OSHKOSH -- A dog is credited with saving the life of a farmer near Oshkosh.

Bob Kumbier, 57, said he was recently getting a skid loader ready for snowplowing when a raised bucket fell. It crushed his body between the bucket and the base of the machine.

Kumbier said he was pinned so hard by the 250-pound bucket that he could hardly breathe.

When he yelled for help, his chocolate Labrador, Holly, came to the rescue. She barked until Kumbier's wife could hear the dog while she was baking and Vicki Kumbier called for help.

She said her husband would have been crushed to death without the dog. Bob Kumbier said he might have passed out if he was trapped for too much longer. He was treated at a Neenah hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.


Driver accused of walking away from crash, leaving passengers to die

Prosecutors said an 18-year-old driver walked away from a traffic crash and left two of his female passengers to die.

Marquette County prosecutors said Kieffer Michel of Portage did not call authorities after his car drove into a ditch on Hwy. 23 near Packwaukee in Marquette County early Sunday.

Instead, Michel reportedly walked to a convenience store in Montello and called a relative for a ride home.

A witness reported the crash, which killed Brittney Griffe, 17, of Packwaukee and Kristin Eggert, 16, of Portage.

Authorities said the girls were still alive when Michel walked away. But even if he reported the crash immediately, Coroner Thomas Wastart said the girls probably would have died anyway.

Prosecutors said Michel drank six beers and four shots of alcohol before the crash.

He's charged with two counts of negligent homicide. A judge ordered a bond of $12,500. Michel is due back in court Jan. 19 when the judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.


Woman charged after baby dies of hypothermia

A Door County woman is scheduled to enter pleas Jan. 19 to charges involving the death of her eight-month-old daughter.

Melissa Martinez, 33, of Brussels is charged with homicide by drunk driving, and fatal child neglect.

Authorities said she left her daughter Elena in an SUV that was idling for several hours on Oct. 19. The infant later died from hypothermia.

Martinez has been getting treatment the last few weeks at an inpatient rehab facility, and she's being released to a halfway house this week. A judge modified Martinez's bond to let her stay at the halfway house, but she cannot be released for an overnight stay anywhere else.


Fewer Wisconsin schools fail 'No Child' bench marks

Wisconsin has the nation's lowest percentage of public schools that failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The Center on Education Policy said 11% of Wisconsin schools did not meet the achievement standards in the last school year.

But other states did much worse, and the new report said 48% of U.S. schools failed to meet the law's standards. Florida had the highest failure rate at 89%.

The national figures are better than what U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan had predicted. But he said the report still proves that the No Child Left Behind Act is "broken."

Duncan said that is why states are getting exemptions in exchange for their own accountability systems. Wisconsin is working on such a system, and it's among the majority of states which have asked for waivers from the law.

The act requires states to have every child perform at their grade levels in math and reading by 2014.


Wisconsin plant moves from Two Rivers to Texas, taking 190 jobs

A maker of lab equipment says it will close a second plant in Two Rivers.

Thermo Fisher Scientific said it will move its wood manufacturing work to Round Rock Texas, leaving 190 people without jobs. The company says it will start laying off people in March, and the plant will close by the end of September.

A few weeks ago, Thermo Fisher said it would close its steel manufacturing plant in Two Rivers by the end of this year. About 120 jobs are being cut, and they're being moved to a plant in Mexico.

Thermo Fisher says it will keep about 150 non-factory jobs in Two Rivers. City officials had offered incentives to Thermo Fisher to relocate its wood products plant to an industrial park, but to no avail.

Now, City Manager Greg Buckley says he expects Thermo Fisher to be a good corporate citizen and clean up environmental damage and make the downtown plant useful for another company. Buckley said the city has repeatedly told Thermo Fisher that the community does not "expect to get saddled with legacy costs."


Kohler Company accused of refusing to pay overtime

The number of plaintiffs in a work-related lawsuit against the Kohler Company could grow from eight to as many as 140.

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a 2009 lawsuit from present and former administrative employees. They said the company stopped paying them overtime but did not reduce their workloads, which meant they had to work during unpaid breaks or after hours for free.

The Kohler Company said the employees were told not to work beyond their 40 hours but they were not told their extra time would not be paid.

The Wisconsin Wage Law requires firms to pay hourly employees for the time they worked, even if their bosses didn't approve it.

An attorney for the lead plaintiff said Kohler could be liable for up to three times the unpaid hours, and it could end up costing them thousands of dollars.

The firm has not commented on the judge's ruling, which said all administrative employees on the job since late 2007 can be part of the class action suit.


Teen returns the favor and saves firefighter's life

A western Wisconsin firefighter who saved a teenager's life three years ago was later rescued by that same youngster.

Tanner Franson of Mondovi was 13 when he had a stroke in 2008. Volunteer firefighter Jim Rud was among those who rushed Tanner to the hospital.

Earlier this year, Rud was cutting grass at Mirror Lake when his mower tipped over and landed on top of him in the water. A woman screamed for help, and Tanner heard her. He and his friends raced to the water and pulled the mower off Rud.

WEAU TV in Eau Claire said the two got together recently, and Rud joked about how they're even.