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A rural Superior man who tried to enter the shower with his friend's daughter will spend the next year on probation. In Douglas County Court Friday, Dale J. Kangas, 54, pleaded no contest to one count of invasion of privacy for the September incident. Kangas stopped by the friend's house to drop off some articles for their horse, according to the criminal complaint. Their 24-year-old daughter was showering at the time. The door to the house was open, Kangas told Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputies, and when he hollered inside he heard the young woman tell him to come in.
A Superior man returned thousands of dollars to the church from which he stole it, but the forgiveness of parishioners may be harder to earn. Albert Leroy Tyson, 48, pleaded guilty this month to one count of burglary and three counts of misdemeanor theft for a string of collection-plate pilferings from Holy Assumption Catholic Church. An additional four counts of burglary were dismissed. The weekly thefts started in August of 2007, according to the criminal complaint, and resulted in a $4,000 loss.
A Superior man whose poor driving led to an accident that left his passenger paralyzed was sentenced to three years probation Thursday in Douglas County Court. Christopher Craig Hughes, 23, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of reckless driving causing great bodily harm. The accident took place May 1, 2007 on County Highway A. Judge Michael Lucci left a three-and-a-half year prison sentence hanging over the Superior man's head. The imposed and stayed prison sentence was part of a joint recommendation by Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner and First Assistant State Public Defender J.
The first contender has thrown his hat into the ring for the seat currently held by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci. Kelly Thimm, assistant district attorney, announced today that he plans to run for the Branch I position. "I decided it was a good time in my life for a career change," he said. "I'm ready for it." Lucci's term ends July 31, 2009. He confirmed today that he does not plan to seek re-election. "This is my last term," the judge said.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals today upheld Douglas County Circuit Judge Michael Lucci's ruling on a case that thrust Superior into the international spotlight. In March, 21-year-old Bryan James Hathaway pled no contest to one charge of sexual gratification with an animal for having sex with a dead deer Oct. 11, 2006, he saw while biking along Stinson Avenue. Assistant State Public Defender Jefren Olsen filed an appeal on his behalf in November, arguing Hathaway was accused of a nonexistent crime.
The Animal Rescue Federation has lost a few puppies to burglars over the years, but never to a thief this brazen. A man who said he was interested in adopting a dog stopped at the Superior shelter Wednesday afternoon. After looking over the assortment, he asked to walk Yale, a young white pit bull. They never came back. Shelter director Sheila Love is offering a reward for information that leads Yale's safe return. "He's a beautiful dog," she said.
A 15-year-old murder case was laid to rest Friday when a jury of 12 found Michael David Mattson guilty of first degree intentional homicide for the beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons. "It takes a long time to get justice accomplished sometimes, so it's a good feeling," said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank. "Ultimately the court has no option but to sentence him to life in prison," said Mattson's attorney, First Assistant State Public Defender J. Patrick O'Neill.
Twelve jurors have decided Michael David Mattson is guilty of murder. Mattson named himself a liar and a chicken -- but not a murderer -- in testimony Thursday. The verdict came about 4:30 p..m Friday. The Superior man faced a charge of first-degree intentional homicide for the beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons on Feb. 19, 1993, in the home the two shared. Mattson was on Huber work release from jail that day to work at the couple's scrap business.
Blood evidence and the words of the murder victim highlighted testimony Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court in the murder trial of Michael David Mattson. Mattson, 56, faces one charge of first-degree murder for the Feb. 19, 1993 beating death of his girlfriend, Myrna Jean Clemons, in the Allouez home the two shared. Clemons was no stranger to violence. Her words, taken from the transcript of a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court, recalled Mattson attacking her during a Nov. 6, 1992, incident. He had come in drunk and passed out on the couch, according to her testimony.
Michael David Mattson is expected to take the stand in his own defense later today. The Superior man is accused of first-degree murder for the 1993 beating death of Myrna Jean Clemons in the Allouez home they shared. Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner wrapped up his case for the murder charge against Mattson today in Douglas County Circuit Court by airing audio tape of two follow-up interviews with the Superior man.