Wisconsin roundup: Petition calls for accused Eau Claire child abuser to face tougher penalty; more state news stories
EAU CLAIRE — A Wisconsin woman has started an online petition asking an Eau Claire judge to give the mother of two children the most severe penalty possible.
Michelle Mayer is accused of letting her two children be sexually assaulted in exchange for money and drugs. Investigators say she injected the children with meth about 100 times to keep them awake longer so they could be assaulted for longer periods of time. The Change.org petition asks the presiding judge to give Mayer the maximum penalty allowed by law, 80 years. More than 12,000 people had signed the petition by Monday.
Judge rejects Walker’s request for delay
MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still has to call two special elections by Thursday.
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess rejected the governor's request for an extension of his deadline until April 6. The Wisconsin Legislature will likely insert itself into the discussion when it votes next week on a bill changing the state's special election law.
The proposed change wouldn't allow Walker to order those two special elections this year. The governor's attorneys argued there's no reason to call the special elections because lawmakers will take a vote barring them from being held. Niess stood by his earlier ruling Tuesday.
Man killed by train was pulled onto tracks by his dog
WAUKESHA — Waukesha police say a 73-year-old man killed by a train Monday morning had been pulled onto the railroad tracks by his dog.
Alois Hinkes was walking his pet when the approaching train frightened the dog, causing it to try to run across the tracks to get away. Hinkes held onto the leash until he was struck by the train. The dog was also killed by the impact. Hinkes lived in a nearby home.
Health officials say second round of flu striking state
MADISON — Wisconsin isn't finished with the flu season yet.
The Wisconsin Department of Health says a second round of flu is hitting the state, just as it seemed one of the most severe flu seasons in decades was ending. The latest threat comes from Influenza B. It is less severe than Influenza A was, but it's still a concern for young families. Doctors say it is hitting young people harder than the older population and more children are being hospitalized. The health department says it could be a month before the threat is eased.
Water main break forces nursing home evacuation
ASHWAUBENON — The Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department reports 51 residents at Maple Ridge Nursing Home had to be evacuated Tuesday night when a water main broke.
The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Water was flowing through the building from the break on an upper floor and authorities determined it wasn't safe for the residents to remain. Rescue units from Door County, Oshkosh and Shiocton helped move those residents to the Bay at North Ridge nursing facility in Manitowoc.
Hand grenade discovery delays flights at central Wis. airport
MOSINEE — The Transportation Security Administration confirms reports that Tuesday morning flights at Central Wisconsin Airport were delayed by what appeared to be an explosive device.
A hand grenade was found in a checked bag at 5:25 a.m. leading to an evacuation of the facility in Mosinee. Two flights were affected.
The grenade was inert and the Marathon County Bomb Squad disposed of it. Mosinee Police handled the tense situation. A TSA spokesperson says the incident should remind travelers that any item which looks like an explosive can't be packed in a checked bag.
Unsafe sleeping environment blamed for 13th baby death of year in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office reports the death of a 5-month-old girl can be blamed on an "unsafe sleep environment."
Milwaukee police were called to a home on the city's north side at about 4 a.m. Tuesday. The family's name hasn't been released. Authorities say the incident is the third death of an infant in those circumstances over a 48-hour period in the county. It is also the 13th infant death in Milwaukee County so far this year. Eight of those deaths have been directly attributed to unsafe sleeping environments.