Press Releases


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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Community Meeting Tuesday August 23rd



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Car Seat Safety Clinic This Thursday

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Be Somebody June 4th

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Solon Springs Traffic Fatality

One person is dead as a result of a one vehicle roll-over in the town of Solon Springs.

The crash was reported to Douglas County 911 at 9:49am, Wednesday April 13 on USH 53 southbound, just north of the exit to BUS USH 53.

The vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai Accent, had been southbound on USH 53 when it left the road to the right and struck a culvert and driveway embankment, flipped and rolled, coming to rest on its side.

The deceased, believed at this time to be the driver, was partially ejected.  He was identified as Raymond Teller, 23, of Green Bay.

Three passengers were taken to Duluth Hospitals via ambulance.

The crash remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.


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Youth Dies in Snowmobile Crash

One person is dead as a result of injuries sustained in a snowmobile crash Saturday morning. 

The crash was reported to Douglas County 911 at 11:25am on Trail #4, north of Trail #6 in Hawthorne township.

The victim is identified as Joshua Pampuch, 17, of Chippewa Falls.

He had been riding with a group north on Trail #4 when the snowmobile he was operating left the trail and struck trees.

The incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the WI DNR.

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Random Acts of Kindness

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Superior Police Department, with the help of the Garret Carr Memorial and the Rex Kern Memorial are pleased to announce a Random Acts of Kindness initiative. The two memorial funds have donated over $2000.00, in the form of gift cards, from local businesses.

During the months of November and December, with emphasis around the Holidays, Officer and Deputies will distribute the cards to members of the public. Contact with citizens, resulting in a gift card being handed out, can result from an officer seeing someone who appears to be in need, recognizing good driving behavior, or perhaps being observed doing something kind for another person.

The Garret Carr and Rex Kern organizations want to help make the holiday season a little brighter by “paying it forward” and also to help improve police/public relations and thus this idea was born. Attached to this release is a copy of a letter that will accompany each gift card that is issued. The letter explains in greater detail the stories behind the Garrett Carr Memorial and Rex Kern Memorial, the individuals being remembered, and other ways these two groups have contributed to our community.

The Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are honored in being able to help these groups honor the lives of Garrett Carr and Michael “Rex” Kern and help keep their memories alive!



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Five Arrested in Drug Bust


Sergeant James Madden                     November 11, 2015

(Superior, WI) – On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 members of the Northwest Area Crime Unit and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at 1520 Ogden Avenue in the City of Superior. The search warrant was a result of a joint investigation into the trafficking of heroin through the residence.

Located in the residence was a total of 77.07 grams of heroin, $6,024.00 in U.S. currency, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana. 77.07 grams of heroin has an approximate street value of $15,000.00.

Arrested were:


Marshawn Johnson
Chicago, IL


Michael Jenkins
Chicago, IL


Matthew Thompson
Superior, WI


Lydia Higgins
Superior, WI


Braxton Lahti
Superior, WI



Marshawn Johnson was arrested outside of the residence after a short foot pursuit with Investigators. Johnson made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on 10/30/2015. Johnson was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Heroin (10-50g) and Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.

Michael Jenkins was arrested inside 1520 Ogden Ave. Jenkins is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Heroin (10-50g).

Matthew Thompson was arrested inside 1520 Ogden Ave. Thompson is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Heroin (10-50g) and Possession of Narcotic Drugs.

Lydia Higgins was arrested inside 1520 Ogden Ave. Higgins is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver – Heroin (10-50g) and Possession of Narcotic Drugs.

Braxton Lahti was arrested inside 1520 Ogden Ave. Lahti is charged with Possession of Narcotic Drugs.

Sergeant James Madden



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