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Jamison Klair was fighting to stay out of jail May 25. "This situation has made me want to quit drinking and I have," he told Judge James Duvall during a sentencing hearing in Pierce County. "All I have done since is work and spend time with my son. I haven't missed drinking since this incident. "This has been very traumatic for me and it all comes back to the decision I made." The mixed martial arts fighter was referring to a Feb. 2009 incident in River Falls that initially led him to be charged with two counts of felony battery along with misdemeanor battery.
Charges of theft and misconduct/ falsifying records were filed March 18 against Roger L. Billeter, 51, W6207 490th St., Beldenville, a Highway Department worker, is charged with two Class I felonies. Each carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and 42 months prison if he is found guilty. Billeter's first court appearance is set for 10 a.m.
Lemuel A. Johnson, 55, Bay City, will spend 90 days in jail after brandishing a gun at a couple inside their car at the River Falls Kwik Trip last August. He was sentenced to three years' probation during a hearing Feb. 1 in Pierce County Circuit Court. Johnson pled guilty to the brandishing charge along with a felon being in possession of a firearm charge. The jail term is a probation condition. "This was not an everyday occurrence in Pierce County," said Judge Robert Wing, who ordered the sentencing.
Shannon L. Mull, 31, Somerset, was originally charged with third-degree sexual assault last March after an incident in the city of River Falls. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in Pierce County Circuit Court Jan. 28. Terms of the probation include undergoing counseling and paying court costs. According to the criminal complaint: The victim told River Falls police she and a couple friends went to Somerset to pick up a friend, later identified as Mull, a person whom she never met.
Evan Bakke, a local teen still facing burglary and arson charges, was acquitted of felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct in Pierce County Circuit Court Jan. 20. It was the first of three felony cases in which Bakke has been charged. The two other cases, each separate incidents, go to jury trial Feb. 4-5. Bakke, who turned 18 this week, was charged with the bail jumping after violating his bond by shouting a profanity at one of the family members involved in the burglary case.
Lemuel A. Johnson, 54, N1357 Katie Ln., Bay City, pled guilty to possession of firearm by a felon in Pierce County Circuit Court and to a misdemeanor of intentionally pointing a firearm at a person. The charges result from an incident last August in River Falls. He will be sentenced at 11 a.m. Feb. 2, 2010. Johnson was facing these charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip on South Main Street in River Falls on Aug. 2, according to the criminal complaint. A 911 call was placed after Johnson left Kwik Trip.
A Minnesota man was sentenced Friday to one year probation in Pierce County Circuit Court for police battery. Ryan Kryzer, 35, Forest Lake, was also charged with obstructing an officer relating to an incident in August in the City of River Falls. That charge was dismissed. Background RF Police Officer Ryan Miller responded to a call on Aug. 13 about two males trespassing at a house on Vine Street. En route, he saw the two, one identified as Kryzer, and a friend, walking south on Main Street, approaching Park Street.
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.