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Weak evidence and credibility issues in the case of an Oliver man accused of providing marijuana and vodka to teens led to a plea deal that upset the victim's father so much he refused to enter a Douglas County courtroom. Michael Milan Jurovich, 44, who now lives in Wayzata, Minn., pleaded no contest on April 29 to one count of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a child. A second count of contributing to the delinquency of a child and counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement were dismissed.
Superior's Animal Rescue Federation gives animals like Bailey a second chance. The Doberman's owner brought him to ARF last week when she ran out of options, said Superior Community Service Officer Chris Wagner. She was moving into a new residence that didn't allow pets and had no family to leave him with. "She had all his baby teeth," Wagner said, and she cried as she left Bailey, who had been her companion for eight years. Some shelters turn animals away if they are full. ARF doesn't. "We try not to turn any away for fear of what might happen to them," said Sheila Love, shelter director.
A picture is worth a thousand words, the saying goes. As Desera Grymala's parents know, a picture can also pinpoint cancer. Looking back, Edward Grymala and Hally LaFlamme can clearly see the signs of retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that affects young children, in everyday snapshots of their daughter. In one, her right eye has the typical red-eye response while the left is dark. In another, the left eye shows a bright white flash while the left is red. "If I had known these pictures could have saved her eye ...," LaFlamme said.
A Superior man with a 40-year history of child molestation turned in his ankle bracelet last week. After years in prison and 12 years of civil commitment as a sexual predator, Richard Thielman, 69, was discharged Wednesday in Douglas County Court. Judge Michael Lucci approved a petition for discharge based on an evaluation report from a psychologist who works at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center.
During the last few months, a team of women crafted thank yous for American veterans, one stitch at a time. The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild have finished eight -- all but one in shades of red, white and blue. The quilts will soon be shipped to injured military personnel from Wisconsin and Minnesota through the Quilts of Valor Program. "I just think about the courage of the people who will be getting these," said quilter Becky Rummel. "This is the least we can do." Thursday in the Solon Springs Community Center, the quilts were unfurled. One featured pictures of American fish.
A Douglas County Judge will determine whether the decision to cremate a 9-month-old colt prevents a fair trial for the South Range couple accused of failing to properly feed and shelter the animal. Judge Michael Lucci took motions under advisement Wednesday in two cases based on the care of the colt, nicknamed Windchill by local media. Pamela and Shane Javenkoski each face one charge of failing to provide proper food and drink to confined animals. Pamela Javenkoski also faces one count of providing improper animal shelter. The couple began boarding the colt on their farm in September.
State charges were dropped today in Douglas County Circuit Court against a Lake Nebagamon couple facing federal drug charges. James E. Schuster, 54, and Anne Marie Schuster, 46, were indicted by an Idaho grand jury on April 15 for conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana. James Schuster was also indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Over the last eight years, the two conspired with Theodore L.
A pair of "drug buddies" face forgery charges for allegedly using a web of friends to cash checks stolen from The Development Association office. Wyatt Christopher Marzolf, 21, of Superior and Danny Dewayne Tarver, 29, of Duluth each face one count of party to the crime of uttering a forgery. The two made initial appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court last week. Each was released on a $1,000 signature bond. A preliminary hearing is set for May 14. According to the criminal complaints, the checks, which belonged to the Superior Business Center, were stolen in December.
Neil Hensrud wandered through Trinity Lutheran Church Thursday snapping pictures of a job nearly completed. As workmen rolled carpet up the aisle of the sanctuary, coffee percolated in the church kitchen. "I've been living here for three months," Hensrud joked. During that time, members pushed to finish a 2,500-square-foot addition to the sanctuary. Sunday, they will enjoy their first service in the space, which has more than doubled. Hensrud is one of many congregation members who put sweat equity into the addition.
Terry Hendrick knows how to pick winners. All four of the nominees he has backed for the Catholic Charities U.S.A. National Volunteer Award have made it to the top 10. In 2003, Jackie Bushong-Martin and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Rhinelander won the national award for their Open Your Heart to Haiti program, which provides school uniforms for the children of Haiti. This year, the director of developmental services for the Catholic Charities Bureau put his faith in Superior couple Marilyn and Frank Christopherson.