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(7/1/12) Here are the stories:

Three years after the crash that killed his brother, Monroe County deputies have arrested a 26 year old man.  The Sparta man faces tentative charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.  The crash was investigated in 2009, but authorities couldn’t determine who was driving at the time.  Investigators say they have been able to identify a suspect by using DNA evidence and witness statements.  The suspect will make a court appearance tomorrow.  Authorities say they think alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash in Cashton.


Eau Claire police say they are trying to figure out whether a 90 year old driver fell asleep, had a medical issue or was simply confused.  That man drove his car onto a bike path, hitting a bicycle rider who later died.  The accident happened during the noon hour Friday.  The 51 year old victim was taken to a hospital with several injuries at the time.  A police crash-reconstruction unit spent a good portion of yesterday at the site of the fatal accident.


He saved the cat, so he’ll keep it.  An 18 year old Stevens Point man waded chest-deep into water to save the cat earlier this month.  Now, Gino Bulak has formally adopted the pet.  Bulak says he spotted the cat curled up on a concrete slab just a few feet from a dam located under a highway bridge.  He says the cat was nearly dead and had a noose around its neck.  The teenager took the cat to the Humane Society of Portage County where it recovered from its injuries.  


The highway bill approved by Congress last week includes 719 million dollars for Wisconsin next year.  The bill passed easily in the House and Senate last Friday by wide margins and with bipartisan support.  Only Republicans Ron Johnson in the Senate and Jim Sensenbrenner in the House voted against the federal funding measure.  Another Republican, Congressman Tom Petri, had voted against an earlier version of the bill, but he said this one contained a funding formula much better for Wisconsin.  The two-year plan actually includes 1-point-44 billion dollars for this state.


Five people were injured when a truck involved in the Pioneer Days Mud Bog left the track and slammed into a group of spectators.  The Saturday accident happened at about 12:30 p.m.  At least one victim had to be extricated.  The victims haven’t been named.  Police say three men, a woman and a six year old boy were hurt.  Four were taken to a hospital by ambulance and the fifth one was taken there by a family member in a private vehicle.  Emergency responders were on the scene at the mud bog when the accident took place.


The Pierce County Sheriff’s office reports it has recovered the body of a 65 year old Minnesota man who fell into the St. Croix River last week.  The accident happened near Piedmont.  Deputies were called Friday night about a body floating the river.  Deputies were able to locate it and identify the dead man as Merriett M. Maul Junior of Welch, Minnesota.  Maul was docking his boat last Tuesday when he fell in.  Divers using sonar were unable to find him at the time.


La Crosse police report three more overdoses on heroin in the last three days.  One overdose reported Thursday left a man dead.  An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.  An anti-narcotic medication was used to revive 46 year old Brian Halverson at a La Crosse motel Friday night.  The same medication was used to revive 19 year old Megan Running of Onalaska last Wednesday.  Police are warning users about an unusually potent supply of heroin being distributed in the area right now.  Dealers from Chicago have reportedly move some of their operations to the La Crosse area, leading to three deaths so far this year.


One of the two Union Grove village trustees voting against the purchase of seven iPads says they are an unnecessary expense during a bad economic period.  By a 5-2 vote, the trustees approved spending four thousand dollars on the tablet computers.  Trustees say they will use them to check village e-mail and read village documents.  Data plans will be discussed next week and, if approved, the devices should be ordered by next month.  One trustee says the average member of the board spends 400 to 500 dollars each year in printing, meaning the 400-dollar iPads will pay for themselves in the first year.





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