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(9/30/12) Here are the stories:

No homicide charges have been filed, but a central Wisconsin couple will stand trial on charges they cashed Social Security checks intended for Marie Jost.  It is assumed Jost is dead since she hasn't been seen for 30 years.  Ronald and Delores Disher of Amherst Junction face charges of theft, mail fraud, forgery and using an account without the person's knowledge.  Prosecutors say they cashed 175 thousand dollars worth of Social Security checks bearing the name of Delores Disher's mother.  Prosecutors also say Ronald Disher told two inmates his wife killed Jost and they buried her together.  Disher's attorney challenged the credibility of the statements and suggested Jost gave the money to the Dishers.  Several bone fragments found at the Jost home have been sent to the state crime lab for testing.


President Barack Obama makes a second Wisconsin campaign stop, this time in Madison next Thursday.  The President will be in the state the night after his first presidential debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  That debate will be held at the University of Denver.  When he leaves Madison, Obama will travel to Fairfax County, Virginia, and Cleveland, Ohio.  Though he was in Milwaukee on September 22nd, the last time he made a stop in Madison was September 2010.  First Lady Michelle Obama was in Appleton last Friday.  Josh Romney spoke about his father at two campaign gatherings yesterday in Hudson and Eau Claire.


A 22 year old man is dead and four other people wounded after a shooting at Milwaukee's Atkinson Park.  The victims ranged in age from 15 to 23 years old.  Witnesses say a large group of people were playing basketball on the courts near 9th and Nash streets.  The Milwaukee Police Department confirms it is looking for the shooter or shooters.  The shooting scene is located on Milwaukee's northwest side.


Prairie flowers have been planted in front of the high school in Oak Creek honoring the victims of last month's shooting at the Sikh temple.  Organizer David Timmer is a social worker at the school.  He says the flowers in the garden in front of the building will represent strength in diversity.  Six people died and four were wounded by shooter Wade Michael Page August 5th.  Page died after he shot himself in the head. 


Church members continue the search for a missing Onalaska man who has been gone for more than a week.  The official search was called off Friday afternoon.  David Schroeder is a diabetic who needs his medication.  He was last seen a week ago at the family home.  Hundreds of acres were searched by dozens of officials and civilian volunteers.  Members of Journey Lutheran Church say they are shifting their focus to distributing fliers.  The 45 year old Schroeder had been scheduled to lead services this morning.


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will attend a farewell ceremony for 16 soldiers with the Army National Guard tomorrow.  The newly-formed 104th Security Force Advise and Assist Team will leave for a one-year mission in Afghanistan.  The ceremony will start at 8 a.m. at the Wisconsin National Guard's headquarters in Madison.  When the activities conclude, the soldiers will spend several week in Mississippi training for the missing.  Departure for Afghanistan is expected in January.


A 10-mile stretch of Wisconsin Highway 173 near Tomah was shut down for more than three hours Friday when smoke from a wildfire caused several crashes and one fatality.  The pileup started at about 8 a.m. in Monroe County when the smoke caused one vehicle to rear-end another near County Highway E-W.  The two women drivers were standing in the road between their vehicles when a Ford pickup didn't stop in time.  Thirty-four year old Melissa Mundo was killed and 61 year old Suzanne Becker seriously injured.  Fire crews had been battling the wildfire at the Necedah State Wildlife Refuge for more than a day.  It spread to a section of peat moss which was hard to extinguish. 


Friends have established a reward fund for information leading to an arrest in the killing of a man and his son inside a La Crosse photography store.  Fifty-six year old Paul Petras and his 19 year old son A.J. were killed September 15th.  Petras' wife says she opened the account when friends asked her about offering a reward.  One contributor says he hopes the fund will grow to as much as 100 thousand dollars.  As of last Friday, more than six thousand dollars was being offered.  The shooting took place inside May's Photo in La Crosse.





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