October 20, 2014

Congressman Reid Ribble wants Ebola travel ban

Congressman Reid Ribble

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI)

A northeastern Wisconsin congressman is calling for stronger action to deal with the Ebola outbreak.

Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter Thursday, calling for an emergency session to address the problem. The Sherwood Republican wants to ban commercial travel to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

Ribble is also calling for increased medical and military aid, to help fight the disease. He says it’s very important to deal with the problem at its source.

Ribble said the CDC predicts there could be up to 1.5 million Ebola cases in Africa alone, by the end of January. He says the world needs to end the threat before it gets out of control.


Wisconsin woman accused of faking cancer to raise money

Theresa Strub

Theresa Strub

A Spring Green woman is accused of faking cancer and cashing in on thousands of dollars that people and organizations donated for her bogus cancer fight.

According to a news release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Spring Green Police Department, 29-year-old Theresa Strub faces nine felonies and one misdemeanor. She is accused of benefiting from fundraisers and charities designed to help her fight cancer.

Strub had told people she was suffering from stomach and kidney cancer, although police says their investigation found cancer photos Strub had used on social media were stock photos dating back more than a decade. One of Strub’s largest fundraisers was held at Arthur’s restaurant in Spring Green. According to investigators, she collected more than $30,000 that night..

Strub is charged with Theft by False Representation, Identity Theft for Financial Gain  and Attempted Theft by False Representation.


Bond at $2 million in Stephanie Low murder

Bond has been set at $2 million in the Stephanie Low homicide. Kristopher Torgerson appeared by video in Marathon County court for his initial appearance on charges which include first degree intentional homicide in

Torgerson, 34, is alleged to have killed Low during an attempted robbery at her Wausau apartment in April of 2010, and then bured her body in Forest County. Wausau police investigators say up to six other people provided information about Low’s death and the hiding of her remains, including one person who was located in California.

Torgerson, who last month agreed to show investigators the location of Low’s body near Wabeno, is currently serving five years in prison on unrelated charges at the maximum security prison in Boscobel. He will be back in court for a preliminary hearing November 25th.


Burke blasts school choice

Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson, file)

Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson, file)

Central Wisconsin saw more activity from candidates for statewide political office Monday. Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke stopped in Stevens Point, where she discussed her jobs plan with employees of Sentry Insurance before taking some questions from the media.

Burke made it clear she is not satisfied with recent reports showing the state spent millions of dollars on charter schools that failed.  “It’s outrageous that the state has spent over $100 million on schools that were not meeting their requirements, and their accountability, and so this is a program that Governor Walker wants to expand throughout the state without the type of accountability that is needed, and at the same time, it is draining money from our local schools and local school districts, and that is my concern.”

The Democratic candidate for governor says the school voucher program is hurting public schools. “The fact that Governor Walker wants to take precious resources, education dollars, and put them into unaccountable, taxpayer funded, private school voucher programs is not how we’re going to improve education here in Wisconsin.”

She adds,“There are some good schools in these programs. We should build on the good models, but expanding this program statewide without identifying how it’s going to be funded, or unless someone has another way of raising that money, or Governor Walker plans on raising taxes to pay for this program, the statewide expansion is only taking money from our public schools, so I do not believe it has any role in being expanded throughout the state.”

Burke said she felt she did well in Friday’s debate, and looks forward to meeting more people before this Friday’s second debate.

Larry Lee, WSAU

Wausau men nabbed in marijuana sting

The owner of a Wausau bar and an accomplice are facing major drug charges following a sting by police. Paradox Bar owner Scott Kurzynski, 44, and 43-year-old Tim Kleinschmidt face multiple drug counts in connection with a plan to traffic marijuana out of the bar.

Wausau police said Kurzynski made plans with an undercover informant in September to purchase high-grade marijuana for distribution at the bar, setting up contracts to bring in 100 pounds of marijuana a month over two years. While making the payments for the drugs, Kleinschmidt was caught leaving the exchange point and was later arrested at his home. A police search there turned up a number of other drugs and several ATMs with marijuana inside them that were used to transport drugs.

The two men are now being held on $250,000 cash bonds and will be back in court October 22 for preliminary hearings.