Drug charges have been filed against a Superior man after authorities allegedly found 17 marijuana plants growing in his garage, a situation the man told officers was the result of a "science experiment that got out of hand." Jeffrey Alan Nelson, 55, faces felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the criminal complaint:
Three Superior men are facing felony charges in Douglas County Circuit Court for allegedly beating another man unconscious Feb. 25 inside a Superior bar. The victim suffered a concussion and a wound to his face that required nine stitches. He had to be intubated, and was later admitted to the intensive care unit, according to the criminal complaint. Don Patrick Popoe, 25, David Lee Klick, 25, and Scott Rodney Wayne Schneiderwent, 21, are each facing charges of party to aggravated battery and party to attempted robbery with use of force.
A Superior man who was the subject of a police search in September will spend nine years in prison for attacking an elderly relative. Larry J. Szewcik, 44, pleaded guilty Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to first-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and suffocation, all as a repeat offender. He was sentenced to consecutive sentences that totaled nine years of initial confinement and 10 years of extended supervision, and ordered to pay $518 in court costs.
The 2013 conviction of a Superior man for unlawful phone use has been overturned after the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled there was no probable cause for the underlying arrest. Charles David Sislo, 43, pleaded no contest May 20, 2013, in Douglas County Circuit Court to the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from alleged phone threats made to a police officer's mother. A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office aims to add a second K9 unit this spring. Deputy Cory Fossum will pair with new K9 dog, Sheriff Tom Dalbec said. He said he expects the new team to be on the job by mid-summer. "There's obviously a need for it," the sheriff said, pointing out the large amount of drugs that have been intercepted in the area.
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.