Conditional Release Denied For Heidi Mann
Heidi Mann, the Rib Lake woman who is serving time in the Winnebago Mental Health Institute for attempting to take her own life and the lives of 4 of her children was in Taylor County Court requesting a conditional release. The first person to testify on the second day of testimony was Kylie Fitzgerald of Taylor County Human Services. Ms. Fitzgerald testified in closed session for nearly an hour. When open court convened, Heidi Mann took the witness stand. She expressed her frustration with human services for allowing her husband to supervise the visits at Winnebago with her 3 youngest children. She told the court that the kids want more ‘mommy’ time. She expressed her frustration that she needed her husband’s permission to speak with the kids on the phone. D.A. Kristi Tlusty told Mann that this was a high profile case and that everyone in their small town knew what she tried to do to her children. If she was to be released, would she be able to handle the everyday stressors? The D.A. told Mann that in Winnebago there are specialists who help you handle the day to day stress. Fighting back tears, Heidi Mann told the court “I love my kids, I tried to get help, I want my kids to heal”.
Mark Mann was called to the stand. He told the court he has taken their 3 youngest children to Winnebago for visits with their mom every-other weekend. He indicated the 3 older children don’t want to see her. Mr. Mann was asked about the couple’s impending divorce. He testified that he believed in working through problems. But when he discovered that his wife was in an intimate relationship with another man, he didn’t think that was in the best interest of the children.
In closing D.A. Tlusty told the court that Heidi Mann’s present mental status is “stable”. But she said it should be as she is on medications and under structured programs in an institution. D.A. Tlusty told the court the nature and circumstances of the crime was the most important factor. She said: “It’s not often that a parent attempts to kill their children”. She scolded Mann and said it was difficult to understand how she was able to have religious beliefs that if she killed her kids, she would go to heaven. Ms. Tlusty finished by asking the court to deny the release because she wasn’t willing to gamble on the lives of innocent children.
Heidi Mann’s attorney Karl Kelz talked about the conflicting opinions of the 3 specialists. He said, this is not an exact science but one of the psychiatrists issued a glowing report. He cited one doctor’s opinion that Mann could suffer a relapse in 6 to 10 years as “Pretty Speculative”. Kelz told the court that while it’s a hot button issue, he was requesting a conditional release with supervision.
Judge Ann Knox-Bauer indicated that Heidi Mann had the right to request the conditional release, which she did in July. The judge indicated her decision was guided by the doctor’s reports and other issues including: the nature of the crime and where would she live? The doctor’s testimony made mention of psychotic features, the idea that the kids would be better off dead than going through divorce. The judge continued saying that Heidi Mann thought for days what to do with her children, concluding that heaven was better than Mark and his family. The judge stated that past behavior is a fair predictor of future behavior and that Winnebago is a more controlled setting to address Ms. Mann’s health needs. The judge concluded by saying: “Release at this time would be a recipe for disaster for the community, family, friends and most importantly, Ms. Mann.” Heidi Mann can apply to the court for conditional release again in six months.
An evening of “Child’s Play” turned deadly Tuesday night (Sept 9). According to Sheriff Bruce Daniels, at 5:50 PM Tuesday the Taylor County Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call requesting an ambulance at N2778 Highway 97 in the Town of Goodrich. The caller indicated that a 9 year old boy had apparently fallen while playing in the hay mow of the family barn and was in distress. Emergency responders from the Taylor County Sheriff’s office, Medford Ambulance and Medford Area Fire Department along with Medivac Air responded to the location. Highway 97 was closed to traffic to allow the Medivac helicopter to land on the roadway. Sadly, despite aggressive lifesaving efforts on the part of family and emergency responders, the 9 year old boy succumbed to injuries which he suffered while playing and ultimately falling from a rope swing located in his family’s hay mow. No foul play is suspected in this tragic incident.
The 19 year old Medford man, who is the alleged gunman in Saturday's Medford city shooting, was in Taylor County Court Tuesday morning, September 2nd. Taylor County District Attorney Kristi Tlusty indicated that Harrison Davis is facing serious felony charges and felt that a significant bail was justified. She requested bond to be set at $50,000 cash. Further, she requested that Davis have no contact with Jason Crabb or Michelle Dyer.
Judge Anne Knox-Bauer agreed with the D.A. and ordered Davis be held in the Taylor County Jail with bond set at $50,000 cash. Davis is to have no contact with either Jason Crabb or Michelle Dyer. He is prohibited from posessing firearms.
Harrison Davis' initial court appearance is set for Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:00 P.M.
Davis is accused of shooting into a Park Avenue home in the city of Medford on Saturday afternoon, then fleeing the scene, eventually crashing his car near the Chippewa and Taylor County line. Reports indicated that three sheriff's dogs tracked down Davis, who was apprehended in a swamp without further incident.
On Saturday, August 30th at 2:56 P.M., the Taylor County Dispatch Center received a 911 call of shots being fired into a house in the 500 block of South Park Avenue in the City of Medford. Officers responded to the scene and during their investigation they received information regarding a suspect and vehicle information. From witness statements and electronic tracking, law enforcement officers were able to determine the direction of travel of the suspect and eventually located the suspect's vehicle in the ditch of the 35000 block of County Highway M in Chippewa County.
Saturday night at approximately 6:15 P.M., law enforcement officers from the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Medford Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources arrested 19 year old, Harrison C. Davis of 767 Gibson Street, Medford.
Harrison Davis is being referred to the Taylor County District Attorney for 1st degree reckless endangering safety, discharging a firearm in a school zone and discharge of a firearm into a building.
The shooting incident, which occured in the 500 block of South Park Avenue in the City of Medford, was within 1000 feet of Holy Rosary Catholic School which is a violation of discharging a firearm in a school zone. During the shooting students were not in the school but it was later reported there were people setting up for mass within Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
A Medford High School varsity football game was in progress at the time of the shooting. As a precaution, the game was suspended, tied 14-14, in the first overtime period and the players, coaching staffs and fans were taking into the Medford Area Senior High School and put on lockdown. Support staff and the radio announcers were put under lock down in the press box. The lockdown lasted about two hours. When the all clear signal was given, the game was allowed to resume with Chippewa Falls defeating Medford 22-14 in overtime.
Harrison Davis remains in custody at the Taylor County Sheriff's Department Jail.
The 87th Republican Assembly vote recount is finally over. The recount vote process concluded on Monday, August 25th with James Edming adding one vote to his total.
While four counties completed their recount on Friday, August 22nd, Sawyer County called a recess and their recount was completed at 3 o'clock on Monday, August 25th.
After the official recount, here are the 87th Assembly District county results:
In Clark County, there was no change from the 20 total votes cast .
In Marathon County, Scott Noble gained one vote.
In Rusk County, James Edming lost one vote.
In Taylor County, James Edming gained one vote.
And in Sawyer County, James Edming gained one vote.
The net results of the recount shows that James Edming gained one more vote to build his lead to 18 votes over Michael Bub. The state Government Accountability Board will now verify the results to make the primary election official.
Did you know that Taylor County has been called "the Garden Spot of Northern Wisconsin"? Do you know when Taylor County was founded? Do you know who Taylor County was named for? Author Robert P. Rusch has complied a book featuring photographs, maps and more from Taylor County's past in his new book, "Images of America...Taylor County". This fascinating book is available for sale at the Taylor County Historical Society in the Taylor County Fairgrounds in Medford and in the Taylor County Court House in Medford. Recently Robert Rusch and K99's Russ Gowey took a trip through Taylor County History. Oh, the answers to our Taylor County trivia questions? Taylor County was founded on March 4, 1875 and was named for then governor William R. Taylor. If you got those answers right...nice job! You'll find more such fun facts within the pages of Robert's book!
The Wisconsn Primary Election on Tuesday, August 12th, shows that your vote DOES count. In the 87th Assembly District Republican Primary, that race is not yet complete because it is so close on the vote count. On Tuesday night, it appeared as though Michael Bub would win the election by 3 votes. However, first thing Wednesday morning, August 13th, it was learned that was not the case as 20 votes from Rusk County were switched to the James Edming side due to a preliminary clerical error. This gave Edming a 17 vote advantage. K99's Brad Dahlvig reviews the election results and K99's Russ Gowey talks with Rusk County Clerk, Denise Wetzel, to learn what happened in the Rusk County vote count.....
K99's Brad Dahlvig w/the election review
K99's Russ Gowey w/Rusk County Clerk Denise Wetzel
Sierra Pacific Industries, a family owned and managed wood products firm headquartered in Anderson, California, announced it has enter into an agreement to purchase Hurd and Superseal Windows and Doors from Longroad Asset Management, LLC. With the acquisition of these leading national brands, this purchase will add manufacturing capacity, a skilled work force, additional product lines and immediate exposure to Central and Eastern U.S. and international markets. K99's Russ Gowey contacted Sierra Pacific Industries spokesman Mark Pawlicki to learn more about this acquisition.....
WKEB/WIGM News recently featured an in depth segment on one of the specialties at Aspirus Medford Clinic...that specialty is infertility. Dr. Suja Roberts, OB/GYN, is the infertility expert at Aspirus Medford Clinic. She recently stopped by the K99 Radio Studio in Medford and discussed with K99's Russ Gowey the evaluation process for infertile couples, the risks and benefits and the different fertility treatment options available. For more information related to a possbile fertility issue, Dr. Roberts can be contact at Aspirus Medford Clinic...........
GPS systems are handy for navigation. However, a GPS system on a $70,000 stolen skid steer led authorities to a barn on Castle Drive in Taylor County.
A construction firm in Boscobel reported that a 2014 Caterpillar skid steer had been stolen from a work site. The dealer of the skid steer was able to track the unit’s GPS and it came back to the Taylor County barn where a host of heavy equipment was located.
The owner of the barn told officers that if the equipment was stolen, it had to be taken by Christopher Steig. The barn owner indicated he thought Steig had purchased the equipment on Craigslist or got them from people he knew; the complaint said.
Equipment listed included a Case 430 skid steer, a 16 foot hydraulic dump trailer, a jack hammer, an electric generator, a 10 foot snow plow attachment, and the nearly new 2014 Caterpillar skid steer.
Various pieces of equipment were reported stolen from sites in Wisconsin over a period of time.
Authorities from Grant and Richland Counties worked with Taylor County officers in the investigation.
Steig was arrested in Richland County. Christopher Steig age 25 of Delavan, WI was charged Monday in Taylor County Court with 5 felony and 2 misdemeanor counts related to the alleged thefts. His bond was set at $5,000.
The same GPS technology which keeps us from getting lost may now reunite many owners with their stolen equipment.
28 year old Alexander Schneider pleaded no contest to 6 charges in Taylor County court on Monday. Schneider is the Westboro man who shot at Taylor County deputy Chad Kowalczyk on September 8, 2013. Alexander Schneider pleaded no contest to: 1st degree Attempted Intentional Homicide, Possession of a short-barreled shotgun/rifle, and 3 counts of bail jumping. Those 5 charges are all felonies; he also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of Battery.
Judge Ann-Knox Bauer found Schneider guilty of the 6 charges due to the no contest pleas and read-in 5 other charges which were dismissed. Schneider’s plea deal avoids his trial which had been scheduled to start July 21st.
According to the court records: the shooting occurred after Deputy Kowalczyk went to Schneider’s home to investigate a female’s complaint that Schneider had sent her at least 16 text messages that day in spite of a restraining order.
Schneider shot numerous times with a :22 caliber rifle at the deputy, striking him once in the abdomen. Kowalczyk has since returned to work.
Following the shooting Schneider told investigators he shot the deputy out of “anger”. Schneider went on to say “That guy’s just trying to do his job”.
Judge Ann Knox Bauer has set a sentencing hearing for September 15th at 1 PM in Taylor County Court. Schneider continues to be jailed on $1 million cash bond.
The Medford woman who was accused of failing to provide food for her pet has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of failing to provide food for animal. Callie Neuman pleaded no contest in Taylor County Court on Monday to the charge. Two other charges were dismissed but read in. Judge Ann Knox Bauer found Neuman guilty and sentenced her to reimburse the Medford Police Department for veterinary services in the amount of $105.30 and pay a surrender fee of $200.00 to the Humane Society of Taylor County, along with court costs. The judge prohibited Neuman from owning any pets and may not be responsible for care of any animals.
Bryce Kelley, a local Thrivent Financial associate traveled to El Salvador in late April and early May as part of a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home building effort. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent members involved with Thrivent Builds help provide people in need with affordable housing and greater economic independence. Bryce Kelley recently stopped by the K99 Radio Studios in Medford and shared his experience in El Salvador with K99's Russ Gowey.......
On April 24th, the Medford Area School Board held their annual organizational meeting with the 3 candidates who won in the spring election taking their oath of office. Just over a month later, at Wednesday night’s special board meeting, the board voted to approve the resignation of Brenda Sommer, who was one of the 3 candidates recently winning a seat in the spring election. Wednesday night, the board was holding a closed session meeting, and following the closed session, they convened into open session at which time they voted to accept the a letter of resignation from Brenda Sommer. The Medford School Board will now need to determine whether to fill the seat, and if so, what process to use.
The Medford Curling Club is celebrating 100 years as a club this year. The Mertens family has been involved with the Medford Curling Club since the late 60's. Mitch Mertens has been a member since 1978. Along with being an active curler, Mitch has also spent time taking care of the ice and ice making equipment. Part of those duties include shutting down the cooling system each spring. In 2009, Mitch suffered a life threatening accident while working on the cooling system. Mitch recently shared his experience with K99's Russ Gowey....
Construction has been completed on the second phase of the Aspirus Hospital and Clinic Expansion Project. Starting Monday, May 19th the new entrance will be open. Patients and visitors will notice the new entry and welcome center along with a new pharmacy and the Crosswalk Cafe and Gifts. More new areas include the Cancer and Infusion Center, the improved Birthing Center and a new Community Room. Gregg Olson, CEO at Aspirus Hospital and Clinics recently took K99's Russ Gowey on a radio tour of the newly completed second phase of the Aspirus Hospital and Clinic Expansion Project....
The aspiration of any young athlete is to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport and compete against the very best. For football players, that means making a team in the National Football League. One former Medford Raider football player is one step closer to making his professional football dream come true. Former Raider and Wisconsin Badgers defensive lineman, Ethan Hemer, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shortly after the 2014 NFL draft, K99's Patrick Porten got an update on Ethan's progress from Ethan's father, Jeff Hemer of Medford...
The 67th Annual Alice in Dairyland finals will be held Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in Clark County. The festivities will include a banquet at the American Legion Hall in Loyal on Friday night beginning at 6:00 P.M. and the finale at El Norteno in Curtiss on Saturday with a social beginning at 4:30 P.M. and the finale to name a new Alice in Dairyland set to begin at 6:45 P.M. One of the members of the Alice in Dairyland Steering Committee, Chuck Rueth, recently took some time out from the busy Alice in Dairyland schedule to share more about Wisconsin's Officlal Dairy Ambassador with K99's Russ Gowey.....
The Medford Curling Club is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary in 2014. The Medford Curling Club was honored at this year's Medford Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Banquet on Saturday, May 10th for their 100 years as a club. Current Medford Curling Club members, Mitch Mertens and Elmer Balko recently sat down with K99's Russ Gowey and shared some of the Medford Curling Club's history and discussed the changes that have occurred over the last 100 years....
The Medford Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 10th in the Simek Recreation Center in Medford.
Two Medford businesses will be honored for reaching longevity milestones and providing outstanding service to our community.
Liske Marine will be honored for 50 years in business and Klingbeil Lumber Company will be honored for 75 years in business.
Recently, Marv Liske of Liske Marine and Bill Klingbeil of Klingbeil Lumber Company joined K99's Russ Gowey for a little reminiscing and shared some insight into how these businesses originated, grew and continue to thrive.
K99's Russ Gowey w/Marv Liske of Liske Marine
K99's Russ Gowey w/Bill Klingbeil of Klingbeil Lumber Company