An Ashland man who was behind the wheel in a fatal 2014 crash in the town of Maple will be sentenced next month. Derek Lee Nelis, 46, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday to one felony count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Judge George Glonek scheduled sentencing for March 29. The class G felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Three counts of felony bail jumping that were connected with a 2016 incident were dismissed. According to the criminal complaint:
A Duluth man faces trial later this month in connection with a fatal 2017 New Year’s Day shooting outside a Superior bar. Jamar Maurice Smith, 26, is facing a felony charge of possession of a firearm by an outstate felon and misdemeanor bail jumping. His trial remained on the calendar after a hearing Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Kyle Androsky, 21, was killed the morning of Jan. 1, 2017, in an alley behind Third Base Bar. His brother, David Androsky Jr., suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
The 44th annual men's All-Star Bowling Challenge between the top bowlers from Superior and Duluth is at 3 p.m. today at Incline Station in Duluth. Superior won last year's main event, 3,269 to 3,162 at Village Lanes, leaving Duluth with a 24-19 overall lead in the all-time series. Superior also won last year's senior challenge, 3,189-3,057, to take a 9-7 lead in the all-time series, and Duluth won the inaugural super senior event last year 2,270-2,113. Bowling for Superior:
A cat found inside a garbage bag in the Superior Walmart parking lot has a new home. A store employee picked up a white plastic bag in the southwest area of the parking lot the morning of Jan. 25, according to Superior Police reports. Instead of garbage, the employee found a male cat in the bag. Overnight and morning security footage was reviewed, but no car was observed stopping in the area and no one was seen leaving anything at the spot.
Officials with Superior's Mariner Mall say they hope to quickly fill the space being vacated by Younkers. The parent company of the department store chain announced this week that the Superior Younkers would be one of 42 of its stores to close in the coming months. Closing sales at the affected stores began Thursday and will run for about 10 to 12 weeks. The Superior Younkers employs 33 associates, and has been a mall anchor store since it took over the former Prange's space in 1992.
A former Superior High School teacher accused of slapping a student on the head in a classroom last year may avoid a criminal conviction. Gretchen Hattimae Hexum, 44, of Esko, pleaded no contest Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. A one-year deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered. If Hexum complies with all laws, pays a $50 fine and court costs by March 3 and follows her bail conditions — including no violent or abusive contact with the student — the charge would be amended to an ordinance violation.
The Younkers store in Superior’s Mariner Mall will close as part of a “comprehensive turnaround plan” by its parent company. Bon-Ton Stores announced Wednesday that it will close 42 stores nationwide, including Younkers, Herberger's, Elder-Beerman, Boston Store, Carson's and Bon-Ton locations. The Superior store is the only closure in the Northland. Located in the Mariner Mall at 69 N. 28th St., the Superior Younkers employs 33 associates.
Wisconsin State Patrol officers are now trained and equipped to administer Narcan, the lifesaving antidote for opioid overdoses, according to a news release issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Opioids are powerful drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. Many of these drugs are used as pain relievers, but also can be addictive.
When voters head to the polls in Douglas County in the coming weeks, there will only be one primary to decide: who will serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is stepping down after a single term in office. Three candidates, Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet, Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock and Madison attorney Tim Burns, are vying for the seat on the state's high court. The Feb. 20 primary will narrow the field to two candidates to face off in the April 3 election.
The trial date for a former Superior city councilor accused of pointing a gun at his fiancee while intoxicated during a domestic dispute was moved to April 3 during a hearing last week in Douglas County Circuit Court. Graham Garfield, 26, faces a felony charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor charges of operating firearm while intoxicated, intentionally pointing a firearm at person and disorderly conduct, all domestic abuse charges.