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Wheeler News Service - Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Sunday News Report



Powerball: 3-10-19-36-46 Powerball-3
MegaBucks: 13-23-28-29-30-32
SuperCash: 2-5-10-20-31-38 doubler-No
Badger 5: 6-10-21-26-27
Pick 4: 6-4-7-0
Pick 3: 5-6-1


Here are the stories:

Wisconsin state Senator Dave Hansen says he got eight or nine robocalls per day during the last election. The Green Bay Democrat says he wants those calls permanently banned, calling them a nuisance and a waste of time. Hansen says he has heard similar complaints from many of his constituents. So-called robocalls are recorded political solicitations placed through a computer which dials a list of phone numbers. Putting your number on a Do Not Call list doesn’t protect you from the unwanted contacts. It’s been suggested banning the calls could be the same as limiting free speech. Hansen says a court could deal with those types of challenges.


The city has been investigating two of its employees since late May, but it’s not saying what they might have done. Assistant city attorney Peter Kisken and community development administrator Liana Escott have been paid nearly 80 thousand dollars since they were placed on administrative leave. Both Kisken and Escott says they haven’t been told what city policy they might have violated. City officials confirm the investigation, but say they can’t comment on personnel matters. The two workers haven’t been to work at City Hall since May 24th.


A trial date for a former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southeastern Wisconsin has had his trial date set for April 22nd. Fifty-one year old Rodney J. Meiller of Elkhorn faces three felony charges of child sexual abuse. Meiller made a court appearance in Walworth County last Friday. The boys involved are said to be 11 and 14 years old. Investigators say the alleged assaults took place in the Lake Geneva YMCA. Meiller was the president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson, but that organization and the YMCA have cut ties with him.


A defense attorney tells the Sheboygan County court 36 thousand dollars is too much for a funeral. Twenty-two year old Kuo Yang was convicted of shooting 20 year old Pheng Lee to death. Part of his punishment was to pay the funeral expenses for his victim. That funeral lasted three days and included food and drink for 500 guests. Yang’s attorney calls the 36 thousand dollar price tag, quoting here, “extremely high.” Judge L. Edward Stengel doesn’t agree. He says he believes the Lee family was simply following Hmong (MUNG) tradition and wasn’t running up the bill because they thought they were going to be compensated. Yang is serving an 18 year prison sentence and says he has no assets or savings.


Prosecutors say 22 year old Myrna C. Staten gave them two different stories before admitting she had dunked a small boy’s feet into scalding water. She says she was frustrated with his lack of progress in an effort to toilet-train him. Staten called the two year old a, quoting here, “very difficult child,” and admitted she pushed his feet into the hot water to punish him for soiling himself. She has been charged with physical abuse of a child. Prosecutors say the boy suffered second-degree burns on both feet.


Prosecutors had delayed filing charges against 18 year old Koalton Peterson because they anticipated a change in his victim’s condition. They were right. Twenty year old Ryan M. Smith died yesterday morning at UW Hospital. Now, the tentative attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges will likely be upgraded at a court hearing next Tuesday. Peterson had beaten Smith with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull and inflicting lung injuries. Peterson called it a case of self-defense. The two started arguing over a drug deal last week in Mount Horeb.


The total time behind bars has been significantly reduced for an 18 year old man from Sawyer County. Austin Davis was originally given 25 years in prison for his role in the brutal murder of 93 year old Irena Roszak of Radisson. The judge changed his sentence to eight years last Friday, giving him credit for three years already served. Davis has pleaded guilty, but his attorney had requested a new pre-sentence investigation after inaccuracies were found in the first check. Thirty year old Christopher Roalson faces a mandatory life sentence when he goes before the judge next March. A jury found him guilty of first degree intentional homicide in the same crime.


The Department of Natural Resources plans to close another of the state’s six zones to wolf hunters and trappers at the end of the day. The season started October 15th. Wolf Harvest Zone One is the third zone closed. Hunters have taken the 32-wolf limit for the zone in the northwestern tip of Wisconsin. Zones Two and Four have already been closed. Zones Three, Five and Six are open, but all of them are near their quotas.






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