Wheeler News Service -
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - Sunday News Report
Here are the
Residents in northern
Wisconsin get a chance to comment on a new permitting law for mines and that's
what they did. A crowd of more than 200 showed up in Ashland yesterday, a
majority of them saying streamlining state laws would mean devastating
environmental damage for that mostly pristine part of the Badger State. The
listening session was set up by Democratic state Senator Tim Cullen of
Janesville. He's the sponsor of legislation offered as an alternative to a
Republican bill passed last week by mining committees in both the Assembly and
Senate. Easing mining regulations is a Republican idea to help Gogebic Taconite
open a huge iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin. They say the project would
mean hundreds of much-needed jobs.
Bayfield County emergency
responders say an Iowa man was killed on impact when his snowmobile slammed into
a tree Friday afternoon. The fatal crash was reported at about 3 p.m. on a
snowmobile trail near the town of Bell. The victim's name hasn't been released.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is conducting the investigation,
but the county sheriff's office has already said that speed and alcohol don't
appear to have been contributing factors.
Planned Parenthood of
Wisconsin says it will re-file its lawsuit in state court over a law which makes
doctors performing medication-induced abortions liable to possible criminal
charges. The suit was originally filed in federal court. Planned Parenthood
says it's being moved due to jurisdictional issues. The state law requires
doctors and patients to go through a series of steps before a woman can receive
a medication abortion. The law suit argues the statute's wording is
The Milwaukee County
Sheriff's Department reports a deputy was setting out cones for lane closures
when he was hit by a car last night at about 7 p.m. No information was given
about the driver. Milwaukee police will handle the case because the accident
happened inside the city limits on Interstate 43 southbound, near West
Greenfield Avenue. The deputy was taken to a hospital, but a spokesperson says
that was only a precaution.
Despite the huge storm
blanketing the northeastern United States with up to three feet of snow, flights
at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport are almost back to normal.
Thousands of flights were canceled at airports from Newark to Toronto. Service
still hadn't been restored to Boston's Logan International until late last
night. Southwest Airlines has four nonstop flights scheduled between Milwaukee
and Boston today. An airline spokesperson says it's anticipated Logan will
re-open later this morning. Officials at Mitchell are urging travelers to check
with their airline to make sure the flights haven't been canceled.
Snow may have buried much
of the Northeast, but it's just right for outdoor activities in Wisconsin.
Tourism officials say many areas of this state have good or excellent
conditions for skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Last week's
snowfall added inches to trails and sledding hills. The Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources says snowmobile trails are groomed and in good to excellent
condition across the northern counties and through most of the central part of
the state. Trails are good to poor farther south. The biggest outdoor event of
the week kicked off yesterday on Lake Winnebago with the start of the 16-day
sturgeon spearing season.
A 26 year old military
police officer stationed in Washington state has been booked into the Dane
County Jail. Shannon Remus was extradited last week. She is accused of helping
her husband hide the body of his half-brother. Remus faces a felony charge of
hiding a corpse. She waived extradition from Washington's Pierce County after
being arrested at Lewis-McChord joint military base. Her husband, 28 year old
Jeffrey Vogelsberg, is accused of torturing and killing Matthew Graville last
summer. Vogelsberg has told detectives he brought his wife to the secret burial
site in a wooded area. She has denied being at that site.
The Brown County Medical
Examiner reports the investigation into the deaths of Michael Carroll and his
wife, Kyung Ja "Kim" McCoy, indicates Carroll died of natural causes and his
wife took her own life. The couple was found dead inside their home January
17th when one of Carroll's co-workers came by to check on him. Police have said
there was no sign of foul play. Carroll died as the result of a disease, then
the evidence shows McCoy took an overdose of medication two days later. Blood
levels of the medication were said to be too high for the overdose to have been