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Beaver Dam Woman Charged With Burglarizing Neighbor
11/30/10 - A Beaver Dam woman is accused of burglarizing her neighbor’s house. 28-year-old Michelle Behrle is charged with felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft. The victim told police that she accidentally left her door unlocked and when she returned home, she discovered her iPod missing and her laptop power cord gone. She also had $30 worth of winning lottery tickets taken from her coffee table. The victim noted that they were new Wisconsin State Lottery Green Bay Packer tickets, so knew they were numbers #9 and #10. Authorities used that information to find out where the tickets were cashed and then reviewed video surveillance footage. According to the criminal complaint, Behrle says she found the lottery tickets in her backyard and blamed area kids. The 28-year-old also reportedly told investigators that when she learned her neighbor had her laptop power cord stolen, she gave the neighbor a spare. Detectives were able to determine based on the serial number that the spare power cord actually belonged to the victim. Behrle faces over 13 year in prison, if convicted. A signature bond was set at $1000 yesterday and a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month.
So I’m pulling this post from the vault because on this visit home — instead of visiting with every asshole I ever went to high school with — I took a trip out to see my old debate coach on Thanksgiving Eve, who’s now a principal at a middle school in Old Henderson. Yes, I am one of those dorks who goes to see his old teachers — public school teachers, Andrew — every couple of years to remind them that their influence still means something today. This is incredibly pompous, I know, but it’d be worse if it didn’t mean anything to them, and believe me, it does. I only have two of these teachers. One of them was Daphne “Grab” Grabavoi, my senior AP Lit teacher who told me two things I will never forget:
1. There’s nothing new under the sun.
2. You will fail out of college.
Hearing both of these seemingly turd-like pieces of “wisdom” my immediate response was to tell her, in all sincerity, that at that very moment, I hated her. Both turned out to be true and important, in wonderful ways.
“Coach” Greg Misel was a different breed of public school teacher, though. He’s the kind of who looks at a mess, and instead of avoiding it and trying to transfer out, embraces it, and cleans it up with draconian and militant precision. For most of high school, I also tried to hate him. I was a fuckup and an asshole, especially given the opportunities afforded to me. He kicked my ass. He refused to let me quit. He was Coach Taylor at East Dillon. Within three years, he took a debate team that never won more than the occasional Extemp third-place into the first team to unseat Green Valley from a state championship in twelve years. He also gave me my first real sense of accomplishment.
Anyway, I figured — given all the noise about Education In America lately — that this was worth noting: the good teachers, far outnumbered by the mediocre ones, are more than good. They are great. Like the rare doctor who actually cares about patients, who is more than a doctor, but carries on the great worldly traditions of the earliest tribal healers, this guy is tried and true, an educator at heart. We’ve still got some of those left, and they are so, so, so important.