A Pierce County judge has been appointed to preside over the case of a 52-year-old rural Alma man accused of felony reckless abuse and causing great bodily harm to a child.
Joseph Mlinar of the Town of Montana is accused of using an ax handle to strike a 16-year-old boy in the head on June 14th.
Mlinar serves on the Alma School board and is a town board supervisor in Montana.
Circuit Judge Joseph Boles was assigned to the case in place of Buffalo County Circuit Judge James Duvall who recused himself, saying he was acquainted with the Mlinar family.
Mlinar and his defense attorney, Richard White of Eau Claire, waived the time limit for requesting a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause and sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial.
Boles scheduled a conference hearing by telephone on Sept. 16th to set a date for Mlinar's next hearing in circuit court. Mlinar was free without bond or restrictive conditions.