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A bill easing restrictions on Wisconsin’s wetlands gets its first hearing Tuesday before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  Supporters say it is aimed at streamlining many procedures, but environmentalists worry it eases those restrictions too much.  Many of those backing the changes view the regulatory process as cumbersome.  The legislation sponsored by Republican Neal Kedzie would also give landowners more flexibility to build on wetlands.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates the state has lost about half of its wetlands since the first settlers arrived here – about five million acres.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff’s officials confirm that 20 year old Robert C. Soley was Tasered, twice, in a county courtroom Friday afternoon.  The department reports Soley refused to sit down, then pushed deputies and tried to grab the holstered Taser carried by one of them.  Judge Ellen R. Brostrom had ordered Soley be taken into custody for failing to follow probation guidelines.  He had been sentenced to 25 days last October, but the sentence was stayed and he was put on 15 months’ probation.  Soley now faces a felony charge of trying to disarm a police officer.

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Thousands of people packed Lake City, Minnesota, yesterday, honoring a fallen police officer killed in the line of duty last month.  Final respects were being paid to Shawn Schneider.  He was shot in the head by a Wisconsin man December 19th.  Schneider died 11 days after he was shot by 25 year old Alan J. Sylte of Hager City.  Sylte was found dead inside a house of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Witnesses say the Lake City police officer was wounded as he helped Sylte’s ex-girlfriend escape.  Sylte was a veteran of the Iraq war who was being discharged for failing to report for duty with the Wisconsin National Guard.

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A seven-hour search of the public hunting grounds in the Kettle Moraine Forest failed to turn up any sign of a shooter.  The Walworth County Sheriff’s office says it received a report of a shooting incident Saturday morning.  The caller said he and his father were legally hunting deer and wearing blaze orange when another man wearing camoflauge-type clothing shot at them using a handgun.  The father fired back once using his hunting rifle.  Neither the father nor son was hit and deputies say they don’t know if the other man was hit or not.  The search was finally called off yesterday and it won’t be resumed today.

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Mequon police say 21 year old Dennis Markov has a history of drug use and disorderly conduct.  He pleaded guilty to charges he killed his parents after they turned down his request for five dollars to buy gas.  Markov was facing two charges of first-degree intentional homicide.  Forty-five year old Victory and 39 year old Larissa Markov were killed last April.  Prosecutors say they plan to recommend to the judge that Markov not be eligible for supervised release for at least 60 years.  The charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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College-bound students in Wisconsin can get free help with their financial aid applications next month at dozens of locations.  College Goal Wisconsin events set for February 18th and 19th will be held at 29 locations around the state.  The Wisconsin Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators is supposed to help low-income and first-generation college students seeking federal help in pay for post-secondary education.  

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After he was placed on administrative leave last Friday, senior associate athletic director John Chadima reportedly resigned.  He had worked at the Madison school for more than 20 years.  A university official declined to discuss the nature of the allegation against Chadima.  University police Sergeant Cherise Caradine told the Associated Press she wasn’t aware of any investigation involving the athletic department official.  Chadima’s position with the university was administrative, meaning he had no direct involvement with Badger sports teams.

 

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