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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013

FATAL FIRE-HOLCOMBE

Body of 5-year-old found in Holcombe fire

(Information in the following story is from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/)

HOLCOME, Wis. (AP) -- The Chippewa County Coroner's Office has found the body of a 5-year-old boy who was previously listed as missing after a Holcombe fire that killed two others.

The office identified the deceased Saturday as 82-year-old Robert Minder, who owned the home, 22-year-old Josh Peacock of Glen Flora and 5-year-old Joseph M.R. Sigsworth.

The five others injured during the fire Friday morning are 52-year-old Robert M. Minder Jr., 22-year-old Robert Minder III, 30-year-old Tabatha Minder, 51-year-old Darlene Minder, and 2-year-old Dillon Minder.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports the bodies of the deceased were recovered Friday evening. Forensic autopsies are scheduled Monday.

Robert Minder Jr. and Robert Minder III were released from a hospital. The conditions of the others were not immediately known Saturday.

Officials are still investigating the fire's cause.

GOOD SAMARITAN KILLING

Racine man requests not to attend own trial

(Information in the following story is from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com)

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A 68-year-old Racine man accused of killing a retired school teacher and robbing her of quarters doesn't want to be present for his trial.

Wilbert Thomas is charged in the October 2010 beating and strangulation death of 67-year-old Sandra Teichow. She was handing out quarters at a Laundromat in Racine.

Thomas' Public Defender Travis Schwantes told the judge Friday that Thomas requested not to be present during the trial partly because of publicity about the case.

The Journal Times reports Thomas wanted to watch the trial via closed-circuit television from the jail.

But Racine County Circuit Judge Tim Boyle said he wanted to avoid potential appellate court issues in the case, so he ordered Thomas to be present when the trial starts Monday.

OFFICERS SLAIN-RELEASE

Man who killed Summit police officers wins release

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

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A man who killed two Summit police officers nearly 40 years will be released from a mental health institution.

A six-person jury in Waukesha decided Thursday that Alan Randall may safely be released from Mendota Mental Health Institute.

The 54-year-old will remain there until a July 8 hearing. That's when the state Department of Health Services will present a plan to the judge for approval.

Randall was 16 when he killed Robert "Rocky" Atkins and Wayne Olson in 1975. He was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and committed to a state mental hospital.

He had tried numerous times over the years to win his release.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the victims' families are upset he'll be released.

MISSING MAN-CASE CLOSED

Manitowoc County solves case of missing man

(Information in the following story is from: Herald Times Reporter, http://www.htrnews.com)

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- The Manitowoc County sheriff's department has solved the case of a Mishicot man who disappeared 27 years ago.

Harry Ballard was reported missing on March 14, 1986. The 59-year-old had a drinking problem and often disappeared for extended periods of time.

Manitowoc County Coroner Curtis Green tells the Herald Times Reporter the court declared him dead in 1990 but his body was never found.

Green says he came across his file in 2012 again and his office and the sheriff's office made some calls.

He says they learned that someone matching Ballard's description had died in Florida of natural causes shortly after Ballard went missing.

Green says positive identification was made through fingerprints.

Ballard's wife has since died and Green said they are trying to locate other family members.

BEAR KILLS DONKEY

DNR: Hungry bear grabs donkey in Outagamie Co.

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)

TOWN OF MAINE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden Mike Young says he's never seen anything quite like it in his 20 years on the job.

A 300-pound black bear in search of food recently targeted a donkey in Outagamie County. Young says the bear dragged the donkey out of a pen in the Town of Maine, but left two llamas alone.

With the ground still cold and the lack of greenery, Young says black bears are raiding bird feeders and getting into trouble. He tried to trap the bear that killed the donkey, but it would pull the meat out of the trap and avoid capture. Young says he was able to get a shot at the bear, but only wounded him.

WLUK-TV says Young called in a bear hunting guide and a dog and they tracked the bear down and killed it.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES FOUND-APARTMENT

UP man arrested after explosive devices found

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) -- A western Upper Peninsula man is jailed after authorities found several explosive devices in a Menominee apartment building.

Menominee County prosecutor Dan Hass tells the Eagle-Herald of Marinette, Wis., that the 51-year-old man could be charged Saturday and arraigned as early as Monday.

At least five devices were found by police Friday afternoon after a search of the man's apartment. Neighbors in the 8-unit building were notified, but an evacuation was not ordered.

A bomb squad was called in late Friday night.

Police were notified Thursday of threats apparently made to the man's wife.

FISHING OPENER-ICE

Some Wis. lakes may have ice for fishing opener

(Information in the following story is from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) -- Some anglers in Wisconsin may be ice fishing for the season opener.

Wisconsin's fishing season opener is May 4, and there's still ice on many northern lakes.

State Department of Natural Resources officials say people can still ice fish, however they warn those anglers to use extreme caution and to wear a life jacket.

DNR Conservation Warden Joe Paul tells WLUK-TV there is 21 on Wheeler Lake in Lakewood and in general 12 to 22 inches across northern Oconto County.

But heading south looks more promising. Lake Winnebago is wide open.

Besides lakes, DNR officials say there are other fishing opportunities on opening day, including trout fishing since area streams are flowing.

SENIOR DRIVERS-CHECKUP

Free vehicle check-up offered for senior drivers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A team of automotive technicians and health professionals will help senior drivers in Madison check how comfortable and safe their vehicles are.

Darcie Olson is an instructor for the Madison College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She says drivers' vision, flexibility, strength and other physical conditions may change as they age. The CarFit program can help them clear off blind spots, adjust headroom space, examine foot positioning and check safety belts.

The free service is on Monday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Madison College West Campus.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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