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3 October 2017 News


Authorities have released the names and causes of death of two individuals found deceased at a private residence in Fond du Lac County. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Waldschmidt says 62-year-old Mark Whitmore and 27-year-old Julia Whitmore were found Friday morning in a Town of Empire home by a home health nurse. Their relationship is father and daughter. Following an autopsy, it was determined Julia had been strangled and Mark died from a self-inflicted knife wound. Waldschmidt says Julia was wheelchair bound and had a disability that required constant care. Mark was her primary caregiver. Waldschmidt says at this time, no solid motive for the murder has been determined. The investigation continues.

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Two people are injured following a one vehicle rollover accident in Winnebago
County. The Accident happened Sunday morning just before 9:00 a.m. on County Road A in the Town of Vinland. When authorities arrived, they found two individuals trapped inside an over-turned vehicle. A 67-year-old male and 66-year-old female were extricated from the vehicle and transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Investigation shows a mechanical issue caused the accident.

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Provisions tucked into a Republican bill relaxing Wisconsin’s concealed carry would allow felons and domestic abuse suspects to possess antique firearms. Right now, felons in Wisconsin can’t own firearms for the rest of their lives. People under restraining orders often have to surrender their weapons as well. Sen. David Craig’s bill would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. It also would allow felons and those under restraining orders to possess firearms manufactured before 1899. That would mean felons and domestic abusers could own lever-action rifles, revolvers, muzzleloaders and early forms of semi-automatic pistols. Some people with felony convictions have argued they should be allowed to own guns so they can hunt. But Chase Tarrier, public policy coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, calls the provisions dangerous.

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Republicans are pushing a new bill that would allow developers to build on state wetlands without a permit. The GOP has long bristled at Department of Natural Resources permit requirements for filling state wetlands. A $3 billion incentives package Gov. Scott Walker signed to lure a Foxconn Technology Company plant to southeastern Wisconsin exempts the company from wetland permit requirements. Sen. Roger Roth and Rep. Jim Steineke’s bill would take that concept a step further by completely eliminating the permit system for state wetlands. Developers would still have to follow a state law that requires creating 1.2 acres of wetlands for every acre filled, however. Steineke and Roth say the bill would cut red tape for developers. Officials with the Wisconsin Wetlands Association had no immediate comment on the bill.

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