Wheeler News Service - Sunday, May 5, 2013 - Sunday News Report
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Here are the stories:
Funerals were held yesterday for the three family members killed in their home in rural Lafayette County a week ago today. Gary and Chloe Thoreson and Gary's brother Dean Thoreson were remembered at funeral services held at Wiota Lutheran Church Saturday morning. Thirty-one year old Jaren M. Kuester of Waukesha is being held in the Lafayette County Jail. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance to face the three homicide charges this Friday.
The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department says inattentive driving is to blame for an accident Friday night which left nine people with life-threatening injuries. A car traveling on Highway 53-121 at about 10:20 p.m. ran into the back of an Amish buggy. David and Lydia Wengerd and seven children were injured severely. The 19 year old driver of the motor vehicle wasn't injured. The accident happened near Pigeon in western Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan says Republicans have to offer a better alternative when Americans become frustrated with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Ryan was speaking to the Wisconsin State Republican Party's annual convention in the Wausau area yesterday. He told party members health insurance costs will skyrocket for individuals once the plan goes into effect, employers will drop coverage for their workers and Republicans need to be there for those who get angry about it. Ryan says his party has to offer real alternatives.
Four of the six families suing the Appleton Area School District have agreed to settle their civil action. School officials wouldn't say how much the plaintiffs received. They sued over allegations of physical abuse by a special education teacher. The district says the monetary losses were covered by insurance. An assistant came forward with reports of abuse allegedly committed by former Janet Berry Elementary School teacher Mary Berglund. She was placed on three years probation in 2011 on her plea of no contest.
Cedarburg fire officials say a spark from a machine at Ataco Steel Poducts cause a small, but very smoky fire at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. The smoke filled the building where sheet metal work is done along Highway 60. When the spark got in the ventilator system it apparently set filters on fire. There were no flames involved and people were moved outside. Firefighters say it took a couple of hours to clear the smoke from the building using some fans.
Packers Hall of Fame player LeRoy Butler has been invited to speak at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Madison next month. Butler's scheduled address at another church was canceled when he went public with support for a gay player in the NBA, Jason Collins. St. Dunstan's officials say they want to let Butler know most churches join him in extending the message of love and acceptance. St. Dunstan's is asking for sponsors to cover Butler's speaking fee of 85 hundred dollars.
Parents were mad that they hadn't been notified in a timely manner when Verona schools were locked down last Thursday. Not all parents were alerted because the e-mail and text system reaches out to only those who sign up for it. Even though about five thousand students were locked down, only about 23 hundred parents were notified. The district did make five website postings about the lockdown over a three-hour period. An Illinois fugitive was arrested Thursday night after a manhunt which lasted all day in south-central Wisconsin. The district's superintendent has apologized to the parents not notified.
The Racine County district attorney's office has reduced the charges against an emergency medical technician accused of sexually assaulting a patient. The second-degree sexual assault charges are now third-degree. If Somers EMT Jodin Froeber is convicted, the reduced charge means he faces a maximum sentence which will be 20 years shorter. Froeber is accused of sexually assault a woman who was 20 years old at the time in the back of an ambulance. The alleged crime happened in July 2011.