Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 -- 5:50 a.m.

INVESTMENT CAPITAL

Committee signs off on Wis. venture capital bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill that would put $25 million in state money into Wisconsin startups passed its first hurdle in the Assembly despite controversy surrounding Gov. Scott Walker's jobs-creation agency.

The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining approved the bill on an 8-6 vote Friday.

The legislation from Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, would put the money into a fund that invests in young Wisconsin companies. It would require the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to contract with a fund manager to manage the investments.

Some Democrats say the state shouldn't trust the WEDC after a scathing audit found that the agency didn't adequately track loans it awarded and gave money to unqualified companies.

Kuglitsch says those complaints are political.

The full Assembly will take up the bill Tuesday.

MISSING WIFE-MINNESOTA

Body of missing woman found battered, nude

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Court documents say the body of a missing St. Paul woman was battered and naked when it was recovered from the Mississippi River.

The body of 30-year-old Kira Steger-Trevino was recovered from the river in downtown St. Paul Wednesday. Her husband, Jeffery Trevino, is charged in her death and is scheduled to stand trial May 28. He remains jailed in Ramsey County on $1 million bond.

Prosecutors filed a motion Friday seeking more time for experts to analyze the woman's body and other evidence in her disappearance. Defense attorneys wanted test results by May 15.

KSTP-TV reports the court documents say injuries to the body include a head wound, a broken finger, bruising inside her lip and lacerations to her liver. She also had duct tape in her hair.

BOY'S DEATH-WISCONSIN

Wis. police call boy's death suspicious

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

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) -- Mount Pleasant police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy.

Police Chief Tim Zarzecki says police got a call around 10:10 a.m. Friday about an unresponsive boy. The boy was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Zarzecki calls the death suspicious.

Racine County Medical Examiner Mike Payne would not elaborate but says it was not a natural death.

The Journal Times reports the police chief says no one was in custody as of Friday afternoon.

2005 TRIPLE HOMICIDE

Wis. man held in 2005 triple homicide

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

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A 29-year-old Racine man has made his first court appearance in connection with a 2005 triple homicide.

Juwan Matthews faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Ryan Lockridge, Aaron Woods and Frank Mister, all 23, of Racine, were fatally shot July 17, 2005, in a parking lot after a dice game became violent. Four others were wounded.

Matthews was identified as one of the suspects in 2005, but police were unable to track him down at the time.

Racine Police Sgt. Jessie Metoyer says Matthews was being held in federal prison on drug-related charges, and was transferred from California to Racine to make his initial appearance.

The Journal Times reports bond was set at $500,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday.

CAMPUSES-MISTAKEN GUNFIRE

Popping balloons bring police response to campus

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A report of gunshots on the campus of a La Crosse technical college drew an immediate response from heavily-armed police officers who found the sound was nothing more than balloons popping during a class project.

Officers armed with assault rifles took up defensive positions around the Coleman Center at Western Technical College Thursday after a 911 call was received about shots fired in the building. Nervous students were evacuated from nearby buildings.

Police stormed inside with weapons drawn and searched room by room. Then officers found the class with the balloons and learned it was a false alarm. The La Crosse Tribune says the incident reflects a heightened awareness of danger that may be the new normal on college campuses. Police and college officials say the response was appropriate given the nature of the 911 call.


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