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A Thorp woman expressed her anger towards local recall efforts by tearing up a recall petition.

According to the Chippewa Falls Police, Mary Jean Dezurik, 68, parked her white minivan by a group of recall volunteers shortly before 10 a.m. at the intersection of N. Bridge and W. River streets in Chippewa Falls.

After stopping, witnesses said she grabbed one of the petitions, tore it up, threw it on the ground and drove away.

Witnesses got Dezurik’s license plate number and called the police department.

Chippewa Falls Officer Brian Zwiefelhofer apprehended Dezurik at W. Central and Bay streets, and arrested her for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Originally, the story stated that Dezurik had ripped up a recall sign, based on information from Chippewa Falls Police. An investigation revealed it was a recall petition, according to police Captain John Liddell, and he didn’t believe there were any signatures on it when it was ripped up.

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grumpy

Ok, does that mean I can get the Snowplow driver that drove on my lawn to take out our Stand with Walker sign, arrested also?? I am sure I can get the plow schedule.

Plato

For someone posting under the name grumpy, your hilarious! BTW, go ahead and be a true grump and try...that'd be another waste of time, but common sensibilities are lacking in Madison, so you might as well follow the other lemmings.

The Truth

Grumpy shows us the mentality of a Walker supporter. The lady who destroyed the sign did so with intent. A plow truck driver does not intent to destroy anything and who's intent is to clean the roads so that people can travel safetly.

Grumpy, please keep making comments like you have because you help make it easier for us to get rid of Walker, Moulton and Bernier.

8EMUP

Although I don't agree with her actions, she only did what the true majority would've liked to do.

Mary61

Sounds rather thug-ish, doesn't it? Oh, that's what the protesters and those collecting signatures are, aren't they? My bad...

grumpy

@the truth...the sign was 6 feet off the road. Very obvious it was intentional.

Mopar1

The Truth: The menatality of most Walker supporters is that your recal efforts are a waste of money and time that could be spent on local and state programs your efforts are trying to save. Stop and think about the wonderful things you could be doing to better your community rather than standing on the corner with a sign.

ITMATTERS

Does anyone know her address we are taking up a collection to help he pay her fines . Thats if see gets any , it should take about 6 months to a year for the Chippewa county courts to get this through anyway . She just did what alot of us wish we had the guts to do .

Chpflsr

Chippewa Herald- you might want to recheck your facts on this story

Brownie

Hello Chippewa Reporters...get the facts STRAIGHT. It was not a SIGN...it was a petition to recall Walker! That action is a felony. It is illegal to do. She was fined $300. Let me repeat...it was NOT a sign. She ripped a petition on a clipboard when she took it to pretend to be signing.

cfresident

And most of you agreeing with her live in small to mid-size communities where schools, libraries, and health services have been devastated by Walker's cuts. Walker has conned you into thinking that in exchange you'll get some sort of tax cut and will see more jobs in your community. Not so!

TellingTime

Isn't it wonderful, those who applaud this woman's actions. Freedom, America, Patriot, Stars & Strips, support our troops.. all words and concepts that the right wing imagines that they embody and yet when it comes to the exercise of our constitution and our government, they actually support the opposite! Repression, totalitarianism, thuggery, police state... One thing I must thank Scott Walker for is making the far right reveal what they actually believe and love, a police state! Violent rule!

youknowme

This lady should be prosecuted to the full extent. Thanks for painting with a broad brush TellingTime. This was a 65+ year old geriatric who obviously can't control her actions. Violent rule? You must be referring to the Occupy Movement and all the libs that have encouraged it? It's funny how you don't like to be painted with a broad brush when your side does something stupid though i.e. Occupy violence, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Biden, Wasserman-Schults, Maxine Waters. I could go on 4ever

youknowme

ITMATTERS, it's statements like yours that cause the angry people to get more angry. Quit encouraging it and let her suffer and pay for the criminal act. It doesn't matter if that's how you feel, you don't act on feelings. You don't cause criminal damage to someone's property. That's how you should feel about both sides.

worriedinwi

As far as I can see, Union members are the only ones trying to benefit from this recall. Most people are sick and tired of the free ride that state workers (aka unions) are getting at the expense of the average taxpaper. I for one support this person for what I wish I had the 'guts' to do. Our state is in the hole and something needs to be done about it. Our gov was elected on that premise, and I'm sorry the freeloaders don't like it, but hey wake up and smell the coffee!

Jerry44

It's my guess poor Mary has been frustrated for the past 68 years due to the fact that she has never been able to pronounce or write her last name correctly. Seeing words and names spelled correctly just drive her up a wall---

ThePickupartist

Why is it the Communis...er I mean Leftists in this country are so quick to use the Constitution for their cause, but condemn it or ignore it for others? They are using the Wisconsin Constitution for the recall. Fine. Article 13 allows for the recall of elected officials. But where in the Constitution of Wisconsin does it give anyone the RIGHT to employment, benefits or to form a union with tax-payer dollars? If you are state employed, ALL your money is ours, NOT yours, just like your job!

MsMatch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqhtUTyqVOY
Those of you who think Scott Walker is trying to crush the unions to save Wisconsin money, watch this and pay attention. Don't worry, it's C-Span.

youknowme

Kucinich is an idiot. There is no such thing as "rights of State workers" He shouldn't even be on any committee let alone questioning the WI Governor.

Rainbird

ThePickupartist: that would be the Wagner Act in 1935. Also known as the National Labor Relations Act.
Worried: I would be interested in exactly what kind of "free ride" you think the state workers are getting.

Rainbird

youknowme, I am curious, do you think any workers have rights in this country? Or, you are fine with Hutchenson Technology, Ford Motor Company, and other company workers having rights, just not state employees?

Very Concerned

[quote]youknowme said: "Kucinich is an idiot. "[/quote]

As opposed to a college dropout governor from Wisconsin, is that what you are trying to say?

morninmist

@you..
HA ha--you are just a vine of sour grapes because Kucinich got Walker to admit under OATH that the destruction of collective bargaining DID NOT SAVE WI MONEY IN THE BUDGET.


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youknowme said on: December 5, 2011, 9:39 am
Kucinich is an idiot. There is no such thing as "rights of State workers" He shouldn't even be on any committee let alone questioning the WI Governor.


MsMatch

The point is, Scott Walker is a liar. He wants everyone to subscribe to the same ignorance "worriedinwi" does. Busting unions has zilch to do with saving the average taxpayer money. Here's a paraphrase of the conversation for those who won't click the link:
Kucinich: "How much money does your provision to strip collective bargaining save the state of WI?" Walker: "Squirm."
Kucinich: Repeats question.
Walker: "It doesn't save any."

morninmist

TeaGEP folks they are above the law!

http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/daily_updates/article_6cf56764-1f48-11e1-9f2c-001871e3ce6c.html

Man accused of defacing recall petitions, arrested

Monday, December 5, 2011 7:52 am

WEST BEND (AP) - A West Bend man has been arrested and accused of defacing recall petitions for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Police say the 30-year-old man stood in line outside the house of a teacher in West Bend Sunday. And, when he was

Keepin it Real

MsMatch you didnt' sway me. Most politicians ly unfortunately. What did Walker Do? Your party gave him a $5 billion deficit and we need to have a balanced budget. Instead of cutting jobs and taxing me AGAIN he made the State employees contribute more towards health insurance and then to contribute to insurance. Under Doyle he put a tax on cell and reg phones to have the money go towards Police & Fire. He put the money into shared revenues and then cut that for local Governments.

Keepin it Real

Sorry for error, made them contribute more towards health insurance and then contribute towards their retirement program which I have to do as well. Fair if Finally Fair!

youknowme

I will stand by my statement on Kucinich. It is about Union busting. You bust the money hungry union leaders and you save money. It would be easier to understand if you didn't have such a simple mind like Kucinich. He was just thinking "oh I gotcha now, I'm a Congressman who leaches off tax dollars, I get free healthcare for life, I will leave Congress a millionaire. But I think about the common-folk cuz I have a D in front of my name."
Morninmist what do you mean above the law? He was arrested

youknowme

"Busting unions has zilch to do with saving the average taxpayer money."
Kucinich: "How much money does your provision to strip collective bargaining save the state of WI?" Walker: "Squirm."
Kucinich: Repeats question.
Walker: "It doesn't save any."
Unfortunately Mr. Walker can't think on his feet fast enough. It's easy Mr. Kucinich you moron. The number is not known. If you can't collective bargain for unsustainable increases you save money. Wow Kucinich is a deep thinker isn't he.


MsMatch

Keepin it Real: And the unions agreed to the financials of that deal, they agreed to pay more toward their benefits. Scott Walker et al were not satisfied with that and had to take out collective bargaining. There's an end to these means, but it isn't to save you or WI money. I am not satisfied with the "all politicians lie" excuse. I feel we ALL need to raise our standards and expectations. Which is why he needs to go.

youknowme

And then what MsMatch? He goes and the check writing Dems give us back the "rights." We collective bargain for our contributions back go to arbitration, get layed off or go in debt again. DMV fees go to $150 to register an auto...oh but we're happy. Rainbird what are the rights of Company workers you speak of? The same as any employed person. You have a right to apply, get hired, work, get paid, EOEA, OSHA, FMLA, get replaced, and so on. I'm missing what the company has over the Union.

youknowme

"As opposed to a college dropout governor from Wisconsin, is that what you are trying to say?"
Are you jealous because he balanced a budget from billions in the red? What has Kucinich done? Speak with aliens maybe. I would assume you hold the same disdain for other dropouts who didn't make anything of life. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ty Warner, Ted Turner, John Rockefeller and so many others who didn't work hard to get where they are. They just stepped on all us little folk.

MsMatch

People with the weakest arguments are always the first to hurl insults, right "youknowme?"
Kucinich is not an idiot and neither am I. We both know that taking from the workers and giving to the corporations is not a good thing. (Unless you're a fatcat CEO, or one of their puppets, I suppose.) Scott Walker would know all about that, just ask the Koch brothers and ALEC.

youknowme

I like the common "the unions agreed to the concessions" bull. After the fact maybe. The whole time prior to the budget bill all I heard was "we are going to have to pay 12% of health care and 5.8% of our pensions OMG" wah wah wah. Should the city pay 100% of your $18000 annual health insurance policy? How bout the deductible too...you wanna collectively bargain for that? The economy is in the tank and the public sector can't survive without the private sector. But we're angry grrr...recall now

Keepin it Real

MsMatch and please correct if I'm wrong but aren't they "Unions" allowed to negotiate salaries and some other things. I agree with you on the lies never a good thing from either party but it does happen all the time and WE (VOTERS) shouldn't accept from any of our elected officials. Also I have negotiated with Union's and Union Leaders and I do know that they have even lied in some cases to their members.

morninmist


And neither can you 'think'.

Whow what you call 'thinking' is a bunch of crap.


youknowme said on: December 5, 2011, 10:59 am

Walker: "It doesn't save any."
Unfortunately Mr. Walker can't think on his feet fast enough. It's easy Mr. Kucinich you moron. The number is not known. If you can't collective bargain for unsustainable incre

morninmist

And Walker and his family have been on the public dole since he dropped out of college (or was asked to leave).


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youknowme said on: December 5, 2011, 10:55 am
I will stand by my statement on Kucinich. It is about Union busting. You bust the money hungry union leaders and you save money. It would be easier to understand if you didn't have such a simple mind like Kucinich. He was just thinking "oh I gotcha now, I'm a Congressman who leaches off tax dollars,

MsMatch

I'm sorry you subscribed to the "we're broke" rhetoric, "youknowme." Don't feel bad, plenty of others did too. In fact, Scott Walker is STILL using that line to drum up donations... yet.. I thought he put us in back in the black!?
I also thought he was going to oppose and veto any tax increases! And add lots of jobs! And pay towards his pension right away!
I'm not saying it isn't time for improvement and big changes. But Scott Walker is the wrong answer.

ThePickupartist

Rainbird...I have read the Wagner Act, have you? It DOES NOT APPLY TO GOVERNMENT WORKERS...

Guitar Zero...Here's the point you obviously do not understand...at least one of them. Who OWNS your job? People say, "my job" all the time, but who really owns your job? If you are a public sector worker, the tax-payers own the job you have. There is NO Constitutional right to you having that job.

ALL DEMS, PLEASE READ THE CONSTITUTION (US and WISCONSIN) YOU'D BE AMAZED AT WHAT IT SAYS!

MsMatch

He was elected fraudently, as far as I'm concerned. He got washed in like a piece of garbage on the Tea Party backlash tide. Nobody paid attention to who and what he REALLY was and is. A puppet elected solely to further the agenda of the very rich, very powerful Republican Right. They are more than happy to watch the middle class fight amongst ourselves. Pitting union against non union.. they do not care about either, they certainly don't care about the poor or disenfranchised. WAKE UP.

youknowme

You can be in the black and still be broke. Maybe that explains a lot of the Dems thinking though. The State is up 11,000+ jobs in 2011. That's better than what I would expect in Obamanomics.

Merlin

Anyone else see the hypocrisy in all of this?

She should be prosecuted because what she did was against the law.

Every teacher that called in "sick" and then showed up at the State Capital to protest should have been summarily fired for lying, you know one of the primary things that an employer can expect, honesty?

The left is so mired in a few small items like this but totally ignore the bigger picture because it clearly shows how hypocritical they are.

Same laws for everyone...

youknowme

MsMatch are you talking about Obama? Minus the "Teaparty" bull. Hmm seems the only people I EVER see stoking the class warfare card are the left...and the VERY RICH left at that. How bout them millionaire union members like Jimmy Hoffa Jr. or the six figure pensions coming out of Chicago. You get rich on your own you get poor on your own...WAKE UP. What is he puppeted for? To allow someone to keep more of their money. He's not taking away from me to give to the poor disenfranchised.

MsMatch

"That's better than what I would expect in Obamanomics."
LOL Yes, because we were all just doing so well until BAM President Obama was elected. Spare me, please. By the way, it couldn't be that the jobs increase have anything to do with the things the President has done. Oh no I forgot. It's the popular Fox/Faux refrain to lay all the blame at Obama's feet while giving him none of the credit. Walker GOOD, Obama BAD....Tell me, what *exactly* has Walker done to create these jobs?

MsMatch

Merlin, you need to compare apples to apples when talking about hypocrisy. It is against WI law to destroy or deface recall petitions. WI State Statutes 12.13(3)(a)
I couldn't find anything in the statutes about playing hooky from work. Cause for discipline? Sure and that's what they're getting. It's not a crime, no matter how much you think it should be.

youknowme

Don't watch Fox News, get my news from a multitude of sources. Some public, some not for public dissemination. Walker has laid the foundations to encourage public sector job creation. Balanced a budget, paid back one-time use funds, and increased the State's credit rating among others. When you have a County coming in right behind him putting a moratorium on jobs, or an EPA that is outrageous in its regulation (farm dust), or a President that delays 20000 jobs(oil pipeline) or, con't

youknowme

an entire Democrat philosophy that feels that spending more and more tax dollars(Harry Reid, see epic failure) will somehow spur a private sector recovery it's hard to find anything to give Obama credit for. I do fault Walker in many areas. One being the outrageous promise to create 250000 jobs. He should have never put a number on such uncertainty. But hey we were never going to get above 8% unemployment(Biden) thanks to the stimulus(failure). I wonder if Walker can start counting "saved" jobs

Plato

Wow! Imagine the number of posts to this discussion if the Waller created drama hadn't happened...an article was written about the citation someone received for BREAKING A LAW! Apparently, many people don't believe LAWS apply to them, even when they get caught. Justice in WI doesn't need to be blind any longer...only the voting public should be like lemmings.

reader111

First, this article is about someone ripping up petitions. As much as I disagree with the recall proceedings, it is their right to do so. Ripping them up is against the law and is just plain dumb. Do it through the right channels, get him re-elected if you disagree. It is just as dumb to compare this to the occupy protesters. They are not all dems, they are just trying to make the gov't more accountable (Obama is Dem). Third, Walker isn't the only one doing this, why blame just him?

reader111

But all I hear is blame, blame, blame. People love to blame instead of change. Let's blame people for getting signatures. At least their doing something for the cause instead of sitting on a blog site making fun of people. Politicians don't necessarily lie, I think they truly feel they can make a difference and do things, until they get in office and realize it just isn't that easy. We got a couple on our city council who joined for one reason and realized fast they alone can't change it.

youknowme

Plato, refer to my first and second post. Laws apply to everybody.

TellingTime

Excellent points reader111! Democrats are trying to work within our laws and within the political system of our free nation to make necessary changes. Wisconsin is the victim of Walker's bait & switch. The democrats are not following tea-partier Sharron Angle's Second amendment remedy threat... just pursuing a very law-abiding orderly recall of a governor who campaigned one way only to rule completely contrary to Wisconsin's clean, open-government heritage. Lawlessness not welcome in Wisconsin!

MsMatch

Another thing some people are quick to forget is that union members are taxpayers too. The teachers and the state workers aren't the enemy. We should all be unified in fighting the real bad guys. Big Banks, Big Pharm, Big Oil, the other "BIGS" and the politicians they purchase to do their bidding. Those of you who rage against Big Labor, are you speaking and voting against the rest of them? How about Big NRA? Or did you run out and get your CC permit like a good little Right Winger?

youknowme

The BIG difference between those "BIGS" you speak of is that you can choose to spend your money with them. If you don't like the politics of those bigs you can spend your money elsewhere. Also those bigs employ millions of people. They manufacture a product that they can sell on the free market. I agree the government should not pick winners and losers (Solyndra). Rainmaker, "typical" 10 year old response.

empire 2

This woman tore up a piece of paper and is in trouble for it. Why aren't the union THUGS who vandalized the capital building held to the same standard? They should also be prosecuted.

Chpflsr

Dear Herald Reporter
With all due respect, when do you plan to correct the headline and contents of this article? The individual who posted that it wasn't a sign, it was a petition form was correct. Ripping one up or defacing one is a felony. Please make the retraction/correction so that people have the facts. Check the story on WEAU.

Dogood

FYI to the Chippewa Herald...the woman tore up petition forms...not a sign (At least the Leader Telegram and WEAU got it right). Lastly, the volunteers working the corner gave the Thorp woman the opportunity to apologize BEFORE charges were filed. She was arrested after she refused to apologize for her actions. Hopefully, the Tea Party will stop foaming at the mouth now.

empire 2

MsMatch, do you work for an unsuccessful company? Does your company make a profit?(Heaven forbid!)Why are you union thugs complaining about what Walker has supposedly done to the education system and in the same breath vilify success. REMEMBER, THE GOVERNMENT MAKES NO MONEY, IT TAKES FROM SUCCESSFUL CORPORATIONS AND DIVIDES IT UP AS IT SEES FIT.If you have a job you are probably working for successful company OR you are a public employee and are a burden to the rest of us truly employed people,

empire 2

so either way, you sound very idiotic.

empire 2

sRainmaker, don't you realize we have to compete in a world economy? That means our $75.00 per hour auto worker is competing against someone willing to do the same job for $40.00. Where would you do business. If corporations are dodging taxes, and a great example of one is GE(who's CEO is an Obama supporter) then it's the governments job to close the loopholes. I'm sure if YOU could get by with paying less taxes you would. I'm not condoning what is being done I'm just saying if a person is

empire 2

smart enough to run a successful business they are probably smart enough not to pay any more taxes than they absolutely have to, but that is the way the tax laws are.

morninmist

@empire
NO one deserves to be demeaned like you just did. You are speaking of public health aids who clean your grandparents and clip their ingrown toenails when they can not see well enough to do so for 8 to 10 dollars an hour. You are talking of the EMT's who save your friends and relatives when tragedy strikes. The list goes on and on.

You do your side no good by the hateful, disgusting thing said.

empire 2 said on: December 5, 2011, 7:48 pm
...OR you are a public employee and are a burden to the rest of us truly employed people,..so either way, you sound very idiotic.

morninmist

http://www.wqow.com/story/16194202/area-woman-arrested-for-allegedly-tearing-up-recall-petition?

Area woman arrested for allegedly tearing up recall petition

Dec 05, 2011 6:01 PM CST
Keith Edwards

..When handed a clipboard with petitions, the Thorp woman allegedly ripped them up, threw the pieces out of window, started yelling and drove off. Workers wrote down her license plate number and police pulled Dezurik over a short time later. The case will be referred to the DA for possible charge

youknowme

Nor do I Rainmaker. Whats a fair share though? You are never willing to discuss what you think someone's fair share is. I don't think the 47% of Americans who pay zero federal income tax or the 20% who receive a surplus is a fair share. Or considering that the top 10% pay 74% of the tax burden doesn't really seem like the fair share to me. If you make 20000 a year you can pay 1000 in federal taxes. It's already taken out before your taxes get returned.

Keepin it Real

[quote]Rainmaker said: "Paying taxes is what keeps this country going and I have no problem paying my fair share. "[/quote] Are you serious? I'm thinking by that comment you work part-time or make $8 an hour and everyone else pays for you. I prefer to earn my money take care of my family and donate to my charities and not rely on our Government. And for the person who is so focused on Koch give me a break. I can say "GEORGE SOROS"!!!!!!!!

reader111

youknowme, don't spew the 47% rule without saying who that 47% represents. That represents children, elderly, and those who don't work. Some people don't work by choice. Some don't work not by choice. Very few are living on the system because they can. There are more people out there who want to work, but can't find jobs. Obviously there will always be people living on and abusing the system. It happens, but don't make it sound like 47% are abusing the system. Children can't work.

OKOKOKOK

basically the tax system in this country for the 99% is "prove that you don't owe the government this money" after the government already has it, through payroll deductions. In other words proving yourself innocent, as a matter of fact, just like "our" courts. How can this injustice be?? This is easy to explain: When a country has 5% of the world's population, and 75% of the world's attorneys the answer is obvious.Attorneys are also "our" government representatives!!!

[quote]Rainmaker said: ".......The CEO owes us big tax."[/quote]

Are there any companies or CEO's that you approve of or do you hate all businesses?

Merlin

[quote]MsMatch said: "Merlin, you need to compare apples to apples when talking about hypocrisy."[/quote]

Apparently you have never been in an unemployment hearing. The employer has very few basic rights but two of the biggest are that you are expected to show up for work and show up on time and secondly, you expected to be honest.

Kind of apples to apples considering that it's OK to lie (which can be against the law BTW) but it's not okay to rip up a piece of paper...

Merlin

You are splitting hairs to cover up your Hypocrisy and it doesn't work.

Glad you support Dennis:

"Kucinich is not an idiot"

Anyone who publicly says: "I am running for President of the United States to enable the Goddess of Peace to encircle within her arms all the children of this country and all the children of the world."

He can't be taken seriously nor intelligent with that comment. Unless of course you allow for Religion in government which we both know you are against.

Which is it?

Merlin

[quote]morninmist said: "@empireNO one deserves to be demeaned like you just did. ...OR you are a public employee and are a burden to the rest of us"[/quote]

Demeaned? Contrary to what you would have us believe, there are many "public" employees who take advantage of the system they work within - the union system. It's more demeaning of you to dismiss what someone else may have observed for themselves - did you ever bother asking or did you do the usual and "assume"?

We know the answer...

GoPack

Good for her!!! I am not one to promote damage to property but I was very disappointed that they were out protesting the night of the Christmas Parade in Chippewa Falls. I was about ready to do the same.

Merlin

[quote]Rainmaker said: "They were not protesting, just gathering signatures. They were practicing democracy, something we Americans are proud of. "[/quote]

So holding up a sign that says you are against something is no longer a protest?

I just want to be clear of the rules that you are applying here. I guess what happened in Madison wasn't a protest either then - just an unorganized lynch mob (since we are randomly applying standards here).

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