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A rash of bogus $20s are making the rounds in Duluth-Superior. "Right now we're on kind of a streak," said Capt. Charles LaGesse of the Superior Police Department. As of Friday, there had been numerous reports of counterfeit $20 bills and two arrests in Superior alone. One man was arrested buying food at Culver's and another trying to purchase sub sandwiches at Erbert & Gerbert's, LaGesse said. Both suspects were apprehended at the scene when alert cashiers notified police about the bogus bills.
A sentencing hearing in Douglas County Court this morning left bitter feelings in its wake. Leon Robert Linky, 18, will spend the next five years on probation for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. As part of that probation, he will spend one year in jail, be required to register as a sex offender and undergo a psychological evaluation. The girl's parents say it's not enough. "I can't even find words to express how wrong the system is," said the girl's mother, fighting back tears.
A blind Superior man is being accused of setting a Monday morning fire at a 1116 Hughitt Ave. apartment building. James Leo Olson, 50, faces charges of arson of property other than a building and disorderly conduct. He appeared in Douglas County Court for an initial appearance Tuesday. Police reports indicate Olson started a mattress on fire while his girlfriend of three years, Lynn Anne Bergson, was sleeping. The two had been drinking prior to the incident and got into an argument when she wanted to go to bed and he wanted to stay up, according to reports and the criminal complaint.
There may be no such thing as a home football game for Northwestern Tiger fans this year. Site work, grading and drainage issues involved in the high school building project is likely to put the school's football field out of commission until 2008. "We definitely have a Plan B in place for our home football games," said Gregg Lundberg, district administrator for the Maple School District.
Like a mythical hydra, the case of fired University of Wisconsin-Superior associate professor John Marder keeps sprouting new court actions. The most recent move in the seven-year saga is a case filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Thursday. It seeks Marder's return to campus with back pay for violation of Fourteenth Amendment due process rights.
Hunting season is underway throughout the Northland, and anyone can get a license. This sport requires no gun or trap, just determination and a keen eye. Oh, an early start time is also a plus. As a parent of seven, the hunt is not casual. Unless I want to sell my soul to the Gap, it is a necessity. Instead of slipping silently through the woods, we hunters cruise the asphalt jungle in search of a great deal. Camouflage is not needed, but cash is. And the thrill that comes from making that financial killing is beyond compare. We're talking about rummage sailing, my friends.
Flags will burn Thursday on Barker's Island. This is no protest. Instead, it is a badge of respect. Members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 will gather with veterans from the Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091, local firefighters and police officers to hold a public flag burning ceremony.
Seven Superior High School students face possible expulsion for using and trading prescription drugs at the school, including one 15-year-old who ended up in the emergency room for a drug overdose. Authorities were alerted to the pill swapping on May 25 when the mother of the girl who overdosed called the school looking for more information on what her daughter may have taken.
Douglas County is teeming with ticks. "There's a lot of them," said Greg Kessler, wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He should know.
One adult and five juveniles were arrested when Superior police broke up a pot party at the skate park Tuesday night. Police responded to the Heritage Park parking lot at 6:40 p.m. after possible drug activity was reported, according to a police report by Officer Ryan Korhonen. They located six teens in a teal vehicle at the park -- an 18-year-old girl, her 13-year-old brother, two 14-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys. "When they noticed me there was a lot of movement," Korhonen wrote.