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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It took a jury panel of six men and six women a short amount of time to decide Paul Krauss' future Friday afternoon in Pierce County Circuit Court. Krauss was charged with six crimes: felony charges of burglary, second degree sexual assault with use of force, second degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and misdemeanor charges of knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction and bail jumping. The charges stem from a June 2, 2006, incident in which Krauss, 40, reportedly held his estranged wife, Melanie, hostage for nearly four hours at the couple's home in Hager City.
SPRING VALLEY --- The relationship between Tony and Eric Huppert, father and son, can best be described by the following. "Dad says, 'Let's go to the moon,' and then it's my job to get us there," Eric said, smiling. Their latest trip to the "moon" has resulted in an expansion to the business they own, Team Oil Travel Center, located off Hwy. 29 in Spring Valley. The 10,500-square foot facility now includes a WESTconsin Credit Union office, a car wash, an expanded vinyl sign shop, along with the gas and convenience store that they've run for the last four-plus years.
Even though his appearance in front of the Ellsworth Village Board Monday night was cancelled, what Brian Stein wanted to talk about was still heavily discussed. Stein was going to request the village amend an ordinance saying only one retailer can sell alcohol off-sale per 2,000 people. Stein wanted to put a liquor store in an empty space between Scott's Outdoor Store and Jo-Jo's Jewelry and Gifts in a new business building on the village's northwest side. Currently, the only retailer under the ordinance is Brad Marx of Brad's Corner Liquor.
ELMWOOD --- Next Tuesday, the Elmwood School District will put a referendum on the ballot asking for an additional $300,000 from its residents each of the next three years to exceed revenue limits. Monday night, about 45 district residents showed up at the high school to find out why. Superintendent Barry Rose headed the 90-minute presentation, which the district held for the second time this month (the first was on March 5). He started the presentation with three major problems district officials believe about how schools are funded.
The third person associated with the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen and his then-fiancee learned his fate Thursday afternoon. Nicholas Ingli, 18, was sentenced to five years probation as a result of that burglary charge, along with burglary charges in Pepin and Dunn counties, and theft and bail jumping charges in Pierce County. Ingli, along with brother Randy, Aaron Diercks, Timothy DeGroat and Cody Muhlhausen, Everett's son, were all charged with burglary for their roles in the April 5 break-in of the home of Everett Muhlhausen and Barbara Fritz.
As Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing was holding the key to his future Friday morning, all Brian Popek could manage was to cover his head in his hands. Popek, 30, formerly of River Falls, was charged with one count of second degree sexual assault of child along with second degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim. (That charge was dismissed.) He ended up being sentenced to four years in state prison, along with six years extended supervision for the sexual assault of a child charge. Throughout the hearing, discussion ranged about how long the sentence would be.
A common word dominated the plea hearing for Robert Christopherson Friday: disgusting. Christopherson pled guilty to one count of criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one year probation for his efforts stemming to a June 2005 incident. That night, Christopherson and David Berndt, then-seniors at River Falls High School, found a dead deer on the side of the road, placed it in their pickup truck, drove for miles, dragged the carcass across the yards of three houses, lifted it over a wood fence and carried it to the wooded backyard of the house owned by Steven J.
PRESCOTT --- The son of Prescott Police Officer Gary Krutke was murdered in Guam Thursday morning (their time), where he was stationed. According to , two U.S. Navy sailors sustained gunshot wounds at Camp Covington in Santa Rita and were rushed to Naval Hospital, where Krutke's son, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Krutke, 25, was pronounced dead. The other sailor remained in critical condition late last week.
BAY CITY --- Last month, the Bay City Village Board discussed dog control. Several citizens attending the board meeting expressed concern about the number of dogs running free while out with their owners. A discussion then ensued about whether or not to have a mandatory leash law. The board tabled the matter.
Sometimes signs can come in the most unexpected places. Brian Carpenter can attest to that. He was taking out the garbage two years ago on his 16-acre property in the Town of Trimbelle when it struck him. Carpenter and his wife Michaela had been exploring different businesses that could be more family-oriented to include their growing family. (At the time, the couple had five children. They're expecting their seventh in August.) As he was taking out the garbage that rainy night, Carpenter saw the ground filled with night crawlers. "The Lord must be telling me something," Carpenter said.