Sunday morning Wisconsin headlines

Posted Sunday, September 1, 2013 --- 3:50 a.m.

HARLEY PARADE

Harleys parade rumbles through Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Motorcycle lovers turned out in droves to see, and hear, thousands of Harley-Davidsons rumble through Milwaukee.

The parade is part of this weekend's 110th Harley-Davidson Anniversary celebration. More than 100,000 people from around the globe are expected to take part in concerts, street parties and other weekend events.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Governor Scott Walker was also part of the parade. He rode his Road King, and wore a black vest with motorcycle pins.

The bikers with American flags on their bikes got the most applause. One man with at least 15 flags was cheered like a war hero.

Jo Dunnin, of Wauwatosa, watched the parade with her family. She says she loves the bikes from other countries. Parade participants included riders from South Africa, the Netherlands and Mexico.

WISCONSIN MINE-FOREST

Hearing set for proposal to close forest near mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A public hearing will be held in coming days on a new bill that would close up to 4,000 acres of forest around an iron mine site just south of Lake Superior.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a 4 1/2-mile mine in the Penokee Hills. The bill by Senators Glenn Grothman and Tom Tiffany would close the surrounding acres to recreational use.

The forest around the site is part of the Department of Natural Resources' managed forest program, which ensures access for hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing and sightseeing. Protesters emerged from the forest earlier this summer and accosted mine workers.

Tiffany says the proposal is meant to help protect mine workers from more protesters.

The Senate's mining committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill for Wednesday.

BASKETBALL GAME-SHOOTING

Charges in shooting of 3 at street basketball game

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An 18-year-old is charged with multiple counts for allegedly firing at a group of street basketball players, injuring three teens.

Roberto Drake Rodriguez of Milwaukee was charged Saturday with four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The complaint says some teens were playing street basketball Monday in Milwaukee when a woman asked them for a cigarette. An argument ensued.

Police say Rodriguez showed up 15 minutes later and began shooting from across the street. Three teens -- ages 15, 16 and 17 -- were struck by bullets. They were treated at a local hospital.

Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday.

The complaint says he told police he shot at a car near the teens to scare them. Online court records do not list an attorney for him.

TRAIN-PEDESTRIAN FATAL

Woman, 2 dogs, die after struck by train in Lowell

LOWELL, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a 61-year-old woman is dead after she was hit by a train in Lowell.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Department says Juanita Payton was walking her two dogs Saturday morning when she was struck by a train that was heading southbound on the tracks. It happened at the intersection of Blackbird and Chapel Roads.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her two dogs also died.

MOTORCYCLIST DIES-BROWN COUNTY

Speed seems to be factor in fatal motorcycle crash

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say speed seems to be a major factor in a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of one man.

The Brown County Sheriff's Department says the accident happened about 11:30 Friday night on U.S. Highway 41 in the village of Howard. The crash happened when the motorcyclist hit a concrete barrier. He was thrown from his bike, then apparently struck by several vehicles.

Officials say the man was seen traveling at a high rate of speed just before the crash.

No one else was injured. A portion of Highway 41 was shut down for about five hours.

The man's name hasn't been released.

MEGA-DAIRY SALE

Foreclosed dairy farms in SE Mich. sold

HUDSON, Mich. (AP) -- A sale of the former Vreba-Hoff dairies in southeastern Michigan has been finalized by the bank that foreclosed on the properties.

The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports that documents were signed Friday for Rabo AgriFinance to sell the dairies to Kaukauna, Wisconsin-based Milk Source LLC.

The purchase includes three dairy farms and 2,250 acres of farmland near Hudson. Milk Source co-owner Jim Ostrom says the total investment will be as much as $90 million and the company expects to employ 100 full-time workers.

Rabo AgriFinance filed a foreclosure complaint in federal court in 2010 and shut down the operations. Vreba-Hoff had blamed the dairy's financial failure on low milk prices and high feed costs.

The former owner also had repeated legal battles with state environmental regulators over mismanaging manure.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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