Saturday Morning Wisconsin headlines

Posted Saturday, November 23, 2013 --- 5:21 a.m.


Court denies request for stay in secret Wis. probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court has refused to stay a secret investigation that reportedly involves Governor Scott Walker's campaign and conservative groups.

Attorneys Dean Strang and Matthew O'Neill filed motions with the appeals court earlier this week on behalf of three unnamed petitioners seeking to stay the probe.

The 4th District Court of Appeals denied the request Friday, rejecting the attorneys' arguments that the reserve judge overseeing the investigation has no authority to run such a probe and the judge improperly circumvented the clerks of court system by requiring documents be sent to a post office box.

Strang and O'Neill didn't immediately return messages.


Wis. man guilty of some charges for starving girl

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been convicted on some charges accusing him of starving his daughter down to 68 pounds.

Jurors on Friday convicted the Madison man of reckless endangerment, intentional child abuse and causing mental harm to a child. He was acquitted on a charge of false imprisonment.

The case came to light in February 2012, when a motorist found the girl wandering the streets. The girl told investigators she had spent most of the past five years confined to the basement of her family's home.

The Associated Press isn't naming anyone in the family to avoid identifying the girl.

It was the father's second trial. A jury in March convicted him of felony child neglect but acquitted him of a misdemeanor count. That jury deadlocked on four other charges.


Victims of Wis. murder-suicide identified

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dane County medical examiner has identified the couple killed in a murder-suicide at a home law office.

An autopsy confirms that 64-year-old Elizabeth Singler of Madison died of "homicidal firearm violence."

The medical examiner says the man who died, 68-year-old Henry Pullett Junior, also of Madison, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting happened Thursday in the south-central Wisconsin town of Oregon, inside a law firm that is also a residence.

The homeowners say the man, who was a legal client, arrived at the office unexpectedly, along with his girlfriend. The man and his girlfriend started arguing, and the man pulled out a gun and shot her and then himself. Both died at the scene.


Body found in UP was missing Milwaukee man

CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The body of a 44-year-old man found by deer hunters in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been identified as a Milwaukee man missing since September.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks says foul play isn't suspected in the death of Gerod Prince. He likely died of exposure in Cedarville Township.

The Daily News in Iron Mountain says the remains were found on state land by hunters on November 15th, the first day of deer season. Milwaukee police had listed Prince as a voluntary missing person.


Wis. cancer center tailors recipes to patients

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A La Crosse cancer center is among six nationwide working to provide more tempting food and recipes to patients often nauseated and exhausted due to treatment.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the national Cancer Nutrition Consortium surveyed more than 1,200 patients to determine their symptoms and reaction to foods.

Terre McJoynt is an administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Cancer Center in La Crosse and founding member of the consortium. She says the Culinary Institute of America in New York helped develop appealing, nutritional recipes.

The effort will eventually include the centers providing recipes to take home or hospital chefs making food for patients.

McJoynt says they hope to develop a cancer nutrition training program for chefs at the institute and develop prepared foods to sell in stores.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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