Wheeler News Service - Sunday, April 14, 2013 - Sunday News Report
Powerball: 10-12-31-56-57 Powerball-33
SuperCash: 8-10-24-32-36-38 doubler-No
Badger 5: 2-7-13-30-31
Pick 4: 4-9-7-9
Pick 3: 7-3-1
Here are the stories:
Seventeen years after Dane County established the state's first drug treatment court, Wisconsin has more than 50 programs operating in 28 counties. Ten more are in the planning stages right now. Nearly 300 people attended the annual conference in Appleton which ran through last Friday. Another event will be held in Madison next month. Drug court officials say momentum is building because the approach works. Attorneys, judges, social workers and treatment providers work as a team, setting expectations for offenders which include employment and counseling.
Hurley Police say a suspicious backpack left near the Gogebic Taconite office did not contain explosives. The company's president was called yesterday morning at about 11 a.m. to ask if he had left a backpack and he said he hadn't. The area was roped off and the bomb squad was called. When it was discovered there was no bomb in the backpack, the area was reopened at about 4 p.m. Gogebic Taconite wants to build a controversial iron ore mine in the region near the Bad River Chippewa reservation. The tribe and conservations are against the plan, saying it could pollute waters there. Supporters say the region needs the jobs.
The crackdown on sex trafficking nabs two Wisconsin women. Elizabeth Roeder of Milwaukee and Shannon Hathaway of Stoughton face charges of involuntary servitude of a minor and trafficking in Illinois. The Cook County Sheriff's office says investigators responded to an ad on the website Backpage-dot-com, reporting an officer was allegedly offered sex for money at a motel. The two women are accused of placing ads with photos of a juvenile and themselves on the website under "Escorts." The victim has been returned to her family.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Department reports it found a dead body after a fire in a mobile home was put out in Beaver Dam. Emergency responders were called to the burning mobile home at 4:44 a.m. yesterday. Authorities say when they arrived on the scene flames were visible inside the home. A search after the fire was put out resulted in the discovered. The body hasn't been identified and the source of the fire hasn't been determined yet.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson renews his call for a mandatory cap on federal spending. The Wisconsin Republican has said in the past he would support putting a cap on total spending at 20-point-6 percent of the gross national product, hoping to accomplish that by the end of the decade. In a published report from last Friday, Johnson told the Tea Party Patriots he prefers a constitutional amendment. Johnson says the limit should be set at 18 to 19 percent of the GDP. Johnson says Cut, Cap and Balance is a solid proposal. He says he thinks it will take a constitutional amendment to solve the structural budget problem, long-term.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the 18 new conservation wardens being hired include military veterans, an exercise physiologist, a lawyer, an Eagle Scout and several others with experience in conservation work. Training has already started. The trainees are getting instructions at the Warden Academy located at Fort McCoy. Specialized training in the field will follow. DNR leaders say there will be another round of hiring next year.
A Saturday afternoon accident involving a pickup truck and an SUV winds up sending eight people to area hospitals. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports the collision happened in the Town of Addison at about 4:45 p.m. Investigators say a pickup driven by a 17 year old boy from Mayville failed to stop at a stop sign, hitting the SUV. Four teenagers in the pickup were injured, along with four people in the SUV. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening. A 54 year old man from the Town of Wayne in the SUV suffered serious injuries.
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City yesterday, the Great Wall today. Governor Scott Walker's trade mission to China includes business briefings. The governor says he hopes to use this trip to make inroads for Wisconsin companies. Talking Chinese interests into investing in Wisconsin would be a goal, too. The trip started this weekend with a visit to Beijing, with stops scheduled in Harbin and Shanghai. This is Governor Walker's first overseas trade mission.