Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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In a brief decision filed last week, a district court rejected an appeal by a man found guilty of two brutal Pierce County murders. Arthur Foster, acting as his own attorney, had filed a motion in October 2009 asking to withdraw the no-contest plea leading to his conviction for the December 1994 shooting deaths of Donald Deiss, 69, and Kathleen Deiss, 68. The couple, long-time residents of Pierce County's Big River area, were found shot to death in their Town of Trimbelle home the evening of Dec.
After deliberating 3 1/2 hours, a Pierce County jury of three men and nine women found a former River Falls teacher aide not guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. The trial took two days. The verdict was returned shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. The boy had accused Rebecca O'Malley-Tietz, now 35, of having sex with him 30 to 40 times at her home and in a parked car after they met when he attended the Harbor program for special needs students at the River Falls Academy during the 2007-08 school year.
Nancy Hove handily defeated challenger Tom Gunderson to win a second term as Pierce County sheriff. A latecomer to the race - Oake Gregory, Plum City, a write-in candidate with no experience in law enforcement - finished well behind Hove and Gunderson. When the last results were reported early Wednesday morning, Hove had 6,456 votes to Gunderson's 4,700. Gregory had 144. Gunderson, who ran as an independent, had challenged his boss, Hove, a Democrat, for a four-year term as sheriff.
The question is "Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the state's segregated transportation fund?" Voters in Pierce, St. Croix and 51 other counties will be asked to vote next Tuesday on an advisory referendum suggesting Wisconsin make it unconstitutional to use its transportation fund for other purposes. Money in the fund comes from the gas tax consumers pay at the pump and from vehicle registration fees.
The Ellsworth Lions Club, chartered Oct.
@by:"No Longer Afraid" @t:What: A 282-page women's fiction novel Author: Bobbie Kuhn, writing as Bobbie Jean Available: Kindle version at Amazon.com; paperback through Lulu.com or in River Falls at Karma Gifts, Freeman Drug and Little New York; check-out volumes at the River Falls and Hudson public libraries. Price: Kindle version, $9.99; paperback, $14.99 More information: www.bobbiejeansbooks.com The stories have been bubbling inside her for years--nearly her whole life actually--and now Bobbie Kuhn has put them into a novel. After a career spent teachin
A teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Pierce County boy can't mitigate her responsibility by claiming his parents failed to adequately supervise him, according to an appeals court decision. In a 5-page decision filed Sept. 14, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a decision by Pierce County Judge Robert Wing and rejected Ann Knopf's claims against the Prescott boy's parents. "Knopf's assignment of blame to (the boy's) parents represents convoluted reasoning reminiscent of Lewis Carroll," wrote the three-judge appeals panel.
Ben Plunkett wants to change the way the state is heading, cut government costs and reduce dependence on property taxes as a source of revenue. Plunkett, 37, River Falls, will face Matt Borup, Hudson, in the Sept.
Strengthening Wisconsin's economy by supporting and expanding business opportunities, encouraging job creation and helping small businesses will be his priorities in the state assembly, says Matt Borup. Borup, 32, Hudson, will face Ben Plunkett, River Falls, in the Sept. 14 primary for the Democratic nomination for the 30th District seat in the Wisconsin Assembly. The winner of the primary will run against Republican candidate Dean Knudson in November. "It really was a very personal decision (to run)," said Borup.
A young person's fancy might turn to thoughts of love in the spring, but Pierce County social workers are concerned about what kids are doing with free time in the summer. In all of 2009, 16 children were referred to Pierce County juvenile court intake workers for having sex or sexual contact. This year, they reached that number by the end of July.