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In eight years, Prescott's new Chief of Police Eric Michaels advanced from working as a part-time patrol officer to holding the department's highest position. It's a fast-paced ascent for the Iowa native who never imagined becoming a chief of police this early in his career. On Dec. 14, Michaels was announced as new chief of police, beating out five other out-of-state interviewed finalists and bringing to a close a more than year-long search by the city's police commission to find a new leader for its 12 other department members.
The Elmwood Area Community Club hosted sleigh rides and holiday activities for county kids on Dec. 15 at the Elmwood Auditorium. It featured pictures with Santa Claus, horse-pulled wagon rides around town and a variety of activities inside. Kids that took a picture with Santa received a gift bag and there were drawings for gifts by age range as well. Some of the activities included "snowball fights" with soft, puffy white balls, Christmas-themed face painting and cookies to eat.
A 26-year-old Maiden Rock man was arrested for allegedly strangling and beating a woman on Nov. 28, according to a criminal complaint. Dylan M. Berner pleaded innocent to felony burglary-commit battery on a person, felony strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and property damage charges at his initial appearance Dec. 3 in Pierce County Circuit Court.
A 26-year-old Bay City man was charged on Oct. 15 with alleged child abuse of a baby after taking care of the child by himself for the first time. Ryan Reynolds allegedly caused several bruises to a 10-month-old baby, including on the child's head, cheek and sternum. Reynolds told a Pierce County Sheriff's Office investigator and county human services worker that the child's injuries occurred in mundane situations where issues had arisen, like incorrectly taking the child out of his truck and incorrectly feeding the child with a bottle, according to a criminal complaint.
Prescott named Prescott Police Department Sgt. Eric Michaels chief of police on Dec. 14, an eight-year veteran of the department who started out as a part-time patrol officer. “Chief Michaels is an experienced police officer and probably most important, he knows the Prescott community and is a member of the community,” said Prescott interim chief Doug Ducklow, a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office investigator, in a press release.
Prescott's Dallas Eggers remembers relying on a handful of spots for a drink of water when he was a kid playing in the mid-'60s. There was the baseball diamond, the cemetery and what was then known as Tourist Park, now Freedom Park, which was only three blocks from his house. "That was our playground," Eggers said, now president of the Prescott chapter of the Pierce County Historical Association.
Prescott is down to a single finalist for its police chief position after interviewing six initially in December. The finalist is set to undergo psychological testing later this week, and depending on the results of the test, the city will offer a final contract to the person, said City Administrator Jayne Brand in an email. Current interim Office Chief Doug Ducklow's contract expires in January 2019, giving the new chief a transition period with Ducklow still at the department.
With Christmas only weeks away, communities throughout Pierce County are getting in the holiday spirit early with events that feature Santa Claus and other activities for kids. On Dec. 8, families and kids were able to swing by Milk and Cookies on the Farm with Santa at the Ti-Shi Dairy Inc. / Colbenson Family Farm for tractor pulled rides around the farm, milk and cookies and to see Santa Claus. Just a few hours later they could take the short drive to Spring Valley's Christmas in the Valley event for a chili contest, holiday parade and for pictures with Santa Claus.
Pierce County's "Shop With a Cop" program is back for its fourth year, set to give children in need a ride with law enforcement officials and a roughly $100 shopping spree at Shopko. The annual program is set for 4-8 p.m. at Ellsworth Elementary School. Fifty kids will be paired with an officer to do various activities at the school together, and later will ride with officers to go on a short shopping spree for Christmas gifts for family and themselves.
The price tag of a possible new Ellsworth Public Library dominated conversation at a village committee's informational meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4. About 25 village residents attended the meeting, where plans and costs, which would be split between the village and $2 million in library fundraising, for a new library were discussed. The costs ranged from $7.5 million for renovating the existing library on 312 W Main St., to $3.7 million for a variation of renovating the BMO Harris Bank building at 388 W Main St.