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  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
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Wheeler News Service - Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Sunday News Report





Powerball:  3-7-21-44-53 Powerball-16

MegaBucks:  8-24-37-42-43-47

SuperCash:  7-11-14-16-28-33 doubler-No

Badger 5:   1-11-20-21-27

Pick 4:     1-3-6-1

Pick 3:     4-6-9




Here are the stories:


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got big cheers when he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, quoting here, "In America, we believe in the people and not in the government."  The Republican darling of the conservative movement said that's why we celebrate the Fourth of July, and not April 15th.  A lot of speculation centers on Walker running for president in 2016.  He told the Associated Press last month that is an option, but not something he is actively going for right now.  




The Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal fro convicted murderer Walter E. Ellis.  The Milwaukee man pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree murder in 2011 and got a life sentence.  He has appealed his conviction, saying he only accepted a plea deal because he thought pre-trial publicity made it impossible to get a fair trial in Milwaukee County.  He's saying he should have been granted a change in venue.  Ellis killed seven women over a 21-year period.  An appeals court upheld his conviction.




A bill being drafted at the state Capitol would change Wisconsin law to allow third-party financing for solar power projects.  Backers of the legislation say this state is missing out on a wave of solar power development being seen around the country.  Clean energy companies back the bill being crafted by Democratic state Representative Chris Taylor of Madison and Republican state Representative Gary Tauchen of Bonduel.  The Legislature is expected to debate several energy issues now that the debate over mining regulations is done.  Experts say nearly three-fourths of the solar market last year came from third-party investment.  




An Eau Claire judge tells a convicted sex offender people there will always look after their children.  Former Altoona day care center Thomas J. West was sentenced to 24 years in prison last week.  Six children were under his care.  The 26 year old West pleaded guilty to six felony counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13.  Even the defendant called his own actions vile and cowardly as he stood to accept the sentence.  Police said the initial investigation showed West had sexual contact with a four year old boy at the Altoona Day Care Center and a six year old child at the child's home.  The trail of evidence led to four additional victims.




A West Allis man made his third attempt at his initial court appearance in Racine County Court last Friday.  He and a man who tried to act as his attorney had been held in jail for a few days since an outburst in court.  Grant D. Gall faces several drug charges.  The man trying to represent him was not a lawyer.  At one point, Gall and the second man were shouting at Circuit Judge Tim Boyle.  The two men are a part of the Sovereign Citizen Movement.  Its members are anti-government and have adopted a right-wing, anarchist ideology.  Gall has told the court he isn't a citizen subject to Wisconsin laws and demanded to be released from jail.  It didn't happen.  His next hearing is scheduled for Friday.




It was apparently a computer glitch which resulted in a worker at Stein Garden Center in the City of Oconomowoc getting 10 times the pay she was owed.  Forty-seven year old Lynda G. Johnson was paid at a rate of 88 dollars, 25 cents an hour, instead of the 8-25 she was supposed to get.  She wound up being overpaid by 10 thousand dollars.  The company discovered the error about a month after Johnson quit last May.  When contacted, she first said she didn't know anything about the money.  Later, she told a Waukesha County Sheriff's detective she thought the money had come from her aunt and she had already spent it on a new roof for her home.  Then, she said she had no intention of repaying it, saying it was the company's mistake – not hers.  She's been charged and, if convicted, could spend up to six years in prison.  Johnson returns to court March 25th.




While 20 girls high school basketball teams were taking part in the WIAA state tournament over the last three days, they got a chance to see a big part of Wisconsin sports history.  Team members were given free tours of Lambeau Field by the Green Bay Packers.  The tournament is being played in the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, just across the street from the historic home of the Packers.  The girls got to run out the tunnel to the field, while listening to a recording of cheering NFL fans.  They also took photos and watched a welcome message on the big video screens.  




A consultant is telling the state Department of Natural Resources repairs need to be made to the eastern Wisconsin pipeline which spilled gasoline last July.  That consultant says an inspection found nine section of pipe were degraded where they cross the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area.  They report suggests they need to be reinforced with a metal sleeve to eliminate the risk of another spill on the publicly-owned recreation and hunting land.  Last year's mishap dumped an estimated 54 thousand-600 gallons of gas in the Town of Jackson.  A welded seam gave way on the pipe in a farm field.  The repair project planned for Jackson Marsh has been approved by the state.




Wheeler News Service - Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Sunday State Sports





Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 9 (tie)

Chi Cubs 8, Kansas City 3

Chi Cubs 5, Texas 1

Chi White Sox 11, Oakland 5

Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 6

Detroit 3, St. Louis 0

Minnesota 2, Pittsburgh 1






--Division I Men

(Big Ten Conference Tournament)

Wisconsin 68, Indiana 56


--Division II Men

(NCAA Tournament, First Round)

Michigan Tech 86, UW-Parkside 75


--Division II Women

(NCAA Tournament, First Round)

Wayne State 70, UW-Parkside 60


--Division III Women

(NCAA Tournament, Championship game)

DePauw 69, UW-Whitewater 51






--Division I Men

Wisconsin 4, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Badgers win series 2-0


--Division III Men

(NCAA Tournament, Championship game)

UW-Eau Claire 5, Oswego 3


--Division III Women

(NCAA Frozen Four at UW-Superior)

Plattsburg 4, Gustavus Adolphus 0 (3rd place)

Elmira 1, Middlebury 0 (Championship)






--Division III

1. Wartburg, 113

2. Elmhurst, 82

3. UW-Whitewater, 78

4. UW-La Crosse, 56

(Individual results n/a)






Milwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 1




Here are the stories:


Ryan Evans led the way with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots as Wisconsin upended Indiana in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament.  Final score was 68-56.  The number-three ranked Hoosiers clawed their way to within a point at 50-49 with a little less than 10 minutes to go, but the Badgers outscored them 18-7 the rest of the way.  It was the 12th straight time Wisconsin had beaten Indiana and may have done some damage to Hoosier hopes for a number-one seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.  Ben Brust scored a dozen points for a Badger team which is getting hot at the right time, winning three in a row and six out of the last eight games.  Jared Berggren and Sam Decker scored 11 points apiece.  The Badgers take their 23-10 record into today's conference tournament championship game against Ohio State.  Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m.




The Bucks' J.J. Redick and Orlando's Tobias Harris will be facing their former teams for the first time since the trade deadline transaction.  Both say they will be motivated, but nobody's talking about revenge when they hit the court today at noon.  Both teams got what they wanted.  The Bucks got an experienced 28 year old guard with playoff experience and already-exhibited clutch shooting.  Redick has averaged 15 points and four assists with Milwaukee.  The 20 year old Harris is getting playing time with the young Magic he wouldn't have received with the Bucks.  He's averaging almost 16 points and a little over seven rebounds.  Tipoff today from the BMO Harris Bradley Center is 12 noon.




The Wisconsin men's hockey team clinched its berth in the WCHA Final Five with a sweep of Minnesota-Duluth.  The Badgers won their second straight yesterday with a 4-1 decision at the Kohl Center.  Tyler Barnes had a goal and an assist as Wisconsin improved its overall record to 19-12-7.  The winners got off to a hot start, scoring three times in the first period on goals by Jefferson Dahl, Michael Mersch and Kevin Schulze.  Joel Rumpel had 29 saves in goal.  The Badgers outshot the Bulldogs 35-30.




The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire didn't panic when Oswego State scored the first two goals of the NCAA Division III Championship game.  The Blugolds came back to win 5-3.  The contest was played at Herb Brooks Arena, the site of the historic 1980 "Miracle on Ice."  After falling behind by a couple of goals, Eau Claire scored four times in a row, then added a fifth goal for the school's ninth national championship.  The hockey team had been national champions once before in 1984.




Hot hitting by Khris Davis has the Milwaukee Brewers trying to find a role for him.  Davis homered twice and drove in five runs Saturday as the Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds tied 9-9.  Davis hit .350 at three minor league levels last year.  His performance has manager Ron Roenicke thinking Davis could be a powerful presence off the bench and as a pinch-hitter.  Facing a lineup filled with fulltime players for the Reds, Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers was knocked around in his time on the mound.  Lance Roenicke had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score at nine.




A two over par round Saturday knocked Wisconsin golfer Jerry Kelly back into the pack and into a tie for 35th place entering today's final round.  Kelly is at even par and is six shots off the lead, now held by Kevin Streelman, Justin Leonard and George Coetzee.  First round leader Shawn Stefani fell two shots off the pace.  At the Toshiba Classic, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman remained in a tie for eighth place after shooting a second straight round of three under par.  Forsman trails the leader, David Frost, by seven strokes.



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