Set Your Clocks Ahead One Hour Tonight
3/8/14 - Your weekend will be one hour shorter than normal. That’s because Daylight Savings Time begins at 2am Sunday morning, so do not forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
Schreiber Arraigned On Sex Offender, Bomb Threat Charges
3/8/14 - A Markesan man accused of officiating youth sports in spite of being a convicted sex offender is pleading insanity. Aaron Schreiber is also accused of calling in a series of bomb threats after his ref license was suspended. The 32-year-old entered a plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” at arraignment yesterday on 41 felony charges. Schreiber – who was convicted in 2005 of impregnating an underage girl – was a regular official for baseball, softball and basketball at school districts in Beaver Dam, Mayville and Waupun. In November, the first of 15 phony bomb threats was made at a restaurant in Waupun. Over the course of the next three days similar threats were called in at a Waupun-area grocery store, gas station, school, hospital, bank and library; the threats also spread into Fox Lake and Beaver Dam. Investigators eventually traced the calls to Schreiber’s cell phone and he allegedly admitted his actions when he was brought in for questioning.
Seven Years For Overdose Death of Lodi Teen
3/8/14 - A Fitchburg man will spend seven years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed a 17-year-old boy in 2012. Milton Moore pleaded no contest to a first-degree reckless homicide charge in the death of Jacob Adler of Lodi. A Columbia County judge also told the 23-year-old Moore to spend seven years under extended supervision once he leaves prison. A second defendant, 20-year-old Lars Atkinson of Lodi, was sentenced last fall to five-and-a-half years behind bars, with the same amount of time for extended supervision. Prosecutors said Adler and Atkinson bought the heroin in Madison and gave Moore 75-dollars for a half-gram.
Renowned Psychiatrist Tabbed In Murder Trial
3/8/14 - A psychiatrist who testified in some of the country's most notorious trials might speak up for the man accused of killing a Purdue student from West Bend. Doctor Phillip Resnick is on a list of possible defense witnesses for the April 22nd trial of Cody Cousins. The 23-year-old Cousins has pleaded innocent to a murder charge in the January shooting-and-stabbing death of a fellow engineering student, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend. In 2012, Resnick testified at the Ohio trial of a teen convicted of killing three school students near Cleveland. He has also testified in the trials of Andrea Yates, Brian Mitchell, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
County Supervisor Has Bond Modified
3/8/14 - A Dodge County Board supervisor accused of assaulting his wife has had the conditions of his bond modified. 83-year-old Donald Gunderson is charged with Battery and Disorderly Conduct. His attorneys requested that the provision that he have no contact with the victim be removed. The state did not object and the court amended his bond conditions. The woman told officers that her husband was quote, "out of control" -- and she was afraid for her life. She is said to be in the early stages of Alzheimer's. His daughter told investigators that he had his own "dementia incident" last July. A Washington County prosecutor is handling the case. Gunderson represents the Lomira-area. Before the arrest he had already decided not to seek re-election in April, after 40 years as a county supervisor.
Six Months For Drugged Driving Injuries
3/8/14 - A former Neosho man accused of having marijuana in his system when he severely injured a passenger in a car accident entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors yesterday (Fr). Joshua Kempken of Wauwatosa entered a “no contest” plea to reduced misdemeanor charges. He was placed on deferred prosecution for a felony count of Injury by Vehicle with a Controlled Substance and will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble for the next two years. Kempken was sentenced to six months in jail and lost his license for 15 months. The accident happened in December of 2011 on Highway 67 near County Highway M-M in the Town of Ashippun. Kempken lost control of his vehicle and it went into a ditch, struck a culvert and then went airborne. The car overturned and came to rest upside down. Neither was wearing a seatbelt. Kempken was taken to the Oconomowoc Hospital. His 17-year-old girlfriend was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was flown by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She sustained a fractured neck and pelvis along with a broken arm and leg, among other injuries.
OSHA Investigates Mount Olympus Rollercoaster Injury
3/7/14 - The state Department of Safety and Professional Services has investigated a mishap at a Wisconsin Dells resort in which a man fell from a roller coaster. The agency said two inspectors checked out the Opa ride Friday at Mount Olympus. That's where a 64-year-old man was injured late Thursday, when he fell 15-to-20 feet from the ride. The roller coaster is closed, but the indoor amusement park at Mount Olympus remains open. A report on the state's investigation is due out next week, after the ride's manufacturer completes its own review of the mishap.
Judge Alters John Doe Secret Order
3/8/14 - A judge has altered a previous secret order in the John Doe investigation into alleged campaign funding abuses during the state's recall elections. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the change was uncovered in a new filing which involves one of four court challenges to the John Doe probe. The charges, the original ruling, and the change order are all sealed for now. The investigation is being run by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and special prosecutor Francis Schmitz. It's privately gathering evidence concerning allegations that Republican candidates in the recall votes of 2011-and-'12 illegally worked together with special interest groups on the campaigns.
Milwaukee Businesses Adding Police Surveillance Cameras
3/8/14 - More of Milwaukee's business areas will have police surveillance cameras. Officials announced a pilot program Friday to place cameras outside of business areas on the east, north, and southwest sides of Wisconsin's largest city. About a quarter-million dollars in federal funds will cover half the cost. The rest will be funded by a local block grant, and 150-thousand dollars in money confiscated by police in criminal arrests. Authorities are not sure how many cameras will be installed this year. Mayor Tom Barrett says he'd like to have surveillance in all parts of the city at some point. Several dozen police cameras have been credited for reducing crime on Milwaukee's south side. Alderman Bob Donovan pushed that effort through. Officials say they hope to attract enough funding to install 500 surveillance cameras throughout Milwaukee sometime down the road.
Fond du Lac Woman Charged In Bleached Puppy Incident
3/8/14 - A Fond du Lac woman is due in court Tuesday on seven criminal charges connected with the poisonings of two of her family's puppies. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Amanda Farr did not seek help, after learning that her 10-year-old son spilled bleach on the dogs last month. The six-week-old puppies had chemical burns, and a veterinary exam showed that a male pup had permanent lung damage. Prosecutors said the youngster admitted pouring bleach on one of the dogs because he was biting at his feet. Bleach was also splashed on the other dog's face. A third puppy was not hurt. They're all at the Fond du Lac County Humane Society shelter, where officials say the two injured ones are recovering. They've had many requests to adopt the pets. Farr is charged with a felony count of fatal animal mistreatment -- plus six misdemeanors that include poisoning and abandoning an animal.
Brewers Spring Training Mascot Finds A Home
3/8/14 - The Milwaukee Brewers are about to lose their most popular character at Spring Training -- Hank the dog. The stray pet has been a mascot for the Brewers ever since he showed up at the team's Maryvale spring complex at Phoenix on February 17th. Now, the Brewers say they've found a home for Hank. They won't say where he's going. He'll make one more big splash with the Brewers when they host a pet adoption day at Maryvale on Saturday. A group of pets will be available for adoption, and the team will take donations for the Arizona Humane Society. The Journal Sentinel says Brewers' fans back home have taken a real liking to Hank -- who was named by the team after former Brewers' and Braves' slugger Hank Aaron. One fan said the pet looks just like their Bichon Frise dog, who's named after former Brewers' star Cecil Cooper.
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