Wheeler News Service -
Sunday, April 7, 2013 - Sunday News Report
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A study shows
publicly-financing sports arenas don't offer the economic benefits to their
regions which supporters often suggest. The Milwaukee Legislative Reference
Bureau released its report last Friday. It is hitting the media just as
discussions are developing over whether Milwaukee needs to replace the BMO
Harris Bradley Center. Those who push for new sports arenas often support their
ideas by saying a new arena will mean jobs for the local economy, stimulate
spending and bring in businesses and tourists. Sports economist Andrew
Zimbalist has questioned those assertions in his work.
A bond hearing is
scheduled tomorrow for a jailer in Sauk County. The unnamed suspect was
arrested last Thursday and police are recommending he be charged with child
sexual abuse. The Sheriff's Department reports he has been placed in
administrative leave. There are few details available, but the man does have a
history of domestic violence and abuse allegations. Several women have accused
him of assault. One woman told authorities he shook her by her hair and caused
several bruises. Charges weren't filed by the Juneau County prosecutor due to
inconsistencies n the report and a lack of additional witnesses.
The Legislature's Joint
Finance Committee brings the discussion of the state budget to public in a pair
of hearings this week. The first is tomorrow night at Lambeau Field in Green
Bay. The second will be held Wednesday at the Kalahari resort in Wisconsin
Dells. The first of four hearings was held last week. Committee members are
soliciting input from the public on Governor Scott Walker's 68 billion dollar
budget proposal. After the last hearing is held April 18th, the committee will
begin the process of making changes, in needed, before the full Legislature
takes up the two-year budget in June.
Two major highway
construction projects are impacting Milwaukee traffic, beginning this weekend.
Work started last night on the exit ramp from westbound Interstate 94 onto
northbound state Highway 100 last night. The ramp will remain closed through
the end of the summer. The second project will have traffic on the northbound
side of Highway 100 shifted to the southbound side while that stretch of road is
widened to four lanes in each direction. The work is part of a 35 million
dollar reconstruction project for the Zoo interchange.
A 26 year old Racine man
is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly urinating on a
driveway as four children looked on. Donnell Weddle was charged with the
misdemeanor in Racine County Court last Friday. If convicted, Weddle could face
up to nine months in jail. Three adult witnesses tell police they saw Weddle
relieve himself in front of four children aged four to 10 years old. Weddle has
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Richfield says no to
fast-food restaurants in its residential neighborhoods. Those restaurants can
be built in commercial sections of the village about 25 miles northwest of
Milwaukee. The Richfield plan commission voted this week to ban construction of
any new fast-food restaurants in areas which are largely residential. Sit-down
restaurants in Richfield wouldn't be affected. The commission gave fast-food
restaurants a definition, saying they are places where customers order food at a
counter, generally pay when they get their food, and the food is served mostly
in disposable containers.
At least two of the eight
anglers rescued yesterday afternoon didn't realize they needed to be rescued.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Door County fire departments conducted the rescue
mission when strong winds opened up wide gaps in the ice cover on Green Bay.
Winds were gusting up to 40 miles per hour, pushing the ice apartment even
though it was thick enough to support some pickup trucks. The operation was
conducted just offshore from an area along Snake Island Road in Nasewaupee.
None of the eight fishermen needed medical attention.
Mount Horeb school
officials sent letters home with students Friday alerting parents to keep an eye
on their kids and see if they got sick. Pepperoni Pizzatas had been placed on
an E. coli recall list and they had been served to students in grades
K-through-12 last week. School leaders say they have heard no reports of
illnesses which were linked to the cafeteria food. They are urging all parents
to get medical attention for their children if they show symptoms, and to
contact the Public Health Department or the school nurse for help. The Centers
for Disease Control and prevention reports 27 E. coli infections around the
country, including two in Wisconsin.