A Letter to the Editor in the May 8, 2007, Tomahawk Leader
‘Noise’ disturbance only …
I am the tenant who lives in the apartment upstairs from Tracy Maurer. I am writing this to inform the community that the newspapers and television released inaccurate information about the night of April 5, 2007. I did not report yelling or screaming that night. The police were called for a “noise” disturbance only. The noise did not last long and when the police came the noise had stopped completely. I felt that the police did everything necessary at the time, no matter what the criticism has been. Knowing that people will believe what they read or hear, I think the facts should be more accurate before they are released.
(Editor’s Note: We know this person feels very strongly about the words used in recent news stories, but, in our defense, it must be noted the terms “yelling and screaming” were taken directly from the local police report, which was closely repeated as “yelling and crying” in the official criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court by District Attorney Ralph Uttke. We have since been told by the landlord who made the actual call to police that a tenant had contacted her and said there had been a crashing sound, sobbing and that the tenant thought her name had been said, but couldn’t be sure. We planned to make note of the changed terminology in any future recap of the story. It’s reassuring that a person who was directly at the scene that night feels the situation was handled properly and we appreciate that she has since contacted us.)