Saturday morning Wisconsin headlines

Posted Saturday, January 25, 2014 --- 3:38 a.m.

DEEP FREEZE-WISCONSIN

Cold weather leads to cancelations in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A cold, windy forecast has led the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to cancel several events this weekend.

The events include a Winter Fest set for Saturday at Perrot State Park near Trempealeau; a skiing, hiking and snowshoeing event at Governor Dodge State Park near Dodgeville; and candlelight events at Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls and Whitefish Dunes State Park near Sturgeon Bay.

The DNR recommends checking its website to make sure other events are still scheduled.

In Green Bay, several of Saturday's Winterfest events have been called off.

Even colder weather is on tap for early next week. Some Wisconsin school districts are considering whether to cancel classes Monday. Wind chills in Madison, for example are forecast for minus-33 early Monday and 41 below early Tuesday.

PROPANE SHORTAGE-WISCONSIN

Cold, short supply drive higher Wis. propane costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin residents are bundling up and watching their money go out the door as propane prices skyrocket.

High demand during the cold weather coupled with depleted supplies from fall corn-drying and pipeline problems have combined to drive up prices across the country. According to the latest federal data, residential prices in Wisconsin averaged $2.30 per gallon on January 20th, up 13 percent from December 16th.

Governor Scott Walker's office says 250,000 Wisconsin residents rely on propane for heat.

Walker began issuing orders in October lifting hour limits for truckers to expedite propane shipments. But industry analysts say supplies are so depleted trucks have to fill up directly from pipelines, slowing delivery.

The governor has called a meeting with propane industry leaders on Monday to discuss the situation.

WISCONSIN MINE-FOREST

Company closes roads on Wisconsin iron mine site

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A company looking to dig a huge iron mine near Mellen has closed off public land surrounding the site's roads.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that Gogebic Taconite has closed a 600-foot strip on each side of each private road running through the site.

About 3,500 acres around the site is open to the public through the state's managed forest program. Gogebic Taconite fears protesters could take advantage of that access to harass mine workers as they conduct tests. Republican Governor Scott Walker signed a law in December that allows the company to create 600-foot restricted zones around private roads on the site.

DNR officials say the public can still venture onto the land to fish and hunt during the November gun deer season.

SUMMIT KILLING

Man charged in shooting death of father in Summit

SUMMIT, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha County authorities have charged a 27-year-old man in the shooting death of his 60-year-old father in the Village of Summit.

Shawn Witt is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of James Witt. Prosecutors also charged him Friday with bail jumping, heroin possession, theft and violating an injunction. Bail was sent at $1 million.

Authorities say Shawn Witt was arrested on domestic abuse charges Tuesday for allegedly beating his father. A criminal complaint said they had argued about loud music and the son's lack of a job. A court granted a restraining order prohibiting the son from any contact with his father. But officers found the father dead in his basement the next day, wrapped in a blanket.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Shawn Witt.

OVERDOSE CHARNE

La Crosse man charged in 2012 overdose death

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse man has been charged with reckless homicide in the heroin overdose death of a Neillsville woman in 2012.

The Clark County Sheriff's office said in a statement Friday that 27-year-old Reavon Taylor was the source of the heroin that killed 19-year-old Monica Cooper on December 17th, 2012.

Taylor is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on previous charges. He'll be transferred later to Clark County.

Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

SHARPER-ASSAULT ALLEGATION

Report released on Sharper sex assault allegation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An attorney for former NFL safety Darren Sharper says there is no evidence to support an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in New Orleans last September.

Nandi Campbell said Friday her investigation shows the woman in the complaint followed Sharper willingly throughout the evening of the alleged assault. And, Campbell stressed that Sharper has not been charged in the New Orleans complaint.

Asked for information on the Sharper investigation, New Orleans police Friday released a brief report.

It said the unidentified woman said she was assaulted by a man who took her to his apartment the night of September 23rd after she consumed a large amount of alcohol. The report does not name Sharper, but Campbell confirmed that he is the subject of the report.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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