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15 February 2017 News


A Berlin man is taken into custody after barricading himself inside an apartment with a child. Around 6 p.m Monday, the City of Berlin Police Department was investigating a noise complaint at 117 E. Waushara Street. While investigating, police say a man inside the apartment, identified as Joseph Campshure, barricaded himself inside the residence. Police questioned a juvenile female outside the building and she confirmed there was a juvenile male inside. Due to previous knowledge of Campshure having knives, sword, and possible other weapons available and at his disposal, the Green Lake County Combined Tactical Unit team was paged out. Officers at the apartment could hear furniture being moved to further barricade the door. Once the Combined Tactical Unit arrived, they pried the door off its hinges and entered the apartment. Police say Campshure failed to comply with commands to put his hands up and was subsequently tased and taken into custody. Campshure is currently in the Waushara County Jail. The case remains under investigation with numerous charges expected to be filed.

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A temporary home for struggling military veterans is getting ready to open its doors. Salute the Troops president Dan Tinsley says the Warrior House in Lomira is scheduled to open March first. Tinsley says the Warrior House will be a safe, affordable, temporary living facility for veterans. He says veterans staying at the home will work with case managers, develop treatment plans and receive professional career mentoring from Quad Graphics, Michels Corporation and other businesses. Tinsley says the Warrior House was made possible through the generosity of many donors and volunteers. An open house will be held on Saturday, February 18th from 10am to 2pm. The home is located at W642 Highway 67 near the Camelot Golf course.

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An Illinois man is convicted of sexually assaulting a 12 year old Fond du Lac girl. At a plea hearing Monday 37 year old Paul Zidarich pleaded no contest to an amended charge of second degree sexual assault. A pre sentence investigation was ordered. Zidarich was originally charged with first degree sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child. He was accused of fondling the girl during an incident at the child’s home two years ago. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

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Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state. The bill made public Tuesday is sponsored by Rep. Romaine Quinn and Sen. Howard Marklein. It would allocate $15.5 million in grants for rural areas. Almost a quarter of Wisconsinites live in rural areas and around 40 percent do not have broadband, or high-speed internet access, at home. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal released last week included an additional $35 million for broadband, which includes the grants. A significant portion will go toward schools and educational institutions.

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Gov. Scott Walker is praising legislation Congress is expected to vote on that would open the door for the state to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits. Walker and the governors of Texas, Utah and Mississippi sent a letter last week to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady in support of the measure that would remove limitations put in place under President Barack Obama. Walker says he applauds leadership for scheduling a vote to grant states more flexibility. He says requiring drug testing for people on public assistance is a central component of his welfare reform package. Walker appealed directly to President Donald Trump in a December letter, urging him to return power to state by eliminating federal limitations.

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A judge rules that confessions made to police will be admissible at the trial for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man. Judge Michael Bohren on Monday also rejected a defense request to move 14-year-old Morgan Geyser’s trial out of Waukesha County. Geyser and 15-year-old Anissa Weier (ah-NEE’-sah WY’-ur) have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to attempted homicide charges in adult court. Both girls were 12 when prosecutors say they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner (LYT’-nur) 19 times in a Waukesha park in 2014. Payton survived. Geyser’s trial is set for Oct. 2. A hearing on the same motions from Weier is scheduled next week.

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