Sunday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2013 -- 7:04 a.m.


Wis. not likely to take up gay marriage again soon

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

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's neighbor Minnesota may have become the 12th state in the country to legalize same-sex unions on Tuesday.

But gay marriage is not on the legislative agenda in Wisconsin, and that's not expected to change in the near future.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political scientist Joe Heim tells Post-Crescent Media that national public opinion seems to lean toward gay marriage. But Heim says he doesn't see Wisconsin joining that group soon.

Wisconsin's constitution, unlike Minnesota's, bans same-sex marriage.

In November 2006, nearly 60 percent of Wisconsin voters supported an amendment banning gay marriage.

Before Wisconsin lawmakers could consider a bill to allow gay marriage, voters would have to pass an amendment undoing the 2006 amendment language. But before that the Legislature would have to pass the amendment in two consecutive sessions.


Deadline approaching for state's no-call list

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The quarterly deadline to place a telephone number on Wisconsin's no-call list is approaching.

The deadline to be added to the list is May 31st. Any number put on the list then will be protected from unwanted phone solicitations and text messages starting July 1st.

Registrations are good for two years, and people can re-register their numbers at any time.

The list is updated four times a year.

Anyone who misses the May 31st deadline won't be able to get their number added to the list until October 1st.

Numbers can be added to the list at or by calling 1-866-966-2255.

Political calls, calls from nonprofit organizations and calls made in response to a written or verbal request or permission are not covered.


Madison officers shoot 43-year-old man with sword

(Information in the following story is from: Wisconsin State Journal,

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A 43-year-old man is dead after he was fatally shot by Madison police.

Dane County Sheriff's Lieutenant Charles Immel says Madison police were called to the man's condo building after sheriff's deputies were unsuccessful in serving the man with an eviction notice Friday morning. The man was believed to be armed with knives and a sword.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says police tried to persuade the man to come out peacefully throughout the day.

Police say the man came out around 9 p.m. Friday, brandishing a large sword and charged at officers. Officer first tried to stop him by firing non-lethal bean bag rounds.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports several officers ended up firing multiple rounds at the man. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.


Renewed search for Wis. girl missing since 1996

(Information in the following story is from: Duluth News Tribune,

SPOONER, Wis. (AP) -- Washburn County sheriff's officials say they consider the case of a 15-year-old girl missing for 17 years still open and active.

The Duluth News Tribune reports crews took part in a ground and water search in Washburn County on Thursday and Friday in the case of Sara Bushland.

She was last seen April 3rd, 1996, getting off the school bus at her home near Spooner.

According to a sheriff's office news release, crews searched property owned by Bushland's mother and stepfather with their consent and cooperation.

Sheriff Terry Dryden says he can't release much information on why and how the search came about because it's an ongoing criminal investigation.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad and Superior-Douglas County Dive Team were among the agencies involved in the search.


West Allis police have man in custody in death

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- West Allis police have a man in custody in connection to the death of a 63-year-old woman who was found in a hallway of an apartment building.

Police were notified of the death at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Officers say the woman lived in the building.

Police said Saturday that various people were interviewed and one male resident of the building remains in custody.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine how the woman died.


Green Bay man's death is ruled homicide

(Information in the following story is from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay police have ruled the death of a 49-year-old man a homicide.

The department announced last week it was investigating a suspicious death at Daniel Kuehl's residence.

Detective Capt. Todd Thomas tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette the slaying likely occurred within a week of Kuehl's body being found.

Police aren't releasing many other details, including how Kuehl died. But they say officers were on the scene for three days collecting a large amount of evidence that is now being tested at the State Crime Lab.

In a statement, police said Kuehl was described as a kind man who was very private. Police ask anyone who has been in his apartment in the last few months to contact them.

No arrests have been made.


Boy killed in LaFayette Co. accident identified

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The Lafayette County sheriff's office has identified the 8-year-old boy run over by a skid steer loader.

The sheriff's department says Melvin Jarrett, Junior was killed when he was accidentally struck by a skid loader being operated by Melvin Jarrett Senior.

Authorities say Jarrett Senior was backing up when the boy was struck at about 4:40 p.m. Friday. Sheriff's officials say the machine was being used to help develop a small campground.

The boy is from Blanchardville and the man is from Mineral Point.


Wis. Democratic Party adviser is leaving

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A well-known Democratic Party of Wisconsin adviser is leaving his position.

In an email, Graeme Zielinski announced Friday that he was leaving.

Zielinski had been demoted in March to an adviser from his job as the party's spokesman. He had compared Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer on Twitter.

Zielinski, a former newspaper reporter, said he was working on a writing project.

He also suggested on his Facebook page Saturday that he has been dealing with a "health scare" recently. He doesn't offer specifics.

Party Chairman Mike Tate said the party was proud of Zielinski's work to move them forward.

Walker campaign spokeswoman Nicole Tieman also announced her departure Friday in an email.


Wis. group seeks volunteers to plant 500 gardens

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Victory Garden Initiative is seeking volunteers to plant 500 vegetable gardens in Milwaukee this month.

The nonprofit is named for efforts during World War One and Two to have people grow food to support the war effort. It encourages people to plant gardens now as a way to improve nutrition and quality of life.

Director Gretchen Mead says the goal is to make sure everyone has access to fresh fruits and vegetables, no matter their income level.

The group aims to plant 500 gardens by May 25th.

Volunteers can sign up each day between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity at 3726 North Booth Avenue in Milwaukee. There will be rallies for volunteers at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. May 25th.


Wabeno landmark repaired, escorted home

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

WABENO, Wis. (AP) -- A treasured landmark has been returned to a small town in northern Wisconsin with a rich history in the logging industry.

The giant fiberglass statue of Larry the Logroller has been keeping watch over the logging museum in the Forest County community of Wabeno (wah-BEE'-noh) for many years. But, in January the local treasure sustained extensive damage by a falling tree.

Larry, in pieces, was shipped to an auto body shop more than 100 miles away. Ron Piontek says he spent countless hours putting Larry back together at his auto shop in Denmark.

Four months later, Larry was ready to head back to Wabeno. WLUK-TV says the 21-foot-tall lumberjack was strapped to a trailer for the ride home and even got a police escort when he returned Thursday. Locals say Larry has never looked better.

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