WRJC Radio - Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin http://www.wrjc.com Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:58:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stout, Platteville announce worker buyout plans as cuts loom http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/stout-platteville-announce-worker-buyout-plans-as-cuts-loom/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/stout-platteville-announce-worker-buyout-plans-as-cuts-loom/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:38:00 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107879 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two more University of Wisconsin System schools will offer voluntary employee buyouts to help cushion massive cuts looming in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget. UW-Stout officials announced its plan Monday. UW-Platteville announced its program on Friday. Employees must be at least 55 years old as of mid-2015, have at least five years of service and be eligible to receive an annuity through the state retirement system. Takers would generally receive a one-time payment equal to half their salary. Five other UW schools have announced similar buyout programs as they grapple with Walker’s plans to cut $300 million from the system. The cuts aren’t a done deal, however. The Legislature’s finance committee is revising Walker’s budget ahead of full votes in the Senate and Assembly early this summer.

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Governor declares wildfire emergency http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/governor-declares-wildfire-emergency/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/governor-declares-wildfire-emergency/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:34:41 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107877 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency to deal with elevated wildfire conditions. Walker issued the declaration Monday. It calls on all state agencies to assist in potential wildlife response and recovery efforts. It also authorizes the Wisconsin National Guard’s adjutant general to call units to active duty as needed to help emergency management officials and the state Department of Natural Resources fight wildfires. According to the DNR’s website Monday fire danger was considered low in every Wisconsin county. Walker’s office said in a news release announcing the declaration, however, that much of the state has experienced abnormally dry weather that’s expected to continue through May. The declaration itself said the DNR has asked the National Guard for help pre-positioning fire equipment.

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3 more men arrested in Wisconsin informant’s death http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/3-more-men-arrested-in-wisconsin-informants-death/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/3-more-men-arrested-in-wisconsin-informants-death/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:33:40 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107875 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three more men in connection with a state drug informant’s death. The Dane County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that the men were taken into custody over the weekend on suspicion of aiding a felon and being a party to a crime of hiding a corpse. Investigators believe the three men were present at the town of Burke auto repair garage where a Waunakee man and a Madison man stabbed 23-year-old Jacob Payne. They believe the men dumped Payne’s body in Lake Mendota. A canoeist discovered the body on April 11. The Waunakee man was taken into custody the next day. The Madison man was arrested on April 14.

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Lawmaker wants DPI to clarify opt-out for Badger Exam http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/lawmaker-wants-dpi-to-clarify-opt-out-for-badger-exam/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/lawmaker-wants-dpi-to-clarify-opt-out-for-badger-exam/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:32:54 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107873 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the state Assembly Education Committee wants state superintendent Tony Evers to tell all Wisconsin school districts that any student who wants to opt-out of taking the Badger Exam can do so. State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, of Fond du Lac, sent Evers a letter Monday. He says there is confusion over the state law that governs when a student can opt out of the test which is currently being given in most public school districts. The law says that the opt-out option must be granted to students who request it in grades 4, 8 and 9 through 11. The state Department of Public Instruction says because the law is silent on other grades being tested, it’s up to schools to decide whether to let students opt out.

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Republican Dorow to run for state Senate http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/republican-dorow-to-run-for-state-senate/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/republican-dorow-to-run-for-state-senate/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:31:49 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107871 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Waukesha police officer who now helps train current and prospective law enforcement officers is running for the Wisconsin state Senate. Republican Brian Dorow announced his candidacy on Monday. He joins state Rep. Chris Kapenga, of Delafield, in running to replace Sen. Paul Farrow. He will be vacating his seat this summer after being elected as Waukesha County executive. Dorow had considered running for county executive but did not. He previously ran for the state Assembly in 2010 but came in second to Kapenga. Dorow is associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College. Gov. Scott Walker will have to call a special election once Farrow resigns from his Senate seat. The Senate district in Waukesha County is heavily Republican. The Senate is currently controlled by Republicans 19-14.

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Walker Declares State of Emergency Over Bird Flu http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/walker-declares-state-of-emergency-over-bird-flu/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/walker-declares-state-of-emergency-over-bird-flu/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:08:44 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107869 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin. Walker on Monday authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to assist authorities responding to the bird flu in Jefferson, Juneau and Barron counties. That includes helping with the response and clean up once the infected birds are killed. Walker says the state must act “quickly and efficiently to contain the outbreak and protect domestic poultry.” State agriculture officials this month detected the virus for the first time in Wisconsin. It has been found in three flocks affecting tens of thousands of chickens and turkeys. Authorities stress there was no risk to public health and no danger to the food supply from the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain.

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Vernon County Sheriff John Spears Reports http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/vernon-county-sheriff-john-spears-reports-102/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/vernon-county-sheriff-john-spears-reports-102/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:14:10 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107836 More >]]> SHERIFF JOHN SPEARS REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR AND NARRATIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE WEEK ENDING April 20, 2015.

4/15  Dominic Vesbach of La Farge was backing out of an alley onto State Street in the Village of La Farge when his rear driver’s side made contact with a legally parked car owned by Erica Steinmetz of La Farge.  Both vehicles suffered damage, but no injuries were incurred.

4/18  Thomas Krause of Genoa was attempting to park in a parking stall and while performing a backing maneuver on Water Street in the Village of Genoa, he stuck a legally parked truck parked on the roadway.  The vehicles had minor damage and no injuries were reported.

4/18  Raymond Ackman of Viroqua was traveling west on County Road Y in the Town of Viroqua.  Ackman claimed he fell asleep and left the right side of the roadway on a left curve.  Ackman was driving a flatbed truck pulling an empty fertilizer spreader trailer.  Ackman struck a fence and a sharp earthen embankment, the trailer detached, overturned, and the truck came to a rest upright in the ditch.  The vehicle had moderate damage and was towed.  Ackman had no injuries.

4/19  Thomas Shaha was traveling westbound on State Hwy 56 in the Town of Viroqua when he struck a cow belonging to Ruby Lewison of Viroqua.  The extent of damage to the vehicle was moderate and had to be towed.  Shaha suffered no apparent injuries.

4/20             5 reportable car/deer crashes:

Megan Stone, La Farge, on Hwy 131, Town of Stark (raccoon);

Dennis Siler, Westby, on Reo Aveneu, Town of Christiana;

Tyler Erdenberger, Seneca, on Hwy 27, Town of Franklin;

Mary Ann Berg, Westby, on Hwy 14, Town of Hamburg;

Jonathan Davidson, Westby, on Hwy 14, Town of Hamburg;

***********                                               This past week                 Year to Date

Alarm Responses                                             5                                    118

Animal Related issues                                     43                                   316

Assisting Municipalities                                   75                                   897

Crimes Against People                                    19                                   238

Crimes Against Property                                 19                                   165

Domestic Crimes                                             5                                      43

Fire Responses                                               90                                    463

K-9 Calls                                                          7                                     34

Medical Responses                                         40                                    700

Mental Health Cases                                        3                                     50

Missing Person Investigations                         1                                     50

Safety Escorts                                                  8                                     67

School Walk Through                                     7                                     170

Search and Rescues                                        0                                    1

Security Check                                               93                                   1751

Serving Legal Documents                               22                                   589

Suspicious Activity Investigations                   25                                   268

Threat Investigation                                         2                                     21

Traffic Accidents                                              28                                   303

Traffic Related Investigations                          127                                 1365

Vehicle Lockouts                                             6                                     90

Weapons Investigation                                    0                                    6

Unclassified Calls for Assistance                     60                                   663

_____                                _______

TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE                      780                                  8625

ADMISSIONS INTO COUNTY JAIL                  26                                    315



John B. Spears, Sheriff

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Father killed in crash on the way to birth of 8th child http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-8th-child/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-8th-child/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:14:59 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107857 More >]]> MILWAUKEE (AP) — A father driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital for the birth of the couple’s eighth child died when a deer struck the family’s van in central Wisconsin. Sheriff’s officials in Marathon County say a vehicle struck a deer on Highway 97 in the Town of Cleveland early Friday and threw the animal into the windshield of a van driven by 42-year-old Michael Rogan. Sheriff’s Lt. Ted Knoeck says Rogan died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Rogan’s wife, Niki, and seven children suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to the same hospital. Niki Rogan gave birth to a boy hours later. Longtime friends of the couple, Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher, say Niki Rogan homeschools her children, ranging in age from the newborn to 15 years old.

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New evidence gets tested in 1982 killing of Edgerton woman http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/new-evidence-gets-tested-in-1982-killing-of-edgerton-woman/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/new-evidence-gets-tested-in-1982-killing-of-edgerton-woman/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:13:01 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107855 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Detectives in Dane County are hopeful that new evidence in a 32-year-old homicide case will help them finally solve it. In August 1982, 34-year-old Barbara Nelson was found dead in a cornfield five days after she was abducted from the Mini Stop and Shop in Albion. Nelson, who was married and had a 3-year-old daughter, had been shot twice and her face and head were badly beaten. The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1zBZpEj ) reports evidence in the case was recently sent to a lab for examination. Dane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Coy Bethel says new DNA techniques could bring more details to light. He hopes to get results back in a few months, but did not say what’s being tested. Bethel says authorities have persons of interest in Nelson’s death.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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Chemistry Ph.D. student illustrates her thesis in comic book http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/chemistry-ph-d-student-illustrates-her-thesis-in-comic-book/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/chemistry-ph-d-student-illustrates-her-thesis-in-comic-book/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:11:51 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=107853 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin student says illustrating her chemistry thesis in a comic book helped her share the work with her family and friends as well as a host of others interested in accessible science. Veronica Berns, who was working on her Ph. D. in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, said she long struggled to explain her work to nonscientists. As she began drafting her thesis on a strange subset of crystals, Berns quickly concluded that she would be best able to describe the oddball compounds with illustrations. And her professor agreed. Danny Fredrickson, a chemistry professor at the university, said Berns found a way to provide context to the science and to make it more accessible. Berns also launched a blog that illustrates other scientists’ discoveries.

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