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Three charges against a retired Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputy were dismissed in Douglas County Court Thursday - two felony charges of possessing a recording of nudity without consent and one misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer. William James Webber, 55, still faces three misdemeanor charges - two counts of fourth degree sexual assault and one count of obstructing an officer - as well as a single felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material. Webber's attorney, Chris Gramstrup, argued the videotapes, which show a woman getting out of the shower nude, were made in
Training begins today in Superior to improve the lines of communication between caregivers and patients with dementia. "My goal was to better train our staff to deal with issues that arise," said Chris Fitch, activities director for St. Francis in the Park Health and Rehabilitation Center, who organized the event. She spread the word to caregivers for a chance at the free training. By Monday, 75 people had signed up to hear speaker Lynn Erkkila, a licensed independent social worker and clinical resource specialist for Bethesda Hospital in St.
The Solon Springs Fire Chief was relieved of duty Monday night by the Solon Springs Fire Commission, which includes members from the town and village of Solon Springs. Jim Heim, chairman of the fire commission, confirmed that Mike Brostowitz is no longer chief. "He wasn't fired," Heim said. "He's suspended pending his decision." Brostowitz can choose to remain on the volunteer fire department or resign, according to Heim. A decision is expected by the end of the month.
Jada is a 15-pound hero. The eight-year-old dauchsund hurled itself at a wolf June 9 to save a fellow canine, Lana. Their owner, Dana Lundeen, was sitting on the front porch of her South Range home that afternoon when first Lana, than Jada ran barking around the house. Suddenly, she heard an awful bark. Rounding the corner of the house, she saw a wolf about 75 yards away at the edge of the yard's man-made pond. As Lundeen watched, it punted 1-year-old Lana away and grabed Jada in its mouth.
With her right hand raised, Barb McDaniel made local history Friday night as she was sworn in as commander of the Lockman-Jensen American Legion Post 499 in Gordon. The U.S. Navy veteran is the first female commander of the post since it was chartered in 1948, and the first female commander ever in Douglas County. "It's not a unique thing," said Kelly Barnes, a member of Post 499 and recently elected 12-district commander for the region.
A local gunslinger made a name for herself June 7 in Stevens Point. Cathy Mattson, a.k.a. Connecticut Cat, proved she was the fastest draw in the state. "It was exciting, despite the frigid weather," said Mattson, a member of the Black River Bandits, a group of local Cowboy Fast Draw enthusiasts. Being quick on the trigger netted her a trophy, a belt buckle and a stainless steel long-barrel .45. "It's a pretty one," she said. The state competition was Mattson's first fast draw tournament. And she's only been shooting regularly since February.
A wrongful death suit has been filed against J. Kimmes Construction Inc. and its insurance company, Acuity, by the wife of Harold "Tim" Olsen, one of four men killed by toxic fumes at the Lakehead Blacktop & Materials Inc. landfill in the village of Superior on Nov. 1, 2007.
Lance Gehl isn't much of a movie buff, but the Illinois man plans to watch Touchstone Pictures' "The Proposal" when it comes out June 19. He's not interested in Sandra Bullock's smile or Ryan Reynolds' quips, but in what's hidden beneath. At some point in the movie, 54 seconds of music will add to his father's fame. "It's pretty exciting for a guy who's 70 years old," said Lance's father, Len. Nearly half his song, "Take Some Love," will play during the film. Len Gehl, who grew up in Hawthorne and graduated from Northwestern High School, has lived a life surrounded by music.
Superior youth are counting down the days to summer break. Most are looking forward to biking, playing in parks, visiting friends and lazy days. Some, however, see summer as a time of hunger. Without their free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch, they have no consistent source of balanced nutritious meals. "Families getting food stamps don't get more (over the summer)," said Jeanne Provost-Hopkins, food service director for the Superior School District. But they suddenly have two more meals a day they have to provide. Need is already climbing in the area.
Participants left Wednesday's hunger summit with an appetite for change. Pastor Pat Ziem vowed to start a church garden at Zion Lutheran Church. "Encourage people to do that, plant that extra piece of land," said County Board Supervisor Kay McKenzie. Galeynn White with the United Way of Duluth said she would steer clear of fast food. "No McDonald's," she wrote. Millie Rounsville, executive director of Northwest Wisconsin Community Service Agency, plans to work with local farmers to buy food for the agency's food shelf. Nicole Mand and Laura Gapske with the Center Against Sexual and Domes