Local News Briefs Wednesday, 3/2/16

Senators on SCOTUS


Wisconsin‘s U.S. Senators mirror the chamber’s
split over the Supreme Court vacancy. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin says
Senate ought to hold hearings and a vote, on President Obama’s nominee to
succeed the late Antonin Scalia.
Senator Ron Johnson says GOP leaders are well within their rights to do neither.
In Madison recently, Johnson
said Democrats need to “get over it,” and move on with other business.


Congressional District Race


The field of candidates for Wisconsin‘s
open Eighth Congressional District seat is growing, and a political science
professor says more are likely. Saint Norbert College professor
Charlie Jacobs says the Eighth, which includes Green Bay, is still a “swing”
district. Three Republicans are
already running being vacated by GOP Congressman Reid Ribble, and while no
Democrats have announced yet, Jacobs says that will change. 
He expects Outagamie County
Executive Tom Nelson or former state Representative Penny Bernard Schaber of Appleton will eventually
join the race.)


Fatal Sheboygan County


On Tuesday, March 1, 2016,
at approximately 5:34 PM, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911
call reporting a single motor vehicle crash on Stahl Road west of Frontage Road in the
Town of Wilson, Sheboygan County.
 The vehicle was reorted to be up against
a tree and on fire.  Sheriff’s deputies
and a WI State Patrol trooper responded as well as the Town of Wilson Fire Department.  Upon the first deputies arrival it was
reported that the vehicle was now fully engulfed in fire. Preliminary
investigation indicates that the vehicle was traveling east on Stahl Road, lost
control after crossing railroad tracks and struck a tree.  There was only one occupant in the vehicle
and they did not survive
 Also assisting at the scene were;
Town of Wilson 1st Responders,
Orange Cross Ambulance, and the Kohler Fire Department. The name of the victim
will be released after 10AM on Wednesday March 2, 2016. No further information
is available at this time.


Badger Five Winner In Fondy


Lisa Nelson of Fond du Lac has come
forward to claim her portion of the $97,000 Badger 5 jackpot from the
Wednesday, February 10 drawing. Mark Loppnow of Wausau previously came forward, so Nelson and
Loppnow split the $97,000 jackpot.  Nelson
purchased her ticket at Hansen’s BP at 414 West Johnson Street in Fond du Lac.


Weapons Charge in Western Wisconsin


A western Wisconsin man is facing an unusual
weapons charge.
Ricky Thorne is charged with recklessly endangering safety and negligent
handling of a weapon, a home-made cannon which he allegedly used to fire
bowling balls and bowling pins during 4th of July celebrations last summer. A
Twin Cities television station reports one of the bowling balls went through a
neighbor’s barn, and the neighbor found a ten-month-old horse dead from a head
injury, on her property nearly half a mile away. Thorne is due in court for a
preliminary hearing on May 4th


Return Time


If you’re getting a tax return this year, you might have to wait a little
longer than usual.
 That’s because
the state Revenue Department is doing more screening for fraud, says Secretary
Rick Chandler.
Chandler notes the Department’s customer survey shows many
people don’t mind the wait as a trade-off for protection against tax fraud.