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The key piece of evidence in the murder trial of Michael David Mattson took center stage in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. The audiotape of Mattson's confession to the 1993 slaying of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, starts like a coffee date. "Hi," Mattson says to Capt. Chad La Lor of the Superior Police Department. He is then introduced to Det. Kirk Hill. "Hi there, nice to meet you," says Mattson. The rambling two-hour interview on Oct.
The scene painted for jurors by John Mattson Monday afternoon was chilling. The body of Myrna Jean Clemons lay still on the floor of the Allouez home she shared with his brother, Michael David Mattson. Blood pooled around her head. "I knelt down to see if I could help her in any way," John Mattson, 59, testified in Douglas County Court Monday, the first day of his brother's murder trial. "I knew it was helpless because she was cold.
A Superior man accused of trying to burn down his home made his initial appearance in Douglas County Court Wednesday. Kevin M. Dalbec, 36, faces charges of arson and bail jumping. Firefighters and police were called to a structure fire at Dalbec's home, 1424 E. Fourth St., Monday evening. They found a large recliner in the basement with a 5-gallon bucket of oil-based paint, several spray paint canisters and multiple wood strips, according to the criminal complaint. A propane torch was ignited behind the chair.
Virginia Segler missed her 84th birthday party by two months. The Navy veteran passed away on the 22nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but she is not forgotten. Friday, three generations of Segler's family -- her daughter Cathy Swanson, granddaughter Rachel Lind and great-granddaughter Hailee Lind -- watched silently as a flag was lifted in the Hibbing native's honor in front of the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center. Family and friends have sent condolences, said Swanson, who lives in Bennett.
Superior High School scored a dubious first last week when law enforcement officers subdued a student with a Taser stun gun. The electronic devices have been part of the Superior Police Department's arsenal for the past two years. Last week, Officer Jeff Darst was the first to deploy one in a school. The target was a 15-year-old boy. Assistant Police Chief Chuck LaGesse called the Taser's use reasonable as officers and school administrators struggled to gain control of a violent situation. "I'm not uncomfortable with it," said Jay Mitchell, school district superintendent.
A Minnesota woman who spent hours spitting, thrashing and screaming a stream of obscenities at Superior Police officers during her arrest was sentenced to 120 days in jail Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court. Ashla Marie Ojibway, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to resisting an officer, operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, attempted battery of a police officer and driving while intoxicated.
Peer pressure may have nudged a Superior man to commit two botched burglaries. Wyatt Marzolf, 20, is accused of helping acquaintances break into a South Superior restaurant the day after Christmas and ransack a town of Superior residence in September. He appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Friday to face two counts of party to the crime of burglary. According to the criminal complaints, employees of Rich's Cafe, 5802 Tower Ave., found damage to the building at 5 a.m. Dec. 26. A window had been broken, apparently with a piece of wood, and the cash register had been opened.
A Solon Springs bookkeeper skims $35,000 off cash payments to her employer, playing a shell game with other people's accounts to hide the theft. A Superior man walks up to a car wash talking smack. He reaches into a car to steal an iPod, punching the car's owner on the way. One of these cases resulted in a lengthy prison sentence, the other with 20 days of jail and no probation. On the surface, Teresa Lynn Sather's embezzlement from Polar Gas Co. led to widespread consequences for multiple customers who trusted her.
A former Duluth man serving a 60-year prison sentence for raping, beating and shooting a masseuse in a Superior massage parlor is aiming for a new trial based on DNA evidence. Armed with a new attorney, Jamie Dean Jardine, 39, appeared via telephone in Douglas County Court Thursday for a scheduling conference in the 14-year-old case. Catherine Canright, who represents Jardine, plans to streamline the information he has amassed into a brief that clarifies the issues by March 10.
A Superior man convicted of selling prescription drugs he bought in Mexico and transported to the Twin Ports was given three years probation and six months in jail. If he doesn't keep clear of trouble, however, Edward David St. John, 61, could face penalties ranging from six to 15 years in prison. St. John pleaded no contest to two counts of delivering Schedule I or II narcotics and one count of delivering Schedule IV drugs in November in Douglas County Court. Wednesday, Judge George Glonek listened to sentence recommendations from Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Lovejoy and St.