FOND DU LAC - A former officer at Taycheedah Correctional Institution could be sentenced up to 240 years for having sexual contact with prisoners.
Thirty-nine year old Jimmie Brown was found guilty last week. He was convicted on 16 counts of second-degree sexual assault of an inmate. Brown originally faced 21 charges, bu three were dismissed by prosecutors and the jury found Brown not guilty of two more. A sentencing date hasn't been set yet. He was originally accused of sexually assaulting one inmate at the women's prison in Fond du Lac and having consensual sex with others. Wisconsin law prohibits sexual contact by a correctional officer with an inmate, regardless of consent.
Because an NBA coach might be called to testify, the trial for Aaron Marheine has been delayed until June. It was to have started next week. Denver Nuggets coach George Karl could be called to the stand in Outagamie County. Marheine is facing charges of theft and criminal damage to property. He is the former owner of the Pulse nightclub in Appleton. Karl owns the building where it is alleged commercial appliances and other items were taken. Marheine says he was allowed to sell those items in exchange for money he spent making improvements on the facility. Prosecutors say property damage totaled more than $60,000. The trial was to have started next Wednesday, but now it won't begin until June 25 -- after the NBA season.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports the cleanup of the lower Sheboygan River, its shoreline and the harbor will start this spring. It's estimated that more than 50 thousand cubic yards of mud has to be dredged out of the lower river and the harbor. The main pollution problem is the present of cancer-causing PCBs. The chemicals were used in hydraulic fluids and lubricants in electrical equipment made prior to 1977. The former Tecumseh Product plant is thought to be the major source of PCBs in the river. A public meeting about the cleanup project will be held next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan.
In Milwaukee, the Department of Public Works has been giving the City Hall building a close inspection since chunks fell to the ground out of its south tower. The check reportedly found cracks on a couple of urns on the south and east sides of the tower. Those discoveries led city officials to section off the area, while bringing in an architectural firm to continue the work. Milwaukee city officials say they will bring in a third party to do additional physical inspections of the city hall building.
With the flu putting more than 310 people in the hospital since December, state officials are stepping up the call for Wisconsin residents to get a flu shot. The cold and flu season is reaching its peak now. Health experts suggest the shots for all age groups, but especially people 50 years old and older. That's where the greatest numbers of hospitalizations come from.