Snowstorm headed for Wisconsin; Snowy winter leads to jump in snowmobile deaths; Report says Army bomb parts could have been recycled; more briefs
For the third week in a row, a major snowstorm is brewing to the west of us, and it's heading right toward Wisconsin.
The La Crosse area is expecting around an inch during the day today, but the heaviest stuff is due in tonight and tomorrow.
The National Weather Service now says the south, west and northwest parts of the state could get hit the hardest. Nine to 12 inches could be on the ground by tomorrow night in places like Dodgeville and Baraboo. The Madison and Milwaukee regions expect 6 to 10 inches.
Eau Claire could get up to 10 inches, but places to the east could be spared. Central Wisconsin only expects 2 to 5 inches, and eastern areas could get in the 3 to 7 inch range.
Forecasters say the winds will also pick up to around 25 mph, and drifting snow is possible tomorrow and into Wednesday.
Snowy winter leads to jump in snowmobile deaths
Wisconsin snowmobile deaths are at their highest in three years.
Two more riders were killed over the weekend, bringing the total to 18 for this snowy winter.
Only 10 snowmobilers died during last season's mild winter, and 17 riders were killed two years ago. That makes this winter the deadliest since 2010 when 21 people lost their lives in snowmobile crashes.
The latest victim died Saturday on a public trail near Mercer in far northern Wisconsin. The state Department of Natural Resources said one machine crested a hill and landed on top of an oncoming snowmobile. Other details were not immediately available.
The other fatal mishap was in Rock County in far southern Wisconsin. Authorities said Willie Guzman, 47, of Beloit drove his machine into a patch of open water on Lake Koshkonong. A companion also fell in but was able to walk to the shore and seek help.
Report: Army could have saved millions by recycling, instead of dumping, bomb scraps
The U.S. Army could have recycled its scraps of secret bombs in the 1950's instead of dumping them in Lake Superior.
It cost almost $4 million for the federal government to recover 25 barrels of military scraps last summer, and about 1,400 of them are still in the ground.
The Duluth News-Tribune said the cleanup would not have been necessary had the Army taken the advice of the Honeywell Corporation. It suggested a $1,300 machine to crush the bomb parts and then recycle them.
Instead, the Army put the top-secret materials into 55-gallon drums and buried them in Lake Superior. U.S. officials apparently did not want enemy forces to learn anything about the weapons so they were dumped during the height of the Cold War.
The Duluth paper published a lengthy history Sunday about the dumping, its effects and the possibility of recycling the bombs for much cheaper.
Wisconsin's Red Cliff Indian tribe received federal grants to conduct the partial removals of the barrels last year.
Six vacationing Wisconsinites die in Kentucky crash
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not conduct a further investigation into a weekend freeway crash in Kentucky that killed six Wisconsinites.
The Kentucky State Police is continuing its own probe into Saturday's mishap on I-65 about 50 miles south of Louisville.
Officials said a semi-truck driver from Michigan might have been distracted just before his truck rear-ended an SUV that was returning to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida.
James Gollnow, 62, of Pella in Shawano County was driving the SUV. He was killed, along with his wife Barbara, 62; foster children Soledad Smith, age 8, and Gabriel Zumig, age 10; family friend Marion Champnise, 92; and Sarina Gollnow, 18.
Two foster teenagers in the SUV were taken to hospitals in Louisville and Lexington with injuries that included burns and fractures.
Investigators said the trucker, Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Mich., had a blood sample taken, and police were checking his driving records.
Funeral director Bob Didier of Marion said the Gollnows were originally from Wisconsin before they moved to Tennessee and came back. He said they long cared for foster children.
About 15 minutes after the original crash, a four-vehicle wreck occurred in the opposite lanes of the freeway, apparently caused by gapers to the other mishap. The drummer for country star Kellie Pickler was injured. Gregg Lohman, 36, of Tennessee was in serious condition at last word.
K-9 missing in woods in Portage County
Central Wisconsin authorities asked for people's help this morning to find a trained law enforcement dog that went missing.
Toro, a German shepherd K-9 officer for the Wood County Sheriff's Department, was loaned to a state trooper to help search a vehicle for drugs in neighboring Portage County.
During the incident, Toro ran into a wooded area along Hwy. 54 and never returned. Wood and Portage county officers searched through the night for Toro but could not find him.
Authorities say the dog is not dangerous unless he's provoked.
Ryan says Congress will give Obama authority to direct cuts to 'wasteful programs'
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville says you should not feel any pain from the $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts that took effect Friday.
Ryan says Congress will give President Obama the authority this week to direct the cuts to "low priority spending and the more wasteful programs."
Ryan told Mike Gousha's "Upfront" TV show yesterday that Congress will eliminate the across-the-board budget cutting.
He said the president will have "the flexibility to make sure that the cuts go after wasteful spending" instead of higher-priority items.
Two die in crash; drunken driver suspected
Manitowoc Police say they've arrested a drunk driver suspected of causing a crash that killed two men and injured five other people.
Police said the driver sped through a stop sign, collided with another vehicle and rolled over around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
A 23-year-old Manitowoc man and a 24-year-old Two Rivers man died at the scene. Their passenger, a 21-year-old Newton man, was hospitalized in Green Bay at last word with serious injuries.
All three were in the vehicle that was hit. It ended up in nearby yard.
The driver accused of causing the mishap escaped injury. Three others in that vehicle were treated at hospitals and later released.
Still no trace of Kira
Police in St. Paul say they've been getting tips on the whereabouts of former Wisconsin resident Kira Steger Trevino.
But there's still been no trace of her, 12 days after she vanished and four days after her husband was charged with killing her.
St. Paul police presume that Trevino, 30, is dead after evidence of a bloody fight in the master bedroom of the St. Paul home that she shared with Jeffrey Trevino, 39. Trevino was reported missing Feb. 22 after she failed to report to her job as a clothing store manager in Bloomington's Mall of America.
St. Paul police now say they're interested in reports of any unusual activity within 100 miles of the Twin Cities between 9 p.m. Feb. 21 and 10 a.m. the next day.
Kira Steger Trevino graduated from Schofield DC Everest High School in 2011. About 200 people attended a vigil for her in Schofield Friday evening.