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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Chad Johnson was very happy in his job as project manager for Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. However, when he heard Pierce County was looking for a new highway commissioner, he realized it wouldn't hurt to explore his options. "I felt this would be a real career opportunity for me," he said, adding positions like these don't come open too often. The opportunity came through, as Johnson was approved by the county board last month.
Over a thousand deer were harvested in Pierce County during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun-deer season. While a majority of those were taken down by shotgun, or a rifle, one particular deer lost the battle versus a car. Pierce County Sheriff's Department Dispatch received a call about 3:30 p.m. Sunday about a car, driven by Amy Binkowski of River Falls, deer collision near W7270 State Highway 65 in Beldenville. Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and found the deer in bad shape.
The former owner of River Falls Pawn and Jewelry on Main Street was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years on probation for receiving stolen property. Peter K. McCarty, 55, pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Court to one felony count and three misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property. As part of his probation, McCarty must pay court costs and restitution, at an amount to be determined, within a year. "I apologize for what I've done," McCarty said. "And I apologize to the city of River Falls for any embarrassment I caused them.
Vernon Ellefson likes to stay busy. "I don't like sitting around inside the home," said Ellefson, a retired teacher from the Ellsworth School District. "The hunting seasons are done and I want to stay active and get some fresh air." The 69-year-old's favorite winter activity is ice fishing, something he's done for 60 years. The Illinois native was introduced to ice fishing at age nine by an uncle. He learned how to summer fish even earlier as a grandfather took him cat fishing when he was five-years-old.
A River Falls teenager has been charged with one count of second degree sexual assault, a Class C felony, that is punishable up to either $100,000 or 40 years in prison, or both. John J. Woodcock, 17, 1320 Steeple Dr., has been charged with the act stemming from an incident June 30 in the Town of River Falls. According to the criminal complaint, Woodcock and the victim had known each other for about three years.
One of the oldest clichés out there is that you can't go home again. Sue Odegard is one person who dispels that notion. Odegard, who grew up in the Twin Cities and lived in the Pierce County area for 20 years before moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2004, is back as pastor for Sabylund Lutheran Church, located on County Road J in Lund. "I'm blessed to be back," she said. "It's beautiful here.
A 38-year-old female substitute teacher in the Prescott School District has been suspended and an investigation continues into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. The situation came to public a month ago when the boy's father sought a restraining order against the woman on May 22. Judge Robert Wing subsequently issued a two-year injunction against the woman on June 4 on the basis of events which allegedly occurred the night of May 17.
Mark C. Holmquist, 18, 744 Oriole Ln., Hudson, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. According to the criminal complaint, the incident dates to November 2006, when a 13-year-old girl allegedly said the two of them had sex in River Falls. As she was first questioned by River Falls police, the girl never said it was Holmquist because she didn't want to "nark" on him. However, she did express concern that he was going to get in trouble. The girl said she knew her perpetrator was 18.
Sarah Wallin, 18, 1330 Sycamore St., River Falls, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. The incident dates to February when River Falls police learned Wallin had given birth to a girl about seven to eight weeks earlier. According to the criminal complaint, Wallin had sex with a then 14-year-old boy, in April 2006.
The one-car accident on Oct. 24 that resulted in three teenage girls being sent to Regions Hospital has claimed its second victim. Natasha E. Weigel, 18, of Baldwin died Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul from complications she suffered as a result of the accident, which occurred near County N and Skyline Drive, just east of Hwy. 65, south of Roberts. Weigel was in the back seat of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Megan Ungar-Kerns, 17, of Spring Valley with Amy Rademaker, 15, of Woodville, the other passenger. According to the accident report provided by the St.