Bissonnett 1937

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MUNSON FOUND \ GUILTY TODAY; ON TRIAL HERE Convicted of Leaving Acci- clrnt Scene without Giving Giving Assistance. Found guilty by a county court jury of "leaving the ?cene of an accident in which a person was injured injured without giving information or lending assistance" and pleading nolle contcndero to a chargeof driving driving while drunk. James A. Munson. 41-year-old Rhinelander bachelor, late today was fined a total of $85 and costs of $19.63 by Judge H. F. Stoole. A $50 fine and costs, with an alternative alternative sentence of 60 days in jail, was ordered on the drunk •driving charge, while a S35 fine pnd costs was assessed on the other count. The second sentence also included included an alternative jail term of tiO days. ". Judge Steele. in passing sentence, said "it appears that the defendant is not the type of a man who would deliberately hit a person with his car and then leave the scene:' Mun- eon, the court said, probably was "so befuddled by liquor he just 'didn't take much interest in what (was going on." - "This is not an extreme case under under the hit-and-run law." the court continued. "The defendant did not attempt to run away, he stopped momentarily and left only when The injured person was being taken pway—but he did fail to offer to lend assistance or to give information information about himself as required by Jaw." ; Victim 17 Years Old. i Munson. an employe of the Thun- tier Lake Lumber company, was Ihe driver of a car which struck Jtfrs. Ray Bissonnette, 17, about 2:15 p. m. Sept. 13 as she was walking towards Rhinelander on STH 17. Just north of the city limits. , Among those who testified for the state in the case were John N Brown, state traffic inspector, who feigned the complaint; Mrs. Bisson- jiette; Mrs. Otto Booth, who was her companion that day; Dr. Lloyc F. Kaiser, who treated the injured woman for bruises and cuts; Joe )5eraphine, who took Mrs. Bisson hette to the physician; and Under- sheriff Harvey Rodd, who arrested Munson about two hours after the mishap. Atty. Earl Kennedy appeared fo the defendant in the case, while Dist. Atty. O. A. DuBois represent ed the state. Members of the jur> were: Mike Poski, Viola Cihla Hans Peterson and Edw. E. Miller Defense witnesses included Mun sons, and Mrs. Mildred Ritcher an< Mrs. Earl Knight. The two wome: told of hearing a scream or squealing squealing brakes when the accident oc- tfurred, and said they heard someone someone in Munson's car ask "Are you hurt bad." They said they did not Bear Kills Cow At Eagle River This time it's a cow—or rather rather the carcass of a cow that testifies testifies to the number of bears in the north woods. A 400-pound heifer belonging to Robert Anderson was attacked attacked and killed by a big black bear yesterday. The bear charged the cow. breaking its back and tearing the flesh away with its sharp claws. Anderson, whose farm is about five miles west of Eagle River on STH 70. called Warden Louis Oshesky. Oshesky drove out to the Anderson farm immediately and shot at the big killer. The shot knocked the bear over, apparently apparently hurting him badly. The bear, however, rolled over, got to its feet and lumbered away into a swamp near the Anderson farm. Wardens went into the woods to finish the bear. presented of be di. ng groups and organizations. Members of the steering commit- ee were selected and approved by the executive committee of the Wisconsin State Fire Chief's association association and announced at the annual annual convention at Wisconsin Dells early this month. Chief Hansen on Fire School Staff Fire Chief Henry C. Hansen of Rhinelander has been named chairman chairman of the paid fire department group on the state-wide steering committee for the 1938 fire school, according to word received here oday from H. A. Klemm. director f the safety education division of he state industrial commission. The steering committee, which ill organize an appropriate educa- ational program for the personnel ttending the state fire school, is cheduled to meet soon in Madison, he committee is divided into three groups—paid fire department, volunteer volunteer fire department, and assist- J. C. C. Will Hold Party Tonight The first meeting of the Junior hamber of Commerce since the annual state convention, which was held in Rhinelander last May, will be an informal get-together and dinner at Wildwood lodge this evening. evening. Service of the dinner is scheduled to start at 5:30, but to accommodate late-comers it v.-ill be continuous. Members of the organization are urged to attend this evening's meeting, meeting, which, except for a short business business session, will be entirely informal. informal. A program of entertainment is promised by members in charge f the affair. to hear either Mrs. Bissonnette Mrs. Booth make a reply. Walking in Sand. or Both women said they had felt ijt their duty to testify for the defendant, defendant, although they did not know him, because of "false statements" statements" in The News. (The News had quoted officers 'as saying Munson Munson halted momentarily after the accident but did not offer to lend assistance to the injured woman.) "Both Mrs. Bissonnette and Mrs. Booth declared they were walking in loose sand at the far right side of the highway as they approached Rhinelander. They said they did not hear Munson's car. Mrs. Booth said the car carried her companion about 60 feet along the highway before stopping. While assisting Mrs. Bissonnette to her feet, she added, she asked the occupants occupants of Munson's car to "help take this woman to a doctor." They said nothing, she continued, anc did not offer to give assistance. Reported License Number. Seraphine, in the meantime, hac stopped his car on the other sidi of the highway, nearly opposite Munson's car, Mrs. Booth said. He took them to Dr. Kaiser's offic and reported the license number o Munson's car to the sheriff's office. Seraphine also testified that no one in Munson's car offered to aid the injured woman or to give information information about the driver. In his argument to the jury, Atty. Kennedy said the law requires requires only "reasonable assistance" from the driver of a car which trikes a person or another car. He >aid Munson gave this "reasonable assistance" by stopping his car and ascertaining whether Mrs. Bissonnette Bissonnette was injured. The defense attorney flayed Officer Officer Brown for signing the complaint complaint "on a technicality and two days after the accident." (The complaint complaint was signed the day after the mishap, and Munson pleaded not guilty to both charges when arraigned arraigned in court.) "Who signed the complaint," Atty. Kennedy asked. "Was it the undersheriff, who investigated immediately? immediately? Was it Mrs. Bissonnette? No, it was Officer Brown, the upholder upholder of the power of the state on public highways—in full regalia." STATE ^^ THEATER ^^ TONIGHT Shows 7-9:30 Adm. 10-40c THE PICTURE THAT HAS STARTLED TWO CONTINENTS! THE LOVE STORY WHICH CHANGED THE DESTINY OF AN EMPIRE!

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  1. The Rhinelander Daily News,
  2. 23 Sep 1937, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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