September 17, 2014

Teen Assembly candidate ends campaign over social media comments

Jacob Dorsey

Jacob Dorsey

The Republican candidate in Wisconsin’s 44th Assembly District announced Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the race.

The move comes after 19-year-old Jacob Dorsey drew fire over an anti-gay message he posted on Twitter almost a year ago. Dorsey apologized last week for making the “hurtful” comment, although other potentially offensive posts he made to social media sites were later found.

Dorsey says he regrets the comments, which he claims were made by a child he no longer considers himself to be. He has since deleted his Twitter account

His name will still be on the ballot in November, although Dorsey says he is ending his campaign against incumbent Democratic state Representative Deb Kolste of Janesville.

WCLO

Walworth County authorities investigate dog shooting

Officials released this photo of the type of dog found and the blanket it was found wrapped in.

Officials released this photo of the type of dog found and the blanket it was found wrapped in.

Walworth County authorities are looking for anyone who may have information about a dog that was found shot to death near the White River Trail in Geneva Township.

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a parking lot on Sunday and spoke with two people who found a dead dog wrapped in a blanket near the trail. According to deputies, the dog appears to be a yellow, female, Bullmastiff with a black face, weighing about 90 pounds. It had been shot eight times and was wrapped in a gray blanket with a plaid design on one side.

Officials say the dog was transported to an area animal shelter, where staff scanned it for a microchip, although one was not found. The animal was groomed, with trimmed nails. Its fur was matted down around the neck, indicating it had been wearing a collar at one point.

The sheriff’s office is asking to speak to anyone who may have information about what happened to the animal or who might have owned the dog before its death.

WCLO

Dodge County chain reaction crash kills 1, injures 6 others

(File photo: WRN)

(File photo: WRN)

Authorities in Dodge County say one person was killed and six others injured Tuesday night, following a five-vehicle chain reaction crash.

It happened along State Highway 60 in the Town of Rubicon, shortly after 6 p.m. Officials say traffic had stopped because of a backup near County Highway P. An eastbound pickup truck struck the rear of another vehicle, causing the chain reaction crash.

A total of 12 people were in the vehicles involved, with one killed and six others taken to area hospitals for treatment. The names of the victims have not been released.

KFIZ

Marathon County deputy accidentally shoots himself in the hand

(File photo)

(File photo)

An internal investigation is under way, after a Marathon County Sheriff’s Department officer accidentally shot himself Tuesday.

Investigation Division Captain Greg Bean is recovering at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was at the Duane Corbin Shooting Range, on Marathon County property south of the Nine Mile Recreation Area near Mosinee when his weapon fired early Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Scott Parks says Bean was cleaning his firearm when it discharged, wounding his left hand.

Parks could not comment further, except to confirm that a full investigation of the incident is underway. He says Bean was alert and talking with his family at the hospital late Tuesday afternoon. He remains hospitalized in good condition.

WSAU

6th Congressional candidates debate

(Photo: KFIZ)

(Photo: KFIZ)

The candidates in the 6th congressional district race staked out some of their priorities, during a debate in Fond du Lac Monday.

Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris is running as a Democrat. He says Congress needs to focus on real solutions to improve the economy.Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport says he wants to reform the welfare system. He says right now, single parents have too much to lose by trying to get off of it.

Grothman and Harris are running to replace Congressman Tom Petri of Fond du Lac. The Republican is retiring, after serving for 36 years.

WHBY