A South Range man who stabbed a dog in the neck with a knife was sentenced last week to two years of probation, and ordered to have no contact with and not to possess animals for the next two years. Derek Robert Chapman, 35, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court to felony of mistreatment of animals causing death. According to the criminal complaint:
A Duluth man will spend one year on probation and five days in jail for passing counterfeit $20 bills in June, one of them at a Kool-Aid stand in Lake Nebagamon. Steven Alan Wakefield, 47, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to two amended charges of misdemeanor theft. He also was ordered to pay $20 restitution to each of the victims as well as court costs.
The Lake Superior Ice Festival kicks off today at Barker's Island in Superior, with a host of ice- and snow-centered winter activities scheduled through Sunday. Members of the Superior police and fire departments will face off against each other on the hockey rink at 6 p.m. today. The first Great Lakes Pond Hockey Classic game begins at 7 p.m. That tournament, sponsored by the Superior Amateur Hockey Association, continues all weekend with finals on Sunday. Other events include:
The principal of Cooper Elementary School in Superior is no longer employed with the Superior school district. Parents were informed in a letter dated Wednesday that Brett Brodeen, who has been on leave since Jan. 2, will no longer serve as principal of the school. "Mr. Brodeen is no longer working for this district," School Board President Len Albrecht confirmed Thursday. Although he declined to comment on the reason, Albrecht did say that "as time goes on, there will be more clarity."
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Mac Ohm caught the call Tuesday night. "Some kind of rabid animal. Possibly a woodchuck," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office log read. "Hovering outside door and garage. Right by garbage cans at the front." Ohm responded to the residence along North 76th Street in the Village of Superior, one of numerous homes built where Stardusk Drive-In used to be. It wasn't a woodchuck. "I arrived on scene and realized it was a ondatra zibethicus," Ohm reported. A what? An animal better known by its common name: a muskrat.
Two Superior residents face charges after allegedly taking a dog because they thought the animal's living situation was inhumane. Carly Jayne Thatcher, 17, and Taylor Shane Whitaker, 20, each face a misdemeanor charge of party to dognapping. Thatcher has also been charged with obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint:
A man who allegedly broke into a Superior residence and stole thousands of dollars' worth of coins when the homeowner was away made an initial appearance last week in Douglas County Circuit Court. Jeremy Daniel Roatch, 36, faces felony charges of burglary and theft. According to the criminal complaint:
A train collided with a UPS truck on Monday afternoon in the town of Hawthorne in Douglas County. Authorities said no one was injured. The crash between the truck and...
A rash of broken windows was reported in Superior this week. While most were vehicle windows that had been shot out with what appeared to be a BB gun, five windows were reported shot out of the Board of Trade building, 1505 Tower Ave.
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with a Nov. 19 armed robbery at a Superior business. Daniel John Homsey, 27, of Superior and Curtis Buddy Robertson, 28, of Duluth both face felony charges of party to armed robbery and party to false imprisonment. Homsey made his initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Robertson made his initial appearance Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint: