A man convicted in as a party to the 2014 murder of Garth Velin in Superior won’t be getting a new trial. Kane Michael Robinson, 23, was in Douglas County Circuit Court on Thursday for a motion hearing in connection with his 2015 trial and conviction. His attorney, Melissa Petersen, put forth a series of motions, including claims of prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective defense counsel and an argument that a co-conspirator could exonerate her client.
An Ashland man facing a vehicular homicide charge dating back to 2014 made an appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court earlier this month. Derek Lee Nelis, 46, faces a charge of homicide by vehicle. The criminal complaint alleges that he was driving under the influence of methamphetamine when he was involved in a two-vehicle crash Aug. 16, 2014, on U.S. Highway 2 in the town of Maple. His passenger, 18-year-old Gabrielle Bresette of Ashland, was killed in the crash. According to the complaint:
A second man involved in the November armed robbery of Kosta's Gyros in Superior is going to prison. Curtis Buddy Robertson, 29, of Duluth pleaded guilty Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to party to armed robbery. A charge of party to false imprisonment was dismissed. Robertson was sentenced to 7½ years in prison and 7½ years of extended supervision. He was ordered to pay $847.99 for his share of restitution and court costs and have no contact with the victim — the store clerk he robbed at gunpoint along with Daniel John Homsey of Superior.
The 10th annual Mighty Machines event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Superior Middle School. This free family event lets kids and adults alike explore machines of all types, including public service, emergency, utility, construction and transportation vehicles.
An 82-year-old woman died from injuries suffered in a house fire in the Town of Superior last week, according to the Superior Telegram. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firefighters from the Town of Superior responded to the home on East During Road shortly before 5:30 p.m. July 14 for a reported kitchen grease fire.
Since the fatal shooting of their son Garth on Sept. 30, 2014, Paul and Debbie Velin have become quite familiar with the Douglas County Courthouse. They followed five murder cases from the beginning, watching one end with an acquittal and the other four defendants receive hefty prison sentences. Last week, they were back in the courtroom to watch as the final person charged in connection with the death of Garth Velin was sentenced.
Traffic has moved to the south side of Belknap Street in Superior, at least on one end of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s reconstruction project along the major thoroughfare. From Banks to John avenues, vehicles can now drive on new pavement. Traffic in the area remains one lane in each direction, but the ride should be a lot smoother. Construction crews will now focus on ripping up and replacing the north side of the street. Traffic isn’t slated to make the leap to new pavement on the eastern end of the project, from Birch to Hill avenues, until Aug. 1.
A Superior man will spend four years in prison for his seventh drunken driving conviction. A Douglas County jury in April found Gary Allen Howen Jr., 46, guilty of his seventh offenses of operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration. He was sentenced earlier this month in Douglas County Circuit Court. In addition to the prison sentence, he faces four years of extended supervision, a $5,000 fine and 36-month driver's license revocation. According to the criminal complaint:
A Superior man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the November armed robbery of Kosta’s Gyros on Tower Avenue in Superior. Daniel John Homsey, 28, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court on April 17 to a charge of party to armed robbery. Last month, he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years extended supervision. Homsey was ordered to have no contact with victim, business or co-defendant, and pay $518 in court costs. One count of party to false imprisonment with use of dangerous weapon was dismissed but read in for sentencing.
A town of Superior man unearthed a jar of dynamite earlier this week while digging on his property. The discovery prompted a call to the Marathon County Bomb Squad and led to nearly five hours of surveillance by volunteer firefighters and sheriff's deputies until the dynamite could be safely detonated. No one was injured and no property was damaged by the detonation on Monday, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports.