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In the News with Ken Conners

IhanderToday (Friday) is day five in a Menominee County murder trial. 49-year-old Gregory S. Ihander of Menominee Township faces a count of Open Murder for the September 2015 stabbing death of Jolene Eichhorn. In Thursday’s court proceedings the jurors got to hear the testimony of Officer Darren Kudwa of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department and the role he played in searching Ihander’s home on the ninth of September. Defense Attorney Karen Groenhout asks Officer Kudwa why he thought he could search Ihander’s home. Groenhout went on to ask Kudwa as to why he didn’t document his participation in searching Ihander’s home in his police report. Thursday jurors also heard testimony from various experts and forensic scientists from the Michigan State Crime Lab. Ihander’s trial is scheduled to run through next week Friday (Feb 24).

A jury trial is now scheduled for a Marinette County man charged with dealing heroin. 32-year old Jeffrey R. Parnitzke of Wausaukee is pleading not guilty to three counts of Manufacturing and Delivery of Heroin and one count of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place. Parnitzke was allegedly caught selling the heroin from his Wausaukee home last winter. His jury trial is set to begin April 18th in Marinette County Court, and he has a pre-trial conference scheduled for March 9th.

VoteMarinette residents are asked to be aware of the new polling location for the upcoming election. The Wisconsin Spring Primary Election will be held next week Tuesday at the NWTC Job Center in Marinette with all eight wards using this location. Marinette City Clerk, Lana Bero says there are some changes for this election. Bero says this is open to all voters and if you’re not registered to vote there are various ways you can. Currently there is only one race on the ballot for the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election and that is for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The NWTC polling location will be open beginning at 7am until 8pm Tuesday, February 21st. You are reminded to follow the signs for parking due to the construction at the Campus.

There’s new leadership for the proposed Menominee County mine. Thursday, Aquila Resources announced Bill Matheson has been named as Director of Construction. Matheson is a mining executive with more than 30 years of operations and project management experience, according to Aquila Resources. Matheson will oversee the development and construction of the Back Forty Project, the gold and zinc mine proposed along the Menominee River west of Stephenson.

A candlelight ski and hike is being held in Marinette County this weekend. The fun-filled evening of candlelit skiing and hiking will be held at Governor Thompson State Park northwest of Crivitz this Saturday from 6-9 PM. Warming fires and hot chocolate will be provided to everyone at the Woods Lake Shelter. Vehicle admission is required and can be purchased at the park office.