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Waukesha Cty. Judge Delays Decision on Whether 12-Year-Old Girl is Mentally Competent to Stand Trial
A Waukesha County judge delayed a decision today on whether a second 12-year-old girl is mentally incompetent to stand trial for the so-called Slender Man stabbings. A state psychiatrist submitted a report which found Anissa Weier mentally competent to proceed. Defense lawyer Joseph Smith questioned the doctor's qualifications to evaluate such a young defendant. Smith also said he had a report from another doctor who found Anissa incompetent to stand trial. The state's doctor was not in court this morning to explain his findings. The competency proceeding was delayed until December 18th, so doctors on both sides could testify. Weier and 12-year-old Morgan Geyser are both charged as adults with attempted homicide, for allegedly stabbing a 12-year-old classmate 19 times last May. Authorities said the girls acted in allegiance to the fictional horror character Slender Man. Geyser is getting up to a year of mental treatment before her criminal case resumes. The victim is back in school this fall.

Two UW-La Crosse Administrators are Recovering After Being Hit by a Car
Two administrators at U-W La Crosse are recovering, after they were hit by a car yesterday. Registrar Christine Bakkum and finance Vice-Chancellor Bob Hetzel were walking to work when they were struck. Chancellor Joe Gow said Bakkum was treated and later released -- and Hetzel has broken bones and a possibility of surgery. According to the chancellor, witnesses said Heckel saw the car coming toward him, and he tried pushing Bakkum out of harm's way.

Stanley Man Claims Lottery Prize
Robert Bogard of Stanley claimed his winning Powerball ticket Tuesday afternoon at the Lottery office in Madison. Bogard purchased his ticket at Stanley Travel Stop, 600 South Broadway Street in Stanley. He will receive $673,498.65 after taxes. Bogard has agreed to take part in a news conference on Thursday.

Petri Refuses to Endorse Grothman
Retiring U-S House Republican Tom Petri refuses to endorse the G-O-P nominee for his replacement. Petri tells the Fond du Lac Reporter he felt slighted by what Republican candidate Glenn Grothman said after a recent fund-raiser in Washington. Petri quoted Grothman as saying he'd be insulted if people thought he was "just like Petri" two years from now. After hearing that, Petri told his home-town news outlet, "I don't want to smother him with love or anything like that." Petri -- who's leaving the House after 36 years -- said he would cut off his support for Grothman, after giving five-thousand dollars to his campaign and co-hosting a fund-raiser for him. Petri said voters can make up their own minds whether they want Grothman or Democrat Mark Harris of Oshkosh in Congress. Grothman has been regarded as one of the state Senate's most conservative members for years, while Petri has not always voted with the party line. Petri says both candidates are qualified to replace him, and they should watch two upcoming debates to help them choose. Grothman and Harris are scheduled to debate each other tomorrow in Oshkosh and October 30th in Plymouth.

Three High School Students Killed in Two-Crash Near Shawano Identified
Three high school students killed in a two-vehicle crash near Shawano were identified today as 18-year-old Tyler Welch and 17-year-old Cody Boersche, both of Shawano, and 15-year-old Paige Brunette of Bonduel. Officials said the S-U-V driver was sent to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash happened late yesterday afternoon on Highway 22 southwest of Shawano in the town of Belle Plaine. Shawano County authorities said a car lost control before crossing the center-line and colliding with the oncoming S-U-V. Borsche, Welch, and the surviving car driver were all students at Shawano High School. Brunette went to Bonduel High. School officials said counseling services were available today for students at both schools. An investigation into the crash continues.

WI Gas Prices Continue to Inch Down
Wisconsin gas prices continue to inch down, despite a slight increase to our west in Minnesota. The Wisconsin Triple-"A" said a gallon of regular unleaded averaged 3.13 a gallon this morning throughout the state. That's eight-and-a-half cents less than a week ago, and over 26-cents less than this time in late September. Nationally, the Triple-"A" says motorists are paying their lowest pump prices since 2010 due to increases in domestic production, and a lack of Atlantic hurricanes for the second year in a row. Minnesota reports a statewide increase of a nickel-a-gallon, to just over three-dollars. The Minnesota News Network says some Twin Cities stations selling gas for 2.79 last week are now charging about 30 cents more.

Melvin Says He has No Regrets in Making Trade
Milwaukee Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin says he has no regrets trading the three players we're now watching in the World Series at the top of Kansas City's lineup. Melvin traded shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Lorenzo Cain to the Royals in late 2010, along with pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. A year ago, the Brewers traded outfielder Nori Aoki to K-C for reliever Will Smith. Both teams clearly benefited from that swap -- but some fans say the Brewers got ripped off in the 2010 deal, because the two players Milwaukee got are no longer with the Crew. Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt is out of the Majors, while Zack Greinke starts for the L-A Dodgers. Melvin still believes the deal was worth it -- because Greinke helped Milwaukee win 96 games in 2011, and get to within two victories of making the World Series. When the Brewers struggled a season later, Melvin dealt Greinke to the Angels of Anaheim for shortstop Jean Segura -- who could still reap benefits for Milwaukee after he struggled this past season amid the loss of his 9-month-old son. Segura was an All-Star with the Brewers in 2013. Pitching prospects Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena also came in that deal. Jeffress is also back with Milwaukee. Odorizzi now starts for Tampa Bay. The Royals are down one-game-to-none in the World Series. Game-Two against San Francisco is tonight at Kansas City.



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