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Discourse over a proposed Solon Springs archery range continues despite today's approval for a conditional-use permit. The Douglas County Zoning Committee approved the permit for Solon Springs Bowhunters Inc. by a single 3-2 vote. Members Carol Johnson, Rich Thompson and Keith Allen voted for the permit.
The church where Lisa Johnson and Jason Scott Zunker spoke their wedding vows becomes the site of their last goodbye Saturday. Zunker, a Chippewa County Sheriff's Deputy, was struck by a motorist Friday while directing traffic around a truck fire along Highway 53 south of Bloomer. He died of his injuries Saturday. He died doing what he loved, according to his wife. "Jason loved going to work so much that he said going to work was like being on vacation with a smile," she said in a prepared media statement. Visitation for the 31-year-old Zunker begins at 5 p.m.
Jason Zunker landed his dream job three years ago. Since he was a child, the Hawthorne native had a keen interest in law enforcement. He found the role of deputy for the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department lived up to his hopes. "He loved everything about it," said Zunker's uncle, John Zunker. Friday night, Jason Zunker was hit by a car at the scene of a semi truck fire just south of Bloomer. The 31-year-old died Saturday of head trauma from the accident. "We're devastated," said Chippewa County Sheriff James L. Kowalcyzk at a Saturday news conference.
The ongoing case of a Superior man convicted of having sex with a deer carcass kept media worldwide briefly focused on this region. More importantly, the case, currently before the 3rd District Court of Appeals, has the potential to shape a little-used area of law. Bryan James Hathaway, 21, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of sexual gratification with an animal on March 20. A day later, he filed notice that he planned to seek post-conviction relief.
An act of domestic violence left one person dead and another fighting for her life. The shooting of Shelby Adolphson by her estranged husband, David, in the parking lot of St. Mary's Hospital of Superior rocked the community and left family to pick up the pieces. The Poplar woman, who worked at in the hospital's data entry department, was shot in the head with a 30-30 rifle. David Adolphson took his own life later in the day as authorities closed in on his vehicle along Elm Road in Poplar.
A fire that swept through the Superior Balance Fitness Center building Dec. 15 united the community. Within 24 hours the building, home to four businesses, was a burned-out shell. As it burned, owner Stacy Reuille-Dupont was approached by city leaders, community members and friends. They flooded her voicemail, served pizza and hot coffee, and offered help. "It was amazing," Reuille-Dupont said. "We feel very supported." Superior firefighters continue to search for the source of the fire, which caused about $800,000 damage.
The case of a Superior man who had sex with a dead deer found in a ditch provided jokes for late night comedian Jay Leno and whetted the appetites of news organizations worldwide. It's not over yet. The case is currently in front of the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Bryan James Hathaway, 21, was convicted in 2005 for killing a horse to have sex with it. He had just been released from prison on probation when he saw the dead deer in a ditch while biking on Oct. 11, 2006.
A junior high friendship stood the test of time Dec. 15 while a local beauty salon burned to the ground. "When I was watching the fire and watching my business burn, I went in the car to warm up," said Susie Howard, owner of Brennan Hair Studio. She picked up her phone and called Julie Nelson, owner of Trends Salon and Spa. No one was home, so she left a message. Out of town, Nelson heard about the fire and put in a call of her own to Howard. "She called me before she even heard my message," Howard said. "She said, 'Whatever you need.'" By 8 p.m.
Schools and daycares were not forewarned when a sex offender was released from the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday. Although back in jail Friday on a possible probation violation, the case of Lonny Roy Jenson points out a loophole in Wisconsin's sex offender notification law. Jenson was convicted for first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13 without great bodily harm. His sentence for the crime, however, means community notification about his release is not mandated.
A Solon Springs woman will spend 50 days behind bars and three years on probation for stealing prescription drugs and another man's identity. Carrie Ann Hammond, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of felony burglary for stealing prescription drugs from a Solon Spring residence Aug. 4.