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.
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A River Falls man's "stupid" mistake has resulted in a felony conviction and jail time. Christopher D. Pixley, 20, 437 Kennedy St., pled guilty to arson Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court and was placed on three years probation. One of the probation conditions ordered by Judge Joseph Boles was four months jail. Pixley was charged with arson following a July 23 incident when a UW-River Falls storage shed full of hay rolls went up in flames. According to the criminal complaint, Pixley was allegedly drinking earlier in the night with two other local men who were also arrested.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee turned to one of its own in selecting the county's next administrative coordinator. In a surprise, the committee a week ago Monday nominated Rod Rommel, who serves on that committee, for the position. The full County Board will act on the request at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29. "I look at this as the one last great challenge in my life," the 61-year-old, who has served on the County Board since April, said. Paul Barkla, County Board chairman, said, "We are very lucky.
A Pierce County Board Supervisor was found guilty of county disorderly conduct earlier this month. Jeffrey A. Holst, 53, W10014 1005th St., Hager City, was cited by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for his involvement in a fight Sept. 5 at the Nauti Hawg Bar and Grill, W9852 290th Ave., Hager City. He pled no contest in a court hearing Nov. 8. According to the police report, law enforcement was called to the Bar for excessive bar noise. Interviews were gathered and law enforcement learned a fight had taken place between four males. Holst and Corey J.
A Pierce County assistant district attorney was found guilty Friday of two traffic violations for his involvement in a motorcycle accident last month. Gregory Amann, 53, Ellsworth, pled guilty to driving too fast for conditions and failure to notify police from an accident which occurred Oct. 10. According to the accident report, Amann was southbound on County Road F, on his motorcycle, descending a steep hill and negotiating a sharp curve when he lost control because he was going too fast.
Some Pierce County departments will look a lot different when the calendar turns Jan. 1, 2011. At its June meeting, the County Board ordered departments to reduce their 2011 budgets by 3.4%. That figure resulted from reducing the 3% increase on the operating levy the state will allow by $190,000, Finance Director Julie Brickner told the board then. It would generate $240,000 in additional property taxes, she continued, but required the reduction. The board approved the 2011 tax levy budget Tuesday morning.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee turned to one of its own in selecting the county's next Administrative Coordinator. In a surprise, the F&P committee Monday nominated Rod Rommel, who serves on that committee for the position. The full County Board will act on the request in a special County Board meeting 7 p.m., Nov. 29. "I look at this as the one last great challenge in my life," the 61-year-old, who has served on the County Board since April, said. Said Paul Barkla, County Board Chairman: "We are very lucky.
A River Falls teenager's attempt to pay off a drug debt will result in him spending the next five years in prison. Blake Halverson, 18, was charged with armed robbery of Dick's Hometown Liquor last November. After pleading guilty in July, he was sentenced Oct. 26 by Pepin County Judge James Duvall. Duvall highlighted numerous facts about the incident to hammer home the gravity of the offense. "It was an armed robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon and a gun pointed at a person," he said. "And for what? To get money for drugs.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved an increase in hours from 28 to 40 for Linda Hoyt, drug court coordinator. The move was made due to the increased number of participants since the program started. It was also said the increase in Hoyt's hours could allow for even more participants, which has the potential to save the county money.
The cause of 31 freight cars derailing near Hager City will be made available next month. Amy McBeth, Public Information Officer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), said Thursday they will file their report with the Federal Railroad Administration by the end of October. "It gives us enough time to be thorough and complete with our investigation," she said. A BNSF westbound train, carrying freight items from Chicago to Seattle, derailed at 7:18 a.m. Sept. 13, behind the Ralston Purina facility, near County Highway VV, in the Town of Trenton.
A River Falls woman had her license suspended Monday for nine months and was ordered to pay nearly $1,400 in fines for her involvement in a fatal accident last April. Amy J. Raymo, 31, 1473 Riverside Drive, Apt. 109, pled guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court to the traffic citation of failure to yield right of way from stop sign resulting in a death. She was given six months to pay the fine by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles. If she is unable, her driver's license will be suspended for up to two years or until the fine is paid.