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A Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestler is facing battery charges from a Nov. 28 school altercation, according to a criminal complaint. Felony battery charges were filed against Santana Schlegel on Jan. 7, alleging that Schlegel pushed another student into a locker after a brief argument, causing injuries. According to the criminal complaint, Schlegel apologized for pushing the student and attempted to "get [the other student] cleaned up," but the school nurse saw the injured student and took him into her office.
After spending 25 years working for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Steve Albarado took on the department's role as chief deputy at the start of 2019. Formerly filled by Jason Mathys, now the county's administrative coordinator, the chief deputy assists Sheriff Nancy Hove in almost all of the administrative duties. Albarado was picked out of four internal candidates and will now be mostly building budgets and policies, rather than fieldwork.
A Pierce County sheriff's deputy's criminal case over child-sex charges will reset, after scheduling issues arose for the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office, who is prosecuting the case. Allen J. Wojcik, 31, is facing four felony charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a child, but the charges were dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 7, after no prosecuting attorney was available from St. Croix County for a late January trial, said Michael Nieskes, St. Croix County's district attorney. Charges dropped without prejudice can be filed again at a later date.
At Ellsworth High School, a Jan. 12 murder mystery dinner fundraiser for the school will have an appropriately nefarious plot — a killer class reunion. At 7 p.m., the Ellsworth School Foundation is hosting a murder mystery dinner that will feature attendee participation, cash bribes and a play focused on a mysterious murder of a former alumni. Proceeds for the fundraiser are being used to help replace the drama department's outdated wireless microphones.
While New Year's Eve is known for people's drinking, that didn't translate to a spike in OWI's or other crime this year in Pierce County. In fact, county police officials said it was abnormally low. "It was kind of weird," said Prescott Police Chief Eric Michaels. "I'd like to say that people are getting smarter, they're controlling themselves and their alcohol intake. I don't know if that's the reason though."
Spring Valley Village Board's Jan. 2 meeting discussed interview dates for a full-time police officer, approving an insurance claim over a long-running former village employee gas theft situation and others. The board's next meeting is Jan. 30. Full-time police officer interviews
Ellsworth's Cheese Curd Festival has a new, larger site in hopes to better tackle demand after last year's festival drew an unexpectedly large attendance. At Monday's Ellsworth Village Board meeting, board members approved a roughly three-block setting for the festival that spans from East End Park to Broadway Street in Ellsworth's East End. It almost triples the available space for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce's festival, which last year was confined to East End Park and vendor space on Crosscut Avenue.
Plum City School District parents and others are concerned over the school administration's communication on student bullying and a recent faculty departure. At a Jan. 3 school board meeting about 15 parents and others waited for almost three hours during a closed session to voice concerns over the handling of alleged bullying issues and the recent departure of the school's 4K teacher. The school board deferred comments on the concerns to Superintendent Amy Vesperman, who declined to comment.
TOWN OF RIVER FALLS -- A 77-year old River Falls man was hit by a car and taken to the hospital on Thursday in the town of River Falls.
In late August, Pierce County law enforcement and other officials rescued animals and arrested two people in connection to an alleged dog- and cock-fighting operation.