Skydive Superior announced Monday that it has a new plane. This, after November’s incident in which two of its planes collided in midair. Remarkably, nobody was seriously injured. Video of the incident made national headlines. The skydive company said the new plane is more spacious than previous planes, and allows them to take more groups of divers up in the air. The business will open for the season this weekend, offering skydive sessions on weekends through Memorial Day. After May 26, it will open every day for the rest of the season.
A teenager accused of killing his custodial father in Ashland last December made his first appearance in court Monday. Fourteen-year-old Joseph Ackley is accused of shooting and stabbing 52-year-old William Saari. Ashland Investigator Scott Moreland testified. Moreland said Ackley admitted he intended to kill both of his parents after arriving home from juvenile detention. Ackley described getting a .22 rifle out of the home and lying in wait to shoot Saari in the cheek. Later, a knife got involved and Ackley stabbed Saari.
A bill fighting to keep synthetic drugs off the streets of Minnesota got the approval of the Senate in a 49-9 vote Tuesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, curbs the sale of the deadly substance and educates teens and young adults about the dangers. Lawmakers say the bill came in response to cities not having enough authority to stop retail shops, such as the Last Place on Earth, from selling synthetic drugs The House unanimously approved the bill earlier this month.
The 2014 shipping season is off to a rocky beginning. Ice on Lake Superior is making it almost impossible for ships to sail through and the U.S.
An Ashland teen will stand trial on first-degree murder charges for the brutal killing of his custodial father in December 2013. A doctor with the Wisconsin Forensics Unit determined that 14-year-old Joseph Ackley is competent to stand trial for the Dec. 16 death of 52-year-old William Saari. Ackley was in Ashland County Court on Tuesday for a competency hearing in the case. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Police said Ackley stabbed Saari 37 times, and also shot him.