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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Abigail Bostwick/Lakeland Times
Evan Oungst pled guilty Monday morning in Price County Court before substitute Judge Kevin Kline, for his involvement in the murder of Wayne Valliere, Jr., in Iron County over a year ago, in December 2017.
Abigail Bostwick/Lakeland Times
Evan Oungst pled guilty Monday morning in Price County Court before substitute Judge Kevin Kline, for his involvement in the murder of Wayne Valliere, Jr., in Iron County over a year ago, in December 2017.
Friday, May 10, 2019 7:30 AM
“He’s ready to plead guilty today,” said Milwaukee attorney Micheal Steinle, sitting next to client Evan Oungst on Monday afternoon in a Price County courtroom. When personally asked his plea to second degree reckless homicide by omission, the 29-year-old Arbor Vitae man confirmed: “Guilty.” (subscriber access)
  • A demand for a speedy trial Monday in Iron County Circuit Court has pushed up the expected final jury to be called to determine the fate of a man allegedly involved in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in 2017.  (Subscriber Access)
  • Appeals attorney finds ‘no merit’ in Allen murder defense
    Following the request of Richard Allen — convicted last year in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man — an appeals attorney has withdrawn from the case, a judge approved Monday morning in Iron County. (Subscriber Access)
  • A presiding judge has dismissed one felony charge against the Iron County Board chair in an ongoing case involving false swearing and a city credit card.

    Joseph Pinardi, 69, Hurley, county board chair and past Hurley mayor, was charged earlier this year with felony identify theft as party to a crime as well as misdemeanor false swearing and resisting/obstructing an officer.  (Subscriber Access)
  • The Iron County Board took action last Tuesday to cover child and adult placement costs throughout the county to the tune of nearly $1 million. 

    The amount — which the basis has mainly raised from foster and facility care for children court-ordered to be removed from parental care and their parents, often due to addiction issues — is less than what was needed the prior year, it was noted. (Subscriber Access)
  • Longtime Iron County Judge Patrick J. Madden, 69, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep earlier in July. 

    A Montreal resident, Madden presided over the bench for some three decades. (Subscriber Access)
  • One man proven to have murdered a Lac du Flambeau man continues to attempt to appeal the judge’s decision which sent him to life in prison.

    However, last week, Richard Allen, 29, also formerly of Lac du Flambeau, was facing losing his court-appointed defense attorney. (Subscriber Access)
  • Last year after a Kimball man threatened to “blow up” a Mercer Marshfield Clinic, sheriff’s deputies arrested him and he was jailed. (Subscriber Access)
  • The Iron County Historical Society and Sturgul and Long Law Office present “A Historical Geography of Hurley, the Gogebic Range, and Wisconsin’s North Coast” by Eric Olmanson, Ph.D. The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 23 at the Iron County Museum in Hurley. 
  • Festival Ironwood will be held July 17 through July 20 at Depot Park in downtown Ironwood, Mich.  
  • Come to the Historic Ironwood Theatre at 7 p.m. on July 12 to see “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard” film documentary.
  • A substitute judge has been requested in Iron County Circuit Court for at least one of the men charged with causing explosions at an area asphalt plant several years ago. (Subscriber Access)
  • Father, son charged in Iron County asphalt blast
    Several years post-explosion at a northern Iron County asphalt plant, two men have been jailed on two felony counts each of damage by means of explosives as party to a crime. (Subscriber Access)
  • Tri-County Council-Lily’s House is sponsoring a first-of-its-kind in Rhinelander community 50/50 cash raffle. It’s called the Great Community Independence Raffle.
  • Competency hearing for man who allegedly threatened area blast
    An elderly man indicated he did not understand proceedings in Iron County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, his public defender requesting a competency hearing before his client could agree to any further action. (subscriber access)
  • Oungst: ‘Guilty’
    “He’s ready to plead guilty today,” said Milwaukee attorney Micheal Steinle, sitting next to client Evan Oungst on Monday afternoon in a Price County courtroom. When personally asked his plea to second degree reckless homicide by omission, the 29-year-old Arbor Vitae man confirmed: “Guilty.” (subscriber access)
  • Reconstruction will soon begin on Iron County’s Saxon Harbor — one of Wisconsin’s most remote harbors which was destroyed by flood waters and severe storms in 2016. (subscriber access)
  • An Arbor Vitae man was expected to plead guilty to amended charges of homicide and delivery of prescription drugs as well as harboring a felon yesterday (Monday) in Price County Circuit Court. (subscriber access)
  • Wolfe jury trial for involvement in homicide pushed to December
    It will be nearly the year’s end — almost two years’ since the brutal homicide of a Lac du Flambeau man — before the fourth of five men accused in the crime will be before a jury trial. (subscriber access)
  • Despite the dusting of snow to kick off May, the Northwoods is slowly moving forward toward spring as several towns begin removing the weight limits on roads. (subscriber access)
  • Movement with Mercer school district’s Fund 80 issue
    The Mercer School Board met in closed session Monday night, one of the items discussed regarding the district’s appeal to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (subscriber access)
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