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A Douglas County Circuit Court judge used what he termed "common sense" in deciding that the Wisconsin state statute against sexual gratification with animals was not limited to living animals. In a memorandum decision filed Wednesday, Judge Michael Lucci wrote the primary focus of the law was protecting sexual morality in the community, not protecting animals. "It's essentially the legislature's effort to codify what is legally unacceptable in society with respect to human behavior," he wrote, and as such it would encompass situations "involving even dead animals." The challenge to the sta
Fred and Rita Stalvig have synchronized their watches to the local church chimes. It's easy to check if they are accurate; the music sounds 32 times a day. From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the chimes at St. William Catholic Church in Foxboro play every half hour. On the top of the hour, there is an interlude followed by a series of dongs for each hour. It's over in a minute or so. The songs that play on the half hour can last nearly three minutes. It happens every day. At first, the music was kind of pretty, Fred Stalvig said. But not when it plays so often. St.
Prosecution of a Douglas County case involving alleged sexual contact with a dead deer may hinge on the legal definition of the word "animal." Bryan James Hathaway, 20, of Superior faces a misdemeanor charge of sexual gratification with an animal. He is accused of having sex with a dead deer he saw beside Stinson Avenue on Oct.
The crime was the same -- the murder of Myrna Jean Clemons -- but the outcome for Michael David Mattson's second preliminary hearing was very different. Douglas County Court Commissioner Paul Baxter found probable cause Wednesday to bind the 55-year-old Superior man over for arraignment Jan. 8. Mattson is facing a first-degree murder charge for the beating Clemons to death Feb. 13, 1993, in the Allouez home the two shared. At the time, Mattson was on Huber work release from a 5-month jail sentence for two assaults on Clemons.
Beth Olson left a lasting mark on the YMCA Camp in Lake Nebagamon. "My name's carved in the wall of one of the cabins with a boyfriend's initials," the South Range woman said. A big city kid who always wanted to live in the country, she learned archery, swimming, camping and more the nine years she spent going to camp there. The experience left its mark on her, as well. "I still remember my counselors," she said. For many residents, memories like Olson's brought them to a brainstorming session held by the Friends of the Y Camp Thursday at the Superior Public Library.
Following a lockdown at Superior Middle School in September, the Superior School Board is considering a change to district weapons policies. The board discussed the change at a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday. The move would prohibit any facsimile of a gun on school grounds.
The third time was the charm for the Maple School District. Preliminary numbers show the district's $33 million building project was approved by a narrow margin -- 1,942 "yes" votes to 1,835 in opposition. "We're very happy it passed," said School Board President Tim Thom.
A piece of firewood and a moment of rage led to the death of Myrna J. Clemons 13 years ago, according to the confession of the Superior man accused of killing her. Michael David Mattson, 55, made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday to face a first-degree murder charge for Clemons' death. According to the criminal complaint, Mattson lived and worked with Clemons in their Allouez neighborhood home. At the time, he was serving a jail sentence for battering her.
A Superior man has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend 13 years ago. Michael D. Mattson, 55, faces one charge of first degree murder for the Feb. 19, 1993, beating death of Myrna J. Clemons in their Allouez neighborhood home. He is expected to make his initial appearance in Douglas County Court today. According to Capt. Chad La Lor, investigations division commander for the Superior Police Department, Mattson confessed to the murder last month. Before that, he had been interviewed in connection with the 13-year-old crime. "On Oct.
An operation formerly at the heart of the Superior-Douglas County YMCA is in danger of being lost, but a grassroots group hopes to give it new life. The YMCA's board of directors is considering the sale of its camp in Lake Nebagamon. "We looked into marketing it, but we have only taken preliminary steps," said Steve Koszarek, chairman of the YMCA board of directors. "It's a pretty significant move." He cited handicap accessibility issues, YMCA debt and underutilization of the camp as reasons the board may sell the property.