Sunday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 -- 6:11 a.m.


Wis. labor expert benefits from bargaining changes

(Information in the following story is from: The Post-Crescent,

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A newspaper report shows a Middleton labor consultant has signed nearly $600,000 in contracts because of changes to collective bargaining for state workers in 2011.

The lack of public sector unions created a void that allowed counties and cities to set their own pay scales without bargaining and to compare wages to the private sector.

According to a review by Gannett Wisconsin Media, Charlie Carlson and his five-person Carlson Dettmann Consulting firm have completed at least 12 compensation studies around the state since Act 10 became law.

He's cornered the state market, having been hired by 42 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. He charges about $50,000 per study.

Carlson obtains questionnaires from employees about their roles and gathers comparable wages in nearby public and private sector jobs.


Democratic aide apologizes for Dahmer comment

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's Democratic Party spokesman is apologizing for comparing Republican Governor Scott Walker with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Graeme Zielinski made the comments in three tweets after prosecutors announced Friday they closed the John Doe investigation of Governor Scott Walker's aides.

In one, Zielinski tweeted: "`'(at)GovWalker had better lawyers than Jeffrey Dahmer in beating the rap. Clear that he committed crimes."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported top Democrats called the tweets inappropriate.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's chief of staff Patrick Curley quoted the mayor as saying the tweets were over the top. Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate apologized and called the tweets "overzealous and insensitive."

Zielinski has deleted the tweets and apologized over Twitter to Walker and to Dahmer's victims.


Racine man pleads guilty to election fraud

(Information in the following story is from: The Journal Times,

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A 60-year-old Racine man has pleaded guilty to election fraud.

Mark Demet is accused of falsely signing the names of seven people on recall election petitions in late 2011 and early 2012 for state Senator Van Wanggaard, a Republican from Racine.

The Journal Times reports he pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of election fraud and, in exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss seven other identity fraud charges against him.

Defense attorney Patrick Cafferty said Demet also has been under investigation in Kenosha County. Formal criminal charges have not been filed there.

Demet's sentencing hearing is June 7th.


$1 million bond for Minn. woman accused of murder

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV,

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A $1 million bond has been set for a Minnesota woman accused of a 2007 Wisconsin murder.

Kandi Siveny of St. Paul, Minnesota is among three women charged with the murder of Lara Plamann. The 34-year-old made her first appearance in Outagamie (awt-ah-GAY'-mee) County Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, Kandi Siveny shot 30-year-old Plamann for her mother Dianna Siveny, who thought Plamann was cheating on her.

Fifty-three-year-old Dianna Siveny of Appleton and her daughter are accused of hiring a third woman, 38-year-old Rosie Campbell to kill Plamann. But Campbell decided against pulling the trigger at the last minute.

All three are charged with first-degree homicide.

WLUK-TV reports Campbell is set to make her first court appearance Monday.

All three were listed in the Outagamie County jail Saturday.


Pair of crashes results in 6 deaths, 5 injuries

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- Six people from Wisconsin were killed and two were injured Saturday when their SUV was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on a Kentucky highway. Minutes later, another crash in the opposite direction injured three, one critically.

The first crash happened at 11:13 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on northbound Interstate 65 south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In the second crash, four vehicles collided at the same location on the southbound side.

Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said an extended family from Marion, Wisconsin was riding in a 1999 Ford Expedition when it was hit from behind. He didn't know where they were headed.

The victims were identified as 62-year-old James Gollnow and his wife, 62-year-old Barbara Gollnow; 92-year-old Marion Champnise, a family friend; 18-year-old Sarina Gollnow and foster children 10-year-old Gabriel Zumig and 8-year-old Soledad Smith.

The two survivors were also foster children. Police identified them as 15-year-old Hope Hoth, who was transported to a hospital in Lexington with burns and a broken spine; and 12-year-old Aidian Ejnik who was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville with cuts to the back of his head.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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