April 23, 2014

Two UWSP students killed in crash

The Portage County sheriffs department has released the names of the two victims of Monday night’s crash on Highway 66 in Linwood. They are identified as 21-year-old Alexander Reeder of Wisconsin Rapids and his passenger 20-year-old Katherine Axlen of Mukwonago. They were both seniors at UW-Stevens Point.

An accident report says an oncoming minivan made a turn into a private driveway in front of the motorcycle. The van driver has been identified as Sheila Schulfer of Linwood. She and a passenger were uninjured. Sheriffs investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. These are the first traffic fatalities of 2014 in Portage County.


Walker announces Family Care expansion

A program that helps seniors and people with disabilities, stay in their homes is expanding. Governor Walker was in Green Bay Monday, to announce that Family Care will soon be offered in Brown, Shawano, Oconto, and four other northeast Wisconsin counties. He says the program not only helps people stay where they are most comfortable, but it also saves money, by keeping them out of nursing homes.

Walker says expanding the program to the remaining counties could save $34 million over the next decade. Family Care is already available in all but 15 counties. Governor Walker included funding in the current budget, to add them all to the program.



SUV sought in motorocyclist deaths

Rock Co. Sheriff

Rock Co. Sheriff

Clues in a fatal hit-and-run crash on highway 14 east of Janesville Sunday night are rolling in to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Todd Christiansen says the suspect vehicle is most likely a 2001 – 2003 Infinity QX4. Christiansen says pieces of the suspect vehicle were located and collected as evidence by deputies including a bumper mounted fog light from the driver’s side of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is also believed to be dark in color, possibly dark blue or black.

Two motorcyclists, 18-year-old Devin Julius and 24-year-old Mitchell Vance, were killed when the SUV crossed the centerline near Old Humes Road a little before 8:00 o’clock. The sheriff’s office is hoping someone sees the damaged vehicle and reports it to authorities.

Hulsey enters race for governor

WRN photo

WRN photo

There’s another Democratic candidate in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race. State Representative Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) announced Monday that he’s making a run for governor. Fresh out of the gate he took aim at the front-runner on the Democrat side, Mary Burke.

“We need somebody who can take on Scott Walker, not some spoiled rich kid,” Hulsey said on WIBA. Like Burke and Republican incumbent Scott Walker, Hulsey said his focus will be on jobs. He said his “Get Wisconsin Working Plan” is “backed up by UW economics professors.”

“We know it will create thousands of jobs, mostly by reversing Scott Walker’s reign of error” Hulsey said. Although he threatened to jump ship from the Democratic party to turn independent last year, Hulsey is running as a Democrat. “I’ve been encouraged that my Democratic colleagues in the legislature have started to realize that they have to fight Scott Walker at every step.”

Hulsey has been in the state Assembly for 4 years and served on the Dane County Board for 14 years. “Our focus remains squarely on Scott Walker,” said Joe Zepecki, spokesman for the Burke campaign, said “the focus remains squarely on Scott Walker.”


Nickles ponders run for Petri seat

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickles is considering a run for the Sixth District Congressional seat being vacated by Representative Tom Petri. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody in the city that government and politics is what I love most in life, and everyone knows that ever since I was a young boy I wanted to be president of the United States,” said Nickles, who was became on of the nation’s youngest-ever mayor when he was elected at age 22 in 2009. “It’s not surprising that when an opportunity makes itself available, that I would look at the options that I have in front of me.”

Nickles, a Democrat, said he was ” a bit shocked” when Petri announced he wouldn’t seek another term. He reiterated that running the city is his top priority but admits a door has opened to explore what he calls “an amazing opportunity.” Nickles said he’ll make a decision “very soon.”

Also on Friday, state Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) confirmed that he’ll make an announcement regarding entering the race. If he does, he’d join fellow state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and state Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).