Wheeler News Service -
Sunday, January 6, 2013 - Sunday News Report
Here are the
East Coast gun shows near
the site of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre have been called off, but a gun
show in Evansville drew a good-sized crowd. People's worries about tighter gun
control laws actually pumped up attendance for several weekend shows. Organizer
Marv Kraus said there was never a reason to consider postponing or canceling the
Wisconsin event, which runs through today. One customer looking for a gun to
hunt coyotes said he was glad vendors didn't back out. He said there's even
more interest in guns now, due to the shooting, and it's good that they still
have access to them for their own protection.
A 58 year old Racine man
charged in a head-on collision faces eighth-offense drunken driving charges.
Fifty-eight year old Cruz R. Castro is accused of running into the other
vehicle at an intersection, then running away from the scene. He has a court
hearing set for next Wednesday. Racine police say they found Castro in a
friend's home, lying in a bedroom in his underwear. According to police he
"performed poorly" on field sobriety tests and was taken to a hospital for a
Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a middle school in southern Ohio
about a Jesus portrait hanging in its halls. The local school district's
superintendent of schools says he won't remove the picture with an order from
the school board or a judge. He says the display comes from a student's
initiative, which makes its permissible for display. The portrait hangs in the
school's "Hall of Honor," among other faces. The Madison group sent a letter to
Jackson Middle School last week saying it represents the school's endorsement of
a particular religion, possibly alienating non-Christian students.
Carthage College says
renovation work on its science facilities will start in spring of next year. A
spokesman says enrollment in science classes has grown rapidly, bringing on the
need for more space. The 40 million dollar project will increase classroom and
laboratory space by 40 percent, including the addition of 35 thousand square
feet to the main science hall. About one in four graduates of the Kenosha
school have science degrees.
Delta Airlines is offering
flights out of Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport after an absence of more than a
year. Delta is operating two 50-passenger SkyWest flights each day, with both
domestic and international connections through its Minneapolis hub. The first
flight landed in Rhinelander last Friday. Frontier Airlines had stopped
offering flights to and from the northern Wisconsin airport last week. Delta
service had been gone from the airport since September 2011.
Blue Mound State Parks'
new half-million dollar shelter for skiers opened last night during the park's
annual ski-by-candlelight event. The shelter will give skiers and other
visitors at place to warm up. It's been in the works for more than a decade,
becoming a reality through fundraising efforts conducted by the Friends of Blue
Mound State Park. About 140 thousand people visit the parks each year, with
10-to-20 percent coming to ski between December and March. The new building
includes a heating and cooling system, skid-resistant floors and
Friends of 27 year old
Robert Stenbrecker say he left a bar in the early morning hours of December 27th
and began walking on the frozen Cedar Creek. Stenbrecker hasn't been seen
since. Those friends say he ran ahead of the others and disappeared around a
curve in the creek. His friends say they did talk to him on his phone about 30
minutes later, but they say he seemed confused and the conversation was
disjointed. Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department officials are still looking for
A fire early Saturday
morning destroyed a home in Monona, doing an estimated 225 thousand dollars
damage. Firefighters responded to a call in the 53 hundred block of Schluter
Road shortly before 1 a.m. It took about two and a half hours to bring the fire
under control. The residents were home at the time and they did get out safely.
One of them needed medical attention due to breathing difficulties. Heavy
smoke, water and damage was done to the second floor of the structure. Family
members were able to stay with relatives.