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 19-year-old River Falls man is facing four counts of sexual assault relating to two recent incidents. Bradley J. Hetchler, 19, 903 S. Orange St. # 5, is looking at two second-degree sexual assaults of a child plus sexual intercourse with a child from a May incident and two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child from a July incident.
ELLSWORTH -- A proposed federal change for farm vehicles caught the attention of the Pierce County Board of Supervisors and caused them to act July 26. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it is considering new guidelines to regulate tractors and other farm vehicles more stringently, which would fall in line with commercial drivers.
"You seem likable, intelligent and hard working." Those were the words of Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles as he addressed Ronald Reeverts Monday. The 46-year-old Beldenville native pled guilty to his 12th operating with a prohibited alcohol content charge in March and was back in court awaiting his sentence Monday. Yet, as Boles continued, "You have a serious disease." Friends packed the Courthouse and made statements to the court, asking for leniency, saying Reeverts has been a changed man these last few months. "What is it going to say to those who have 10 or 11 OWIs th
A River Falls man was sentenced to six months jail Thursday, June 16, for misdemeanor battery, carrying a concealed weapon and violating a domestic abuse order, but not until after an emotion-filled two-hour hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court. William Qualls, 44, of River Falls sat in the defendant's chair after pleading guilty in April to those charges. At issue Thursday was his punishment. The emotional rollercoaster started when the victim addressed the court. "My life has been greatly affected by Will," she said. "I live in a constant state of fear.
A Pierce County Board member pled guilty Monday to possession of drug paraphernalia. Cullen T. Peterson, 25, River Falls, was ordered to pay a $143.80 fine within 60 days, stemming from an incident last December at South Fork Suites on the campus of UW-River Falls. According to police reports, a UW-RF police officer was called to South Fork Suites Dec. 21 as the resident hall manager and resident assistant were doing room checks.
As one facet of his Pierce County Sheriff's Department career is likely ending, another one has opened up for Herman Kreig. The K-9 officer for the last seven years, Kreig was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and started his new position Saturday. "I felt this was the next step in my law enforcement career," Kreig said, succeeding Tom Gunderson, who moved to investigations.
PRESCOTT--The Prescott Police Department announced Monday a Prescott woman has been cited for 17 violations in relation to a dog bite last month. Melissa Christofferson, 34, 372 Elm St. S., received the following citations: three for animals at large, five for failure to license dog, five for unlawful keeping of a pit bull and/or dangerous dog and four for failure to prove rabies vaccination. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance in Prescott Municipal Court at 5 p.m.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors will stay at 17 members for the foreseeable future. The board approved the request Tuesday. The request came following completion of the U.S. census, done every 10 years, in which county governments are required to redistrict to reflect population shifts which have occurred over time. Pierce County had 36,804 residents in the 2000 census. According to the State Legislature Redistricting website, the county grew over the last 10 years to 41,019 residents.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors might look different in a few months, but the question is how much? Board Chair Paul Barkla informed his fellow members Feb. 22 they will have to make a decision soon about the size of the board as the county looks over population figures from the 2010 census. "Redistricting is a fun, interesting process," Barkla said. A committee to draft a new district plan has begun. The committee is made up of Barkla, fellow supervisors Jon Aubart and Ron Bartels, Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm and GIS Specialist Rand Kluegel.
A Minnesota woman was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with two vehicular homicide counts. Janice M. Pedersen, 63, Apple Valley, is alleged to have cause the death of Donald R. Opdahl, 65, last October and have a prohibited alcohol concentration of .13. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance 10 a.m. March 28. According to the criminal complaint, Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were called out to an accident on State Highway 35 near County Highway VV Oct. 9.