Wheeler News Service - Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Saturday News Report
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Eight small Wisconsin airports are among 149 nationwide to have their air traffic towers closed by the FAA. Towers in Eau Claire, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Mosinee, Oshkosh, Waukesha and Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport will begin closing next month. The airports aren't being shut down, but pilots will have to coordinator takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency. Ground controllers will no longer play a role. The Federal Aviation Administration says all pilots are training to fly that way. Federal budget cuts are forcing the FAA to cut 637 million dollars from its budget for the rest of the fiscal year ending September 30th. The agency is also considering the elimination of overnight shifts at 72 air traffic facilities, including Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport.
The S.S. Badger will have to stop dumping waste coal ash into Lake Michigan within two years under a deal announced yesterday. The Badger carries passengers, vehicles and cargo between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, when the temperatures warm up. It discharges an estimated 500 tons of goal ash during the sailing season which runs from May to October. The EPA had given the Lake Michigan Carferry company until last December to stop the dumping. Under the guidelines of a consent agreement filed in federal court, the deadline was extended until after the 2014 season. The S.S. Badger will then store the ash onboard until it can be dropped off onshore.
Investment returns nearly double what was seen last year will mean more than eight million dollars in bonuses for Wisconsin's pension fund managers. The news comes as most retirees face decreasing payouts starting May. Bonus of at least 100 thousand dollars will go to 29 people, while 74 will get at least 25 thousand dollars. Nearly everyone getting a six-figure bonus is a money manager. Chief investment officer David Villa will get the largest bonus – nearly 421 thousand dollars.
State Representative Andre Jacque says woodchucks should be removed from Wisconsin's list of protected species and hunters should be able to kill an unlimited number. Jacque says not only should the animals not be protected, they are actually abundant in the state and have become a nuisance. The De Pere Republican is sponsor of a bill which would create a season for woodchucks which would run nearly all year long. He sees the woodchuck season as more of a way to control the population. Every time an effort is made to open a new hunting season on a new species, it gets strong opposition. A spokesperson for the Sierra Club says its membership doesn't oppose hunting in general, but going after woodchucks – also known as groundhogs – doesn't seem responsible. Property owners are already allowed to kill groundhogs who are a nuisance and nobody seems to have eaten a groundhog.
Minnesota prosecutors say blood on a pillow found during a search last weekend matches the DNA of 30 year old Kira Trevino. The central Wisconsin native disappeared last month and her husband is charged with second-degree murder. Trevino is presumed to be dead. The pillow was found by a volunteer searcher near Keller Lake, along with a pillow case, sports bra, shirt and sponge. The new evidence has been added to the criminal complaint filed against Jeffery Trevino. The search focused on that lake because one witness told police she was driving nearby February 22 – the day after Kira Trevino disappeared – and saw two men struggling with something which appeared to be about the size of a person.
Construction work on a Green Bay-area freeway will cause some traffic delays this weekend. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning drivers headed northbound on U.S. 41 from Shawano to Velp avenues about closed lanes. They were shut down last night and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday. Workers will be installing a sanitary sewer pipe under the roadway. Wis-DOT reminds motorists to find alternate routes on its website.
Federal prosecutors say a Sheboygan man got four women addicted to heroin, then forced them into prostitution. The case against Jason B. Guidry is the latest in a series of sex trafficking cases being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Milwaukee. The 31 year old Guidry faces 16 counts of sex trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs, including crack and powder cocaine and heroin. Guidry's case is unique because pimps usually use threats and violence combined with gifts and compliments to get their victims to have sex for money.
The Walworth County district attorney's office has found that Deputy Richard Lagle was justified in using deadly force when he shot a hospitalized inmate. Lagle was guarding 18 year old Alfredo Villarreal of Janesville at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn January 21st. Villarreal had been taken there for medical testing. When the inmate asked to use the restroom, Lagle removed his shackle, but when he tried to re-attach the shackle, Villarreal kicked him several times, then began punching him. Lagle had trouble with his stun gun and the inmate started hitting the window of the hospital room with a chair in an attempt to escape. When he raised the chair toward the deputy, Lagle shot Villrreal five times. The inmate was dead at the scene.