Preliminary Deer Harvest Numbers Down From 2012
12/4/13 - Wisconsin hunters shot seven-percent fewer deer than a year ago in the nine-day gun season that ended last Sunday. The D-N-R released preliminary numbers Tuesday, showing that 226-thousand-582 deer were taken. That's down from about 244-thousand last November. Fifteen-percent fewer bucks were shot this year. The antlerless harvest was about the same as in 2012, even though quotas for does were reduced in the north to boost the deer population in that region. In Dodge County, there were 3133 deer taken this year, 17 more than last year for an increase of one-percent. Columbia County had just over 35-hundred deer harvested this year down over 200 – or six-percent – from last year. Jefferson County was down 22-percent with 1730 deer taken this year compared to 22-hundred from last year. Washington County was up 12-percent with 21-hundred deer harvested this year while Fond du Lac County increased 22-percent to just over 3-thousand deer. Cold weather hampered the opening weekend, when most of the hunting takes place. It got down to 11-below in northwest Wisconsin on the first Sunday of the season. In a D-N-R survey, hunters said the weather the worst they had seen in the five years the agency has been asking about hunter trends. On Monday, the D-N-R reported a safer gun season than most, with eight shooting-related incidents statewide. No hunters were shot to death.
Trappers Caught Majority of Wolves During Hunt
12/4/13 - Trapping is the most popular way to catch a wolf in Wisconsin. The state D-N-R said four of every five wolves were taken by traps between the start of the hunting season on October 15th and November 30th. Officials said 174 of the 216 wolves were taken by trappers. Another 41 wolves were shot with guns. A bow-and-arrow killed one wolf. As of Monday, hunters could use dogs to chase down wolves -- but there are not many wolves left to take. All but one of the six hunting zones are closed after their quotas were reached. As of Tuesday, 37 wolves remain available in Zone-Three, which covers part of northwest Wisconsin from Grantsburg to Medford.
Plea Hearing Delayed for Former Waupun Cop
12/4/13 - Plea hearings for a former Waupun police officer connected with an August crime spree that were scheduled for this week in Burnett and Barron counties have been delayed until next year. 44-year-old Bradley Young of Brandon is facing a variety of charges in several counties, including Vehicle Theft and Fleeing an Officer. Most of Young's alleged crimes took place in a two-day period in early August. Authorities said he stole a pick-up truck in Green Lake County, crashed it in Barron County during a police chase, stole another vehicle near Rice Lake, broke into to a cabin west of Spooner where he considered killing himself, and later gave up at the cabin after he realized that officers were surrounding him. Investigators said Young also apparently broke into grocery stores this year in Waupun, Berlin, and Markesan. He later resigned from the Waupun police force. A status conference is on the calendar in Burnett County in March of 2014.
Fall River Man Confined To Institution
12/4/13 - A Grant County Judge has found a former Fall River man incompetent to stand trial on 13 felony charges that reportedly included robbing his uncle and taking a hostage. James Kruger of Madison has been committed to a mental institution for up to one year. The 36-year-old is charged in a three-county crime spree in September that ended with a high-speed chase in a stolen car. Authorities say Kruger beat up his uncle, stole coins and guns from his safe, and took a farmer hostage. Grant County deputy Adam Day quoted the defendant as saying he owed money to somebody -- and he thought his uncle had a million dollars. Day said Kruger was apparently high on cocaine at the time. The hostage was released unharmed in Iowa County, where Kruger is also facing charges. His Grant County charges include robbery, strangulation-and-suffocation, shooting a firearm, and taking hostages. Kruger was also suspected of stabbing-and-wounding a man in Madison during the crime spree. His parents say Kruger has bipolar disorder and he was not given his medications in jail when he was arrested in Dane County in late August for eluding an officer. He was freed on a signature bond soon after that arrest.
Fond du Lac Woman Charged In Murder
12/4/13 - A Fond du Lac woman was formally charged Tuesday with killing her husband and burying her body, apparently over his alleged extra-marital affairs. 37-year-old Eve Nance is facing charges of First-Degree Intentional Homicide and Hiding a Corpse. A second woman arrested in the case has been released, after authorities said Nance admitted acting alone. According to prosecutors, she first claimed she was struggling with her husband Timothy Nance in their bathroom last Wednesday night -- and a gun went off twice, wounding Nance in the chest. Police said Nance later admitted shooting her husband twice in the head, dumping his body in a wooded area near Milwaukee, and disposed of her gun and its ammunition in different locations. Police said the victim's cell phone, clothing, and other items were dumped. Prosecutors said Nance caught her husband with other women on three occasions in the past five years. Authorities said Timothy Nance had been missing since November first. His body was found on Thanksgiving.
Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Abortion Restrictions
12/4/13 - A federal appeals judge in Chicago says the new Wisconsin law that requires hospital admitting privileges for abortion doctors "sounds irrational." A three-judge appellate panel heard an hour of arguments on the law Tuesday. Judge Richard Posner kept wanting to know why abortion clinics were singled out -- while not requiring hospital privileges for other out-patient doctors who perform riskier procedures. Majority state Republicans approved the new law earlier this year as part of a series of new anti-abortion measures. However, it was never imposed after Federal District Judge William Conley of Madison struck it down. The state appealed Conley's ruling. Supporters said the law was needed to protect women's health. Opponents said the measure was designed to shut down abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee where doctors do not have hospital admitting privileges.
We Energies Again Warning of Collection Scam
12/4/13 - We Energies is reminding customers once again to be on the lookout for scammers claiming to be collectors for the company. The latest incident occurred at a grocery store in Greenfield when a man, described in his 30s, white and wearing a lab coat, demanded money for a past due account. Greenfield police are still looking for the suspect. A spokesman for We Energies says the company never sends agents to a home or business to collect cash. If anyone suspects a possible scam, he says you should contact the energy company first. We Energies provides utility service in eastern and southern Dodge County.
More Wisconsinites Finding Success With Obamacare
12/4/13 - Wisconsin health insurers are signing up more people for Obama-care, now that the program's Web site is closer to being fixed. Milwaukee's Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative helped 140 people sign up over Thanksgiving. That brings the total to almost 880 since the first of October. Common Ground C-E-O Bob De Vita said the sign-ups are better than they were, but not where they need to be. An estimated 100-thousand Wisconsinites are being forced to sign up for Obama-care, since they're losing Badger Care or the state's high-risk insurance that's being phased out. The Obama-care computer delays are why Governor Scott Walker proposed a delay in the dropping of state coverage for three months until the end of March. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on that today. The W-P-S Arise Health Plan picked up 152 new applicants in the past for the coverage offered in the federal exchange. Still, Arise has only has 436 applicants since the sign-ups began October first. National media reports say Healthcare-Dot-Gov is working much better, but there are still problems -- including crashes caused by those just hearing the news about the site's improvements.
Funny Smell In Fond du Lac
12/4/13 - There's something rotten in the Fond du Lac area. At least that's one possible explanation for the smell that has residents offering up theories over the past week. Fond du Lac County Crops and Soils Agent Mike Rankin says it may be rotting radishes that farmers use as a cover crop during the winter. The foul smell is often mistaken for natural gas or sewage plants. Rankin says the smell is temporary and should dissipate when temperatures drop below freezing.
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