Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 -- 5:20 a.m.

WISCONSIN SHERIFF-GUN AD

Wis. sheriff urges citizens to get gun training

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin sheriff says he released an ad calling on residents to defend themselves because the old model of having a citizen call 911 and wait for help isn't always the best option.

In the ad, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Junior tells residents that when it comes to personal safety: "I need you in the game." He urges citizens to learn to use firearms so they can "fight back" until authorities arrive.

The ad has drawn sharp criticism from other area officials. The president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Roy Felber, says it sounds like a call to vigilantism.

But Clarke says he can either whine about budget cuts that have reduced the number of deputies or call on citizens to work with officers in some situations.

EXPENSIVE RECORDS

Wis. lawmaker wants to charge for redactions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is pushing a bill that would allow government entities to charge record requestors for time spent deleting confidential information.

Representative Garey Bies' proposal comes after the state Supreme Court last year barred record custodians from charging requestors for redaction expenses.

The ruling came out of a dispute between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper and the Milwaukee Police Department. The newspaper sued after the department demanded thousands of dollars to cover time spent redacting hundreds of incident reports.

Bies, a Republican from Sister Bay, says the taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for a requestor's research project. He sent a memo out to the rest of the Legislature on Friday seeking sponsors for the legislation.

A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had no immediate comment.

MADISON HOMICIDE

Estranged husband of homicide victim found dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say the estranged husband of a homicide victim has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police searched the home of Bernard Grosso after 31-year-old Jennifer Boyce was found dead in an east side apartment. Boyce was due in court Friday to finalize a divorce from Grosso.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the woman suffered multiple injuries and died Wednesday -- a day before an apartment manager discovered her body. The Dane County medical examiner's office says Boyce was killed with an edged weapon.

DeSpain says the body of her estranged husband was found when officers searched his house overnight. Police say the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Relatives say Boyce was an epidemiologist who worked for the state Division of Public Health.

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-INVESTIGATION

Pierick found guilty of lesser delinquency charge

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The domestic partner of a former top aide of Gov. Scott Walker has been found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor under a deal struck with prosecutors.

Brian Pierick was initially charged with felony child enticement and causing a child to expose his genitals in connection with text messages he sent to a 17-year-old Waukesha boy in late 2010. The evidence was uncovered during a secret investigation of the Milwaukee County executive's office back when Walker held that post between 2002 and 2010.

Pierick pleaded no contest Friday to the lesser charge. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney found Pierick guilty and set sentencing for February 14th.

As part of the deal, Pierick agreed to perform 50 hours of community service.

Associated Press 2013


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