September 30, 2014

Cops use smart phone app to find stolen vehicle



Milwaukee Police use a woman’s iPhone to find her stolen car and arrest the two alleged thieves.

The victim left what proved to be a very “smart phone” in her vehicle. Officers found it — and the thieves — by using the woman’s “Find my iPhone” app.

Police say the 29-year-old woman went into a gas station on Saturday night when a suspect stole her car — still occupied by four children. They were set free a few minutes later. Cops soon spotted the vehicle nearby and chased it until it crashed. Two male suspects tried unsuccessfully to run away.

The 19- and 20-year-old men both face possible criminal charges for robbery and kidnapping.

Fire at Chicago air traffic control center causes delays in Wisconsin

(Photo: Dane County Regional Airport)

(Photo: Dane County Regional Airport)

The fire at the Chicago air traffic control center causes hundreds of delays at that cities two airports — O’Hare and Midway — and affects departures and arrivals across the Midwest, including Wisconsin.

Brent McHenry is Director of Marketing and Communications with the Dane County Regional Airport. “Specifically we’re seeing some arrivals and departures that are delayed, a couple cancellations due to this.” And he says, “We do hope that the issue will be resolved fairly quickly and things will get back to normal.”

McHenry recommends checking flight times online or calling your airline before going to the airport to catch your flight. “We do know that our local tower is working with other FAA entities to try to work through back up systems to get flights going where they need to go but an exact estimate of time isn’t available at this point.”

The Chicago center manages flights across Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan.

More allegations of plagiarism for Mary Burke

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke responds to more accusations of plagiarism in her jobs plan and other initiatives. In her defense, Burke says she wants to bring the best ideas to Wisconsin and “I don’t care where they’re coming from.” She adds, “I’ll be clear about this. As governor, I am going to welcome ideas from other places — the best ideas, the best practices. That’s what we did at Trek Bicycle and that’s how we’re going to make sure Wisconsin has a thriving economy.”

Burke dismissed three new instances of copying, as reported by BuzzFeed, saying her consultant duplicated his own words from other plans he worked on; but if she were to use someone else’s words, she’d certainly give proper attribution. Burke maintains she didn’t violate her principles. “No; not at all. This is, again, a case of … when you put together economic development plans, this is about bringing in the best ideas.”

Joe Fadness with the state Republican Party says, “Mary Burke needs a lesson in business ethics because even 8th graders know that you shouldn’t copy the work of others.”

AUDIORepeating her stance on using the best ideas for Wisconsin — no matter where they come from — Burke explains the meaning of ‘plagiarism’ when asked by a reporter. :16

Burke spoke to reporters in Madison after announcing her endorsement by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association — the state’s largest law enforcement group, who endorsed Republican Brad Schimel for state attorney general. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Troopers Association is endorsing Governor Scott Walker.

New flu vaccine recommendations make getting protected easy

(PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

(PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends healthy children ages two to eight get the nasal flu spray when available, a much better option than being poked by a sharp needle.

John Temte is professor of family medicine at UW Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “We preferentially recommend the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) — or the nasal spray vaccine — because it appears to be somewhat more effective in preventing influenza.”

Temte says the nasal spray protects against four strains of influenza. It’s important to note the flu shot is very effective at reducing the risk of getting the flu; but, he says, the nasal spray reduces that risk even more for children two to eight years old. Temte says the nasal spray is as much as 50 percent more effective than the shot for this particular age group.

It only takes about two weeks for the influenza vaccine to be effective. The timing of the flu season is relatively unpredictable.

Everyone over 6 months should receive some form of influenza vaccine.

Wait times at Madison’s VA hospital are long, getting shorter

Military veteran (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Military veteran (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

There have been nearly 700 formal complaints about the wait times at the Madison Veterans Hospital over the past two years. That’s according to records obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal. 

Wait times at the Madison location were the longest of all three VA hospitals in Wisconsin, acknowledges hospital spokesman Tim Donovan, though they are getting better. “We’ve made a lot of improvements in our ability to deal with veterans seeking new patient primary care appointments since that.”

A new patient would wait an average of 51 days before seeing a primary care physician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, according to a recent audit. Donovan notes, that time has been reduced to less than 18 days.

The audit had indicated an increased wait time in May, Donovan says, as a result of new patients seeking treatment. “So we were a little out of balance with our resources and we’ve filled some vacancies among our primary care providers and the wait time is now down to what I think is a pretty respectable 17 1/2 days.”

Donovan says scores of appointments generate no complaints; in fact, he says, the hospital probably gets more compliments for the quality of care than criticisms. Many of the complaints had to do with actual waiting times as well as getting prescriptions filled, the length of time required to get test results, and cancelled appointments. 

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening to give veterans and their families an opportunity to voice their concerns.  Hospital executives will be on hand, as well as clinical and administrative staff, and the hospital’s patient advocate team. Those experts will closely with any veteran who needs assistance.

A brief update will be given to attendees on what the Madison VA Hospital has done to reduce wait times over the past several months. Officials will also discuss other improvements to patient care.

Similar town hall meetings are being held at VA facilities across the nation at the direction of the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the hospital auditorium and is expected to last about 90 minutes.