November 27, 2015

Officer killed in Dane County traffic crash

police_dane_sheriffA law enforcement officer was killed in a traffic crash in the Dane County town of Albion Monday.

The incident occurred just north of the Rock-Dane County line. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Edgerton Fire Department responded to scene just after noon in the 100 block of County Highway N.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said an officer who was driving one of the vehicles was killed, and a woman who was driving the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital with injuries.

Officials have not said which law enforcement agency the offer belonged to.


Wisconsin home sales stayed strong in October

The state housing market continued to see strong numbers in October, according to new figures released by the Wisconsin Realtors Association. The WRA says home sales in the state were up 2.4 percent last month, compared to same time period in 2014. Home prices were also up 4.7 percent, to a statewide median of $155,000.

Dave Clark, an economist with the WRA, said it’s a market that shows “sellers can comfortably put their homes on the market and, if it is appropriately prices, those homes are moving relatively quickly.”

Home sales typically start to drop off in the fall months, but WRA board chairman K.C. Maurer noted that good weather in October helped to carry on strong momentum from the summer months.

So far in 2015, the WRA said there have been 66,347 home sales. It’s the strongest January-October period since 2005, when just over 68,000 homes were sold.

Deer hunter killed in Columbia County

(Photo: Wisconsin DNR)

(Photo: Wisconsin DNR)

The state Department of Natural Resources says a deer hunter is dead, following an incident in Columbia County during the opening weekend of the nine day gun hunt.

DNR warden Jon King says the 39-year-old man from Alaska was shot Sunday morning when the rifle he was handing to a woman in a tree stand went off. The victim was later pronounced dead at a Madison hospital.

The shooting, which is the state’s first gun-related fatality during the deer hunting season since 2012, remains under investigation.

Also this weekend, two people were injured by firearms in separate incidents. In Marathon County, a 14-year-old male shot his 26-year-old hunting companion while trying to de-cock a rifle. In Rock County, a 16-year-old shot himself in the leg after falling asleep in a tree stand. Both injuries were non-life threatening.

Increased travel projected for Thanksgiving holiday weekend

File photo: WRN

File photo: WRN

Expect plenty of company on the roads and in the airports, if you’re heading out for the Thanksgiving holiday later this week.

According to a survey by auto club AAA, just under 47 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday period, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. In Wisconsin, about 977,000 people will be traveling, up about 1.4 percent over last year.

Nearly 90 percent of those travelers will be driving to their destination, and they’ll be helped by gas prices that continue to fall. AAA-Wisconsin spokesman Nick Jarmusz says, thanks to the end of the more volatile refinery maintenance season, prices have been on a downward trajectory. He says that could “continue us on a downward trajectory throughout the end of the year.”

Prices in some parts of the state have already dropped to around the $2.00 mark for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.

Obregon makes first court appearence

Andrew Obregon waived his preliminary hearing in Kenosha County Intake Court Friday, and may never go on trial on nearly 30 charges.

Obregon is accused of the murder of Tywon Anderson, whose body was found in a town of Paris corn field in September, and of a crime spree in Kenosha and Racine Counties that lasted more than two weeks.

Obregon entered pleas of not guilty to all of the charges, pending the outcome of those negotiations.  The case has been assigned to Judge Chad Kerman, and Obregon is next scheduled to appear in court January 21st.

After the hearing, Quantisha Etinne, who had a daughter with the victim, said the 10 year old misses her father.

Obregon is also facing a car theft charge in Racine County, and several charges in Lake County Illinois where he was finally arrested.