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BUSKO GRILLED BY DIST.ATTY.KENNEDY

Source:Minocqua Times, Minocqua Wisconsin, Friday, November 25, 1927

Tom Busko, operator of a roadhouse near Woodruff, where a blood stained automobile was recently found by Earl Kennedy, district attorney, who is investigating the murder near here of John W. Korba, was given a severe questioning Thursday night by Oneida county officials

Whether or not Busko gave the district attorney any new information could not be learned today. Mr. Kennedy declaring that he would have nothing for publication until all members of the gang are examined. By this method, he pointed out that other members of the gang would have no way of finding out what other bandits had revealed.

"Oneida county has but one reason for holding Busko here, " Mr Kennedy said this morning. "We are holding him for questioning, and the only reason we took an active part in the hearing of the five men at Hurley last week was because we think we are on the right track for solving the Korba murder mystery."

"The Mercer hotel robbery is a secondary consideration, as far we are concerned. But it means we will be able to consider our investigation of the Korba murder without fear that persons we wish to question will disappear. A person arrested on suspicion can be held only 24 hours without actual charges being filed, while the fact that the five men are implicated in the Mercer robbery allows Iron and Oneida county officials to continue their investigation without filling charges.

It was indicated that the Oneida county authorities will return to Hurley on November 27 when E.A."Stub" Nelson has his preliminary hearing. Since three of the gang waived preliminary hearing and the fourth Lester "Spot" Dawson, was bound over to circuit court for trial after an extended hearing, it is presumed Nelson's hearing will be brief.

Wesley Monohan and Ed Houck will be questioned by Everia Reid, district attorney of Iron county who is assisting he Oneida county officials in their attempt to solve the Korba mystery, and District Attorney Kennedy expects to question them also, either in this city or in Hurley.

Both Monohan and Busko are "old timers" it was declard here today and are familiar with court procedure. Busko served a sentence in prison at Stillwater, Minn, for burglary, while Monohan was sent to the same prison for forgery. ---Rhinelander Daily News.

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