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Wisconsin roundup: Walker ‘optimistic’ about juvenile corrections overhaul passage; more state news stories

Gov. Scott Walker says he's told legislative leaders it is important to pass a major overhaul of the state's juvenile corrections system this year. File photo

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says he's told legislative leaders it is important to pass a major overhaul of the state's juvenile corrections system this year.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has questioned whether that could be accomplished by the time the legislative session ends in mid-March. Walker told reporters Wednesday he is still optimistic.

He wants the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls to be closed, with inmates moved to smaller facilities around Wisconsin. The youth prison in Irma has been involved in several federal lawsuits. There have been allegations of abuse of inmates and unsafe working conditions for staff members. A committee hearing on the overhaul is being held today at the state Capitol.


Third fire in 2 months at Wisconsin Dells destroys building

LAKE DELTON — A maintenance building at the Mount Olympus theme park in Lake Delton has been destroyed by an early morning fire.

It's the third fire at a Wisconsin Dells-area attraction since December. Fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. They managed to get the fire in the metal building under control in about an hour. No preliminary damage estimate has been released, but the building was destroyed and it reportedly contained several vehicles, maintenance equipment and utility machines. Operations at the Mount Olympus resort, water park and theme park have not been disrupted.


Congressional candidate wanted in NYC for grand larceny

LA CROSSE — A Democrat challenging incumbent Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind has a legal matter she has to attend to first.

Thirty-six-year-old Juliet Germanotta of La Crosse has agreed to waive extradition to New York so she can face a grand larceny charge. An arrest warrant has been issued in her name. Authorities say she bought a ring from a jewelry store last September for $4,800, then returned a fake for a refund. Germanotta has vowed to focus on rights for LGBTQ people and health care for patients with pre-existing conditions if elected. She says a California felony conviction will be expunged.


Wausau father charged in connection with son’s death

WAUSAU — A 49-year-old father in Wausau is charged with reckless homicide in the death of his son.

Prosecutors say Robert Glazner failed to manage his 15-year-old son's diabetes and that led to the teenager’s death. Glazner made a Marathon County court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say Bryden Glazner was vomiting the night before he died last August and his father didn't make sure his son was checking his insulin levels. Bryden Glazner had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2014. Investigators say Robert Glazner resisted being educated about how to treat his son's disease.


Seasoned SCOTUS attorneys tapped to defend Dassey

WASHINGTON — The team of lawyers representing convicted killer Brendan Dassey is partnering with attorneys who are experienced presenting arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dassey's 2005 confession to the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach is being challenged. The nation's high court has been asked to review a decision from the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Dassey and his uncle, Steven Avery, are serving life sentences for the killing in Manitowoc County when Dassey was 16. A brief is to be filed within the next few days.


Madison high school teacher retires early amid allegations

MADISON — Allegations made on social media against a teacher at Madison East High School have led him to retire sooner than he had planned.

The Madison Metropolitan School District says Gary Calhoun had already told his bosses of plans to retire at the end of the year. A series of allegations made online over the last two weeks led him to step aside sooner than that. The district hasn't revealed what the allegations were. School district leaders say they are taking the allegations "very seriously" and are following district protocol in dealing with them. A long-term substitute teacher will handle Calhoun's classes until the end of the term.