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By MARIA LOCKWOOD Daily Telegram Staff Writer A Solon Springs woman accused of siphoning off more than $71,000 from an elderly couple who gave her power of attorney was bound over for arraignment following a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Jennifer Lynn Lefler, 31, faces one count of felony theft for allegedly draining the bank accounts of her grandparents, Chester and Jennie Pattee, during the past year while the couple was living at a nursing home. According to the criminal complaint, Chester Pattee had about $83,000 in liquid assets available when he entered the nursing home in May 2007.
Her first view of Graceland Cemetery after Friday's blizzard left Gale Winter speechless. "I could have cried," she said. The storm felled 10 big pine trees and a few headstones at the site in the town of Superior along Cemetery Road. "We have trees that are uprooted and trees that are broken off," Winter said. One tangle of three trees rests on top of headstones, wrapping them in a piney embrace. "Graceland got it pretty bad," said Jim Plunkett, the sexton for nearby Calvary Cemetery. Riverside, which sits side-by-side with Graceland, had a few downed pine visible Monday, as well.
A series of drug arrests netted more than 90 pounds of marijuana and led to three weekend arrests in Douglas County. Lake Nebagamon residents James Eugene Schuster, 54, and his wife, Anne, 46, made initial appearances in Douglas County Court Monday. Schuster faces one charge of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver marijuana and his wife faces one charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, party to a crime. In addition, Theodore Lester Bruck, 51, of Idaho faces one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
Someone left the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest Saturday with one cup too many. After the fundraiser event for the Superior Jaycees cleared out of Wessman Arena, a dusty ring was all that remained of the 2001-02 Sears Cup. No one noticed the theft until the crystal trophy was turned in at the Rothwell Student Center information desk Sunday. "At this time, we don't know who took it or who brought it back," said Mike Wallin, director of campus safety. "We do know it was taken as a prank.
The Douglas County Planning and Zoning committee tackled fees and noisy bells during a morning meeting today. Committee members approved fee hikes for land-use permits covering houses, accessory buildings and sanitary systems today. The recommendation was moved forward to the administration committee for approval. If approved, the new fees could go into effect as soon as June 1. The cost for a land-use permit for a dwelling would climb from $135 to $170.
Two South Range residents contend they are not to blame for the death of a colt after it was boarded at their farm. Lawyers for Pam and Shane Javenkoski have requested hearings to seek dismissal of misdemeanor charges. They will argue there was no written contract to board nine-month-old "Windchill," who died Feb. 29. Pam Javenkoski, 48, faces one count of failure to provide proper food and water and one count of providing improper shelter in connection with the death.
The question of whether a fenced feral pig is fair game may be decided in Douglas County Court. The issue was raised in a civil complaint filed Feb. 4 against Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec and District Attorney Dan Blank. The plaintiff, William F. Holst, resides in Prescott, Wis., but runs a licensed game farm in Cloverland under the name Heavy Horns Ranch Inc.. He seeks a judgment on whether or not it is legal for people to shoot wild hogs in the fenced area of his property. The complaint stems from a January warning letter Dalbec sent to Holst.
Superior Noon Rotary Club 40 unveiled a flood of need when in January it offered a $42,000 pot of grant money to the community. "We had almost 100 proposals," said member Jann Brill. "It was amazing." That was more than twice the 40 proposals the group was expecting. "It was a real surprise," said Rotarian Greg Guenard.
Theft charges were filed Wednesday against a Solon Springs woman accused of draining as much as $71,000 from the bank accounts of an elderly couple who granted her power of attorney. Jennifer Lynn Lefler, 30, faces one charge of felony theft.
Douglas County Court Commissioner Paul Baxter found probable cause Wednesday to arraign a Superior man accused of sexually assaulting a boy he was babysitting following a closed preliminary hearing. The alleged assaults occurred at least five times over a four-year period, according to the criminal complaint. Jonathan "Joseph" Andrew Polonia, 19, faces one charge of repeated sexual assault of a child. The Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 60 years. Polonia is accused of assaulting the boy at two different residences, beginning when the boy was 5 years old.