WRJC Radio - Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin 2014-09-16T18:35:00Z http://www.wrjc.com/feed/atom/ WRJC News <![CDATA[Outagamie County approves memorial for cemetery]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96009 2014-09-16T18:30:00Z 2014-09-16T18:30:00Z More >]]> APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Outagamie County residents and officials have been working to enhance an unadorned cemetery in which residents of an Appleton mental health facility were buried. Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1DeQcFO ) reports the county’s board last week approved a site plan for the addition of a memorial and cornerstones to mark the boarders of the Outagamie County Insane Asylum Cemetery. People who support the project say it’s an opportunity for the community to confront the way people who were confined at the facility were treated. County supervisor Tanya Rabec, who’s a member of the Asylum Cemetery Oversight Committee, says the patients were essentially seen as inmates. Records show that 133 people were buried in the cemetery after they died at the facility between 1891 and 1943. A misspelled, metal sign is all that marks the cemetery today.

Information from: Post-Crescent Media, http://www.postcrescent.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Packers event brings in 600 coats for needy kids]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96007 2014-09-16T18:29:15Z 2014-09-16T18:29:15Z More >]]> GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A Green Bay Packers charity event has brought in more than 600 winter coats to be donated to needy children. The team’s annual Coats for Kids collection happened Sunday before the Packers’ win over the Jets. Fans were asked to donate new and gently used winter coats. The team says the event brought in more than 600 coats, as well as $18,000 in cash. Both figures are records, topping last year’s totals of 592 coats and almost $15,000 in cash. The event was led by the Salvation Army and a number of local dry cleaners.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Wisconsin DOJ never launched GPS program]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96005 2014-09-16T18:28:49Z 2014-09-16T18:28:49Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Justice never launched a program outlined in the state budget that would have allowed judges to order GPS monitoring for people under restraining orders. Gov. Scott Walker proposed $3 million in the 2013-15 state budget for DOJ grants to local police and governmental units for GPS tracking people subject to a domestic abuse or harassment restraining order. The Legislature’s finance committee scaled that back to $250,000 in the budget’s first year. But DOJ officials say they never handed out any grants. They say the budget’s statutory language doesn’t give judges the authority to make GPS monitoring part of restraining orders. The agency has asked Walker in its 2015-17 budget request to eliminate the program. Walker’s office didn’t immediately return an email message Tuesday.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Man accused of killing half-brother reaches deal]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96003 2014-09-16T18:28:02Z 2014-09-16T18:28:02Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A man accused of fatally beating his autistic half-brother and hiding his body has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Dane County. Jeffrey Vogelsberg returned to court Tuesday and pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless homicide in the 2012 death of 27-year-old Matthew Granville. Vogelsberg’s trial on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and intimidating a witness began last week. The trial stalled Thursday when the defendant was admitted to the hospital with an unidentified medical condition. WISC-TV (http://strib.mn/XvSu2I ) reports the original charges will be dismissed under terms of the deal. Prosecutors will ask that Vogelsberg be sentenced to 12 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision. The defense will ask for eight years in prison. The charge carries a maximum of 15 years.

Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Body of retreat owner found in submerged car]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96001 2014-09-16T18:27:20Z 2014-09-16T18:27:20Z More >]]> ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say one of the owners of a western Wisconsin retreat has been found dead in a submerged car on the property. Polk County sheriff’s officials say the body of 39-year-old Blair Piper was discovered Sunday at the Big Rock Creek Retreat north of St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/XvSu2I ) reports investigators haven’t said how the car became submerged up to it roof line. The 1,600-acre retreat has biking and cross-country ski trails and waters for swimming and fishing.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=95999 2014-09-16T18:26:31Z 2014-09-16T18:26:31Z More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. The governor will submit a budget proposal to the Legislature early next year. The state is already projected to have a nearly $1.8 billion shortfall heading into the next budget, without taking into account new expenses like the additional request for Medicaid. Walker rejected accepting money under the federal health care overhaul law to help pay for Medicaid expansion, and instead tightened income eligibility while also broadening the program to include everyone at poverty level.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Mauston Man Arrested for OWI-6th Offense After Chase in Downtown Mauston]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=95997 2014-09-16T18:35:00Z 2014-09-16T18:15:50Z More >]]> Contributed

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A Mauston man was arrested for 6th offense OWI, after he led police on a brief chase at accelerated speeds through downtown Mauston. 47-year-old Brian L. Wilcox Jr. was observed traveling east on East State Street with no headlights on Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m. Police say after the officer activated his emergency lights and sirens, Wilcox turned off from East State Street on to Pine Street while accelerating. He made a right turn into the Alliant Energy building parking lot, travelled through the parking lot exiting at the Southwest corner striking a curb, returning to East State Street. The Wilcox vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic in to the west bound lane, partially on the sidewalk striking an unoccupied parked vehicle pushing it out of the parking space. The 1984 Porsche driven by Wilcox came to stop in the center of East State Street near the intersection of Pine Street, almost striking pedestrians on the sidewalk. Wilcox refused to exit his vehicle, and officers had to break a window to unlock the door, and remove him from the vehicle.  Wilcox was transported by Mauston Area Ambulance to Hess Hospital for a head wound. Mauston Fire Department was also called to the scene for leaking fluids from the Wilcox vehicle.  After investigation, and release from the hospital, Wilcox was taken to Juneau County Jail. Online court records show, he has been charged with obstructing an officer, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, in addition to the 6th Offense OWI. Additionally, Wilcox was cited for; “Unreasonable and Imprudent Speed”, “Operating Left of Center”, “Failure to Keep Vehicle Under Control”, “Fail/Yield When Emerging From Alley”, “Fail to Signal Turn” x 2, “Operation w/o Required Lamps Lighted”, and “No Seatbelt”. An initial appearance has been scheduled for October 1st.

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Team Work Saves the Life of a New Lisbon Woman]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=95995 2014-09-16T17:59:26Z 2014-09-16T17:59:26Z More >]]> A Monroe County deputy and personnel from Shaw’s Wrecker Service worked together to save a New Lisbon woman who was trapped in her vehicle when it was submerged in water. Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson said on Monday morning, around 10:40 the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who said her vehicle was in the water and she was unable to get out. The caller didn’t know exactly where she was but gave a general area of south of Highway 21 near 2nd Avenue. The Juneau County Dispatch requested assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as the incident was near the Monroe/Juneau County line.  Shaw’s Wrecker Service employees, Michael Morphy and Patrick Scott, who are both Oakdale Firefighters, heard the call and also responded. Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin said Monroe County Deputy David Sundvall located the vehicle near the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 22nd Street in the Cutler Township. He identified the driver as 79-year-old Arvilla Novy. She told Deputy Sundvall she was wet and very cold. As the tow truck personnel attempted to remove the vehicle, the vehicle slid into the water becoming completely submerged. Deputy Sundvall attempted to free Novy and when the door handle broke, he dove into the water and entered the vehicle through the open window. After two dives, he was successful in freeing Novy and getting her out of her vehicle.  Scott and Morphy assisted Deputy Sundvall in getting Novy to shore where she was treated by medical personnel and then transported to a hospital. Sheriff Oleson said he wants to acknowledge the actions of Deputy Sundvall and the wrecker service personnel, Morphy and Scott.  “Deputy Sundvall placed himself in grave danger when he dove underwater to rescue the operator of the vehicle.  His actions reflect highly on his character and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Oleson. “The same can be said about the character of Morphy and Scott.  Their assistance and the team effort by all three men no doubt saved the life of another.”

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WRJC Sports <![CDATA[Mauston Football Has Won Two Straight Under Coach Roland Lehman]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=95992 2014-09-16T17:25:59Z 2014-09-16T17:25:59Z

Coach Roland Lehman talks Mauston football with Troy Matz

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WRJC News <![CDATA[Necedah School Board Talks Safety Plan and 2014-2015 Budget]]> http://www.wrjc.com/?p=95986 2014-09-16T17:21:31Z 2014-09-16T17:18:59Z More >]]> The Necedah School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday night. The board discussed the district’s safety plan. Superintendent Larry Gierach said they are just beginning the process of redoing the plan and updating it. When the safety plan is updated, it is taken to the board for its approval. The safety plan addresses procedures for emergency situations and includes fire, tornado, bomb threats, chemical spills, etc. and will have new information concerning dealing with intruders and active shooting incidents.  The Necedah School Board also discussed the 2014-2015 school budget. Gierach said the school’s projections for student enrollment are going to be close to the third Friday count so budget-wise they aren’t expecting much change. The budget will be presented to the voters at the budget meeting at 6:30pm on Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm, which the public is encouraged to attend. Then, the annual district meeting will follow the budget meeting at 7:00pm or immediately after that meeting.

Other action the board attended to:

  • The board accepted one teacher resignation, Mrs. Karla Saylor who was a Spanish teacher. She accepted a position within the Mauston School District.
  • Accepted one donation by a parent, Patricia Kerwin, toward equipment for the school’s elementary playground.
  • Discussed the family survey results for the Holiday Program in December. This year, the district will go back to an evening production. Last year, it held the program during the school hours in the afternoon.

 

 

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