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A motion filed Friday morning in Douglas County Circuit Court trumped one filed two weeks ago and turned a hearing for a Duluth doctor accused of sexual assault into a rescheduling conference. The last-minute motion, filed by attorney Rick Gondik, seeks to open medical records of six women who testified they were the recipients of unwanted sexual contact by Dr. Javier Enrique De La Garza, a gastroenterologist with St. Luke's Hospital. Only one woman is named in the criminal complaint currently in Douglas County Court.
Water clean-up continued today in Douglas County. In Superior, contracted workers continued dehumidifying four buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus that suffered basement flooding early Monday. Water backed up in the basements of Old Main, Erlanson, the Jim Dan Hill Library and Barstowe Hall, according to Al Miller, UWS spokesman. Barstowe was the least affected, while two offices in Erlanson Hall were out of use Monday because of the water.
Flooded yards, streets and basements were reported in Superior today following an overnight storm that dumped two inches of rain within three hours. County Highway FF between county highways F and H was closed today due to flooding.
Superior police teamed with the Superior School District to locate 23 missing high school students last month. Project Truancy is the first collaboration of its kind in Superior. Launched Sept. 13, it encompassed five days of police investigation. Officers were provided with contact information for 40 students who were identified as being no-shows or truant. Then they started making house calls. By knocking on doors, talking to neighbors and offering police escorts, officers brought 23 students back to Superior High School.
Some 120-year-olds just don't show their age. That was one of the things that struck the Rev. Dennis Anders when he became pastor of First Evangelical Covenant Church in 2000. "It was like walking into a new church ... " he said. The spark and vitality the pastor sensed, members say, was born from the ashes of a 1994 fire that destroyed the church, then located at 1224 Belknap St. "I think it drew us together," said Lois Holmes, who has been a church member for 76 years. The venerable church could have shut its doors for good.
Douglas County's Home Health Care program may be in its death throes.
Someone else's drug use put Michelle "Micki" Graskey in unbearable pain and caused her to suffer nausea three times. "It was horrible," the Solon Springs woman said. Each time, it happened because her prescription pain pills had been swiped. The oxycontin and hydrocodone Graskey needs are tightly controlled narcotic drugs. "They won't give you more," she said, even if the drugs are reported stolen. Prescription drug thefts have been an issue in the Solon Springs area for years, according to Solon Springs Police Officer Jerry Olson.
A Superior man was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for initiating a two-year sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Christopher William Dallum, 34, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault, causing a child to view sexual activity, having sex with a child age 16 or older and possession of marijuana in September. The six-year sentenced handed down by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci includes 3-1/2 years extended supervision. Dallum "manipulated the will and the emotions of a young teenage girl, a person he was actually supposed to protect," Lucci said.
A probable electric fire this morning caused an estimated $5,000 damage to the building that houses Lakehead Sign Co. and Lakehead Painting Co. It also rerouted morning traffic along Hammond Avenue. No injuries were reported. Superior firefighters responded to the building, 910 Hammond Ave., at 7:27 a.m.
With song, ceremony and spirit, members of the Catholic Diocese of Superior welcomed their 10th bishop, Peter F. Christensen, into the fold Sunday afternoon. "It's an honor," said Virginia Zyla, minister and parishioner from St. Isaac Jogues and Companions Church in Mercer who attended the installation ceremony. "I cried." Christensen, 54, takes the mantle from retiring Bishop Raphael M. Fliss, who has been with the Superior Diocese for 28 years.