Man accused in Valliere homicide seeking to sever case from other suspectsSubmitted: 03/12/2018
Man accused in Valliere homicide seeking to sever case from other suspects
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
News Director

HURLEY - One of the five suspects in the Wayne Valliere Junior homicide case apparently wants to split his charges off from the rest.

Evan Oungst, 28, faces first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse felonies in the case, which dates back to around Christmas 2017.

According to online court records, prosecutors and Oungst's attorney both discussed the possibility of a motion to sever his case from Richard Allen, James Lussier, Joseph Lussier, and Curtis Wolfe during a hearing in Iron County Court on Monday afternoon.  The five suspects are currently being prosecuted together under the same charges with matching criminal complaints.

Judge Patrick Madden ruled the motion was not appropriate at this stage in the case, but Madden noted he would hear the motion at a later date, when "ripe."

Oungst is accused of helping the other four suspects murder Valliere and hide his body in the woods near Mercer sometime in the early morning hours of Dec. 22. Valliere was reported missing several days later, but a statewide search for him turned up nothing for about a week.

On New Year's Day, Oungst led Lac du Flambeau's police chief to where Valliere's body was hidden. He faces life in prison if convicted.

A future court date for Oungst has not yet been set. He's being held in the Vilas County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

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WISCONSIN DELLS, WIS. (AP) - Three Illinois men are dead after their sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup near Wisconsin Dells.

Columbia County sheriff's authorities say the men were in a Toyota 4Runner that collided with a Chevrolet Silverado at an intersection on State Highway 127 on Saturday.

Authorities say the Toyota SUV apparently failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. The three men died at the scene. Authorities say they apparently were not wearing seat belts.

The 33-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was flown to UW Hospital. Her passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to another hospital.

Names and hometowns of the victims were not released.

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MADISON, WIS. (AP) - Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.

Koval says the arrests were made at separate workplaces and are not considered to be part of a raid. He says the community is in "hyper-warp distress mode."

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says ICE told city officials the people arrested are believed to have committed serious crimes, but he does not know the specifics of the investigation.

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WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.

This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.

Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,

"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."

Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.

"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.

Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.

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THREE LAKES - After 30 years, Dr. George Karling decided it's time to retire as the Three Lakes District Administrator.

He plans to leave after the school year ends, but the school board is already preparing to find his replacement.

Early next month, the Three Lakes School District will host two input sessions for the public.

Three Lakes residents can go to give their opinions on what they want in a replacement. 

Karling's decision to retire comes about a month after he faced criticism for allowing the district to be featured in a campaign ad for Gov. Scott Walker. 

People who can't make it can still send their thoughts to the Three Lakes Board of Education. People can submit comments by writing to:

Board of Education, Three Lakes School District
6930 West School St. 
Three Lakes, WI 54562 

or email: tr@threelakessd.k12.us.

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