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SUPERIOR -- A Douglas County jury on Thursday acquitted an Eau Claire pediatrician of 14 sexual assault-related felonies but failed to agree on two other charges. The partial verdict came after more than 21 hours of deliberation over three days. Jurors unanimously agreed to verdicts on the 14 charges but remained hung on the final two counts, prompting Judge Michael Schumacher to declare a mistrial on those charges. Dr.
The cold winter has Wisconsinites red hot about their utility bills. The state's largest natural gas utility, We Energies, said a typical customer paid in the neighborhood of $160 to heat a home last month. That's up from $118 the previous January. We Energies' customers used record amounts of natural gas last month. Still, utility spokesman Brian Manthey said they're paying 25% less than in January of 2009 -- We Energies' record month for high heating bills.
Up to five more inches of snow could fall in southeast Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow. Forecasters say the region will be on the edge on a storm system that's moving well to our south. One to three inches are possible in most of southern Wisconsin late this afternoon and tonight. Places along Lake Michigan may also get lake effect snow from the same system. That could add a total of 3-5 inches by tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service has put Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha under a winter weather advisory from 8 p.m. today until 9 a.m. tomorrow.
MADISON -- Wisconsin homeowners would get their property and income taxes cut by an average of $150 a year, under a plan Gov. Scott Walker is expected to spell out Wednesday evening. Walker told Milwaukee and Madison newspaper reporters Tuesday that he'll devote just over half of the projected budget surplus or $504 million, to tax relief. The Republican Walker will give more details in his annual State of the State address at 7 p.m. The property tax cut would be $101 a year on a home assessed at $151,000.
After two weeks of searching, the body of a La Crosse man was found yesterday afternoon in the Mississippi River at Winona, Minn. Authorities were just about to suspend their search for Andrew Kingsbury, 29, until the spring when underwater cameras found his body in 10 feet of water around 3:45 p.m. He was in a car that plunged into the Mississippi Jan. 5 after the vehicle went out of control on a curve in Winona. The car, its driver and a male passenger were pulled out the same day.
ALMA -- Kathleen Vinehout, who represents the majority of Pierce and Pepin county citizens in the Wisconsin Senate, confirmed Friday morning that she will not run for Wisconsin governor. “The severity of the injury received in the car accident last month -- a splintering of the bone in my upper right arm – and the time required to recover and rehabilitate make it impossible for me to run the intense, grassroots campaign that I want to run and would be necessary to win," said Vinehout in a press release. It gives Democrat Mary Burke a clear path to challenge Republican Scott Walker in Nov
Almost all of Wisconsin is supposed to get a least a couple inches today thanks to a "Canadian Clipper" system moving into the state from southern Minnesota. The Fox Valley and east central Wisconsin are projected to get the most snow – 5 to 8 inches in almost blizzard-like conditions with winds of up to 35mph.
Northern Wisconsin is bracing for its first major snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from this morning through Wednesday evening in Douglas and Burnett counties in the far northwest, where 2-5 inches could fall through tonight. More than 8 inches are possible through Wednesday as several waves of snow move through.
Police say the new snow in Wisconsin this week has been a great investigative tool. On Tuesday officers in Rhinelander followed snow tracks to catch a burglar at a cellphone store. Yesterday Sheboygan police followed footprints in the snow to locate a man who drove his car into a storm-water retention pond. Authorities were called around 3 a.m. Thanksgiving to check out reports of a car that crashed upside down in three feet of water.
A Baldwin man was found dead in the woods just after 8 p.m. Saturday night after his family became concerned when he failed to return from hunting, according to a St. Croix County Sheriff Department’s press release. Mark Grognet, 54, of Baldwin, had gone hunting near the 500 block of County Road NN in the Town of Cady at 5 a.m. that morning. When he didn’t return after dark, and his family couldn’t reach him by cell phone, they became concerned, according to the press release. Deputies found Grognet’s 2004 Chevrolet truck parked at his hunting location.