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A Bayfield County man is facing charges in connection with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the truck where he was living. Darin John Meierotto, 36, faces one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and possession of a switchblade knife. He made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. According to the criminal complaint: The girl had run away from home in rural Douglas County around midnight Thursday to see Meierotto, and he dropped her off at home about 5 a.m. that morning.
The first snow of the season sparked numerous fender-benders throughout Douglas County, including a six-vehicle accident that shut down the Blatnik Bridge and sent four people to the hospital during rush hour this morning. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the southbound lane of the bridge. One driver started to slip, which led to a chain reaction of four separate accidents, according to Sgt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department.
A Superior tradition returns this weekend with a campfire, cardboard shelters and chilly people determined to make a difference. "A night without a home" kicks off at noon Saturday. For 24 hours, volunteers will brave the elements at Center City Park on Tower Avenue and Belknap Street. During that time, they will collect donations of winter clothing, sleeping bags, money and food for organizations that serve the homeless -- Harbor House Crisis Shelters, Solid Rock Mission and the Center Against Sexual And Domestic Abuse.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday in Cathedral of Christ the King Church to share Kimmes family grief as they buried two of their own. Joseph Kimmes III and his brother, Scott, were killed in an industrial accident Thursday at a construction landfill when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The co-owners of J. Kimmes Construction and Lakehead Blacktop and Materials Inc. Paul Cossalter of Wrenshall and Harold "Tim" Olsen Jr. of Foxboro were also killed in the accident. Services for the men were also held this week.
In Milwaukee County, a man stands accused of a murder committed while he was sentenced to the Community Correctional Center in Franklin. His alibi: I was in jail at the time of the murder. In Douglas County, a man awaits trial for a 1993 murder committed while he was sentenced to serve jail time in connection with two incidents of domestic assault. In both cases, the men were released from jail for the day to continue their employment.
Hundreds gathered today in Cathedral of Christ the King Church to share the grief of the Kimmes family as they buried two of their own. Joseph Kimmes III and his brother, Scott, were killed in an industrial accident Thursday at a construction landfill when they were exposed to toxic fumes. The two were co-owners of J. Kimmes Construction and Lakehead Blacktop and Materials Inc. Paul Cossalter of Wrenshall and Harold "Tim" Olsen Jr. of Foxboro were also killed in the accident. Services were held Monday and Tuesday for Cossalter. Olsen's funeral is slated for 11 a.m.
The district attorney's office has six of the signed medical releases needed to consider additional testimony on allegations of a sexual assault against a Duluth gastroenterologist. The seventh is expected to sign a release early next week, according to information provided in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday. Assistant District Attorney James Boughner is seeking the medical information of seven women, including the alleged victim's testimony, against Dr. Javier Enrique De La Garza, 51, a physician at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
Rainbow lolled on the counter as Katie Erickson inserted an IV line into her paw. Soon a fluffy gray feline, limp as a noodle, was lifted off a heated operating table to make room for Rainbow. Dr. Amanda Bruce closed the incision on another cat's belly before turning to the anesthetized black and white short-hair. That was the scene in a van behind the Animal Rescue Federation animal shelter Thursday.
J.W. Beecroft Books & Coffee opened its final chapter today. "We're closing at the end of the year," said Manager Amanda Parker. The one-of-a-kind bookstore has been part of Superior culture for 10 years.
The ghosts and skeletons wandering Superior this Halloween seek different eats -- most want candy -- but some are accepting peas, beans and fruit cocktail instead. These costumed ghouls seeking nutritious edibles are members of Superior High School's National Honor Society.