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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.
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.
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.
As the state's mock trial program celebrates its 25th anniversary, its co-creator stands poised to take the highest position in the State Bar of Wisconsin. Attorney Ken Knudson is one of two nominees for state bar president.
Superior revealed its greatness to Stacy Reuille-Dupont the day her business died. "I don't know how to express it," she said today. "It was amazing. As windows exploded in the heat and flames reduced her Superior Balance Fitness building to a shell Saturday, the community gathered. "They brought us blankets, boots, soups, coffee, even pizza as the temperatures held at single digits, and we couldn't bear to leave," Reuille-Dupont wrote in a letter to The Daily Telegram (See Page A4).
As Superior firefighters trace the cause of the Saturday blaze that destroyed the Superior Balance Fitness Center building, the four businesses that called it home search for options. One -- Brennan Hair Fashions -- has already found a temporary harbor at Trends Salon and Spa in the Blaine Business Center. The move places 17 stylists together in a facility that has 10 available stations, according to Heather Thompson, receptionist for Trends.
There are no quick answers as to what caused the Saturday fire that destroyed the Superior Balance Fitness Center building, 1420 Oakes Ave. Joe Roberts, fire investigator for the Superior Fire Department, estimated it could take until the first of the year to determine the cause. "It's going to take a while with this building," he said. The search for answers includes interviewing witnesses, pumping water out of the building, reconstructing the layout, digging through the rubble and checking various systems. The fire started shortly before noon Saturday in the 20,000-square-foot structure.