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A Wednesday afternoon police pursuit in the residential area near Northern Lights School brought a dose of excitement to neighbors and ended with three arrests. Superior squads responded to the 2300 block of Hughitt Avenue to check on suspicious activity involving possible stolen property. Two men fled on foot, and the chase was on. "One was quickly apprehended along with some females that were with him that were detained for questioning," said Assistant Police Chief Chuck LaGesse. The other suspect led police on a neighborhood chase for more than an hour.
Suspicious activity in Douglas County, some attached to prescription drug thefts, has local authorities on the alert. Douglas County Sheriff's Department detectives are warning residents of a possible ploy being used to give strangers access to bathroom medicine cabinets. In the last week, numerous calls of strangers doing just that have been reported in Poplar, Hawthorne, South Range and Amnicon, according to Det. Paul Lindberg.
A 17-year-old who choked a fellow Superior High School student during the homecoming parade "because he looked weak" was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail. Stephen J. Cannon of Superior pleaded no contest to one felony charge of substantial battery stemming from the Sept. 28 incident.
The fate of a summer swimming hole hangs in the balance at a special board meeting in the town of Gordon next week. The Finstad Bridge, which spans the Eau Claire River, was slated for sale following the town's 2007 annual meeting. Those attending voted 21-4 to sell or give away the wooden bridge to a local property owner, according to meeting minutes. "They said get rid of the bridge, give it away, sell it," said John Cosgrove, town board chairman.
Douglas County is beefing up drunk driving sentences by adding ignition interlock systems into the mix. Drivers must puff into the device, which is connected under the dashboard, to start their vehicle.
St. Croix Riverfest, a two-day buffet featuring everything from pontoon rides and film festivals to a conservation conference, kicks off Friday at the Solon Springs Community Center. "It's a bit of education, a bit of fun, offering choices to people who have different interests," said organizer Scott Peterson, president of the Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters. The events focus on the St. Croix River and its headwaters, a unique environment that encompasses Solon Springs, Barnes, Gordon and Wascott. "I live on the lake (Lake St.
An outbreak of ringworm has closed the doors of the Animal Rescue Federation (ARF) May 30. Staff and volunteers have spent the last 11 days in a flurry of activity -- consulting veterinarians, deep cleaning the building and dipping approximately 70 animals in a solution of lime and sulfur. Their efforts paid off. "It doesn't look like it spread," said ARF Secretary Norma Stevlingson. And after one more round of dips, the shelter is tentatively set to reopen next week. "They should have this licked," Stevlingson said. That's good news for Superior strays.
A man who rammed a Superior squad car while driving a stolen truck, injuring the officer inside, was given a four-year prison sentence. Michael John Henry Short, 20, pleaded guilty in April to two felony charges stemming from the September incident -- attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent.
If she could rent one billboard or air one commercial, Margaret Ciccone's message would be simple: "Pay attention to your government." In 31 years of employment with the city of Superior, Ciccone rose from clerk/stenographer to city clerk to mayor and, following a recall election, back to the position of city clerk. Friday, she cleared out her office. Ciccone will be on vacation until her official retirement in August. "We're sad to see her go," said Terri Kalan, who moves into the position of acting city clerk.
The cattle local youth raise for sale at the Head of the Lakes Fair are part pet, part business and all personality. D.J. Keeler's steer, Spark, for example, was trying the patience of his two-legged friend Saturday in Superior. First, Spark wrapped one of his legs up in a rope as his companion, a black Angus named Bear, was led away. "I'm coming, bud," Keeler called. The animal resisted the 18-year-old's initial pulls and tugs. Then Spark made it as far as a tree, stopping to scratch.