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Cool rain striking hot asphalt created steam that contributed to an accident last week that damaged a semi-tractor and a quarter-million-dollar county-owned blacktop paver. The collision injured two Douglas County Highway Department workers. Steam was "definitely a contributing factor," said Douglas County Highway Commissioner Paul Halverson, who last week said the truck driver was at fault. The accident occurred Oct. 16 on State Highway 35 in Dairyland. A logging truck driven by Christopher Currie of Hayward collided with the county's paver around noon.
A former Douglas County jailer will spend the next 18 months behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet. Jeff Allen Luckenbill, 30, of Washburn was sentenced Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison for one charge of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. He pleaded guilty in August. Judge Michael Lucci ruled Luckenbill could spend 13-1/2 years on parole if he meets the terms of his sentence.
A 20-year murder mystery reached its conclusion Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court when Rodger Allen Gran, 38, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 1986 death of his mother. "I need to say I'm sorry," a choked-up Gran told Judge Michael Lucci prior to sentencing. "If I could go back and change this, I would." The Superior man was one month shy of his 18th birthday when Lynnea Gran was bludgeoned to death at Les' Grocery Store in Billings Park, where she worked.
Law enforcement and mental health experts say the community should be concerned about a man having a sexual attraction to animals who currently is being held for molesting a deer carcass. On Oct. 11, Bryan James Hathaway, 20, pleaded innocent to assaulting the carcass, which a criminal complaint says he found it in a ditch along Stinson Avenue while riding his bike. Hathaway was recently released from prison after serving an 18-month prison sentence for killing a horse.
The questions flew Wednesday night over $33 million in Maple School District construction that will be decided by voters Nov. 7. Twenty-four people who attended a public meeting at Amnicon Town Hall questioned claims of overcrowding at two existing schools, the layout of the proposed new high school and district staffing needs. It has become the mission of a grassroots group called Citizens for Improving our Schools to answer these questions. "We don't want there to be confusions or misunderstanding," said Dan Conrad, a member of the group. "This is our school district.
A Superior man accused of injuring two University of Wisconsin-Superior hockey players during an altercation behind the 3rd Base Bar in September was bound over for arraignment today following a preliminary hearing in Douglas County Court. Court Commissioner Paul Baxter found probable cause to formally charge Jesse Michael Grew, 24, 2430 Logan Ave. He faces two felony charges of substantial battery and one felony charge of second degree reckless endangerment for injuries sustained by Michael Bickley, 24, and 21-year-old Joe Bluhm.
A Minnesota man who helped pull off a string of daylight burglaries in Billings Park last November was released from jail today following a sentencing hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court. Michael Francis St. Sauver, 38, pleaded no contest to two felony charges of being party to the crime of burglary and one felony charge of being party to the crime of attempted burglary. Three additional burglary charges were dismissed but read in for restitution purposes. Judge George Glonek withheld sentence on St. Sauver and ordered two years of probation for each charge to be served concurrently.
Today's media portrays what a man should be. And people can get a behind-the-scenes look that examines this "Tough Guise" persona starting at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. "American society promotes violent, abusive, disrespectful boys and men," said Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank.
Leah Gustafson will get her day in court. The man accused of killing the 29-year-old Superior woman in January is headed to trial later this month following a pretrial conference in Douglas County Circuit Court. The trial for Jason Richard Borelli, 32, is set to begin Oct. 30. It could last a full week.
While school violence and Internet predators grab headlines, the number one killer of children ages 2-14 lurks on the nation's roads and highways -- a trip in the family vehicle. A new state law that went into effect in June was created to try to curb the problem. Now, local officials are planning to help parents protect their children and meet the requirements of the new law. "It's really the biggest danger our children face on a day-to-day basis," said Det. John Parenteau of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.