“News – September 27, 2009”

Wind Advisory Begins Tonight


9/27/09 – Wind gusts could reach 45 miles per hour by this evening as a front passes through the region.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for our area, starting at 10pm tonight and lasting until 7pm Monday.  Low pressure dipping into the Great Lakes area will bring northwest winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour, with those 45 mile an hour gusts a real possibility.


Charges Filed In Horicon Pharmacy Break-In


9/27/09 – Two men accused of breaking into a pharmacy Thursday have been formally charged.  22-year-old Andrew W. Stockwell of Milwaukee and 33-year-old Nathan G. Davis of Beaver Dam are each charged with a felony count of Burglary and a misdemeanor count of Criminal Damage to Property.  In addition, Davis is charged with two felony bail jumping charges. According to Horicon Police Lt. Adrian Bump, officers responded to an interior motion alarm at the Marshland Pharmacy 620 Washington just after 3am Thursday morning. Upon arrival, the responding officer saw a male subject armed with a hammer run from the store. After a brief foot chase, Davis was taken into custody.  The officer returned to the store and found a second person attempting to leave with a large duffel bag filled with stolen prescription narcotics. Stockwell was allegedly trying to crawl out through the broken out glass doors at the front of the store; he was taken into custody without incident.


Phony Bomb Threat At Milwaukee Pharmacy


9/27/09 – A man uses a fake bomb to steal oxycodone from a Milwaukee hospital pharmacy.  It happened last Thursday at St. Francis Hospital.  Witnesses say the suspect carried a coffee can inside.  It apparently had some wires showing.  He left it on the pharmacy counter.  After the suspect left with the oxycodone, the area around the pharmacy was evacuated and the police bomb squad determined the device was harmless.  Milwaukee cops say they have a possible license plate number from the thief’s getaway car to work with.  They say they are searching for the suspect now.


Sewer Projects Moving Forward


9/27/09 – The Beaver Dam Common Council this past week approved plans to move forward with several resolutions that pave the way for major upgrades and expansions of the city’s wastewater treatment facility. Beaver Dam was awarded $20 million in stimulus money last month and the plans are to expand their outdated wastewater treatment plant and incorporate green technology into the upgrade. Alderpersons approved a professional services contract with Applied Technologies for construction services at a cost of $964,000.  The contract for the actual construction was awarded to low-bidder C.D. Smith of Fond du Lac, whose total base bid was $16.8 million. Half of the $20 million is an outright grant while the other half is a low-interest, tax-free loan. The plan will allow the city to pre-treat waste from Kraft Foods and convert it to biogas which will be used to generate electricity, saving the city about a quarter million dollars a year in electricity costs. In addition, Alliant Energy will buy surplus electricity from the city, estimated at another quarter million dollars annually. The project should be complete by the end of next year.


$100 Million Marquette U Project Finalized


9/27/09 – Marquette University is moving forward on its plans for a 100 million dollar College of Engineering building complex.  School officials are planning to break ground on the first phase next spring.  Two buildings will be constructed near the southwest corner of West Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee’s North 16th Stret.  Marquette already has 68 million dollars in pledges and the fundraising isn’t finished yet.  The second, larger building would come later, and would be connected to the first.


Doyle Defends Bicha


9/27/09 – Wisconsin’s governor says Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha is getting on top of a program that has been troubled for a long time.  Doyle calls criticisms of Bicha’s job performance “ridiculous.”  There have been some changes.  The administrator of the Division of Early Care and Education resigned his post last week.  Dan Harris left after the state made a 25 thousand dollar payment to a childcare provider whose license had been taken away.  Doyle expressed anger over that payment Friday.  He says Bicha is working hard to bring order to a bad situation which has developed over many years.


Deer Hunting Expansion Possible


9/27/09 – Should Wisconsin’s deer hunting season be lengthened?  The Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a series of public hearings on the question next month.  DNR staff has suggested a 16-day firearms deer season instead of the traditional nine days.  They say that would help keep the state’s growing deer herd in check.  The new hunt would start two Saturdays before Thanksgiving, running through the Sunday after the November holiday.  If the board hears enough support, the new plan could start in 2010 after approval.


La Crosse Family Goes To Pot


9/27/09 – A La Crosse family is accused of selling marijuana to people, including high school students.  Four members of that family have been arrested, including the 55 year old dad, his 47 year old wife, a 17 year old son and 16 year old daughter.  The family members face possible charges of marijuana possession, with the intent to deliver, and possessing drug paraphernalia.  Officers say they have taken five ounces of marijuana from the family home, as well as five guns.


Seatbelt Enforcement Nets Weed Eater


9/27/09 – The stop was made because a state trooper saw the people in a car weren’t wearing safety belts.  The charge escalated when the trooper says he saw 18 year old Jamie Salonen moving suspiciously.  He says she had green stuff around her mouth and lips, and there was marijuana all over her side of the car.  Salonen is accused of trying to ease the pot when the car in which she was riding was pulled over.  The trooper says the teenager was surprised when she was arrested, saying all she did was, quoting here, “eat some weed.


Bird Lovers Festival Next Weekend


9/27/09 – Bird lovers descend on the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area a week from today for the annual festival.  It’s timed to coincide with the fall migration of thousands of sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, ducks and geese.  The 27th annual Wildlife Festival is scheduled for October 4th, north of Grantsburg.  Visitors are being told them might spot eagles, hawks and deer this time of the season.  The free festival will include seminars and demonstrations on wolves, what wild plants that are edible and how to identify prairie plants yourself.