Saturday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 -- 5:39 a.m.

WINTER STORM-WISCONSIN

Storm makes travel tough in parts of Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A messy combination of falling and blowing snow is winding down after making travel difficult in parts of Wisconsin.

Numerous spinouts kept law enforcement agencies busy in eastern Wisconsin Friday morning where the wind off Lake Michigan caused heavy drifting.

Dozens of school districts decided to give students a long weekend, including Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oconto Falls, Wautoma and Wild Rose. The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc also called off classes.

Snow totals include 7.5 inches in Manitowoc, 7 inches in Merrillan, 5.8 inches in La Crosse and 4 inches in Appleton.

SHERIFF RESIGNS

Wis. sheriff steps down amid wife's legal troubles

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The Marathon County sheriff says he plans to retire in the next few weeks.

Sheriff Randy Hoenisch said during a press conference Friday that his decision was based on legal problems surrounding his wife, Kim, a former probation officer who has pleaded no contest to stealing prescription drugs.

Wisconsin prison officials fired her in December, two days before she was formally charged. She was accused of stealing medication from her clients.

Her husband struggled as he talked about his wife's legal troubles Friday. He says he took her to a hospital for in-patient treatment, and asked the state to fully investigate so no one could accuse his department of a cover-up.

The 57-year-old sheriff, who has been with the department for four decades, apologized to his staff for the distractions.

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee cop shot armed suspect 4 times

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say an officer shot an armed man four times while responding to a domestic violence incident.

Police say the 43-year-old suspect survived and is in custody.

Two Milwaukee police sergeants were called to a home Thursday. While police tried to negotiate with the suspect, he shot and wounded his 44-year-old girlfriend. One of the sergeants then fired his gun four times, striking the suspect with each round.

The girlfriend, a 65-year-old relative of the suspect and the suspect were treated at a hospital and released. Police say the family member was trying to intervene and likely was wounded when one of the rounds fired by the sergeant went through the suspect, striking the family member in the arm.

The sergeant is on standard administrative duty during an investigation.

SNOWMOBILE FATAL-WISCONSIN

Teen dies in snowmobile crash in Door County

TOWN OF BRUSSELS, Wis. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy has died after the snowmobile he was driving collided with a truck in Door County.

The sheriff's office says the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Township of Brussels. The boy later died at a Green Bay hospital.

The boy was on a designated snowmobile trail when he stopped before crossing the road. When he tried to cross the road he collided with a truck driven by a 47-year-old man.

The boy from the Brussels area was the only person on the snowmobile. His name was not immediately released. The truck driver was not hurt.

SNOWMOBILE FATALS-LAKE SUPERIOR

Officials ID 2 men killed in Lake Superior plunge

(Information in the following story is from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com)

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the two men who died when they broke through ice while snowmobiling on Lake Superior off Madeline Island.

The victims were 30-year-old Joshua Reynolds and 38-year-old Mark Backes, both of La Pointe.

Authorities say the two men apparently were riding on a single snowmobile when they left Bayfield about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, bound for La Pointe on Madeline Island. They were reported overdue and missing about 12 hours later.

The Duluth News Tribune reports one of the men was found in open water about 10 a.m. Thursday. Rescue crews found the body of the second victim about 1 p.m.

The snowmobile was found partially submerged in the area of the South Channel.

FATAL ELEVATOR FALL

Man falls down Wis. warehouse elevator shaft, dies

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- Superior police say a 65-year-old man has died after falling down an elevator shaft at a warehouse where he was working.

Police say Douglas Moen went to an emergency room in Superior Thursday, complaining of injuries he suffered in a fall. Police say Moen later died at the hospital.

Investigators say Moen had been working at the warehouse with two other men moving furniture. The building was dark, so Moen tried to find a light switch but fell 8 to 10 feet down the elevator shaft.

Police say the two other men heard Moen yelling for help and took him to the hospital because he did not want an ambulance called.

The accident is under investigation.

WISCONSIN JOBS

Wis. adds 20,500 jobs over 12-month period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The latest jobs numbers released by Gov. Scott Walker's administration shows slowed growth over the 12-month period that ended in September.

Walker's Department of Workforce Development released the latest numbers Friday that show the addition of 20,481 jobs during that time. That's slower growth than the previous 12-month period through last June when 35,381 private-sector jobs were created.

The data is based on a census of 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses. Walker's administration has been releasing the numbers in advance of them being published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Because they are released early, Wisconsin's performance can't be compared to other states. In the previous quarter, Wisconsin ranked 42nd in job creation.

CRAIGSLIST-CHILD SALE-JOKE

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Manitowoc police say a Craigslist ad offering to sell a 4-year-old boy for $1,000 turned out to be a teenager's joke.

Authorities took the ad seriously when it was placed last week. By the time police got a call from a woman about the ad, it had been removed from Craigslist. But the caller helped detectives contact the suspect.

Detectives became even more concerned when the suspect said the boy had been sold for $1,200 but he would be able to acquire another child.

Police traced the computer to Roncalli High School and a 17-year-old student who posted the ad in class as a joke.

Police say the boy apologized. The Herald Times Reporter says police issued a $681 ordinance citation for disorderly conduct rather than a criminal charge.

Copyright Associated Press


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