News April 29, 2009

State Vet: Swine Flu Name Misleading

4/29/09 – The Wisconsin State Veterinarian says the name “swine flu” is misleading. Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt says there may or may not be a connection. He thinks a more accurate term would be “North American Influenza Virus,” which was coined by the World Organization for Animal Health. The swine flu is actually a hybrid virus that also has components of human influenza and even avian influenza. Ehlenfeldt notes that there are no widespread reports of swine influenza currently affecting the swine industry.

The Beaver Dam-native also tells us pork and pro-products are absolutely safe to eat. Ehlenfeldt says all the talk of a swine flu outbreak is having a serious economic impact across several industries. There has been some debate as to the source of the outbreak with some in Mexico blaming large-scale pig farms. Ehlenfeldt says the US cases have had no relationship with swine workers, meatpackers or veterinarians; it’s been primarily people who have traveled to Mexico or those who have had contact with people who have traveled to Mexico.

Republican Petri Compliments Obama

4/29/09 – Congressman Tom Petri says the president has done a good job during his first 100 days in office. The Republican from Fond du Lac says Obama is doing “fairly well,” and has set a positive and non-confrontational tone. He says the president has achieved a number of successes – most notably the passage of a huge stimulus bill – and that success is reflected in the change in the public mood to being a bit more positive about the future of the country. Petri added that he disagrees with the Obama on many things, but can’t deny that he is effective.

Another Year For Hron

4/29/09 – A Randolph man — whose speeding seven years ago caused a wreck that killed 16-year-old girl – will spend a total of four years in prison for leading authorities on a high speed chase. Brian Hron had his extended supervision revoked in January for leading Columbia County authorities on a pursuit last summer that reached speeds in excess of 120mph. The 24-year-old was sentenced to the maximum of three years in prison for violating the conditions of his supervision. He was back in court this week to answer to the felony charges of Fleeing and Eluding an Officer related to the chase. Hron pleaded “guilty” and was sentenced to one year additional year in prison, consecutive to his three year sentence, followed by one year of extended supervision.

Beaver Dam Police Blotter

4/29/09 – A Beaver Dam home was burglarized Monday. It happened on the 600 block of West Maple and was reported just before 5pm. A back door was forced open and medications were stolen. Also on Monday, a number of vandalism reports were filed after several houses were shot with paintballs. According to department records, three incidents were reported after 5pm at residences on the 300 block of Front Street. The Beaver Dam Police Department is looking for black Ford pick-up truck with an open cab that may have been involved. Information on either incident should be directed to the Beaver Dam Police Department or the anonymous We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME.