development and interfered with "preexisting residential quiet enjoyment, peaceful use, health and safety" of the residents and their property.
A trial date was set in the case of a county woman accused of making threats toward a Judge. On Sept. 23, a jury will hear the case against Tally Rowan, 34, who is charged with two counts of the Class H felony.
A Hager City man was sentenced Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 18 months prison for maintaining a drug trafficking place. Jamie N. Tri, 28, was also placed on two years extended supervision by Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing for the Class I felony.
Jeramy Stuart has caught the attention of the Pierce County court system once again. Nine days after being charged with spitting on a police officer, the 18-year-old River Falls native was charged last week with battery to a police officer and obstructing an officer. The battery is a felony carrying a maximum penalty, if found guilty, of $10,000 and/or six years prison.
Adrian Clausen sat in a Pierce County courtroom Friday awaiting his future after pleading guilty to sexual assault. Clausen was hoping the two determining factors for his sentence--jail time and registry--would swing in his favor. While the 18-year-old got a reprieve with the registry, he wasn't as fortunate with jail. "If the offender doesn't go to jail, that tells the victim that she is responsible for this," Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing said.
It happened over 15 years ago, but for Lauryl Stockness it still resonates with her like it was yesterday. While Stockness, the associate pastor at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, was in the seminary earning her degree, she spent time as a chaplain at the then-University of Minnesota Hospital. "I just loved it," she said. "They told me, 'Lauryl, this is your call in the ministry'.'' To finish up her degree, Stockness spent two years as an intern for English Lutheran and, after receiving it in 1996, she became the associate pastor.