RACINE - Barring a last-minute surprise, the recount in Racine County is going to show that incumbent state Senator Van Wanggaard has been defeated.
Results posted yesterday showed the Republican trailing Democratic challenger John Lehman by more than 800 votes. With 80 percent of the ballots recounted, Wanggaard has realized a net gain of 20 votes. The recounting task is expected to be finished by Monday. Then, both sides will have until July 10th to challenge the results of the recount. Republicans have suggested that could happen since the recounting effort has found some voters who registered at the polls failed to sign to appropriate poll book. The state elections board calls than an oversight, not voting fraud.
Six years in prison is the sentence for a man who ran down a 65-year old Milwaukee grandmother last year while she was crossing a street. Clementina Hernandez was pushing her four year old grandson in a stroller at the time. Jesus DeJesus was driving on a suspended license and had cocaine in his system when he hit her last December. The grandson has recovered from his physical injuries, but is still in therapy to help him cope with the loss of his grandmother. DeJesus' attorney calls the fatal accident a tragic mistake, saying the defendant is a decent man despite having a criminal record. He points out his client called 911 to get help for the victims.
District Attorney Christian Gossett won't be allowed to carry a concealed weapon inside the courtrooms in Winnebago County. The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to order the judges in that county to allow him to carry his gun. Failing that, he wanted the state's high court to take up his case as an original action. Yesterday, the court said it wouldn't meet either request. Winnebago County judges had told Gossett nobody but law enforcement officers can carry in their courts without a written permission. The DA says that ban conflicts with parts of the state's concealed carry law which does allow prosecutors to carry weapons if they have a permit.
The head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says he believes the offer of tax credits to a company was legal. The credits were offered contingent on Skyward, Incorporated, landing a multi-million dollar state contract. WEDC leader Paul Jadin says his agency isn't bound by procurement laws guiding government agencies. Democrats called the effort sleazy and illegal. When the WEDC was formed, it wasn't specifically exempted from having to follow state procurement guidelines which forbid giving preferential treatment to companies bidding on state contracts. However, some other semi-private entities like the WEDC are exempt.
Wisconsin is one of the top five states in the nation for Community Supported Agriculture, known as CSA. Through the program members can have fresh food delivered from local producers from June to October. Participants pay to become members of certain farms. Officials with the program say most farm's goods are already sold out for the season. To learn more about the program check out the FairShare CSA Coalition's website at csacoaltion.org.
A Wasau man has been arrested after attempting to get away from police on his motorcycle. 47-year-old Michael Durkee could be sentenced to as much as three-and-a-half years in prison. He will appear in court on July 24. The police were tailing Durkee in connection with a domestic dispute call.
Four people are being treated for injuries after a crash in Plover Friday. Authorities say an SUV hit a Cadillac as it was attempting to pull onto Highway 54. The SUV's driver and two passengers and the Cadillac's driver were all taken to hospitals in serious condition. Rescue workers quickly made it to the scene as they were nearby working an unrelated accident.
Students attending class at Carrol University are being urged to use extra caution after reports of two assaults. Waukesha police say two students have reported they were attacked near Frontier and Pioneer Halls. One attack happened Wednesday night and the second was yesterday morning. Victims describe their attackers as two Hispanic men with buzz cuts. Security has been stepped up on the campus as a result of those incidents.
City officials in Cedarburg say the heat wave is putting a strain on the local water system. That's why they are asking people who live there to voluntarily conserve water. Customers with addresses ending in odd numbers are asked to water their lawns only on odd-numbered days. People living in houses with even-numbered addresses would do lawn watering on even-numbered dates. The city says the restrictions could become mandatory, if there is no relief forthcoming.
Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas are planning to protest at seven Milwaukee churches. Westboro members are infamous for protesting at funerals for soldiers, saying they died in war because this country accepts the gay lifestyle. Westboro members say they will target the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, plus a half-dozen others. A spokesperson for the Kansas group says those churches love money and will tell you lies as long as you give them money.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is not optimistic the state's Voter ID case will be settled before the November election. That's what he told WTMJ talk host Charlie Sykes today. Two separate lawsuits have resulted in blocking a main component of the law which had required voters to show a photo ID. The Republican Van Hollen pushed for the state Supreme Court to hear the cases. But the high court sent them back to the Appeals Court level in April, with nothing scheduled at this time. Van Hollen told Sykes the lower court officials "have shown no sense of urgency whatsoever." Supporters of the GOP backed law say it prevents election fraud but opponents claim it disenfranchises voters.
An immigrant rights group remains busy after President Obama's recent executive order that stops deportation of some illegal aliens such as students and military members. Milwaukee-based Voces de La Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle are holding a community forum Sunday discussing details and misconceptions about the policy. Lizeth Zorilla of YES says in a statement "scammers are seeking to profit by lying about the application process and taking advantage of our families." Critics of Obama's order say he usurping the power of Congress.
A new veterans' clinic specifically for women is opening in Central Wisconsin. The Tomah Veterans Affairs Clinic announced the clinic will be at its outpatient center in Wisconsin Rapids. Officials say it will provide pre-natal and maternity care and disease screening for women's health needs. Mental health care will also be available.
Four people have been sentenced in Milwaukee County for Medicaid fraud. The four were involved a scheme in which they acted as providers of durable medical equipment for weakened joints and limbs. They billed the government for this equipment although the supposed recipients never received it. At yesterday's sentencing, prison times ranged from one-and-a-half years to three years. All will have extended supervision. They join two others in the scam who were convicted and a sentence - and one other woman who is still awaiting sentencing.
Authorities have identified a motorcyclist who died from a crash in Dodge County. 55-year-old Steven Chapman of Menomonee Falls was riding alone early Sunday near the Town of Ashippun when he lost control on a sweeping left-hand curve. Losing control his motorcycle overturned and he was thrown from it.
A highly contagious virus has killed more than 30 dogs in the Milwaukee-area. Animal shelter officials are urging pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated for parvovirus which has symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. If a pet owner suspects their canine of having parvo, they're being asked to head to veterinarian as soon as possible.
A baseball team ushering in a vintage-era has released its schedule for the summer. Eagle Diamonds play at Old World Wisconsin in Waukesha County. The team is based on the 1860's Waukesha Diamonds wearing 19th century replica baggy uniforms with rules reflecting the era such as no strike zones and no gloves. The Diamonds play other vintage teams on July 14th, the 28th and August 25th.