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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 -- 7:56 a.m.

TRAFFIC DEATHS-APRIL

Wis. traffic crashes kill 28 in April

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's traffic deaths fell sharply in April.

Twenty-eight people died in crashes during the month, 17 fewer than last year and 16 fewer than the five-year average.

Traffic crashes in Wisconsin had killed 134 people this year by the end of April, also down from a year ago.

The numbers are preliminary. State transportation officials say drivers must buckle up to ensure safety and avoid violations.

GREEN BAY-HOMICIDE

Green Bay police arrest man in woman's death

(Information in the following story is from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay police are questioning a 50-year-old man in connection with the death of a 45-year-old woman.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports officers found Ouida Wright dead at a house at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. Police are calling it a domestic violence homicide.

Police Lt. Kevin Warych says another person who was in the home was not injured.

Warych would not say where the woman was found or whether anyone else was involved. But he says there is no threat to the community.

MANHUNT-WISCONSIN-SCHOOL

Wis. superintendent apologizes for lockdown issues

(Information in the following story is from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj)

VERONA, Wis. (AP) -- The Verona Area School District Superintendent is apologizing to parents for communication issues relating to the lockdown prompted by a law enforcement manhunt.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports not all parents were alerted to the lockdown Thursday because the email and text alert system contacts only those who sign up for it. So, though as many as 5,000 students were locked down, only about 2,300 parents had signed up.

Superintendent Dean Gorrell says the district made five website posts about the lockdown between 12:45 and 3:29 p.m., and posted one e-notification at 3:28 p.m.

Gorrell says a notification system should be online for next school year and will be mandatory.

An Illinois fugitive was arrested Thursday evening on a Madison highway after a daylong manhunt in south-central Wisconsin.

EMT-SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual assault charges reduced for EMT

(Information in the following story is from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com)

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Charges have been reduced for an emergency medical technician accused of sexually assaulting a patient in Racine County.

Second-degree sexual assault charges against Somers EMT Jodin Froeber have been revised to third-degree sexual assault. Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Arn says the reduced charge is "based on further investigation into the effects of the drugs that were administered to the victim."

If Froeber is convicted, the reduced charge knocks 20 years off his possible maximum sentence. The 37-year-old Froeber is accused of assaulting the then-20-year-old woman in the back of an ambulance in July 2011.

The Racine Journal Times says Froeber was placed on paid administrative leave after he was charged in August.

AMISH BUGGY CRASH

Vehicle strikes Amish buggy, injuring 9 in Wis.

PIGEON, Wis. (AP) -- Nine people have life threatening injuries after a motor vehicle struck an Amish buggy in western Wisconsin.

According to the Trempealeau County sheriff's office, the vehicle was traveling on U.S. Highway 53/121 at about 10:20 p.m. Friday when it struck the rear of the buggy. The department says the 37-year-old man, 38-year-old woman and seven children inside the buggy were taken to local hospitals. The 19-year-old driving the motor vehicle was not injured.

The adults in the buggy were identified as David Wengerd and Lydia Wengerd, both of Osseo. The children were not identified.

The sheriff's department says inattentive driving was a factor and the 19-year-old failed to yield to the slow-moving buggy.

A message left at the sheriff's department Saturday seeking more information was not immediately returned.

SPECIAL ED-ABUSE

4 families settle with Wis. district in abuse case

(Information in the following story is from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com)

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Four families have reached a settlement with the Appleton Area School District over allegations a former special education teacher abused their children.

Superintendent Lee Allinger declined to say how much the families received. But he told The Post-Crescent the costs were covered by the district's insurer.

The case involves Mary Berglund, who formerly taught at Janet Berry Elementary School. She was placed on probation for three years in 2011 in after pleading no contest to five misdemeanor battery charges.

In February 2012, the six families filed a civil lawsuit against the district, Berglund, Allinger and the principal.

The district and Berglund have filed motions asking a judge find in their favor in the case pertaining to the remaining two families. It's scheduled for trial Sept. 16.

FISHING OPENER

Inland fishing season starts in Wisconsin

CABLE, Wis. (AP) -- The conditions for the start of Wisconsin's inland fishing season are polar opposite of last year in some areas.

There is still up to 20 inches of ice on some northern lakes, with better conditions in southern Wisconsin.

Some events associated with the annual Governor's Fishing Opener still went on Saturday in Bayfield County on Lake Namekagon. Gov. Scott Walker delayed his fishing outing there to wait for safer conditions.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Harter says some anglers still fished Lake Namekagon's open water near shore and the thawed river outlet. He says some even chose to ice fish.

He says conditions were much different last year, with the ice melting by March.

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

WISCONSIN GOP CONVENTION-PRIEBUS

Priebus tells GOP faithful the party must change

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) -- Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus says Wisconsin's GOP elected officials are leading the way to help reform the party to better compete with Democrats.

Priebus spoke at the state party convention on Saturday near Wausau. He is the former Wisconsin state party director.

He says Republicans can't start running campaigns five months before an election and instead must be working year-round on organizing and attracting more people to the party.

Republicans haven't won a presidential race in Wisconsin in 24 years. They lost in 2012, even with Wisconsin native Paul Ryan on the ticket as vice president.

Priebus is also calling for changing the Republican presidential primary system. He called last year's 23 primary debates a "traveling circus" that is going to end.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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