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(2/5/12) Here are the stories:
Madison police say they are looking for 24 year old Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal in connection with the city’s first homicide of 2012.  An apparent argument between the suspect and his landlord ended with the landlord shot to death Friday night.  Salinas-Leal is thought to be with his wife and their infant son – and police say there is concern for her safety and that of the baby.  It isn’t clear if they went with the murder suspect voluntarily.  It is believed Salinas-Leal stole the victim’s minivan when he left the scene.  Neighbors identify the shooting victim as 38 year old Darrell Ballweg.  


An early morning accident leaves two teenage girls dead and seven other students injured.  The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says 15 year old Sabrina Stahl and 17 year old Caitlin Scannell were dead at the scene on Beechnut Road, north of Highway 67 in Ashford at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.  Of the seven injured, one was in critical condition yesterday, while four were in serious condition.  All are between the ages of 16 and 18.  Parents and family members gathered at Campbellsport High School yesterday.  The Fond du Lac Reporter says alcohol isn’t believed to be a factor in the crash, but speed and failure to wear seatbelts are thought to be.


An elementary school teacher from Brown Deer has reportedly been stabbed to death at a suburban Chicago bar.   Twenty-four year old Shawn Wild was a second-grade teacher at Spring Brook Elementary School in Naperville.  He was one of three people stabbed at a bar called Frankie’s Blue Room.  One of the other victim’s has had surgery, while the third was treated and released.  Naperville police say they have a suspect in custody.  Wild was in his first year of teaching.


A federal jury has awarded the family of former jail inmate Kendal Leonard a million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages.  Racine County, former Sheriff Robert Carlson and Deputy Andrew Ellenberger were found to be liable in Leonard’s death September 1st, 2007.  He had complained a chest pains while serving a 20-day sentence.  Leonard reportedly had told his jailers he was taking medication for a heart condition, but he wasn’t screened by medically-trained personnel.  The sheriff and deputy were found to be indifferent to his medical needs.  


Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a 50 year old man for driving erratically on Interstate 94.  When the incident was over, the man had been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated for an eighth time.  He was on probation from a previous conviction when he was stopped.  A motorist reportedly called officials at about 11 p.m. Friday about an erratic driver on the interstate.  A deputy caught up to the vehicle and watching it weaving as the driver took the I-43 northbound exit at Locust Street.  A breath test administered at the jail, several hours after the traffic stop, found the driver registered a point-one-zero, above the legal limit of point-zero-eight.


An 18 year old Eau Claire man could get up to 26 years in prison when he is sentenced next April.  Tyler B. Scanlan is accused of choking his 15 year old girl friend and using force to try to remove her from an Altoona home.  He also almost hit a police officer as he tried to leave the scene.  Scanlan pleaded guilty in Eau Claire County Court Friday to four felony charges.  He also pleaded no contest to felony strangulation and suffocation charges.  A witness reportedly pulled Scanlan off the girl while he was choking her.


There was no threat.  Investigators say a reported threat against a University of Wisconsin-Parkside student was a hoax.  The unidentified student reportedly told officers she found two “nooses” hanging in a student dorm.  She later admitted making up the claimed threat because she was unhappy with the response of a resident assistant when she made a previous report.  The objects in question were made from rubber bands and plastic strings, according to a police report from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.


Much larger trucks could be driving on Wisconsin highways if Congress decides the efficiencies of bigger loads are more important than the concerns of road damage and driver safety.  The maximum weight for interstate trucks could be increased by eight and a half tons to 97 thousand pounds.  The current weight limit in Wisconsin and most states is 80 thousand pounds -- unless the truck has a permit to exceed that limit.  Companies which ship household goods in tractor trailers say the bigger loads would cut down on traffic, decrease fuel usage and basically keep prices lower.  Opponents say the heavier trucks would cause more road and bridge damage.  The heavier trucks would also take more distance to stop and deaths from accidents involving large trucks are already up by nine percent.





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