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A Duluth man charged in connection with a New Year's Day homicide in Superior made his first appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jamar Maurice Smith, 25, faces a felony count of possession of a firearm by outstate felon and one charge of misdemeanor bail jumping. "The charges aren't murder at this point; we're still investigating the incident but what I can prove at this point he'll certainly be held accountable for," said Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine on Monday called for the resignation of Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield. Garfield, 26, who was sworn in last week to a second term serving the city's 6th District, is facing criminal charges for allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at his fiancee during a domestic incident Thursday night.
A Superior city councilor is facing criminal charges for allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at another person during a domestic incident Thursday night. Graham Garfield, 26, who represents Superior’s 6th District, appeared Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court via video from the Douglas County Jail. He did not have an attorney representing him. He faces one count each of:
On Tuesday, newcomers Mary Smith-Johnson and Laura Gapske will face off against incumbents Steven Stupak and Mary Klun for two available seats on the Superior School Board. Gapske is a single mother of two who has spent more than a decade working with families experiencing violence, trauma and homelessness. She works as a forensic interviewer and trainer at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. The newcomer, who has been attending board meetings for the past year, said she hopes to bring a more balanced perspective to the group.
An ordinance approved by Superior city councilors last week will help pave the way to redeveloping the city's vacant Kmart building. U-Haul plans to turn the building at 3015 Tower Ave. into a climate-controlled storage facility. "It's kind of a niche the Twin Ports doesn't have," said Jason Serck, Superior's economic development, port and planning director.
Five days before Christmas, deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office discovered a trailer home crawling with cats in the town of Superior. When the owner agreed to surrender them, the feline flood began. To date, more than 40 of the cats have been transferred to the Humane Society of Douglas County. Shelter director Sheila Keup said she expects they will have collected more than 60 once all the animals have been rounded up, including a litter of kittens that was born this week.
A Superior High School student aims to shed light on mental health issues in the area with her senior project, "Pain is real, but so is hope." Destiny Elliott is hosting a community event where visitors can collect information and talk with agency representatives from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school library. "I believe people are terrified to talk about it," she said.
On Jan. 16, the Superior School Board voted unanimously to fire Cooper Elementary School principal Brett Brodeen. According to minutes of the closed board session, provided in response to an open records request by the Superior Telegram, Brodeen violated numerous district policies, including misuse of funds, inappropriate absences from work, and intimidating and bullying behaviors toward staff and students. In addition, equipment was missing or not in the appropriate location at Cooper, and Brodeen was found to be lacking in meeting the expectations of an administrator.
President Donald Trump last week named Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser. For Bruce and Sue Vrooman of Superior, McMaster is more than a name. "Our new National Security Advisor, three-star General H.R. McMaster, served with our son, Jeremy, for quite a few years," Sue Vrooman wrote in an email to the Telegram. McMaster and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman first met at Schweinfurt, Germany, when it was an active Army base.
Online fundraisers have been started for two families who were displaced by fires on Wednesday in Superior. A home at 2326 John Ave. sustained an estimated $85,000 damage from a fire Wednesday morning, and a home at 1915 Ogden Ave. was a total loss — with damage estimated at $100,000 — after a fire that started Wednesday night. The causes of the fires remains under investigation. Two GoFundMe pages are collecting donations for the family of six who lived at 1915 Ogden Ave. — Cathy and Bob Moniasque, their daughter and three grandchildren.