A former state assemblyman from Chippewa County who has been arrested several times for impaired driving is now accused of altering a prescription. Police in Chippewa Falls say 41-year-old Jeff Wood was taken into custody Monday on a probation hold after he came in for an interview about the case. Chippewa Falls Police Captain John Liddell said they got a report from an investigator with the Veterans’ Affairs Administration, after Wood visited the Chippewa County Veterans’ Clinic. “He had attempted to pass an altered prescription for Schedule V narcotics at a local pharmacy,” said Lidell. “Altered means he legitimately had the prescription, he changed the number of pills on it.” [Read more…]
Archives for August 2011
Everyone will get to march in Wausau’s Labor Day parade after all, after the Marathon County Labor Council dropped a policy that would have banned Republicans from participating.
The move comes after Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple threatened to pull city funding and resources for the parade. Tipple says it should be an inclusive event and limiting who can march when taxpayer dollars are being used to support the parade is bad public policy. [Read more…]
The Janesville Education Association believes the school district still has plenty of options to fill a $2.1 million budget gap — without teachers making economic concessions. “They absolutely can tax. They still have the tax levy to use, they still have the tax levy to use,” said JEA president Dave Parr. “They have not done that this year. They’ve had it for the past four years, they chose not to use it.” School board president Bill Sodemann said some local taxpayers believe the teachers should share the burden. “Some people think that the benefits and so forth, are out of balance with private sector, not just teachers but administrators as well, and other public employees too, and needs to be corrected, because the private sector has gone through some challenging times, and it shouldn’t just be them that needs to scale back,” said Sodermann. [Read more…]
Considering recent natural disasters on the east coast, emergency officials push preparedness.
An earthquake earlier this month and Hurricane Irene are examples of why it’s important for everyone to be prepared, so says Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management. He says one can’t always predict the severity, time, or location of a disaster. “This Hurricane Irene is the perfect example. You know there were predictions of what was going to happen but you never really know until it strikes. Now, of course, there’s massive flooding in Vermont, which I don’t think anyone predicted. You can’t pick your disaster, they pick you, unfortunately. You need to be ready for everything.” [Read more…]
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson is likely to draw some attention after an op-ed piece in the Washington Times Monday calling for the repeal of the Obama agenda. He says it was obvious when the president was trying to calm the markets after the S & P downgrade of the federal credit rating that he doesn’t know how to repair the economy and create jobs.
The Oshkosh Republican says the country needs to repeal Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform. He says Dodd-Frank is “starving small-to-medium sized businesses of capital” and “strangling” businesses with excessive regulations which prevents job creation. [Read more…]
Legislation at the Capitol would make it a crime for school bus drivers to use a cell phone or other wireless device while kids are onboard. Under the proposal from state Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Powers Lake), drivers caught using a phone while transporting or unloading children could be fined and have their license revoked.
The southeastern Wisconsin Republican says she’s worried the phones provide a dangerous distraction to drivers while kids on board. She says they need to remain mentally alert, focused, and prepared for any possible emergency, in order to protect the safety of passengers. [Read more…]
A state senator from Wisconsin is urging Iowa Democrats to “get off the couch” and prepare to fight union-busting legislation similar to what is now law in Wisconsin. State Senator Lena Taylor, a Democrat from Milwaukee, was among the Wisconsin lawmakers who retreated to Illinois to try to block that bill from becoming law. “The reason that I’ve come is to really say to you, like Paul Revere kind of, you know, said, ‘The British are coming!’ I’m saying, ‘The Republicans are radical! The Republicans are radical!” Taylor said Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines. “And they’re coming to a place and a town near you.” Taylor spoke at a statehouse news conference organized by central Iowa Democrats. [Read more…]
Milwaukee police are stepping their efforts to combat gun violence. Jim Harpole is assistant chief with the Milwaukee Police Department, which is stepping up patrol activities in a direct response to an increase in shootings this summer, in three of the department’s seven districts. “We really came to the understanding that some areas of our north side police districts were really in much greater need of additional police attention due to the level of gun violence that we were seeing,” said Harpole. Milwaukee has seen shootings increase by 59% this year compared with 2010, including 178 shootings this summer. [Read more…]
Funding for Wisconsin’s recycling program was raided to the tune of $26 million dollars as part of the state budget. Now Democratic legislators are calling for that loss to be made good. “It’s such an important program to so many people across the state, that we need to do everything we can to make sure that we’re at the same level of support that we’ve always been,” said Representative Mark Pocan of Madison. Pocan is proposing the Recycling Fund Restoration Act. “There’s a lot places they can take that from” said Pocan in explaining how the revenue might be replaced. “They raided the recycling fund to fund another fund that went to what’s now the new department of Commerce.” [Read more…]
The Green Bay Packers released a total of three players today, getting their roster down to the mandated limit of 80-players.
They released WR Antonio Robinson, G Adrian Battles & LB K.C. Osiodu. The Packers close out the preseason on Thursday night against Kansas City. They will have to reduce their roster to the regular season limit of 53 players by 5pm on Saturday.