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7 August 2017 News


One person is killed and two people were injured in a two vehicle crash south of Fond du Lac. The crash was reported shortly before 10:30am Friday on northbound Highway 151 and Wolf Road near Oakfield. A preliminary investigation indicates an 89 year old West Bend woman was northbound on Wolf Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 151. Her car was broadsided by a northbound station wagon. The elderly woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the station wagon, a 33 year old Waupun man and a 27 year old female passenger were transported to Waupun Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. An infant who was properly restrained in a child seat was not injured, but was transported to the hospital for evaluation. The State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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Two Wisconsin Department of Corrections wardens are suspended for poaching walleye on Lake Erie. Records obtained from the state show that Columbia prison warden, Mike Dittman, and Green Bay Correctional deputy warden, Steve Schueler, each received a three day suspension without pay for violating department standards of employee conduct. Dittman, Schueler and four retired former wardens and a sergeant were cited in May for multiple trips…catching the walleye limit, leaving, and catching more fish later in the day. They all were fined and lose their fishing privileges in Ohio and Wisconsin for a year. An Ohio judge imposed and stayed a ten day jail sentence.

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A full federal appeals court will review a ruling overturning the conviction of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the “Making a Murderer” documentary. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after he told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Teresa Halbach. A federal judge overturned Dassey’s conviction last year, ruling that investigators took advantage of Dassey’s youth and cognitive disabilities to coerce his confession. A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in June. State attorneys asked all 12 7th Circuit judges to review the case. The court rarely grants such reviews but the state argued police practices are now in question. The court on Friday agreed to the full review without commenting on the case’s merits and set oral arguments for September.

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A federal judge declines to throw out civil rights claims made by the family of a man who died in Milwaukee police custody in 2011. U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ruled Friday that a reasonable jury could find police officers’ conduct caused the death of 22-year-old Derek Williams. Williams died July 6, 2011, after struggling to breathe while handcuffed in the back seat of a squad car. His family last year filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the officers involved. The trial is scheduled for Aug. 28. Attorneys for the city argued that it was objectively reasonable for the officers involved to disregard Williams’ pleas for help. Flint Taylor, an attorney for the family, says he’s pleased with the judge’s decision.

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