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Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 6:25 a.m.


Wis. diocese removes former priest over allegation

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says a man who voluntarily left the priesthood more than 40 years ago has been removed from the clergy over an allegation that he sexually abused a boy in the 1960s.

A Press-Gazette Media report says Jerome Koerner of De Pere denied the allegations but cooperated with the process.

The diocese says it received an allegation last year that he had sexually abused a boy while serving as a priest. The diocese began the process of removing him from the priesthood. It said Friday the process has been completed.

The alleged victim says Koerner molested him several times from 1960 to 1967. He says police told him too much time had passed to justify pursuing criminal charges.

Koerner says, "I'm going to keep it simple -- I deny any allegation."


Waukesha police: Man bites another man's ear off

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha police say a 24-year-old man bit off the ear of a 47-year-old man.

Police Sergeant David Wanner says the suspect has been arrested on suspicion of mayhem. He says the attack happened Friday afternoon, and that the two men were not related.

He says officers are still in the early phases of the investigation, and more information could be available Monday morning.


West Allis man who drowned in Shawano Lake ID'ed

WESCOTT, Wis. (AP) -- The West Allis man who drowned in Shawano Lake this week has been identified as 56-year-old Steven Olewinski.

A Press-Gazette Media report says Olewinski drowned north of Webers Point on Friday morning. His name was released Saturday.

The Shawano County sheriff's department says the drowning was accidental. Deputies are continuing to investigate.


Wis. boy adjusts quickly after lightning strike

WESTON, Wis. (AP) -- An 8-year-old central Wisconsin boy who survived a lightning strike to the head last month is adjusting well to life back home now that he's out of the hospital.

A Daily Herald Media report says Blake Draeger doesn't harbor fear of lightning and he even enjoyed a recent fireworks show.

Doctors tell the family Blake isn't expected to suffer any permanent damage. But they're keeping tabs on his burns, lingering high blood pressure and unusual kidney activity.

Blake says the best part about coming home was the houseful of cheering family, friends and neighbors. He says his family was all there for him.

His father, Chris Draeger, says the family is grateful at his son's quick progress. He says in nine days Blake went from having a breathing tube to jumping on a trampoline.


Wis. judge's sealing of records raises concerns

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A Jackson County judge says he sealed the identities of defendants in three criminal cases to protect the innocent.

However, an Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says the move has raised concerns about the public's right to know.

Several other judges and a media legal expert say nothing in state law allows the names of the defendants to be sealed in these particular cases. One free-speech attorney says the move appears to be illegal.

But Judge Thomas Lister counters that he has "the inherent power to protect the rights of innocent people." He says he sealed the cases at the request of district attorney Gerald Fox.

Fox says he doesn't remember two cases, and in the third a misdemeanor charge shouldn't have been filed to begin with. He says he was correcting an error.


DA: DNA links Racine man to 2002 sexual assault

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine County prosecutors say a DNA sample from a 2012 conviction for mistreating an animal has connected a Racine man to a decade-old sexual-assault case.

A Journal Times of Racine report says 36-year-old Angel Cartagena now faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say his DNA matched samples taken after a sexual assault in 2002.

A woman told police she was walking home from a friend's house at 4:30 a.m. when a man knocked her down, banged her head on concrete and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors say Cartagena was linked to the assault after he was ordered to provide a DNA sample following an October conviction of mistreating an animal.

A message left with Cartagena's defense attorney Saturday was not immediately returned.

A preliminary hearing is set for July 10th.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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