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An autistic man accused of attempting to entice a 4-year-old boy was approved for conditional release into the community a month ago. Monday, with a plan in place, Gregory Michael Doolittle returned to Superior. For the next 10 years, he will live in a supervised setting at a Challenge Center residence where he will be provided with recommended treatment and therapy. Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci found Doolittle, 23, not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for one count of attempted child enticement in February.
A Superior man accused of stabbing his cousin with a steak knife made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday. Joshua Adam Deputy, 23, faces one count of aggravated battery for the assault, which took place around 6 p.m. Friday at the victim's residence, 704 Roosevelt Ave., in Superior, according to the criminal complaint. Deputy's father, who lives with his nephew, told Superior police officers he heard his son and nephew get into an argument while he was outside smoking.
Testimony accusing a Duluth doctor of inappropriate sexual touching of seven different women patients wrapped up today in Douglas County Court. Dr. Javier Enrique De La Garza, 52, a gastroenterologist with St. Luke's hospital, faces one count felony third-degree for sexual assault. He is accused of sexually assaulting a patient on her parents' boat while docked at Barker's Island Marina in September 2006. According to the charges against De La Garza: The patient gave him tour of the boat, when he suggested giving her an exam.
After 31/2 hours of testimony, the question of whether a convicted murderer should get a new trial remains undecided. A Douglas County jury found Jason Richard Borelli, 34, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide for beating and stabbing death of Leah Gustafson. She was murdered with a samurai sword in her Superior apartment the morning of Jan. 7, 2006. Judge Michael Lucci sentenced him to life in prison without parole. A motion for a new trial based on ineffective counsel by Borelli's trial attorney, Public Defender J.
After three and a half hours of testimony, the question of whether a convicted murderer warrants a new trial remains. A Douglas County jury found Jason Richard Borelli, 34, guilty of first degree intentional homicide for beating and ultimately stabbing Leah Gustafson to death with a samurai sword in her Superior apartment the morning of Jan. 7, 2006. Judge Michael Lucci sentenced him to life in prison with no hope of parole. A motion for a new trial based on ineffective counsel by Borelli's trial attorney, Public Defender J.
A police captain, Air Guard pilot-in-training, veterinarian and firefighter dropped by Northwestern Middle School Wednesday to fight "brain drain." They discussed their jobs with seventh-graders during the school's annual Career Day. "That's a big part of what education is about, preparing our kids for the future," said NMS counselor John Woodbury, who coordinated the event.
A South Range woman accused of stealing cash and checks from developmentally challenged adults of a Superior group home was bound over for arraignment today in Douglas County Court. A string of circumstantial evidence provided enough basis for Court Commissioner Paul Baxter to find probable cause that Heather Lynne Miller, 19, was party to the crime of burglary. In addition to the felony charge, she faces six counts of party to the crime of misdemeanor theft. The first link in the chain was Miller's former employment at Cypress House, a group home for adults with disabilities.
A student found with a bottle of the pharmaceutical drug Ritalin at Superior High School faces one criminal charge of possession of an illegally obtained prescription. Jesse Allan Clarck Kilpela, 17, made his initial appearance in Douglas County Court Thursday. Police say he got the pills from a 15-year-old student April 15.
Launched in 2006, Superior's nuisance ordinance focuses on improving the quality of life in the city by reducing problems and preventing crime. It basically puts responsibility for controlling unruly tenants on landlords by levying fines. The state Safe Housing Act, which went into effect April 10, won't affect the ordinance since Superior's law does not punish landlords for domestic abuse calls. Superior's ordinance is triggered if more than three police calls a year result in tickets, arrests or written warnings.
Little things can brighten the day for victims of domestic abuse. "I've seen the looks on their faces," said Tory Thayer, domestic abuse program coordinator for the Center Against Sexual And Domestic Abuse (CASDA). "A gas card, movie passes, even a bus pass can mean a world of difference to a survivor." Big gestures, like statewide laws to protect victims during a time of crises, are also appreciated. Last month, the Safe Housing Act went into effect. The two-pronged law provides escape for domestic abuse victims while breaking down barriers that prevent them from calling 911.