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The sentencing hearing for Tally Rowan was delayed Tuesday until September. Rowan, 33, was found guilty by a jury in March of battery of a peace officer, obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated and operating with prohibited alcohol content. The battery was the lone felony charge.
PRESCOTT--A one-of-a-kind opportunity will occur this weekend involving locations in three states, including two in Pierce County. The Great River Road Wine Trail will present its first event, a Mid-Summer Festival, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at nine wineries throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Pierce County locations include Valley Vineyard in Prescott and Vino in the Valley in Maiden Rock. Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery in Stockholm is also on the list. If you've never heard of the Great River Road Wine Trail, you're not alone.
Luanna VonBargen was thinking Tuesday that, in her eight years as a mail carrier, she's never struck a deer. While that is still true, VonBargen had an incident with the popular animal later that day which doesn't happen on a daily basis. After completing her mail route, the Hager City native was on her way home, traveling on Hwy. 63, as she needed to make a stop before she was on to her second job--working for the Red Wing Police Department.
An Ellsworth teenager was placed on one year probation for misdemeanor theft in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month. Geordan D. Godwin, 17, was also charged with burglary relating to a January incident in the Village of Ellsworth. That charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to the criminal complaint, David Heffron, who lives on Maple Street, reported on Feb. 16 to the Ellsworth Police Department several items were taken from his residence within the last month. Heffron specifically mentioned an incident on Jan.
A Spring Valley man was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement for 30 months Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court for felony theft. Peter J. Flanigan, 35, was charged with taking over $16,000 during a four-year span. Terms of the agreement call for Flanigan to pay restitution, which court records say is $8,200. If Flanigan completes the agreement, the charges will be dismissed. If he doesn't, he will be found guilty without trial and will be sentenced. According to the criminal complaint, a Maiden Rock man hired Flanigan to install heating and air conditioning for his home.
PRESCOTT--Tristina Timm's life has revolved around dancing. She started performing at age two and continued through high school (Prescott), college (University of Minnesota) and professionally (Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Vikings). When the Vikings' 2008 season ended, one thought ran through her mind. "My body said enough," she said. Therefore, Timm was ready to do something different, sort of. "I didn't want to go into the corporate world and dancing was still a passion of mine," she explained.
Mario Cuevas-Alvarez called it a dumb act. A jury panel of nine women and three men Friday called it another thing-a Class E felony. That panel took about an hour in Pierce County Circuit Court to find Cuevas-Alvarez, 31, guilty of manufacturing/delivering marijuana. Alvarez was charged relating to an incident last November, when Pierce County Sheriff's Department Investigators found him in a wooded area in the Town of Salem surrounded by a large amount of marijuana plants in various stages of being processed.
PLUM CITY--Connie Anderson is looking forward to change in her life. "I've been in school since I was five," she said. "I'm ready for something different." Anderson retired last week after 35 years in the teaching profession, including the last 25 at Plum City. "I've enjoyed helping and challenging people, along with passing on knowledge," she said. "It's been a great ride. We've had all-around good kids and a staff filled with wonderful people. " Field trips The Stockholm native has always wanted to be a teacher, with her initial interest being math.
A county man pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to maintaining a drug trafficking place. Jamie N. Tri, 28, Hager City, pled guilty to the Class I felony as part of a plea agreement. He was originally charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possess drug paraphernalia to manufacture meth in presence of a child in relation to an incident last February. Besides the drug trafficking charge, the possession of methamphetamine and manufacture meth in presence of a child were felonies. He will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m.
A Prescott man was sentenced to 60 days jail last week in Pierce County Circuit Court for battery as part of a plea agreement. Joseph M. Kerrigan, 24, 865 Washington St., was originally charged with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and two counts of disorderly conduct, relating from a Jan. 1 incident. The battery of a peace officer was amended to battery, which Kerrigan pled guilty to, along with resisting an officer. The disorderly conduct charges were dismissed. "When you're drunk, you're dangerous," Judge Robert Wing told Kerrigan during the sentencing.