Saturday morning Wisconsin headlines

Posted Saturday, January 4, 2013 --- 5:05 a.m.

DEEP FREEZE-PACKERS FOOTBALL

Packers-49ers game shaping up to be Ice Bowl II

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Sunday's playoff contest in Green Bay could be one of the coldest NFL games ever played, rivaling the subzero temperatures of the legendary Ice Bowl of 1967.

Temperatures at Lambeau Field are expected to be minus 2 degrees when the Packers and 49ers kick off and are expected to drop as the night goes on. At the so-called Ice Bowl, also in Green Bay, it got down to minus 13.

The Packers will give fans hand warmers, packets that fit inside gloves and stay warm for hours. They'll also provide coffee and hot chocolate.

Leon Perkins is a 49ers fan from temperate Stockton, Calif. He's going to the game and says he'll dress warmly and keep moving. He says the freezing temperature will make the game more memorable.

WINTER WEATHER-COLD SNAP-SCHOOLS

Wisconsin schools to close Monday due to cold

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee and Madison schools will close Monday due to the extreme cold.

Milwaukee Public Schools announced the closing on the district's website. The Madison school district released a statement Friday saying its schools will be closed, evening activities have been canceled and the school board's Monday meeting has been postponed to Wednesday.

Schools in the Kenosha and Racine districts also will be closed Monday.

School administrators across Wisconsin are weighing whether to cancel classes for Monday.

Governor Scott Walker's office said Friday morning the governor was considering whether to cancel classes statewide. Walker's office later issued a statement backing off on that position, saying the governor is encouraging local school districts to make their own decisions.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton says all public schools statewide would be closed Monday.

WINTER WEATHER-COLD SNAP-WINDS

NWS warns of drifting snow in SE Wis.

SULLIVAN, Wis. (AP) -- The National Weather Service is warning of strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow in southeastern Wisconsin.

The weather service says south winds gusting up to 30 mph are causing blowing and drifting snow, especially on east-west roads.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Highway 12 between Pell Lake and Lake Geneva had areas of considerable blowing and drifting snow, with a few areas of near-zero visibility.

The weather service received similar reports in some areas of Rock, Dane and Jefferson counties.

A winter weather advisory is out for southeastern Wisconsin until 9 a.m. Saturday because of blowing snow.

WINTER WEATHER-COLD SNAP-MILWAUKEE

Cold closes many Milwaukee city, county offices

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The city of Milwaukee plans to close non-essential services Monday because of the expected dangerously cold temperatures.

Mayor Tom Barrett made the announcement Friday.

Barrett urged residents to take the threat seriously. The National Weather Service says wind chill temperatures in the Milwaukee area could reach 55 degrees below zero.

The mayor says all essential and emergency services will be operating, including snow and ice removal as well as the City Call Center. But he says non-essential services will be closed, including garbage and recycling services and City of Milwaukee Health Department health centers.

All Milwaukee County non-essential offices also will be closed Monday. But the Courthouse Complex and Children's Court will remain open, and jurors scheduled for jury duty Monday should still report.

WINTER WEATHER-COLD SNAP

ME: Milwaukee man died of hypothermia

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says a man found dead outside his Milwaukee home Friday died of hypothermia, as forecasters were predicting even colder air to hit the state Sunday.

Officials say 66-year-old A.C. Anderson was found on the sidewalk outside his house with a core body temperature of 45 degrees. He was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. His death was ruled accidental.

The deep freeze in Wisconsin was already breaking records Friday, even before the coldest air of the season arrives next week.

A record low temperature was set in Green Bay Friday morning, where the mercury dipped to minus 18. The National Weather Service says that tops the 17 below mark last recorded in 1979. Antigo also set a record Friday at minus 25.

AGENT INVESTIGATION

Wis. DOJ: No internal review of agent in gun case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice has decided not to launch an internal investigation of an agent accused of illegally manufacturing and selling guns.

Former Special Agent Dan Bethards accused his supervisor, Jay Smith, of making and selling guns to other law enforcement officers, including Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, without a federal permit. A federal investigation into the accusations closed in October without any charges.

DOJ officials were contemplating launching an internal probe into Smith. But Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter wrote in a letter responding to an open records request from The Associated Press that agency officials reviewed the federal investigation and found Smith hadn't violated any laws or any policy or work rules and decided not to open an internal investigation.

WATERFORD FIRE

Downtown Waterford fire under control

WATERFORD, Wis. (AP) -- Firefighters working in subzero weather have a multi-alarm fire at a Waterford bar under control.

Crews reported difficulty in pumping water onto the fire at Martini Mo'z in the frigid temperatures Friday morning.

WISN-TV says additional firefighters were called from Kenosha, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties to help fight the fire that shut down streets in the downtown area.

BAR SHOOTING-WAUSAU

Police: Victim of shooting outside Wis. bar dead

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Police say a man shot outside a Wausau bar has died and a suspect is in custody.

Authorities say the shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday outside the Sidetracked bar. The suspect and victim knew each other and were fighting in the parking lot when the shot was fired.

Police say a 27-year-old man was shot in the stomach and the suspect fled. The victim was rushed to Wausau Aspirus Hospital where he had surgery, but police were told at about 6 p.m. that the man had died of his wound.

The body will be taken to the State Crime Lab in Madison and an autopsy conducted.

WAOW-TV says the 30-year-old suspect was arrested without incident and taken to jail. Police are still trying to find the gun.

TEACHER-STUDENT ASSAULT

Milwaukee teacher gets 4 years for student sex

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Catholic high school teacher in Milwaukee convicted of sexually assaulting two male students has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Online court records say Megan Garland was sentenced Friday.

The 29-year-old pleaded no contest to charges of child enticement and sexual assault of a student by a school staffer. The former science teacher at Messmer High School faced a maximum prison sentence of 18 years.

She was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student in a school parking lot, and groping a 15-year-old after he asked her for a ride home.

One victim's mother told the court she worried that counseling wouldn't undo all the damage Garland did to her son.

A message left with Garland's defense attorney, Alex Flynn, was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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