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(1/1/12) Here are the stories:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for five eastern Wisconsin counties until noon today.  Snow and blowing snow is forecast for Dodge, Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties, with one to two inches of accumulation expected.  A wind advisory is in effect for all of southeastern Wisconsin through midnight, with a steady wind of 25 to 35 miles per hour.  Meteorologists say gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour are possible.  


It’s going to be cold, but nothing like other Polar Bear Plunges.  Forecasters say it will be windy today, with temperatures in the mid-30s, as hundreds of people gather in Sheboygan’s Deland Park for the 42nd annual plunge.  Near Waupaca, the thermometer is expected to read about 30 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of snow, when the 2012 polar plunge is held there at Becker Marine of the Chain O’Lakes.  Some plunge veterans say it’s not going to be cold enough to make the day exciting.  On the other hand, the relatively mild weather, could bring out a record crowd of plungers.  Last year in Sheboygan, 439 people registered to jump into the cold waters of Lake Michigan.  The wind chill was minus-four degrees that morning.


Divers recovered the body of 33 year old Tyler Prichard in the Rock River Saturday afternoon.  Prichard had fallen off a State Highway 36 bridge last Thursday when he stopped to help a woman involved in a crash.  The accident happened in the town of Aztalan.  After checking to see if she was okay, Prichard suggested they get off the bridge for safety.  He reportedly swung his leg over the side of the bridge and fell into the river.  Investigators say it’s possible Prichard didn’t realize he was over the water at the time.  His body was found about 100 yards downstream from the bridge.


Police in Brown Deer have arrested two suspects in connection with break-ins and vandalism at two local school buildings.  The men were taken into custody early yesterday morning.  A burglar alarm was triggered at Dean Elementary School just before 4 a.m.  And, while officers were investigating there, a second burglar alarm was sounded at Brown Deer High School about five minutes later.  Police say both schools suffered some damage.  


A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy sustained a wrist injury while restraining a patient at the Mental Health Complex Friday.  Deputies were called to the complex at about 4 p.m. to deal with an out-of-control patient who was fighting with a family member.  The deputy suffered the minor injury while trying to restrain the patient.  A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says the patient is expected to face misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and domestic violence.


It’s not much of a gift if you can’t open it Christmas Day.  A computer glitch is being blamed for what team officials describe as “a few hundred” stock certificates not being mailed after they were bought on the first day of the sale.  The order system at Wells Fargo shut down for a short time December 6th and, when it restarted, a few orders weren’t processed.  Making the problem worse was the fact both Wells Fargo and the Packers weren’t aware of the problem until some shareholders began calling to complain.  The situation should be resolved this week.  The stock offering is expected to run until February 29th.


While a lot of people will settle down in front of the television set to watch bowl games tomorrow, some Wisconsin students will be hitting the books.  Class will be in session in selected districts throughout the state, a scheduling quirk that has some students and parents a little confused.  One superintendent says the Monday classes were necessary to meet the state-mandated 180-day requirement.  Schools would be pushed into the third week of June without the additional day of class now.





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