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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A Minnesota native was sentenced to 30 days jail Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court after being found guilty of illegally delivering articles to an inmate. Christin Swenson, 19, North Branch, was also placed on two years' probation by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. The jail term with work release privileges was a probation condition. Other probation terms include no presence in bars or taverns and no possession or consumption of alcohol. A mental health assessment was also ordered. Swenson was convicted of the felony charge by a jury last month.
"Thank you for your service." With those five words, Ami Scarbrough's life changed forever. Scarbrough typed those words on Bill Odell's Myspace page as Odell was nearing the end of a deployment in Iraq. When Odell came back, a friendship was formed, but Odell wanted more. "He asked me out several times until I said yes," which Scarbrough estimated was four months later. That was 2006. Last year, Scarbrough added Odell to her name.
ELLSWORTH -- Here's something you don't see every day in court: Two active district court judges took the stand Tuesday to testify in a trial involving a woman accused of threatening them. The Pierce County woman was found guilty of felonies for verbally threatening Judges Robert Wing and James Duvall, who were involved in a previous case in which Tally Rowan, 34, was found guilty and sentenced for police battery, resisting or obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department learned of the threats in late April when a fellow inmate was allegin
MAIDEN ROCK -- Jody Werner spent his formative years constructing and designing forts with multiple levels, even installing trap doors on the second floor. Picking a career was an easy call. "I've always been intrigued by construction," he said. "I've always wanted to go into construction and own my own business." The Appleton, Wis., native accomplished both goals. He is his own boss -- again -- thanks to the launch of Busy Bee Construction and Design in May.
A Plum City man was charged last week 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 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 12 years and six months prison if found guilty. He makes his first court appearance on the charges at 10 a.m. Aug.
HAGER CITY -- Jim Meisser has called Wisconsin home for most of his life. For the last few years, Meisser has worked for the Chicago field office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and realized he needed a change. "You can take the boy out of Wisconsin, but not Wisconsin out of the boy," his wife, Jeanene, explained. With that in mind, Jim, who has been a banking regulator for 25 years, and Jeanene, who has worked in banks all her career, set their paths on a new horizon. Enter Hiawatha National Bank with its locations in Hager City, Maiden Rock and Glenwood City. "We loved
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. A jury found Krauss guilty in March 2007 of felony second-degree sexual assault, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, misdemeanor violating an injunction and bail jumping.
The Ellsworth Fire Department was called Monday afternoon to the Scotty Roberts residence, N4206 810th St., for a house fire. According to Roberts, the gentleman he's buying the house from used water from a spigot for the horses. He used a torch, something he had done in the past, to thaw it out and the next thing he knew it had caught fire and started the house on fire. Roberts and his wife were arriving upon the scene when that happened.
Chuck Balzer is proud to say he started Pierce County's Long-Term Support 25 years ago when he was first hired. "I'm going to miss the people -- both the consumers and the clients," he said of his retirement. "Working for the county and human services has been like a second family. I have nothing but great thoughts about the folks that I work with." Balzer grew up in Red Wing and graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
ELLSWORTH -- Charges were filed Monday in Pierce County Court against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting children. Bruce Joelson, 43, St. Paul, faces two felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age and one felony count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. The criminal complaint reports three incidents in 2004 in Isabelle Township. The first charge involves sexual contact with a then-7-year-old girl.