Ronald And Dolores Disher Case Takes New Turn In Portage County


This was not unexpected given the way Delores Disher presented herself in court several months ago.  It was only a matter of time until the screws turned.  CP continues to follow this case and thinks there is much more of a story to be told.

Everyone knows there is a body–or two if you count the missing son–that have been discarded somewhere and it is only a matter of time until someone talks.

Keep turning the screws until the answers start flowing.  Better yet put Delores in a room with Nancy Grace for an hour and case solved!

An Almond woman involved in a Social Security fraud case who previously was found unfit to stand trial will undergo a new evaluation to determine whether she is able to face the charges filed against her.

Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Flugaur on Wednesday ordered a new evaluation for Dolores Disher, 71. Portage County Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins said the evaluation will be completed by the Wisconsin Forensic Unit, a group of examiners under contract with the state Department of Health Services, and a hearing on the results of that evaluation will be held July 28.

Disher’s previous evaluation was performed by medical expert Richard Hurlbut of Mid Wisconsin Psychotherapy Associates in Waupaca, but Cousins said Hurlbut recently passed away and a new expert will be assigned.

Disher, her husband Ronald Disher, 73, and her brother Charles Jost, 67, were all accused of cashing the Social Security checks of Dolores’ and Jost’s mother, Marie Jost. Investigators contended that the Dishers and Charles Jost defrauded the Social Security Administration of $175,000 by cashing Marie’s checks over the course of several years.

In April, Flugaur sentenced Ronald Disher to 54 months in prison for helping cash the checks and for attacking a Social Security Administration agent who was investigating the matter. At Ronald’s sentencing hearing, Dolores showed up to the courtroom and was allowed to speak with her husband. Former Portage County Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood said at the time she planned to file a motion to re-evaluate Dolores’ competency, pointing out that she appeared to speak in a normal manner and recognized one of the court deputies when she was in the courtroom.

On Wednesday, Cousins said Dolores, who currently is living with family members, would face her original charges if found fit to stand trial.

Jost, who faced the same charges as his sister, was found not guilty by mental defect in December 2013 and committed to the state Department of Health Services for 16 years and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. In February, Jost was deemed eligible to be released into a community supervision treatment program.

The investigation was one of the most expensive ever undertaken by the Portage County Sheriff’s Department, with a cost of more than $34,000.

Best Lines In The Morning Newspaper Come From Dana Milbank

These are the best lines that sum up so much of what makes for petty Republican politics and creates the angst that voters have for government today, thanks to the Tea Party.  Dana Milbank spelled it out perfectly.

Imperial Japan taught its soldiers that death was preferable to surrender. The tea party’s code is similar: Stand firm, regardless of the odds of success or the consequences of failure. I’ve argued before that the struggle between the Republican establishment and the tea party is no longer about ideology — establishment figures have mostly co-opted tea party views — but about temperament.

It has become the amiable vs. the angry, the civil vs. the uncivil, a conservatism of the head vs. a conservatism of the spleen. The division now is between those who would govern and those who would sooner burn the whole place to the ground…

Saudi Arabia Plays Both Ends Of The Divide

So many events unfolding in the Middle East, with the headlines not being able to cover the depth of intrigue that is taking place.

To no surprise Saudi Arabia and Iran have reason to desire the same outcome when it comes to ISIS.  Not, however, the same outcome for Iraq.  Which means that Saudi Arabia employs different tactics at different times on different segments of the Iraqis.

Saudi Arabia is privately encouraging its allied tribes in Iraq to turn against a Sunni extremist insurgency, a pivot that could help calm sectarian tensions that underpin the uprising, Western and Middle Eastern officials say.

After encouraging Sunni tribes in Iraq to help undermine the country’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Saudi Arabia is now asking tribal leaders to support a new priority: fighting the insurgency led by the group that calls itself Islamic State, which the kingdom sees as an existential threat, the officials say.

They also hope that the confluence of interests between Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shiite-led Iran in defeating the Islamic State—which stunned the region when it seized huge swaths of Iraqi territory last month—mark a first step toward easing the destructive rivalry between the two powerful countries.

Saudi Arabia, a regional diplomatic leader that has long considered itself a singular voice for Sunni Islam, has financed and given diplomatic cover to Sunni tribes who opposed Mr. Maliki, who the Saudis see as being too close to Iran, officials said.

“There was no question that Bandar and private Saudi people were pouring money into” anti-Maliki tribal groups, said one U.S. official, referring to the Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who ran the kingdom’s international intelligence efforts until recently. “It was like pouring gasoline on something that was already out there but that was sort of dormant.”

As the Islamic State, which until recently called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham, became more powerful thanks in part to tribal support, U.S. officials say they believe the Saudis backed off their support for the tribes.