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WELCH, Minn. - A tip from a psychic, nine high-priority leads and a water search on Wednesday haven't brought authorities any closer to determining who dumped a baby girl's body into Sturgeon Lake this winter. "It's fair to say we're still where we were before," said Capt. Pat Thompson, an investigator with the Goodhue County (Minn.) Sheriff's Department. "We'll still work the leads, the information, the DNA. That's all we can do." A two-man crew spent more than three hours Wednesday combing four miles of shoreline along Sturgeon and North lakes.
Alcohol and excessive speed led to the deaths of three men killed April 21 on Winter Street under the overpass for Highway 53, according to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor. The driver was identified today by police as Burgess "Jeb" Houska, 20, of Duluth. At the time of the crash, his blood alcohol concentration was reported at 0.26, more than three times the legal limit, La Lor said. The passengers were David Allen Drain, 21, of Duluth and Joshua Jones, 22, of Barnum. All three men died as a result of blunt force injury consistent with a crash.
If you go fishing, leave the lead at home. That request comes from wildlife enthusiasts who partially blame lead-sinkers for the poisoning deaths of trumpeter swans, geese, and other birds. They say it's something to keep in mind as the fishing season opens Saturday on Wisconsin's inland waters. The lead problem was highlighted in March, when a man in West Bend found a sick bald eagle in his yard and rehabilitation workers said it might have been caused by lead poisoning.
Governor Jim Doyle has responded to the Virginia Tech massacre by creating a task force of ensure safety on Wisconsin's campuses. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay chancellor Bruce Shepard will co-chair the panel along with River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque. Students, parents, mental health experts, and others will also serve. Doyle says they'll look at a host of questions like whether campus security officers should carry guns. He also wants the panel to find a way to distinguish students with mental issues from those who are just plain dangerous.
A funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at Shiocton High School for Army Pvt. Nicholas Riehl. He was killed in Iraq six days ago, when a roadside bomb exploded during a mission in Fallujah. Riehl, 21, graduated from Shiocton High in 2004. The town only has about 1,000 people, but at least eight from that community are serving in the military. Judy Shafel, village president, said Riehl is the first from Shiocton to die in the war, and hopefully the last. He was the 73rd Wisconsinite to die in Iraq.
Brendan Dassey's lawyer says his client will probably appeal his conviction in the slaying of Teresa Halbach. But a final decision won't be made until after Dassey is sentenced on Aug. 6, and after the state public defender's office gives him a new attorney to handle the appeal. Mark Fremgen of Oshkosh represented Dassey, 17, in his trial last month.
Republicans howled Wednesday when the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to stop denying food stamps to deadbeat parents and to the unemployed who refuse to get job training. Gov. Jim Doyle proposed both measures in his new state budget and the finance panel refused to drop them on 8-8 party-line votes. Charity Eleson of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says feeding the poor is the humane thing to do. But Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, says deadbeat parents will laugh all the way to the grocery store. Rep.
John Edwards got some of his biggest support in Wisconsin when he ran for president three years ago. And some top Democrats in the state joined together Wednesday to endorse the former North Carolina senator in his 2008 bid. Dave Cieslewicz, Madison mayor, says he appreciates Edwards laying out his policy stands so early and that he repudiated his Senate vote in 2002 in favor of the Iraq war. The mayor also said he respected Edwards' focus on poverty. In 2004, he struck a chord among Wisconsin's middle class when he talked of the widening income gap and his so-called Two Americas.
The final quarantine was lifted Wednesday in Clark County's swine herds. That's after pseudo-rabies failed to turn up within five miles of where the disease was found late last month on a farm near Loyal. That discovery came a few days after pseudo-rabies was confirmed in a herd with 300 pigs near Greenwood. No other cases were found near that farm, either. About 330 animals on both farms were killed last Friday. The cases were the first in Wisconsin since 1998, and the first in the nation since 2003. Pseudo-rabies can be spread to other animals beside pigs but it has no effect on humans.
Until now, the Brewers had not swept a three-game series from Saint Louis at home since Milwaukee was in the American League and the two were playing their first Inter-league series ever in June of 1997. The Brewers completed the identical feat yesterday afternoon with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park. Chris Capuano lasted just three innings after he bruised his right calf on a hard grounder by Aaron Miles. The left-hander is expected to make his next start on Monday. Carlos Villanueva gave up two hits over the next four innings to get the win. He's 2-0.