Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 --- 5:54 a.m.
ICE BREAKING-LAKE SUPERIOR
Coast Guard begins ice breaking on Lake Superior
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is beginning to break the ice on Lake Superior and officials say the process will be difficult this year.
The director of the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Services, Mark Gill, says it's the most ice he's seen on the lake in 25 years. Gill says the record-setting cold winter has ice exceeding 42 inches on the Superior side of the harbor and up to 36 inches of plate ice on the Duluth, Minnesota side.
Gills tells Wisconsin Public Radio that they'll use commercial tugs to help get boats moving by March 17th.
He says the "lakers" are already asking for help to leave the harbor later this month. The Soo Locks are set to open March 25th.
BOARDING SCHOOL FIRE
Students safe after fire at St. Lawrence Seminary
MOUNT CALVARY, Wis. (AP) -- The nearly 200 students at St. Lawrence Seminary are safe after a five-alarm fire at the boarding school.
School spokesman Philip Van Ermen says all students have been allowed to return to their dorms, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
No one was injured in the fire, which happened before dawn Saturday in St. Joseph Hall. Action Reporter Media in Fond du Lac reports that St. Joseph Hall is the oldest building on campus, and is severely damaged. The building houses offices and classrooms.
The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. No other buildings were damaged.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a private, Catholic boarding school for male students. It was founded in 1860 by Capuchin Franciscans.
Hospital group to post when newborn tests are sent
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Starting in April, the Wisconsin Hospital Association will post data that will show expecting parents whether the hospital where they plan to have their baby promptly sends newborn screening samples to the lab for testing.
The hospital group announced its plan Friday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that newborn screening has been under review since a November investigation by the newspaper found that dozens of Wisconsin hospitals weren't quickly sending samples to the state lab.
The Journal Sentinel began investigating after a baby almost died from a treatable condition. The New London hospital where he was born delayed sending his blood test to the lab.
CAR THEFT-BABY ON BOARD
Teen arrested for stealing car with baby in it
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car with a baby inside.
Police say the teen abandoned the car and the 14-month-old child was unharmed.
Police say in a news release that the toddler's mother left the car running at a BP gas station Friday night in Milwaukee. Her baby was strapped into a child seat inside when the 16-year-old got in and drove away.
A witness followed the teen until he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. He was arrested a short time later.
Police are investigating whether he may be responsible for other auto thefts in the area.
Man killed in snowmobile crash in Wheaton
WHEATON, Wis. (AP) -- A 20-year-old man is dead after he lost control of a snowmobile and crashed into a tree in Wheaton.
The Chippewa Herald reports the crash happened Friday night on a public snowmobile trail.
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says the man was snowmobiling with three friends when he lost control and hit a tree.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Authorities say speed and the driver's unfamiliarity with the trail contributed to the crash.
SPRING BREAK SCAMS
State warns against spring break scams
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin college students and others looking to escape the cold and snow over spring break are being warned to watch out for scams.
The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is offering a variety of tips to avoid getting duped.
The BBB recommends booking a trip using a reliable travel agent. The agency's background can be checked on the BBB's website.
It also says travelers should get details about the trip in writing, use a credit card for payment and consider purchasing travel insurance.
The BBB also cautions about accepting deals that appear to be too good to be true, and to be wary about being told that a trip has been won.
NBA suspends Mayo 1-game for punch
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended one game for punching New Orleans Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
The incident occurred with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter of Milwaukee's 112-104 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. Mayo got tied up with Stiemsma as he tried to get around a screen set by the big man.
Mayo was assessed a flagrant four 2 and ejected. Mayo served the suspension Saturday night when the Bucks lost to the Washington Wizards, 114-107.