The man accused of homicide for his connection to the 2016 overdose death of a 25-year-old Superior man made an initial appearance Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Nathan Edward Birkholz, 23, of Superior faces one count of repeater first-degree reckless homicide. The class C felony carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and fine up to $100,000. Cash bail of $100,000 was set for Birkholz on Thursday, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family.
A Superior High School teacher has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly slapping a student. Gretchen Hattimae Hexum, 44, of Esko made an initial appearance Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court. She faces one count of disorderly conduct. Hexum was released on a $500 signature bond and ordered to have no violent or abusive contact with the victim. According to the criminal complaint: A female student left another teacher's room Sept. 6 following a confrontation with a male student.
The Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center in Superior opened its doors to a lot of fanfare on Sept. 24, 2002. Now, 15 years later, the name and mission have changed somewhat — but there's still cause for celebration. The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, is inviting the public to join in a celebration, Beers and Cheers, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
A Duluth man made an initial appearance earlier this month in Douglas County Circuit Court on charges of driving drunk for a seventh time. Jeremy Jon Macnair, 40, faces charges of felony seventh offense operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor failure to install ignition interlock device. According to the criminal complaint: Macnair was pulled over Sept. 4 after Superior Police Officer Russ Milroy observed the vehicle he was driving drift over the dividing line numerous times while northbound on East Second Street.
A Superior man accused of drawing his name and a phallic symbol on freshly poured wet concrete on Belknap Street has been charged with a felony for causing more than $13,000 in damage. Jordan Robert Judson, 23, is facing a charge of felony criminal damage to property. According to the criminal complaint: Construction workers found that someone had used their finger to draw the name "Jordan" and a phallic symbol into fresh concrete at the intersection of Belknap Street and Banks Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 2.
A Foxboro man who sent a sexually explicit photo to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl — it was actually a Superior police officer who received it — was sentenced to five years in prison for that and a seventh offense of driving drunk.
A Lake Nebagamon man will spend five years in prison for battering another man during an alcohol-fueled incident in January. A Douglas County jury on June 21 found John Raymond Lundberg, 50, guilty of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless injury and two counts of aggravated battery, all with the use of a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced last month in Douglas County Circuit Court. In addition to prison, he was given five years extended supervision, ordered to pay $2,639 in fines and court costs and have no contact with the victim.
Two people were injured when a garbage truck collided with a Canadian National train near Weyerhauser, Wis., on Tuesday morning. Both the driver of the garbage truck -- Gerald Rodewald, 32, of Bruce, Wis. -- and the train’s engineer -- John Wickersham, 47, of Ladysmith, Wis. -- were transported to local hospitals after the crash on Cranberry Lake Road in Rusk County at about 6:30 a.m. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release, both men suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A Superior man was sentenced last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to four years in prison for his 11th drunken driving offense. Douglas Keith Israelson, 58, pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of 11th offense operating while intoxicated. A charge of 11th offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed.
A vandalism case involving more than 100 victims and their vehicles in Superior is set to wrap up in Douglas County Circuit Court next month. According to a letter sent to victims by the county's victim witness coordinator Jen Stank, the case against a juvenile charged with a spree of BB gun damage to vehicles throughout Superior between January and March of 2016 is set to close in court Sept. 7.