Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 -- 6:29 a.m.


Wis. man charged in death of boy, 2

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Green Bay man is charged with killing the 2-year-old son of his girlfriend.

Twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas Willies is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect resulting in death in the January death of Alex Fountain.

Police say Willies was babysitting the boy while the boy's mother was at work. The boy was taken to an emergency room because he had stopped breathing. Police say hospital staff revived the boy, but he later died. After an autopsy, his death was ruled a homicide.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Willies is accused of punching the boy in the stomach numerous times, as well as injuring his head on the day he died.

WLUK-TV reports a judge set Willies' bond at $100,000 cash. He is due back in court May 17.

2 charged in alleged Racine child care assault

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Two employees of a Racine child care center are facing felony child abuse charges.

Police say a video surfaced on social media showing three young children restraining and beating a 2-year-old boy at the Bundle of Blessings Kid Kare center last month.

Sgt. Jessie Metoyer says one of the employees, a 22-year-old Caledonia woman, is the mother of two of the children who physically assaulted the toddler. Metoyer says the three children held down the 2-year-old and punched and kicked him. Police say the video was taken by one of the two women.

The Caledonia woman and a 23-year-old Racine woman are each charged with child abuse by failing to prevent bodily harm. Both women appeared in court Friday and remain in jail.

Metoyer says the 2-year-old is doing OK.

Man charged in Wis. school arson

ROBERTS, Wis. (AP) -- A 24-year-old man is charged with breaking into a western Wisconsin elementary school and starting a fire that caused $1.5 million in damage.

Justin Nelson of Roberts was charged Friday with arson, criminal damage to property and burglary, all felonies.

Police Chief Dan Burgess says Nelson was arrested Thursday in this week's arson at St. Croix (KROY) Central Elementary School in Roberts.

The complaint alleges Nelson also stole drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder from the school nurse's cabinet and cameras from several classrooms.

The Star Tribune reports investigators determined fires were set in four locations in the building.

Classes for the 600 students were called off for the rest of the week. Administrators plan to resume classes Monday at a nearby Girl Scouts camp.


Information from: Star Tribune,

Jury convicts Wis. man of shooting mother

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice says a jury has convicted a Big Flats man of killing his mother two years ago and using her checking accounts and credit cards.

An Adams County jury found 61-year-old Larry Clark guilty Friday of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, two counts of uttering a forgery, identity theft and two counts of false information on a missing person.

Prosecutors accused Clark of shooting 79-year-old Marcella Clark in the back in the house they shared and hiding her body in the woods during sometime around July 2012. Police found her body in November.

Clark faces life in prison. No sentencing date has been set.

Clark's attorney didn't immediately return a message.


Information from: Daily Tribune,

Police: Envelope at Hewlett-Packard was no threat

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Police say an envelope that prompted the evacuation of a Janesville charter school posed no threat.

Investigators found no powder in the envelope as a person who opened the envelope had earlier reported.

Janesville police and firefighters were called Friday morning to a hazardous materials incident at Hewlett-Packard.

Police say the incident took place in a mail-processing area at Hewlett-Packard. Two workers who complained of irritation after being exposed to a powder were taken to a hospital along with three others who were in the room at the time.

Janesville Deputy Police Chief John Olsen says all indications are that the envelope was for normal business, The Janesville Gazette reports.

Students at the nearby TAGOS Academy were bused to another building as a precaution.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette,

Walker won't fish this weekend in northern Wis.

CABLE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker won't be attending the annual Governor's Fishing Opener this weekend due to more than a foot of snow in Bayfield County.

Deputy Tourism Secretary Dave Fantle says Walker wants to fish Lake Namekagon and showcase the area under safer conditions and hopes to reschedule his visit soon. The Cable Area of Chamber of Commerce is still holding related events.

Then-Gov. Warren Knowles started the event in 1965.

Gov. Jim Doyle missed the fishing opener in 2006, when his mother died. Weather also caused the event to be moved from Lake Namekagon to Eau Claire Chain of Lakes in 1996.

There is still up to 20 inches of ice on some northern lakes. The Department of Natural Resources has advised caution when the fishing season starts Saturday.

Green Bay zoo greets new snow monkeys

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The NEW Zoo in Green Bay is welcoming a pair of new snow monkeys.

A Japanese snow macaque (meh-KAK') named Usagi was born March 31.

Usagi means rabbit in Japanese. Zoo staff don't know yet if the monkey is a boy or a girl because its mother, Hoyo, is cuddling it closely.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Usagi marked the zoo's first birth of spring.

A male snow monkey was born Saturday, although he has not been named. A possible hormonal issue may have caused the mother, Hiromi, not to bond with the new monkey. Zoo staff now have to feed the monkey with a bottle.

Most primates live in tropical places, but Japanese snow macaques live in cold areas. The zoo now has 14 snow monkeys.


Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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