U-W Stout is about to honor 40 students, faculty, and staff members who died after serving our country. A memorial will be unveiled Friday on the Stout campus at Menomonie. It will include individual plaques for the 40 military members -- some of whom died during World War One. The project began a year ago, when a scholarship was created in honor of Lieutenant John Abrams. He was a 1962 Stout graduate who died six years later in Vietnam. From there, a committee was created to identify all those affiliated with Stout who died after the military service. That includes illnesses in later years, as well as deaths in action.
A former Mount Horeb police lieutenant is due in federal court today, after being indicted for child exploitation. 44-year-old Dennis Jenks of Madison is also facing state charges connected with an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old runaway. The federal indictment accuses him of taking explicit photos and a video of himself and the boy between last November and January. He was arrested yesterday in that indictment. Jenks resigned from the Mount Horeb police force after his original arrest. He's awaiting trial in Dane County on more than 30 charges of possessing child pornography, child sexual exploitation, and repeated child sexual assault. Authorities said the runaway from Beloit lived with Jenks in Madison from last October until February. Officials said the case came to light when police were investigating another man's alleged sexual contact with the same youngster.
A balmy October continues in Wisconsin. Temperatures were in the 40's and low-50's early this morning. Northern and central areas had spotty light rain during the night, while it was cloudy-and-dry in the south. Some areas of the state normally get their first major frost in mid-to-late September -- but that hasn't happened yet in a lot of places. The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from one-until-seven tomorrow morning for Door County, the Green Bay area, and the Fox Valley as far south as Oshkosh. Tonight's lows are predicted to be in the 30's throughout the state, with patchy frost in most regions. The far north might not get out of the 40's today, but highs are generally expected in the 50's statewide at least until Saturday. Sunday is supposed to be a bit cooler, with highs in the 40's. There's a slight chance of rain that day, along with the "S"-word for the first time this fall -- snow showers. But again, forecasters say those chances are only slight.
A Minnesota man has admitted killing his girlfriend near Wausau, using one of over 50 weapons stolen in a rash of area gun-shop burglaries last year. 22-year-old Richi Vue of Chisago City Minnesota struck a plea deal yesterday in Marathon County. He escaped a possible life prison term by pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless homicide in the shooting death of 20-year-old Lee Xiong in her Weston apartment last October. Four other counts were dropped, but they'll be considered when Vue is sentenced on January second. Prosecutors said he and Xiong were selling meth-amphetamines from the apartment. The killing resulted from a dispute over revenues from a drug deal. A 14-year-old girl was there. She called police. Officials said Vue escaped in a stolen truck, and was tracked down in a wooded area near Abbotsford about 40 miles west of the murder scene. Officers said they recovered two guns stolen from a shop in Lincoln County, including a .357 magnum.
Two babies are okay, after being in a house in Appleton where a gunman held police at bay in a seven-hour standoff. Police were called around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. They were told that a 34-year-old man was threatening to shoot himself to death. A SWAT team surrounded the house, and neighbors were told to stay in their homes. Around nine last night, the man agreed to bring the two six-month-old children out of the house -- and he did so while carrying a long gun. He was related to the infants, but was not their father. The standoff then continued for another hour-and-a-half until the man surrendered around 10:30 last night. Appleton Police Sergeant David Lund tells W-L-U-K T-V in Green Bay that the babies were safely returned to their parents. He said the gunman was quote, "obviously distraught, and having issues that he was not effectively able to deal with."
A man in Johnson Creek held both police and nearby school students at bay for three-and-a-half hours before he was arrested yesterday afternoon. A standoff at the man's home forced a lockdown of the Johnson Creek schools, which didn't end until after five o'clock. According to Police Chief Gary Bleecker, the 42-year-old man was sending threatening text messages to relatives. They said the man was intoxicated, had guns in his house, and was possibly considering the idea of getting killed by officers. The man holed himself up in his house while officers surrounded the place, evacuated nearby residents, and had Johnson Creek students stay inside. Around five, Bleecker said the man tried running to his car -- and he was arrested at that point. He's now in jail, awaiting possible charges.
The state D-N-R will hold three public hearings on the idea of having looser state regulations for fishing tournaments. Organizers would no longer need state permits for season-long tournaments. Small events would not count against state limits on tournaments for a particular body of water. The maximum number of entrants in ice-fishing tournaments would increase. And Minnesota permits would be recognized on events at the state's borders -- including the Mississippi and Saint Croix rivers. The public hearings are scheduled for October 30th in La Crosse, November fourth in Fitchburg, and November sixth in Oshkosh.