Wisconsin Saturday morning headlines

Posted Saturday, December 14, 2013 --- 5:22 a.m.


Marquette's AD and VP resigns

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette Vice President and Director of Athletics Larry Williams says he is resigning to pursue leadership opportunities outside of the university.

Williams told interim President Robert Wild of his resignation Friday.

Williams has overseen Marquette's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for the past two years. He also served on the University Leadership Council.

In a statement, Wild says the university appreciates Williams' contributions, particularly for leading Marquette into the newly reconfigured Big East and helping establish a partnership with Fox Sports.

Former Marquette AD Bill Cords will serve as interim vice president and director of athletics until a replacement is named.

Cords presided over Marquette's athletics programs for nearly 20 years, from 1987 to 2006.


Neillsville police officer fatally shoots man

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a Neillsville police officer has shot and killed a man armed with a knife during a confrontation.

Authorities say the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Neillsville. The Clark County Sheriff's Department says as the officer walked up to the main entrance a 23-year-old Neillsville man began approaching the officer with a knife in his hand.

The sheriff's office says the officer gave "numerous orders" to drop the knife and then shot the man as he continued approaching.

The man was flown to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where he died. Names of the officer and the man were not immediately released.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department and state agents are investigating.


Wis. gov signs sex offender notification bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires registered sex offenders to notify school officials before they venture onto school grounds.

The Republican measure overwhelmingly passed the Assembly in May. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote in September. Walker signed it Friday.

The proposal requires sex offenders to let schools known when they will be in a school building, recreation area, athletic field or present on other school property. Violators can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

The bill makes exceptions for people who have students attending the school or are on the grounds to vote or attend other non-school related events.

Backers say the goal is to give schools information about sex offenders' presence they don't get now.


Wis. gov signs concussion forms bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires parents to sign only one concussion information sheet a year for a child who participates in school and club sports.

The proposal is a departure from current state law, which required every sport participant under 19 to have an information sheet about concussions signed by their parent or guardian. The form was required for every sport, so one child would have to get multiple copies of the same sheet signed in the same year.

Walker signed the bill Friday.


Walker signs bill affecting doctors' duties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that no longer requires doctors in Wisconsin to give patients as much information about available alternative treatments.

The bill is in reaction to a 2012 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said a doctor's "informed consent" duty includes telling a patient about medical tests and treatments that may be appropriate for a patient's symptoms, even if the doctor doesn't believe the patient has the underlying condition or disease.

The bill Walker signed Friday changes the law from a "reasonable patient standard" to a "reasonable physician standard."

The Wisconsin Medical Society lobbied for the bill and praised Walker's signing it, with the group's president Doctor Timothy McAvoy calling it "a significant victory for preserving our state's high-quality health care environment."


Wis. gov signs pedal pubs bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes drinking on pedal pubs.

Pedal pubs are multiple-person bicycles companies use to ferry riders to and from taverns. A driver steers while multiple riders sit at a bar mounted behind him, each with his or her own pedal-and-chain assembly. Riders pump away toward the next watering hole, hoisting cold ones along the way.

The bill allows drinking on pedal pubs unless a municipality adopts ordinances negating the exception.

The governor signed the bill on Friday.


Judge denies Wis. Chippewa's night deer hunt bid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge says Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes can't hunt deer at night.

The state Department of Natural Resources has long banned night deer hunting out of safety concerns. The Chippewa agreed to abide by the prohibition when they were hashing out hunting and fishing treaty rights in front of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb two decades ago.

Now the tribes contend they should be allowed to hunt at night because the DNR has allowed the practice to contain chronic wasting disease and during last year's wolf hunt.

Crabb issued a decision Friday saying the Chippewa failed to show conditions have changed enough to warrant adjusting their treaty rights.

A spokeswoman for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees the Chippewa's off-reservation rights, had no immediate comment.


DNR: Waukesha failed to justify water volume boost

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin environmental officials say Waukesha has failed to justify the volume of Lake Michigan water it says city customers will need over the next four decades as part of a Great Lakes diversion request.

Waukesha is asking the eight Great Lakes states to approve a request to divert up to an average of 10 million gallons of water a day from the lake by mid-century.

But an official of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the application lacks enough information to support Waukesha's projected increases in water use.

Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he'll schedule a meeting next week with DNR officials and city consultants to review water use forecasts in the application.

The DNR continues to review the city's application.


Son charged in killings of NW Wis. couple

WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) -- A 44-year-old man is charged with killing his parents in an attack in their apartment in a small Bayfield County community last weekend.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Jim Crain Jr. with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Crain is accused of killing his father and mother, 79-year-old Jim Crain and 76-year-old Eunice Crain of Iron River.

According to the complaint, Eunice Crain made an emergency call about 6 p.m. Saturday to report that she and her husband were being beaten by their son.

When officers arrived, they found the couple dead on the floor. The suspect was in the bathroom with a blood-covered butcher knife next to him.

The complaint says Jim Crain Jr. had wounds on his neck and wrists, apparently self-inflicted.

Crain remains hospitalized in an induced coma.


2 children killed, 3 hurt in Pierce County crash

PRESCOTT, Wis. (AP) -- Two children have died and three other people have been injured in a collision between a truck and an SUV in Pierce County.

Sheriff's officials say an 11-year-old girl in the vehicle died at the scene of the crash Thursday afternoon in Prescott. Another passenger, a 5-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The SUV driver, a 32-year-old Centuria woman, and two other passengers, ages 5 and 3, were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Authorities say three people in the box truck were not hurt. The crash happened about 3:40 p.m. on Highway 35.

Sheriff Nancy Hove said Friday road conditions were not a factor in the crash. Hove says the driver is the mother of two of the children. The other two are relatives.

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