November 25, 2015

Shooter sought in killing of two sandhill cranes

Conservation wardens in Shawano County are looking for whoever is responsible for killing two sandhill cranes. Marv Malone told WLUK that he watched three of the protected cranes from his home near Gresham for the past couple weeks. On Sunday morning, a game warden discovered two of the birds dead.

“From the location of the cranes, that were in the field adjacent to the road, it appeared someone came driving down the road, seen the cranes, and shot them, possibly from the vehicle,” said Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Conservation Warden Beau Miller. Miller said the sandhill cranes were likely shot with a high-caliber rifle.

“We have a few people that heard shots in the area, but nobody that actually seen it happen,” he told WLUK.

Voters recall Arcadia mayor

A change in leadership in Arcadia. Mayor John Kimmel was recalled Tuesday, losing to Trempealeau County Board member Rob Reichwein,  373-to-164.

Some 200 residents signed recall petitions a few weeks ago, claiming Kimmel did not appropriate city funds correctly, or let the public have enough of a say over the hot-button issue of frac-sand mining. Arcadia had a moratorium on new silica-sand mines which ended in September.

Kimmel, serving his fourth term, said the accusations were false and cited a strong local business climate with low unemployment and low taxes.



Wisconsin lawmaker proposes term limits

A state lawmaker wants to amend the Wisconsin constitution to put term limits in place. The proposal would not apply to any current memers of the legislature, or Governor Scott Walker.

“I have found quickly in my first term here in Madison that there is not a sense of urgency on most issues, because politicians believe they’re coming back next year,” said state Representatve Bob Gannon (R-Slinger). “I beleive that imcumbency is too powerful. It’s too easy for us elected officials to spread the word, and it’s very difficult to knock out an incument.”

Gannon’s amendment would limit the governor and lieutenant governor to eight years, and state legislators to 12 years. It would need to pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide voter referendum.

Mother and daughter killed in Waushara County crash

The cause of a head-on collision which killed a mother and daughter in Waushara County Thursday evening remains under investigation. The Waushara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that 35-year-old Trisha Nesbit and 14-year-old Jasmine Nesbit, both of Redgranite, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of a second vehicle, 57-year-old Ralph Gunther and 52-year-old LaVergne Gunther from Wautoma were airlifted to a hospital.

Investigators said Trisha Nesbit’s vehicle was southbound on County Road F when she lost control on a curve, sliding sideways into the path of a van driven by LaVergne Gunther. The cause is of the crash remains under investigation.

Significant snowfall headed for southern Wisconsin

WRN file photo

WRN file photo

Ready or not, the first significant snowfall of the season is headed towards southern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service in La Crosse is forecasting a band of heavy snow will be setting up across Iowa on Friday, stretching into far southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois during the overnight hours. Accumulations in the heavy snow band of 5 to 10 inches are likely.

NWS meteorologist Rod Swerman said Madison – where the Badgers will host Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday – could get 6 to 7 inches of snow. Fans are being advised to arrive early for the 2:30 kickoff against the Wildcats, and to dress appropriately for the winter conditions.

The snowfall will drop off rapidly north of the band, with little if any accumulation expected north of I-90. Swerman expects La Crosse could see as little as an inch, and the Dells just 2 to 3 inches. Eau Claire and most of west-central Wisconsin may see some flurries through the evening and overnight hours, but accumulation looks unlikely.

The Weather Service is not recommending travel in Iowa through Friday afternoon and evening, and southern Wisconsin on Friday night and Saturday morning. Roads will be snow-covered and slippery, and Swerman expects some blowing will make for low the visibility at times, especially in open areas., and a Winter Weather Advisory where less will accumulate.

In northern Wisconsin, the first wintry mix of precipitation caused several slide-offs and crashes Thursday night. Marathon County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeffrey Stefonek said most of the traffic incidents occurred as roads became slippery and drivers weren’t prepared for it. “Precipitation turned to freezing rain and snow, and the roadways, especially the northernmost roadways and the roadways that get less sunlight started to freeze over. We had several cars sliding into the ditch on U.S. 51 northbound, and other areas that have patchy slippery spots.”

Most parts of the state that were without power overnight had it back on Friday morning, after high winds knocked out service to thousands of customers on Thursday. The state’s five largest utilities reported only 135 homes and businesses in the dark overnight. Wisconsin Public Service reported up to 6,000 customers out at the same time in central and northeast portions of Wisconsin. Wind gusts up to 51-miles-an-hour were reported at Monroe. The winds died down overnight, as a storm system in Canada got weaker.