Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Records released from the Prescott Police Department and City Administrator Jayne Brand document months of alleged insubordination and policy violations by three employees who were fired in August. Brand released the records to RiverTown Multimedia Thursday, Sept. 28, which contain detailed reports about former probationary police officers Bryan Massman and Ryan Most, as well as former administrative assistant Erin Most — Ryan Most's wife — and the actions leading up to their dismissals. Erin Most
A 29-year-old Somerset man is facing multiple felony abuse charges after allegedly threatening a woman with a screwdriver and beating her at a town of Somerset home Thursday, Sept. 21. Jesse L. Kuschke was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court Sept. 22 with strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery, aggravated battery, misdemeanor battery — use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment, all with the domestic abuse modifier attached. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint:
A 60-year-old New Richmond man was airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle crash at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the town of Trimbelle. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release, the man lost control of a 2008 Honda motorcycle on County Road O near 430th Avenue. He was driving alone and not wearing a helmet.
An Elmwood man and former Junior Redbirds football coach faces three felony charges after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor online. Daniel Bengtson, 32, was charged with sexual assault of child under 16, child enticement and use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime Monday, Sept. 11 in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. He was released on a $2,000 signature bond with provisions that prohibit him from having any unsupervised contact with minor children nor internet contact with anyone under age 16.
It's the first day of fall, but you wouldn't know it by the sweltering forecast for Wisconsin. Afternoon highs will be in the 90s in southern and western portions of the Badger State -- and the heat index could reach 100 in the La Crosse area and the upper 90s in the Milwaukee and Madison regions. The National Weather Service says the unseasonably hot air mass will hang around through the weekend, and we won't see a major cool down until Tuesday when parts of the state could have highs in the 60s.
NEW RICHMOND -- Dispatch called New Richmond Fire to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at the intersection of South Knowles Avenue and Second Street to perform clean up. While details were not immediately available, a south-bound pointing Ford pickup truck was seen partially atop the hood of a small four-door Toyota vehicle, which appeared to be heading northbound on Knowles Avenue. Check back for more information as it becomes available.
Two women were taken to the hospital Wednesday, Aug. 30 after their vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer in the town of Ellsworth. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were notified of the crash at 11:43 p.m., which occurred at the intersection of Highway 10 and 610th Street. Initial investigation indicates a 2014 Honda CRV, driven by 73-year-old Sharon Ann Zielke of Glidden, failed to yield the right of way to a 2014 Freightliner operated by 66-year-old Steven J. Parson of Hammond, causing the Freightliner to strike the Honda.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a man who fled from police Thursday, Aug. 31. Deputies recognized a vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 63 near 730th Avenue Thursday, operated by 32-year-old Brian Tschida of rural Prescott. Tschida has a warrant out for his arrest. Deputies became involved in a vehicle pursuit after Tschida failed to stop when deputies tried to pull him over.
Trim-Bel Valley Dairy on Pierce-St. Croix Road near Spring Valley welcomed thousands of visitors to the 36th annual St. Croix County Farm City Day Saturday, Aug. 19. The farm, owned and operated by Jim and Lanette Harsdorf, along with their youngest son, Justin, welcomed visitors with hay rides, farm tours, a petting zoo, cheese curds with lunch, vendors and of course, ice cream.
Funeral services have been announced for Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke, who died Saturday, Aug. 5 at Regions Hospital after battling cancer. According to his obituary listed on the O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home website (formerly Hill Funeral Home), funeral services for Krutke will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Prescott High School (1010 Dexter St., Prescott). A burial with full military honors will take place at a later date at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla.