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New Year's Day State News and Sports

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News


Lottery results:


SuperCash:      5-7-15-31-32-35 dblr-Yes

Badger5:        8-9-12-18-24

Pick4:          5-7-2-9

Pick3:          4-3-4




Here are the stories:


An autopsy is being conducted today on a man's body found near a bike path on Madison's west side.  Madison police say it appears to be a case of suicide.  The victim is believed to be in his 20s to 30s, but he hasn't been identified.  Police say he was about five feet, seven inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds, with an average build and short hair.  A person walking a dog spotted the dead body at about 9 a.m. yesterday.  




The Rusk County Sheriff's Department reports it has arrested a 65 year old man in the shooting death of Darlene Lazar.  She was also 65 years old.  Authorities say they got a 9-1-1 call at 5 p.m. Sunday from a woman who said she had been shot.  When deputies arrived, they arrested the man and found the woman's dead body inside the home in the Township of Hawkins.  Investigators say they will request the district attorney file an initial charge of first-degree intentional homicide.




A fire at the Timbavati Wildlife Park has left two four year old male giraffes dead.  Wisconsin Dells police say there currently is no reason to believe the fire is suspicious.  A 9-1-1 call was received Sunday at about 6 p.m.  When firefighters arrived they found the giraffe enclosure fully engulfed.  That park was closed for the season.  It features exotic animals, rides and other attractions.  Visitors are allowed to feed the giraffes.




Republican state Representative Jim Ott and state Senator Alberta Darling say they will work together in the coming session to toughen Wisconsin's drunken driving laws.  In this state a first-time drunken driving offense is considered to be a civil violation similar to a speeding ticket.  Past efforts to approve stronger penalties have been stopped by prohibitive cost estimates an the opposition of the Wisconsin Tavern League.  Ott and Darling say they want to criminalize certain first-time offense, make a third offense a felony and establish minimum sentences for drunken drivers who cause accidents.  




Authorities have identified the 84 year old victim of a Christmas Day fire in the Town of Winter in northern Wisconsin.  Harold Kingery's body was found two days after the fire was put out.  The Sawyer County Sheriff's office says the fatal blaze apparently started in a heater in the home.  Published reports indicate investigators don't think the cause of Kingery's death or the cause of the fire are considered to be suspicious.  The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal's office helped in the investigation.  




The Racine County Sheriff's office reports a car belonging to a woman reported missing from the Town of Waterford has been found.  The search for 51 year old Annette Maki started Sunday.  Her vehicle was found at about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon east of the Wadewitz Nature Center.  Maki is described as white, five feet, seven inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.  




Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has announced special elections to fill two open seats on the county board will be held April 2nd.  The elections will fill the unexpired terms of supervisors Nikiya Harris and Joe Sanfelippo and they will be held on the same day as the regular spring elections.  Harris and Sanfelippo resigned from their seats on the county board effective yesterday.  Each had three years left on their term in office and each is leaving to serve in the state Legislature.  Nomination papers must be submitted at the county Election Commission by January 15th.




About a dozen members of the Wisconsin National Guard's 97th Agribusiness Development Team will be deployed to Afghanistan.  Governor Scott Walker, Guard leaders, family and friends will give them a big send off Thursday at a Madison ceremony.  The team will teach Afghani farmers how to farm and herd more effectively.  The 97th team will spend a few weeks training in Camp Atterbury, Indiana, before being sent overseas.




Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - State Sports








--Division III Men

Concordia-Belton (TX) 96, UW-Stevens Point 82

UW-Superior 64, St. Scholastica (MN) 59


--Division III Women

Capital (OH) 62, UW-Eau Claire 54

Loras 56, St. Norbert 54






Milwaukee 12, Wichita 6




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The Wisconsin Badgers' third straight visit to the Rose Bowl may be a chance to get revenue for two heart-breaking losses to the Pac-12.  If interim coach Barry Alvarez can take up where he left off, things will be fine.  Alvarez has won three straight trips to the most vaunted bowl game of the season.  Alvarez tells reporters all he needs is a whistle and a bunch of guys to coach and he'll be comfortable.  Even though his Wisconsin team is an underdog against Stanford today, he's calling the game a "gift."  This is the 99th Rose Bowl played in Pasadena, California.  The players say Alvarez has brought a little swagger to their locker room and we should see it on the sidelines, too.  Stanford comes in with an 11-2 record against the 8-5 Badgers, but both teams rely on talented running backs doing their business behind huge offensive lines.  The Cardinal are a five and a half point favorite in the game.  Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Central time.




The Minnesota Vikings have five more days to relish their 37-34 season-ending victory over the Green Bay Packers – then, they have to do it all over again.  That win put the Vikings in the post season and forced the Packers to play a wild card game Saturday at 7 p.m. Central time.  Minnesota will also have to recapture the magic on the road at Lambeau Field.  Packer coach Mike McCarthy isn't stressed by the loss.  His team made the playoffs, too, and he says they would have been ready to go no matter which opponent was waiting and no matter where the game would be played.  The Packers will practice this afternoon, after a morning weightlifting session.  The Saturday night showdown will be the third meeting between the two teams in the last month.  On the injury front, wide receiver Randall Cobb will be re-evaluated today, though the player is saying he expects to be ready to go Saturday.  McCarthy says it's not good news on defensive end Jerel Worthy, who was knocked out of the Viking game with a knee injury.  Injuries to Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson don't appear to be serious and there's no official word on whether defensive back Charles Woodson might play in the post-season.  He was sidelined with a broken collarbone two months ago.




For the first time since he became a Milwaukee Buck, guard Monta Ellis has been named Eastern Conference player of the week.  Ellis led the Bucks to a 2-1 record and almost made it a 3-0 sweep with late-game heroics against Detroit.  Milwaukee lost that game 96-94, after beating Brooklyn and Miami.  He averaged 21 points, eight assists and four steals, shooting 46 percent from the field and hitting 8-of-14 three-pointers.



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