August 28, 2014

Girl escapes abduction attempt in Shawano County

File photo

File photo

Shawano County deputies and police are searching for a suspect who allegedly tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl along a rural road on Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Gordon Kowaleski says the incident happened at 1:10 p.m. as the victim was walking along a sand road between corn fields at a Town of Birnamwood farm. The girl told police that a male subject tried to grab her. The girl did escape the subject and was able to flee to a nearby residence, where she called authorities.

Kowaleski says a person of interest has been identified. He’s a white male that is 6 foot 2 inches tall, and was wearing a black sweatshirt or long sleeve t-shirt, lighter blue jeans with holes in them, and white tennis shoes.

WSAU

Bus carrying Kansas City Chiefs hit by vehicle

Kansas City Chiefs logo

Kansas City Chiefs logo

The Kansas City Chiefs football team took a hit out of bounds, before Thursday’s game against the Green Bay Packers even started.

One of the motor coaches being used to transport the team to their hotel in the Green Bay area was struck by a car at a Grand Chute intersection Wednesday. The buses were under police escort by Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department deputies, so there was definitely someone there to blow the whistle and flag the offending driver, who failed to yield the right of way.

Two adults and three children were in the vehicle that collided with the bus. One of the children had a minor cut, and was checked over at a nearby hospital. No one on board the bus was injured.

Kansas City is in town to play the Green Bay Packers Thursday night in preseason NFL action.

WSAU

Walker reacts to Potawatomi’s non-payment

WRN file photo

WRN file photo

Governor Scott Walker says the decision by the Potawatomi tribe to withhold its annual payment to the state underscores the importance of a review of a proposed Kenosha casino and the money it could end up costing the state.

The Potawatomi failed to make a June payment to the state of about $25 million, arguing that it would be entitled to have the money returned anyway if the governor approves the Menominee tribe’s casino project. The money was put into a reserve, while Walker continues to review the proposed Kenosha project.

The governor’s office released a memo this week indicating that the decision to withhold the payment is already having an impact on the state budget, and Walker told reporters in the Green Bay area Wednesday that it could create a significant hole going forward if the state has to repay more money to the tribe. If he approves the casino, Walker says the Potawatomi believe they could demand refunds for past payments, totaling around $100 million. He says “it would provide a sizeable hole in the budget and I don’t think, for the majority of us, no matter what people may think for or against that particular site, I think there would be a really big concern to the rest of the state if something close to a $100 million hole was put in the budget.”

Walker says he’ll take as much time as he can to make a decision on the Kenosha casino. The deadline is in mid-February.

Meanwhile, the latest Marquette University law school poll shows 49 percent of respondents are on board with the new casino proposal and 35 percent oppose it.

WHBY

Leo Frigo bridge repairs cost $15 million

The Leo Frigo bridge (Photo: WHBY)

The Leo Frigo bridge (Photo: WHBY)

A new report from the state Department of Transportation shows the repairs to the Leo Frigo bridge in Green Bay last year cost $15 million.

Project manager Tom Buchholz says that’s less than their initial projection of $18-20 million. A segment of the bridge sagged, last year, when the supports for one of the piers buckled.

Bridge engineer Scott Becker says they’re going to continue with their regular maintenance for the bridge.

Project manager Tom Buchholz says they’re also going to monitor a number of piers that weren’t fortified during the project. He says some of the supports are starting to show some slight corrosion, but not to the point where officials would be concerned.

WHBY

Suspect in Dane County double homicide now in jail

Andy Steele

Andy Steele

A court appearance is expected on Friday for the former Dane County deputy accused of murdering his wife and sister-in-law.

39-year-old Andy Steele has been released from a Milwaukee medical facility and is now in the Rock County jail. He’s being held there to avoid a conflict of interest because he was with the Dane County Sheriff’s Department for 14 years. Steele retired in June after being diagnosed with ALS.

Last Friday, he allegedly shot and killed his wife Ashlee and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol of Minnesota. Steele also suffered injuries from an apparent suicide attempt, and had been hospitalized at a Milwaukee medical facility since then.

He’ll appear in court via closed circuit TV.

A memorial service for the sisters is also being held on Friday in Minnesota.

WIBA