Wisconsin roundup: Absentee voting underway for August primary elections; more state news stories
The Wisconsin Elections Commission is reminding voters that absentee voting is underway for the Aug. 14 primary.
Absentee ballots are available statewide and many cities and counties are offering in-person absentee voting during regular hours. People who wish to vote in person can contact their municipal clerk for more information. You can also request a ballot by mail at myvote.wigov. The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, Aug. 11. Eight candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor, while Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir are facing off in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Minn. man given 4-year prison term for fatal Menomonie beating
A Minnesota man has been found guilty of aggravated battery in the fatal beating of a UW-Stout college student.
Cullen Osburn was sentenced to four years in prison last Friday. Osburn had been acquitted on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide three months ago. Hussain Alnahdi was killed outside a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie almost two years ago. Shortly before the sentence was read, Osburn again told the court he is innocent. His defense was hurt by his long history of violent criminal acts.
Foxconn announcement coming in Eau Claire
Foxconn Technology Group, Gov. Scott Walker and other top officials have scheduled a news conference in Eau Claire Monday for a "major economic announcement."
The Taiwan-based corporation, already planning a $10 billion manufacturing facility in Racine County, is expected to reveal plans for a facility of some sort in Eau Claire's downtown area. Foxconn has already announced plans for an innovation center with more than 200 workers located in downtown Green Bay.
Sun Prairie plans to rebuild iconic Old City Hall building
City officials say Sun Prairie's Old City Hall building was built to last in 1895 — and it will.
It sits across the street from the site of last week's fatal gas explosion in the downtown area. A restoration process which is expected to take months should be started pretty soon. The building had to be assessed before that process could start. Ten people lived in apartments in the building and some of their personal items have been recovered. The Old City Hall may become a centerpiece of a renovated downtown area for Sun Prairie.
Child, 6, dies after being hit by truck
A 6-year-old boy who was hit by a pickup Saturday night has died of the injuries he suffered.
The crash happened in Waukesha at about 9:30 p.m. Police were told the family had just ridden bicycles to get some ice cream at a nearby Dairy Queen and they were returning home when the accident happened. The driver of the pickup remained on the scene and has been cooperating with authorities. The boy was rushed to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, but he didn't survive. His name hasn't been released.
Funeral held for fallen Sun Prairie firefighter
Hundreds paid their respects to fallen firefighter Cory Barr during a funeral Saturday at Sun Prairie High School.
Thirty-four-year-old Barr was killed in an explosion caused by a ruptured gas line Tuesday that leveled a city block and injured 11 others. The off-duty fire captain and owner of the Barr House tavern went downtown to help after learning about the gas leak. A private service for family, friends and emergency personnel will following the public remembrance. Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags to fly at half-staff through today in honor of Barr, a fire captain.
West Nile virus discovered in dead Washburn County blue jay
Washburn County in northwest Wisconsin is the latest to report a bird tested positive for West Nile virus.
The health department says a blue jay found dead was infected with the mosquito-borne disease. Health officer Cheri Nickell says finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile is present in the local mosquito population and residents need to be more vigilant in their protective measures to avoid mosquito bites. The best ways to avoid the mosquito-borne disease are using an insect repellent with DEET and getting rid of large pools of water and other breeding grounds. A dead bird also tested positive for West Nile this week in Dane County. No human cases have been reported this season.
Jury trial for Ft. Atkinson priest scheduled for November
The trial for a retired Fort Atkinson priest is scheduled to be held in Jefferson County in November.
Sixty-five-year-old William Nolan made a Thursday court appearance and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf. Nolan is accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy over a four-year period starting in 2006. The alleged victim is now 25 years old. He came forward in April, telling investigators he was assaulted while he was a student at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Ft. Atkinson. He said the sexual encounters started when he was 13 and happened "at least 100 times."