November 29, 2015

Kind says international coalition needed to defeat ISIS

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

A Wisconsin Congressman believes it will take the cooperation and coordination of several nations to successfully defeat ISIS in the Middle East.

U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) says the nation needs to be more vigilant, and begin working with other nations to form an international coalition that can take territory away from the Islamic State. Since the Paris attacks, he notes France and Russia have already increased their efforts to attack bases, while the U.S. still has bombing missions for selected targets.

The Democrat from La Crosse says he favors the use of continued air strikes in the region, but believes putting any American boots on the ground would be a tremendous mistake. He points to lessons learned from U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We can send the 101st and the 82nd Airborne in. There’s no question they can take the fight to ISIS, but what gets complicated is what the day after looks like, in fact, what the next ten to twenty years look like, and unless we want to keep our armed forces on the ground there for decades, I think what we need to be doing is working with the local security forces, Kurdish, and Iraqi.”

Kind believes ISIS will eventually be defeated, since they have many enemies and few friends. He notes that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, along with Sunni Shiite forces have started taking back territory.

Contributed by Larry Lee, WSAU

Steele asks court for release from institution

Andy Steele

Andy Steele

A Fitchburg man, who was found not guilty of the murder of his wife and sister-in-law due to a mental defect, is asking to be released from the mental institution.

The attorney for 41-year-old Andrew Steele argues his client needs 24 hour care due to his Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the facility where he is currently being kept is not equipped to provide it to him.

Steele had pleaded guilty to two homicide charges for the August 2014 deaths of wife Ashlee Steele and her sister, Kacee Tollefsboll. Both were found dead at the Steele’s home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb. In April of this year, a jury found Steele was not legally responsible for the deaths due to a mental disease or defect, and he was committed. State law allows him to petition for release every six months.

A judge is expected to appoint an independent examiner to evaluate Steele and will report back to the court.


Designate a driver for Thanksgiving revelry

Tonight’s a big night for drinking in the nation’s booziest state. “It has really become bigger than New Years Eve,” said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who recommends a designated driver for those planning to kick off the long holiday weekend with visits to their favorite taverns.

Fitzgerald said it will also be a big night for drunk driving arrests statewide. “With everybody home for the holiday, it’s a big night for underage drinking and OWI. We want everybody to be safe out there.” Wisconsin ranks number one in the nation for binge drinking.


Monroe County man charged in death of infant son

A western Wisconsin man has been charged in the death of his 3-month-old son. Twenty-six year-old Troy Tralmer made his initial court appearance on Tuesday in Monroe County Court. He waived the state’s time limits for a preliminary hearing, and is due back in court February 15th on two felony counts of reckless homicide and reckless child abuse.

Prosecutors say Tralmer claimed to have dropped his son Chad while performing the Heimlich maneuver. According to the criminal complaint, Tralmer said the child choked on milk and stopped breathing. An autopsy found that Chad had a fractured skull, bleeding in his brain, and seven broken ribs. Investigators said his father denied shaking the baby.


School bus driver to be cited in Manitowoc

Manitowoc police say a school bus driver will be ticketed for hitting a 15-year-old girl. The bus struck Jacklynn Gienke last Thursday morning near Wilson Junior High School. Friends of the Gienke family say she suffered extensive injuries including fractures in her neck and lower back.

Gienke remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Investigators said Gienke was crossing the street when the bus driver pulled out from a stop sign and struck her. He will be cited for failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian, according to Detective Andrew Trilling of the Manitowoc Police Department.