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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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.
ELMWOOD--Jerry Cognetta never heard of Elmwood until he got a call from then-Superintendent Donald Schmitz. Cognetta had recently graduated from UW-River Falls with a teaching degree and Schmitz had acquired the list of graduates. "He had to give me directions from Minnesota to Elmwood," the Maplewood, Minn., native said. Cognetta was hired as a middle school teacher and initially thought he would stay for a year to gain experience and then go back to the Twin Cities. That plan ended up having a flaw. "I fell in love with the town on first sight," he said.
A River Falls man received probation Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court for battery and multiple abuse charges. Anthony P. Seifert, 45, 1457 Wildcat Ct., No. 107, received two years probation for battery and three years probation for intimidate victim, child abuse, and strangulation and suffocation. All the probation terms run concurrent. He pled guilty to all four charges. "I feel horrible for what I've done," he said. He also offered apologies to both victims.
A former county man was sentenced Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to three years prison for possession of child pornography. Allen C. Clausen, 46, now of St.
A former Pierce County man has turned to the Court of Appeals in hopes of being released from prison. Late last month, Paul Krauss, 42, filed an appeal asking that the verdict and sentence he received in 2007 be overturned. In March 2007 a jury found Krauss guilty of felony second degree sexual assault, second degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, misdemeanor violating an injunction and bail jumping.
ELMWOOD -- Dale Webb woke up one morning and could barely move his shoulder. His life hasn't been the same since. It took two years to find the cause of what was ailing Webb--rheumatoid arthritis (RA), for which he was diagnosed in 1997. Six years later, the disease moved to his heart. As a result, such things as bending over or going for a walk can take its toll on the Elmwood native. In addition, Webb hasn't worked in over a month at Custom Drywall, located in St. Paul, where he was human resources director.
MAIDEN ROCK -- With as much time as we spend planning our lives, Lisa Kuchinski asks a simple question: How much time do we spend for ourselves? Kuchinski has an answer, as for the last two years, the Maiden Rock native has owned Free Spirit Retreat, a place she calls "a gateway for wellness and healing." Free Spirit Retreat is located at W4044 120th Ave., outside of Maiden Rock, overlooking 300 acres of the Rush River Valley.