Friday Morning Wisconsin News Headlines

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 -- 4:42 a.m.

TEEN STARVED-WISCONSIN

Closing arguments end in Wis. starved girl case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Closing arguments have ended in the case of a Wisconsin man charged with starving and torturing his 16-year-old daughter.

Dane County District Attorney Matthew Moeser (MOE-sir) told jurors Thursday the man hid his daughter in his basement so people wouldn't ask questions. Moeser says the girl didn't know what day or month it was. The girl weighed 68 pounds when she ran away from the home in February 2012 and was discovered by a passing motorist.

But defense attorney William Hayes says the girl is a liar, mentally ill and chose not to eat.

Jurors have begun deliberating in the case.

The Associated Press isn't naming the man to avoid identifying the girl, who has said her stepbrother tried to sexually assault her.

SIKH STORE-ARSON-WISCONSIN

Man accused of setting fire at Sikh-owned store

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com )

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Green Bay man is charged with a hate crime for allegedly setting fire at a convenience store owned by a Sikh (seek) American.

Fifty-three-year-old James Parrish faces charges of arson with a hate crime modification, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police arrested Parrish March 5 after he reportedly walked into the Dollar Land store, dumped a liquid on the register and set it on fire after a store employee turned him down for a date.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund praised authorities for treating the arson as a hate crime.

Last August, a white supremacist fatally shot six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek before killing himself.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Z7C6kU) reports Parrish's next court date is April 5.

WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT

Wisconsin adds 12,400 private jobs in January

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has added 12,400 private sector jobs in January while the unemployment rate increased to 7 percent.

The latest numbers were reported Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

The report shows the state added 12,400 private sector jobs in January while government jobs decreased by 10,600. The department says the large drop in government jobs is likely due to a timing issue related to the University of Wisconsin System's payroll schedule.

Those numbers are based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of businesses and subject to significant revision.

The unemployment rate increased from 6.7 percent to 7 percent, but remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent.

The most reliable data showing how many jobs were created in 2012 is scheduled to be released in June.

EEOC-PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION-SCHOOL

Wis. school settles pregnancy discrimination suit

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee area private prep school will pay $37,500 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Thursday with the University School of Milwaukee.

The EEOC's lawsuit alleged the pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 school terminated Mallory Barker because of her pregnancy. Barker was a part-time arts and crafts coordinator in the school's after-school program.

Under a consent decree settling the lawsuit, the University School will pay Barker $37,500. The settlement also prohibits future discrimination.

In a statement, the University School says it does not admit liability but believes settling the lawsuit is in the school's best interest. The school says it is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.

The EEOC says the school also will train its employees, managers and supervisors about pregnancy discrimination.

WISCONSIN REDISTRICTING-LAWSUIT

Affidavit: Wis. GOP files not preserved as ordered

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com )

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An affidavit filed in federal court says documents were deleted from state redistricting computers last year even after lawmakers' aides were told to preserve all records.

The discovery raises the possibility that Republican officials or their lawyers could face sanctions from the panel of three federal judges overseeing the case.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says nine hard drives were given to groups suing the state. That's because there were questions about whether legislators and their attorneys had turned over all the documents they'd been ordered to provide.

The affidavit says one of the hard drives was unreadable and appeared to have been tampered with. Others had an advanced file-deleting program installed on them.

A lawyer representing the firm that helped lawmakers with redistricting says the allegations are unproven.

LABOR UNION-TRAINING CONCERN

Labor union asks Wis. college to stop training

(Information in the following story is from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com )

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A labor union is accusing Caterpillar Inc. of training nonunion workers as replacements in case negotiations break down, and the union is asking a Milwaukee technical college to cease the training.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says labor negotiations between United Steelworkers Local 1343 and Caterpillar begin next month. If talks stall, the 25 nonunion trainees could step in as strike replacements.

The union asked Milwaukee Area Technical College to stop the training. However, the college says it has a contract with Caterpillar.

Caterpillar acknowledges putting the workers into the welder-training program, and says that's standard practice whenever contracts are close to expiring.

A union representing the technical college's faculty says it opposes training replacement workers for Caterpillar. Economics professor Michael Rosen says his sympathies are with the Steelworkers.

TEEN STARVED-WISCONSIN

Prosecutor: Father tortured, starved teen daughter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Wisconsin father accused of starving and torturing his 16-year-old daughter clearly chose to hurt her.

Assistant Dane County District Attorney Matthew Moeser told jurors during closing arguments in the Madison man's trial Thursday that the man hid his daughter in his basement so people wouldn't ask questions. Moeser says the girl didn't know what day or month it was.

The girl weighed less than 70 pounds when she finally ran away from the home in February 2012 and was discovered by a passing motorist.

The Associated Press isn't naming the man to avoid identifying the girl who has alleged her stepbrother tried to sexually assault her.

The jury was expected to begin deliberations later Thursday.

INFANT BEATEN-NANNY CAMERA

Prosecutors: Babysitter videotaped abusing infant

(Information in the following story is from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com )

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors in central Wisconsin say they have videotaped evidence of a babysitter beating a 4-month-old boy.

Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Cronin, of Rothschild, is facing felony child abuse charges. A criminal complaint filed in Marathon County says the infant's father installed a secret video camera because he was concerned that Cronin wasn't carefully watching his children after the baby's 2-year-old brother fell down some steps.

After reviewing some of the videotape the parents called police. The complaint says Cronin repeatedly struck the baby in the head and face while the infant was in a swing. It says Cronin grabbed the boy's wrist and violently yanked him from the floor into the air.

Defense attorney Richard Lawson tells the Wausau Daily Herald the allegations are to "totally out of character" for Cronin.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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