Friday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 -- 3:42 a.m.

WAUSAU PAPER-BRAINERD

Wausau Paper to close Minnesota mill

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) -- Wausau Paper Corporation says it plans to close its mill in Brainerd, Minnesota putting 130 employees out of work.

Wausau said Thursday the shutdown will happen early in the second quarter of 2013.

The Mosinee-based company announced last month that it was putting the Brainerd mill -- and mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander -- up for sale. Those three mills make paper used for packaging, linings and masking tape.

In November, Wausau announced plans to end production of print paper at its Brainerd mill. The company planned to focus on its tissue business.

But Wausau says it became clear the Brainerd mill "will not contribute to those alternatives" and that the closing will "significantly improve" operating results in its paper segment.

Last year, Wausau closed its oldest mill in Brokaw.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee police officer shoots, wounds armed man

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee police officer has shot and wounded a 43-year-old suspect after a domestic violence call.

Officers were sent Thursday on a report of shots fired. Police say two sergeants found the man armed with a firearm inside a home threatening to kill his girlfriend, children and other family members.

Police were trying to negotiate with the suspect when he shot and wounded his 44-year-old girlfriend. One of the sergeants then shot and wounded the suspect.

The girlfriend and a 65-year-old member of the suspect's family, who suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, were taken to a hospital. The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

The sergeant who shot the suspect is an 18-year police veteran. He will be placed on standard administrative duty during an investigation.

SUSPECT'S DEATH-MILWAUKEE

Inquest jury recommends charging 3 Milwaukee cops

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An inquest jury is recommending misdemeanor charges against three Milwaukee police officers who ignored a suspect's pleas for help as he gasped for air in the back of a squad car.

It's now up to prosecutors to decide whether to file formal charges against the officers in the case of Derek Williams. Williams died in July 2011 after gasping for breath and begging for help for about eight minutes in a police car. The officers eventually performed CPR and called paramedics.

The jury also found that there was probable cause that Williams -- who had the genetic marker for sickle cell but not the disease itself -- died of sickle cell crisis.

The officers were not present when the verdict was read in court.

MISSING MAN-HOMICIDE

Man charged with intimidation in Wis. homicide

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a man accused of killing his half-brother with intimidating a witness.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, Jeffrey Vogelsberg threatened his grandfather, James Robar, in a letter from jail last week.

Robar called police in July to report that Vogelsberg's half-brother, Matthew Graville, had gone missing. Detectives eventually found Graville's body buried in the woods. Prosecutors charged Vogelsberg in November with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

According to the new complaint, Robar told a detective Vogelsberg warned him reporting Graville's disappearance meant war. Vogelsberg sent Robar a copy of the detective's report on the remark from jail on February 13th. Robar said the letter disturbed him.

Vogelsberg's public defender didn't immediately return a message.

SNOWMOBILE FATALS-LAKE SUPERIOR

2 men die when snowmobile goes into Lake Superior

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Crews have recovered the bodies of two men who died after their snowmobile went into Lake Superior near Madeline Island.

The two men were last seen leaving Bayfield heading to Madeline Island on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. A caller to 911 reported them missing 12 hours later.

Searchers found the body of one man next to a partially submerged snowmobile in the water near the South Channel shortly after the 911 call was received. The second man's body was found about three hours later.

Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan says the victims were both in their 30s and lived on Madeline Island.

Brennan says the men had been on the same snowmobile. WDIO-TV reports their names are not being released because family members are still being notified.

1957 SLAYING-MOTHER CHARGED

Prosecutor: Plea deal with mother in 1957 slaying

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a 76-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of killing her baby more than a half-century ago.

Ruby Klokow (KLOK'-ow) is charged with second-degree murder in the 1957 death of her daughter, Jeaneen. Her trial was set to begin Monday.

Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco (deh-CHEK'-oh) announced the plea agreement Thursday. He said he couldn't provide details ahead of a plea hearing Monday.

Klokow was charged after her adult son came forward in 2008 with stories of childhood abuse.

Her attorney didn't immediately return a call and email Thursday. Her sister, Judy Post, says she is relieved there won't be a trial.

AP-WF-02-22-13 0933GMT


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