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  8/28/2014
Former Dane Cty. Sheriff's Deputy Due in Ct. Tomorrow on Double Murder Charges
A former Dane County sheriff's deputy is due in court tomorrow, on allegations that he murdered his wife and sister-in-law two months after being diagnosed with A-L-S. W-I-B-A Radio in Madison said 39-year-old Andy Steele is being held in the Rock County Jail in Janesville. The reason is to avoid a conflict-of-interest with the Dane County jail staffers who used to be his co-workers. Steele's wife Ashlee and her sister Kacee Tollefsbol were found shot at the Steele family home last Friday. Authorities said Andy Steele apparently tried to take his own life during the incident. He was taken to a Milwaukee medical facility for treatment before he was transferred to jail. He'll make his first court appearance on closed circuit T-V, on the same day the murder victims will be remembered at a memorial service in their hometown of Stillwater Minnesota. Andy Steele was booked for homicide, but online court records did not show him being charged as of this morning. He was a deputy for 14 years before retiring in June once he learned he had Lou Gehrig's disease.


8/28/2014
UW-Platteville to Hold Grand Re-Opening Tomorrow
U-W Platteville will hold a "grand re-opening" tomorrow, after a tornado whipped through the campus on June 16th. University System President Ray Cross will join Chancellor Dennis Shields at a news conference and a ceremony on the rear patio of the Engineering Hall. The campus received an estimated ten-million dollars in damage, when a twister with winds up to 120-miles an hour damaged a school park and a half-dozen buildings. That includes Platteville's football stadium -- where new turf is expected to be fully installed by early-to-mid September. The Pioneers' first two home soccer games had to be relocated, but officials say all events after September 9th will go on as planned. Parts of Memorial Park remain closed, and the school is preparing an online map. Campus dining facilities are back in full swing, serving students who've arrived early for fall classes.


8/28/2014
Effort to Extort Money from C-V-S Pharmacies Come to NW WI
An apparent national effort to extort money from C-V-S pharmacies has come to northwest Wisconsin. Media reports said C-V-S outlets across the country have been targeted with false bomb threats to try and get money from the chain. In Superior, police were called to a bomb threat at that city's C-V-S Pharmacy around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. The store was closed for a short time while officers checked the building, and found nothing suspicious.


8/28/2014
Terrorist Groups Recruiting in MN
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Government officials say Minnesota and especially the Twin Cities are becoming recruiting hot beds for terrorist organizations. The FBI says as many as 25-people in Minnesota have been recruited by groups like ISIS and al-Shabaab. That includes Robbinsdale Cooper high school graduate Douglas McCain and Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis, who were reportedly killed while fighting in Syria last weekend. Officials say the groups attract recruits by posting propaganda on social media websites.


8/28/2014
Good Attendance So Far at MN State Fair
(Falcon Heights, MN) -- The first half of the 2014 State Fair has been well-attended, thanks to some cooperation from Mother Nature. Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette (SHOO'-tee) says a new Tuesday daily record was set with 133-thousand-595 visitors. She says compared to last year when there was really hot, sticky and humid weather, about 85-thousand more people have attended the 2014 Minnesota State Fair so far. Wednesday's attendance numbers will be released early this afternoon (Thurs). Today is "Seniors Day" where fairgoers 65 and older get in for eight dollars. Fallout Boy and Parmour headline the Grandstand tonight.


8/28/2014
Wausau Woman Sentenced
A Wausau woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for killing a toddler while backing out of a driveway four years ago when she was 17. Shanice Stands, who's now 21, was also put on five years of probation with a long list of conditions she has to follow -- and if she doesn't, she'll go to prison for three-to-eight years. The incident happened in September of 2010 in Forest County. Stands was leaving a driveway when her vehicle ran over a three-year-old boy, who died the same night at a Rhinelander hospital. Authorities said Stands was high on marijuana at the time, and she did not have a driver's license -- only a learner's permit issued in neighboring Minnesota. She was fined five-thousand dollars as part of her sentencing yesteray. Half of her jail term is for four previous bail jumping charges. Stands pleaded guilty to felony counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Other charges were dropped in a plea deal.


8/28/2014
Biggest Weed Contest
If you have weeds in your yard, they're probably nothing compared to the winners of the "Biggest Weed contest" at this month's Farm Technology Days. The U-W Extension says Wayne Greeler of Neillsville had the grand champion -- a giant ragweed plant over ten-feet tall and seven-feet wide. Ken McGwin of Montello actually had a taller ragweed. But his 12-footer didn't win, because it was only four-feet wide. The weeds were measured in their normal growth forms. There were winners each day of the three-day farm show. They'll all get to learn more about their weeds, since they're receiving weed-identification books.


8/28/2014
State Child Porn Investigations Being Delayed
Milwaukee is apparently not the only place in Wisconsin where child pornography investigations have been delayed. The Journal Sentinel obtained a spreadsheet yesterday showing that 41 cases waited for at least two months to be investigated at state Justice field offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Madison as well as Milwaukee. As of late February, the average delay in the 41 cases in question was more than a year. The longest was three-and-a-half years. The documents were the result of a Justice Department review. Spokeswoman Dana Brueck told the Journal Sentinel it did not identify a problematic pattern at any other the state's field offices outside Milwaukee. She cited a number of reasons why cases could be delayed, due to things like the quality of the tips received -- and the complexity of certain cases. Milwaukee field office director Willie Brantley was let go after investigative delays were exposed at his facility. Milwaukee agent Anna King quit. Those cases showed that a Racine man was left free to molest a boy he was babysitting -- and a drug and alcohol counselor from Pewaukee did not have to register as a sex offender in his abuse case.


8/28/2014
Western WI Woman Convicted on Reduced Charges for Drugging Boyfriend's Young Dtr. to Death
A western Wisconsin woman has been convicted on reduced charges for drugging her boyfriend's young daughter to death. Twenty-three year old Amanda Butts pleaded guilty in Trempealeau County to reckless homicide, and no contest to felony child abuse. One other abuse charge was dropped, along with a count of illegally serving narcotics to a minor. Prosecutors said Butts was babysitting 22-month-old Alexis Behlke in June of last year, when she bruised the toddler and fed her a combination of drugs which included oxycodone. Officials quoted Butts as saying that Alexis was whining and would not sleep -- so she gave the child the drugs to settle her down. Her boyfriend was working at the time. Her sentencing date has not been set. A scheduling conference is set for September 8th. Online court records also show that Butts has a plea hearing scheduled September 29th on a Jackson County charge of obstructing an officer. That charge came about three months after the infant death.


8/28/2014
Three Dead in Transportation-Related Mishaps in WI
Three people were killed since midnight in transportation-related mishaps throughout Wisconsin -- two of them involving passing trains. In Dane County, police said a 63-year-old Madison area man died after being hit by a train near McFarland. Police were called around midnight, and they do not suspect foul play. In Wauwatosa, a pedestrian was killed by a passing train around nine this morning. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office was called. Other details were not immediately available. Also, a 58-year-old Racine man died this morning in a one-car crash near Wisconsin Dells. The State Patrol said the driver was ejected, and a passenger was also injured. It happened around 6:25 a-m on westbound Interstate 90-94. Troopers said the vehicle drove into the median, over-corrected, went into the right ditch, and rolled over. The driver was thrown from the car. An investigation continues.


8/28/2014
Ryan's Book Not Selling Well
Paul Ryan's new book is not flying off the shelves, but its publisher is not complaining so far. C-N-N said "The Way Forward" sold just under 63-hundred copies in its first week of publication. That's according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tallies about 85-percent of all retail book sales not including pre-orders and e-books. Ryan, the House Budget chairman from Janesville, did not sell as many books in the last week as two others from conservative authors -- "One Nation" by Ben Carson, and "America" by Dinesh D'Souza, both of which have been out longer. Paul Samuelson of Ryan's publishing firm told C-N-N his company was happy so far with sales of "The Way Forward." In that book, Ryan calls on the Republican Party to broaden its appeal in time for the 2016 presidential election -- in which Ryan is considered by many as a possible G-O-P candidate. Twelve Publishing put out the Ryan book. House rules prohibited Ryan from getting an advance payment for the book -- but he does get royalties from sales.


8/28/2014
Invasive Worm Found in WI
For the second time this summer, an invasive worm has been found in Wisconsin which has the potential to damage forests. The D-N-R confirms that the Asian crazy worm was spotted in Appleton, after it was first discovered last fall at the U-W Madison arboretum. The agency is forming a team of experts to advice state officials on what to do about it. D-N-R forest specialist Linda Williams says the Asian crazy worm devours nutrients from soil and forest floors -- and that leaves no nutrients for other native species. The long worm is officially called the "Amynthas Agrestis" (a-min-thus uh-gres-tis). It's called a crazy worm because it wriggles heavily when it's handled. Although it's new to Wisconsin, the worm has been in the eastern and southern U-S for the past half-century.


 


 

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