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July 27, 2015

Funeral services set for slain Wisconsin Marine

Sgt. Carson Holmquist and his wife (Photo: Facebook)

Sgt. Carson Holmquist and his wife (Photo: Facebook)

Residents of northwest Wisconsin will say goodbye Saturday to a Marine sergeant killed in last week’s attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A visitation for 25-year-old Carson Holmquist is scheduled to take place at Grantsburg High School from 11am-1pm, where he played football before joining the Marines. A private family service is planned after the public visitation.
A Marine Corps honor guard will serve as pallbearers.

Governor Scott Walker plans to attend, after canceling his presidential campaign appearances for this weekend in North Carolina and New Hampshire.

Holmquist was one of five troops killed in last week’s gun attack by a gunman.

WSAU

Kind pushes ‘Rebuilding American Manufacturing Act’

US Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

US Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

A Wisconsin Congressman wants to create new incentives to help strengthen U.S. manufacturing businesses, and encourage them to keep jobs in America.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) has introduced what he calls the “Rebuilding American Manufacturing Act.” The legislation calls for reducing federal tax rates as a way to incentivize companies to keep manufacturing jobs in the country, and to encourage those already moved abroad to return here. The Wisconsin Democrat argues “if we could reduce the rate, so it’s at a more competitive level internationally, there’s less incentive for companies to move overseas.”

If passed, Kind says the legislation would make it advantageous for manufacturers to stay in the U.S., and also for others to move back to here. “It’s a reduction in federal tax rates to make it more competitive for domestic manufacturers to keep those businesses in Wisconsin and in the United States rather than having to move product lines overseas. If we could reduce the rate so it’s at a more competitive level internationally, there’s less incentive then for companies to move overseas.”

Kind says the Rebuilding American Manufacturing Act creates a new section of the tax code to promote American manufacturing by reducing the effective tax rate of domestic manufacturers to 20 percent. This will provide important benefits to firms that are investing and hiring domestically, and those firms can then use the savings to continue investments in innovation and growth here at home.

He says there are many reasons manufacturers should strongly consider staying in America or moving back to America. “We have very strong intellectual property protections, we have a higher skilled labor force to tap into, we have better commerce, and transportation systems. We have better protection of intellectual property.”

Kind says 16% of our Wisconsin private workforce is involved in the manufacturing sector, which is well above the national average of 9%. He says investing in American manufacturing is critical to remaining competitive in a global economy.  “If we get the policy aligned with certain advantages, this could be a new renaissance for U.S. Manufacturing.”

WSAU

Nationwide warrant issued in death of Fond du Lac toddler

Daniel Griffin

Daniel Griffin

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old Illinois man suspected of killing a 14-month-old baby boy, and severely injuring his twin brother. Fond du Lac Police Wednesday issued the warrant for Daniel Griffin for one count of 1st degree reckless homicide and two counts of child abuse causing great bodily harm.

It’s in connection with the child’s death on July 7th while Griffin and his girlfriend 24-year-old Airrealle Smart were visiting friends at the Maplewood Commons Apartments. “There were significant internal injuries on the infant that died, and also the twin brother,” said Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein. Klein said that at one point Griffin may have stood on the victim, and that both twins suffered significant internal injuries.

Police are using Facebook photos of Griffin in trying to locate him. Griffin is believed to be in the Chicago and Calumet City, Illinois area. “We’re trying to get as much information out as possible on this individual, and get him into custody as quickly as possible,” Klein said.

Smart was charged Wednesday in Fond du Lac County Court with neglecting a child causing death and great bodily harm and two counts of child abuse failing to prevent that harm. Bond was set at $150,000 cash.

KFIZ

Remains found in Door County believed to be missing doctor

Whiteside PHOTO Door County Sheriff

Whiteside PHOTO Door County Sheriff

Human remains that were found on Wednesday in Door County are believed to be that of missing Fox Valley Doctor Jeffrey Whiteside.

In a release from the Door County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Steve Delarwelle said that preliminary indication suggests the remains are that of the 63-year-old Whiteside based on the clothing and personal property.

Whiteside was last seen June 29 when he and his wife, Kathi Whiteside, got into an argument at the Ephraim Yacht Harbor Marina. Authorities say Kathi Whiteside drove back to their residence in Grand Chute at that time.

Jeffrey Whiteside was not reported missing until July 1.

Authorities were notified about the discovery of a body on uninhabited land off of German Road in the Township of Liberty Grove. That’s where the Headwaters Search and Rescue K-9 group had been conducting a search and found the remains.

A search warrant was obtained for the property, and Door County sheriff’s investigators were assisted by the State Crime lab in processing the scene.

A positive identification, cause and manner of death will be determined by the Brown County Medical Examiner. It’s unclear when that information will be released.

This week Kathi Whiteside hired an attorney, and denied investigators a request to search the couple’s Grand Chute home.

Five on board plane in EAA crash

KFIZ photo

KFIZ photo

All five people on board a plane that crashed at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh Wednesday morning were taken to area hospitals. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said a Piper Malibu was on approach to one of the runways at Wittman Regional Airport when something went wrong. The airplane crashed. Four of the five people on board exited the plane on their own, the fifth was extracted by Oshkosh firefighters who arrived at the scene within a minute, according to Knapinski.

Flight for Life flew the most seriously injured person out to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. A spokeswoman for Theda Clark said the man is in serious condition, and two other men are in fair condition. Three people were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and are in good condition. A Mercy spokesman said two of them were in the crash and another was nearby when it happened. Knapinski said NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash, which is not expected to affect the afternoon or evening air show.

KFIZ