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A Superior man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she and a friend were visiting his home was bound over for arraignment today following a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court. Ernest Lee Butler, 19, faces one felony charge of second degree sexual assault. In testimony today about the alleged July 27 incident, a woman said she and a friend were at Butler's house. According to the criminal complaint, they were drinking vodka, soda and playing cards together. The female testified she and her friend went upstairs.
Construction work, and the film of dust accompanying it, still envelop Northwestern Middle School and Iron River Elementary School. The middle school site currently "looks like a bomb went off," said Kim Pearson, a parent who attended Monday's Maple School Board meeting.
Members of the license and fees committee continue to tweak proposed changes to Superior's rental licensing program. A trio of rental unit owners attended today's meeting to ask questions and voice concerns. "So far, what I've seen is P.R.," said local landlord Kevin Peterson. "It's not the program I'd like to see," said Marty Curtiss, who also owns rental property. Both said they would like to see more landlords giving input. The benefits of the program, which is funded by licensing fees, have been minimal so far, Peterson said. "As landlords, don't we deserve the best program for our m
Douglas County Highway Commissioner Paul Halverson offered some news nuggets about the Highway S project. With its new smooth surface, Highway S may now tempt drivers to cruise faster. Drivers are encouraged to pay attention to the 55 mph speed limit. Shoulder work won't be started until late August, after the road has cured. Until then, drivers should use extra caution. The project went faster than expected due to the use of seven additional trucks to haul hot mix. The contracted trucks worked in conjunction with county crews. Highway crews start their day at 6 a.m.
The repaving of County Highway S has pleased most residents along the road, but some have concerns about deep ditches that are part of the project. "I'm glad it's done," said Connie Halverson, who lives along the highway. "They did a beautiful job." Other residents have called it "a great improvement." The 6.4-mile stretch of highway winds past Botten's Green Acres Golf Course, the Highland Town Hall and roads that lead to homes on the shore of Lake Nebagamon. "Before, it was bumpy and miserable to drive on," said Jeremy Hoyer, a delivery driver for Bernick's Pepsi.
A 7-foot trench in the clay soil near Albany Avenue became a classroom for Superior firefighters on a mock rescue mission last week. The victim was conscious and breathing, but trapped under a 1-ton cement pipe in the bottom of the gash. Led by Capt. Vern Johnson, firefighters set out to free him. Tools for this operation included nails, hammers, harnesses and wood. The first step was to make the area safe. "Trench accidents are among the most deadly form," said Battalion Chief Jim Rigstad, who watched the rescue with Motor Pump Operator Jeff Allen.
A cool dip turned deadly Tuesday for a Superior man. Leslie Yoder, 44, drowned near the Vista Fleet dock on Barker's Island while cooling off with friends. "It sounds like they were all together going for a swim," said Chief Deputy Charlie Law of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Yoder was swimming in the slip just south of the Vista Fleet dock when he went under water and failed to surface, according to a statement by Lt. Gary Gulbrandson of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. The Superior Police Department was called to the area at 12:42 p.m.
DNR fire crews braced for a possible storm today as they mopped up a blaze in Hawthorne. A lightning strike could be the final ingredient in a recipe for wildfires, according to Jay Gallagher, Brule area forestry supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Already in the mix are high winds and lack of rain. Lighting strikes usually start a mere 1 percent of wildfires in Wisconsin. The lack of rain has changed that this year.
A local man drowned off Barker's Island today as he swam from the Vista dock outside Deco Bay to a group of boys at the bridge leading to the island. He went under the water and did not surface, according to Chief Deputy Charlie Law of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Law indicated the children had been jumping off the bridge and the man and children were at the island together. "It sounds like they were all together going for a swim," Law said. He declined to identify the victim until the man's family could be notified.
Local firefighters and DNR crews beat back a blaze that torched through stands of pine in a desolate area of Gordon near Flamang Road Friday. No structures were endangered and no evacuations ordered, according to Mike Brostowitz, fire chief for the Town of Solon Springs. Flamang Road was closed and only local traffic was allowed along Highway Y because of all the heavy equipment being used. The fire was reported at about 5 p.m., Brostowitz said, by Solon Springs firefighters who were out on Lake St. Croix.