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Vehicle, Body Pulled from Harbor

The body of a 77 year old Superior man was removed from a vehicle pulled from the waters of the Tower Avenue slip Monday evening.

Authorities were called to Barko Hydraulics, 1 Banks Avenue at 4:33pm Monday afternoon August 7, 2017 after employees reported a white colored vehicle racing around on Barko property.  The vehicle made a few passes in the gated area of the lot then left the gated area and drove at high speed across the lawn and off the pier into the water.  Employees raced to the scene in time to see the vehicle floating to the middle of the slip and then sink.  They did not observe any person(s) trying to get out of the car, or in the water.

Divers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle upside down in about 14 feet of water. The divers hooked up a cable from Lake City Towing's big rig and the vehicle was pulled to shore where the victim was removed.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Tuesday in Anoka Co. MN.  Identification is pending notification of next of kin.

The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.  Also responding and assisting at the scene were the Superior Police and Fire Departments, US Coast Guard, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Gold Cross Ambulance, and Lake City Towing.




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Foiled Plot Ends In Arrest

Charges are pending against a 38 year old Louisville, KY man after an SUV was recovered from the waters of Howards Pocket near Conner’s Point.

First responders were called to Conner’s Point at 8:24 am on Friday July 7th when a fisherman reported a vehicle in the water.

Superior Fire Department personnel entered the water and found nobody in the vehicle. Lakeside Trucking (no pun intended) responded and pulled the vehicle to shore.

Aside from being a little wet, no damage was noted on the black 2017 GMC Yukon except for the top rear and tailgate.  A large concrete boulder was found against the accelerator pedal.

Deputies located a bill of lading in the vehicle indicating it was to be transported from Manheim Detroit Auto Auction in Carleton, MI to Luther Family Buick GMC in Fargo ND by Zanev, Inc. of Louisville, KY.  Deputies made contact with the owner of Zanev who provided information on the transport drivers. The owner indicated that the driver reported to him that the Yukon and other vehicles were dropped off at Manheim Northstar in Shakopee, MN and provided pictures that the driver sent him.  The photos show the Blue Volvo Tractor trailer and car trailer loaded with several vehicles, including the Yukon. Manheim Northstar related they never received the Yukon. 

Contact was made with Luther Family Buick GMC in Fargo who confirmed they were the owner of the Yukon and that they had contracted with Zanev, Inc. to transport the vehicle from Carleton, MI to Shakopee, MN and there was no previous damage to the vehicle.

Surveillance video was obtained from a location on Conner’s Point that shows the damaged Yukon stopped on Main Street at 7:56 am just off the pier where it was discovered.  The driver can be seen wearing a red shirt.  At 8:00am, and again at 8:11am the same blue Volvo tractor-trailer combo, now with no load, is seen driving by the same location.

Contact was made with the driver Anthony Bowles.  Bowles told deputies he dropped of all the vehicles including the Yukon between 1:30am-2:00am in Shakopee.  He stated he was there for about 45 minutes and left for Caledonia, WI making only one stop in Oakdale, WI. Bowles denied ever being in Superior, WI.  When confronted about the video evidence, Bowles suddenly remembered that they went to Duluth to pick up a truck and got lost on some dead end road. He chalked it up to coincidence that it was the same road where the Yukon they were hauling was recovered.  Deputies made it clear that Bowles’ story was unbelievable and would be referring a case to the DA’s Office.

Shortly thereafter, Deputies received a call from the other driver Jason Porter, also 38 and from Louisville, KY.  Jason told deputies that he got pictures from his boss on what happened to the Yukon and wanted no part of it.  He told deputies that he was away from Bowles now and would tell them what actually happened.  Porter stated that Bowles was driving somewhere in Michigan and hit a bridge or something and did not report this.  When they got to Shakopee, Bowles told Porter that they needed to bring the Yukon to a different auction in Duluth.  When they got to Duluth, Bowles told Porter he would drive the Yukon to the auction and told him Porter where to pick him up. Porter stated he drove to the location and Bowles walked up and got into the truck.  Porter stated he didn’t know what happened until he got the photo from his boss.  Porter told Bowles that he needed to tell the police the truth.  Bowles told Porter he was going to get a rental car and go home.

Deputies requested the Wisconsin State Patrol to respond to Manheim Milwaukee in Caledonia to gather further information on the truck and drivers.  As troopers arrived on scene, Bowles fled on foot but was apprehended after a short foot chase.  He was wearing a red shirt at the time.  Porter did not flee and was cooperative with troopers.  Bowles was arrested at that time for Obstructing.  A temporary felony warrant was entered by Douglas County to hold Bowles on pending Douglas County charges.  Bowles is being held in the Racine County Jail.
Photo courtesy of Maria Lockwood/Superior Telegram
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Cash Bail Ordered in Weekend Shooting Incident

Cash bail of $5000 was ordered this afternoon in Douglas County Court for a 45 yr old Oulu man after a weekend incident at a town of Brule bar.

Deputies were called to the Kro-bar in Brule on Friday night at 11:48pm on a report of three persons fighting. A deputy nearby heard a gunshot coming from the area of the bar as the bartender was calling back to 911 stating one of the parties involved had went out to the parking lot and armed himself with a handgun.  The bartender reported that all patrons were in the bar and she locked the door and the suspect was the only person in the parking lot.

Deputy Brian Witt approached the parking lot and observed a person rummaging through a pick up truck next to the bar entrance.  The subject emerged from the truck with a club and began pounding on the front door of the bar.  Deputy Witt ordered the subject to the ground and he was taken into custody.

Witness statements indicate two men were having a conversation in the bar which was overheard by the suspect, later identified as Sean Pierce, 45, Oulu.  Pierce approached the men indicating his displeasure with their topic of conversation.  The confrontation became physical. The three were separated but started up again soon after.

Pierce left the bar, followed by the bartender who was bringing him out his cell phones that he left on the bar.  When the bartender observed him taking a handgun from the center console of his truck, she quickly returned to the bar and locked the door.  A shot was heard. Patrons went to the window and observed Pierce approach the window and point the weapon at the two subject he had been fighting with.  Several persons ran for cover in the basement. Shortly after this Deputy Witt arrived on scene.

Pierce was taken into custody and medically cleared to the Douglas County Jail where he was charged with First Degree Reckless Endangerment.  Additional charges were added prior to his court appearance. A preliminary hearing was set for July 5th.




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Explosion, Fire Destroys Solon Springs Cabin

One man was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation Friday after an explosion and fire at a cabin on Lake of the Woods, east of Solon Springs.

The incident was reported just after the noon hour at 10654S Lake of the Woods Loop Rd.  A neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion that shook her house and saw smoke and flames coming from the cabin next door, and a vehicle rapidly leaving the driveway.  She called 911 as she evacuated the area as the explosions continued.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and observed flames periodically shooting several hundred feet into the air as propane escaped and ignited from a tank that was just filled that morning. The explosions ceased as firefighters attacked the blaze.

Deputies located the cabin owner Dale Obrien, 85, of Superior, at a residence across the lake being treated by Gold Cross Paramedics.  Dale told deputies that he was trying to start his gas fireplace when a burst of flames forcefully shot out from the fireplace insert directly at him.  He said he knew he was burned and had to evacuate the cabin.  He left in his vehicle and sought assistance from the first place he found somebody home.  He was taken to a local hospital with burns to his hands, face, and legs, as well as smoke inhalation.

The cabin was a total loss.  Several nearby structures were also damaged by heat.

Volunteer firefighters from Solon Springs, Gordon, Highland, Bennett, and Lake Nebagamon responded to this incident.



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Three Car Crash on USH 2


Minor injuries were reported after two vehicles, one a Douglas County Sheriff's squad car, were rear ended this morning on USH 2.

Deputy Kris Witt was treated and released from a local hospital. She was westbound on USH 2 near Bayfield Rd, west of Poplar, when she pulled onto the shoulder to check on a disabled vehicle.

A trailing vehicle, a white Jeep, was slowing when it was struck from behind by a red Ford Explorer, forcing the Jeep across the oncoming lanes and into the ditch, where it rolled over.

The Explorer then struck the rear of the squad car, forcing it into the ditch.  The Explorer skidded to a stop further down the road with heavy front end damage.

No further information at this time.

The crash is under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.



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Fatal ATV Crash in Oakland Township

At approximately 2:30 PM Saturday (March 18, 2017), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office personnel along with local First Responders were dispatched to an ATV crash on Clara Barton Road, in the Town of Oakland.


Upon arrival, it was determined that there was a single vehicle crash with the ATV operator having sustained life threatening injuries. The ATV operator was airlifted to a Duluth hospital.


On March 19th, the ATV operator passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.


The identity of ATV operator is Andrew Mikrot (28 years of age) from South Range, WI.


The crash remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and WI. DNR.


No other information is available at this time.

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One in Custody after Stabbing Incident

A 49 year old Lake Nebagamon man is in custody after a stabbing incident this morning.

Douglas County 911 received a call at 5:03 am from a man stating he was bleeding to death.  The connection was lost before further information was obtained.  At 5:13am a call was received from a third party who directed officers to an address on Wangerin Rd in Lake Nebagamon where the caller stated a party was bleeding to death and a named suspect cut his throat.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded with Gold Cross Ambulance and Lake Nebagamon first responders.  Deputies located a 47 year old Duluth man bleeding and crawling in the driveway.  He was transported to a Duluth hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.  He was able to be interviewed to determine what had happened.

Deputies secured the scene and obtained a search warrant for the residence. The suspect had fled in a vehicle prior to their arrival.  The suspect was later taken into custody nearby at 11:16am.

No further information is available at this time and the incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hunters Welcome Snow, Motorists Don't

While the first snowfall of the season may have been a welcome sight for the deer hunters on opening weekend, it was not as well received by motorists.

Starting at about 11:00 am on Friday, and through midnight on Sunday, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 33 reported cars in the ditch, 9 crashes involving property damage, and 3 crashes involving personal injury.

Other than a couple of calls  of trespassers, no hunting related incidents were reported to the Sheriff's office over the weekend.





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Car Seat Safety Clinic SATURDAY

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Website Update


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Contact: Chief Deputy Jerry Moe

For More Information: 715-395-1371 or  moej@ci.superior.wi.us





Douglas County Sheriff Office Updates Text Alert System on Website


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will upgrade its text message alert notification feature on or before October 3rd to supplement an upgrade completed earlier this summer. The upgraded text alert system will feature a short URL in the message body, instead of a full URL. The messages will continue to come from 96167 or 470-219-3777. Below is an example of a current alert with a full URL and a sample of the same alert with a short URL:





As shown above, the message body will have a Subject line (the Press Release title, in the above example) and a From address of Douglas Sheriff WI. There will still be an option to change subscription at the bottom of the message.


To sign up for alert notifications from our office, to change your current subscription, or to unsubscribe from our alerts, please go to our Sign Up for Alerts page: www.sheriffofdouglascountywi.org/alerts_signup.php


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office welcomes any feedback from the community on this text alert upgrade. To provide feedback, please let us know through our Contact Us form (www.sheriffofdouglascountywi.org/contact.php) or call us at 715-395-1371.


As always, we wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement enhances the security and quality of life we all enjoy.


Sheriff Thomas Dalbec



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