>>Fog, Speed Contributing Factors To Fatal Accident Involving 29 Vehicles

(Verona, WI)  —  The Dane County Sheriff’s Office reports the death of one person in a Monday morning pile-up near Verona involving 29 vehicles.  Poor visibility due to heavy fog and excessive speed are thought to be contributing factors.  The multi-vehicle accident was reported on Highway 18-151 shortly before 8:00 A-M.  Six people were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries they suffered.  One had to be airlifted by a medical helicopter.  No names of any of the victims have been released.  Witnesses say the fog was so thick people couldn’t see 10 feet in front of themselves.


>>3 Milwaukee County Jailers Charged In Inmate’s Death

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against three jail staff members in the dehydration death of an inmate.  Water was shut off to 38-year-old Terrill Thomas’ cell after he had flooded it in April 2016.  Thomas had been without water for one week when he died.  Supervisor Kashka Meadors and jail deputy James Lee Ramsey-Guy are charged with neglect of a resident of a penal facility.  Jail Commander Nancy Lee Evans faces charges of misconduct and obstructing.


>>Marshfield Woman Held Over For Trial In Overdose Death

(Wausau, WI)  —  A Marathon County judge has held a Marshfield woman over for trial on a first-degree reckless homicide charge.  Twenty-seven-year-old Cassandra Staab is suspected of supplying the fentanyl-laced heroin which killed a Spencer man last year.  The judge ruled Monday prosecutors had presented enough evidence for him to order the trial.  Twenty-two-year-old Thomas Bychinski died January 31st, 2017.  Witnesses told investigators Staab was their dealer when they bought heroin.


>>Fond Du Lac Man Given 13 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault

(Fond du Lac, WI)  —  A Fond du Lac man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday for sexually assaulting an underage girl.  Eighteen-year-old Tory Tuinstra was convicted of 2nd-degree sexual assault of a child last December.  As part of a plea agreement, he entered a no contest plea to the sexual assault charges and prosecutors dropped two other counts.  Investigators say Tuinstra and another man, Shane Berg, sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl at an apartment.  Shane Berg was found guilty last month.  The girl’s mother faces sentencing next month for participating.


>Oshkosh Man Gets 20 Years For Fatal Drug Overdose

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Federal prosecutors say an Oshkosh man gets 20 years behind bars for dealing drugs to a woman who died of a drug overdose. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Anthony R. Chaplin sold meth and the potent opioid fentanyl to Joy Strader of Appleton. Strader died of an overdose in May 2017. Federal prosecutors say Chaplin admitted to dealing what he believed to be heroin to Strader on multiple occasions. He said he didn’t know that the heroin contained fentanyl. Investigators say he sold Strader meth at the same time. The medical examiner says the combination of the fentanyl and the meth caused Strader’s death, according to the medical examiner’s findings.


>>Wisconsin Nursing Homes Closing More Frequently

(Madison, WI)  —  Ten long-term care facilities closed in Wisconsin last year, compared to six in 2016.  Nursing home providers say Medicaid reimbursement rates are not keeping up with the costs they deal with to provide the needed care.  The business model isn’t working.  Those reimbursement rates are affecting the nursing homes’ ability to recruit and retain workers.  One statewide survey finds more than 11-thousand open caregiver positions in Wisconsin as recently as 2016.  Reimbursement rates are being increased by two percent each year under the current state budget.