Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2013 -- 7:33 a.m.


Girlfriend angry that 3 Wis. officers not charged

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The girlfriend of a Milwaukee man who died in police custody in 2011 while gasping for air says she's outraged that the three officers at the scene won't face charges.

Twenty-four-year-old Sharday Rose says she's upset the officers won't be held accountable for Derek Williams's death. She says they deserve long prison sentences, and she's frustrated the legal system doesn't seem to offer that as a possibility.

Rose spoke to The Associated Press in her attorney's office Friday. Her comments came hours after a special prosecutor said he wouldn't charge the officers because the evidence was too limited.

Rose says her three kids, ages 2 to 4, don't have their father, but the officers get to go home to their families. She says she'll continue fighting, perhaps with weekly marches.


Wis. governor closes down legal defense fund

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has closed a legal defense fund he created while prosecutors were secretly investigating illegal campaign activity by his aides and associates during his stint as Milwaukee County executive.

Walker's campaign released an IRS filing Friday showing he moved $247,602 from his campaign into the fund over the last three months. He has moved $447,602 from his campaign to the fund since he created it a little more than a year ago.

He paid Chicago law firm Sidley Austin and Madison law firm Lind Weininger a combined $252,114 Thursday, depleting the account.

Six people were charged in the probe. Walker maintained he did nothing wrong and said he was cooperating with investigators. He was never charged with any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors announced the investigation had ended earlier this month.


Sign of spring: Ice road to Madeline Island closes

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- It's a sign of spring in one of Wisconsin's most scenic areas: The ice road between the city of Bayfield and Madeline Island on Lake Superior has closed for the season and the Coast Guard will begin icebreaking operations on Wednesday.

WDIO-TV reports the ice road closed Wednesday, with a van or windsled remaining in operation until the Coast Guard can clear enough ice to allow the ferry to start running again. The windsled makes five runs per day on weekdays and three runs per day on weekends.

The Coast Guard says it will break ice in the South Channel to Madeline Island and has asked anglers to remove their shacks from that area.


Body found in Milwaukee River is missing student

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An autopsy has confirmed the body found in the river in downtown Milwaukee is that of a college student who went missing on New Year's Day.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday the deceased is 24-year-old Nick Wilcox, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student.

His death has been ruled an accidental drowning. The autopsy found no injuries. Results of toxicology tests are pending.

Family and friends had posted flyers about the Wilcox in the downtown area and had searched for him since he disappeared celebrating the New Year on Old World 3rd St.


Plane crashes near western Minn. town of Hawley

(Information in the following story is from: The Forum,

HAWLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities are working to identify a person found dead in a single-engine plane that crashed near the western Minnesota town of Hawley.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says they're trying to determine if it's a plane that went missing on a flight from Superior, Wisconsin to Moorhead.

The sheriff tells The Forum of Fargo, North Dakota a search plane spotted the downed plane about 4:15 p.m. Friday, about four miles south of Hawley. Authorities found the body inside the wreckage shortly before 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Bergquist says the plane was reported missing around 12:30 p.m. He says the pilot, whose name has not been released, was traveling from Superior to visit family in Moorhead. His family last heard from him when he was over Park Rapids, about 150 miles west of Superior.


Marquette, Syracuse hold another Big East farewell

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's time for yet another Big East swan song.

Marquette and Syracuse play Saturday with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

For Marquette, it's another chance to solve Syracuse's 2-3 zone defense.

The Golden Eagles beat the Orange last month, but the zone was as effective as ever in Syracuse's win over Indiana in the round of 16.

One player relishing the rematch is Marquette's Davante Gardner, who had a career-high 26 points in the teams' first meeting.

Syracuse is leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the fall, and Marquette is one of the "Catholic 7" schools who will keep the Big East name.

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