A Douglas County man is accused of dousing his girlfriend and her child with lighter fluid and setting the bed next to them on fire during a domestic incident in an apartment above a bar in the town of Parkland earlier this month. William Alexander Matos, 26, faces two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, felony charges of false imprisonment, suffocation and intimidation of a victim, and misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, all domestic abuse incidents.
Construction will have an impact on this year's Fourth of July festivities in Superior. "The parade route has to change," said Dave Stannard, co-chairman of the Citizens Fourth of July committee. With construction at Superior High School underway, the parade will start at the middle school, heading north to 28th Street before heading east to Catlin Avenue where participants can disperse. Stannard said with construction at the high school, there won't be enough room to stage the parade on Catlin Avenue this year.
A Superior man who allegedly sexually assaulted two teens was released from the Douglas County Jail last week on a $10,000 cash bond. David Anthony Deluca, 24, faces two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault use of force, two counts of sex with a child age 16 or older, child abuse and causing a child between the ages of 13-18 to view sexual activity. He was released on the cash bond May 10 and ordered to have no contact with the reported victims and no intentional contact with minors.
With the resignation of newly re-elected City Councilor Graham Garfield, Superior's City Council has four options concerning the vacancy. The council could leave the seat vacant for the remainder of the term until the voters elect a new representative in April 2019. The Council also could leave the seat vacant until a special election could be held next April.
Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly pointing a loaded firearm at his fiancee during a domestic incident last month. Garfield waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment on May 26. Garfield's attorney said his client declined to comment on the charges on Wednesday. Garfield announced Tuesday that he does not plan to resign from the council, despite calls for him to do so.
A number of smashed vehicle windows were reported earlier this week in Superior. They included incidents along East Fifth and East Third streets, and Hammond and Grand avenues, according to police logs. The picture window of a home on the 2600 block of John Avenue also was shot out with what the reporting party said was a BB gun. A total of 14 damage to property or vandalism incidents were reported Tuesday morning in the city, though Superior Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon said Tuesday morning he didn’t have a full tally of the number of cars affected.
Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield retained his seat as the 6th District representative — by one vote — after a recount of the ballots cast in last week’s election. Garfield garnered 142 votes to challenger Tylor Elm’s 141 votes, the same results reported following the April 4 election. Elm questioned changes in Wisconsin voting law and contradictory information available on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.
A Douglas County homeowner and his niece rescued a volunteer firefighter after his canoe tipped on Sims Lake while trying to rescue a dog late last month. Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki wasn't aware of their efforts until last week during a Gordon Volunteer Fire Department meeting. The firefighter who was rescued spent between 11 and 15 minutes in the icy water before being pulled out, but suffered no ill effects. "They did help get him out," Chmielecki said, with a rope and lifejacket they were able to throw out to him.
Volunteer firefighters in the Douglas County town of Gordon were called to Sims Lake last Thursday after a dog fell through the ice near the boat landing. They were not able to reach the dog before it tired and drowned, according to a report by Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Cynde Hunter. Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki said one firefighter, whose parents owned the dog, tried to reach the animal in a canoe. The canoe got stuck in the ice and tipped over, but the firefighter was able to get out on his own.
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: