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4 October 2017 News


The owner of a home in Waushara County, found deceased following a fire in September, is identified. The Wisconsin Crime Lab helped identify the victim as 62-year-old Sean Kerry Bruechert. The Waushara County 911 center received the house fire call at N1917 N. County Road A in the Town of Bloomfield on September 19th. The home was a total loss and authorities later found a body in the wreckage. The cause of the fire and death are still under investigation, however foul play is not suspected.

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A Fond du Lac woman is killed and a Fond du Lac man injured after a motorcycle crash in Calumet County. The crash happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 55 in Stockbridge. Officials say a car was stopped on the highway, waiting to turn, when a motorcycle slammed into the back of the car. The victim was identified as Sandra Birschbach, 53, of Fond du Lac. She was a passenger on the motorcycle. The motorcycle operator, a 59-year-old Fond du Lac man, was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. The car driver was not hurt.

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A Wisconsin man convicted in the killing of a woman that was the focus of the hit Netflix series “Making a Murderer” is denied a request for a new trial. Steven Avery’s request was rejected Tuesday by a Wisconsin circuit judge. Avery had argued that his conviction in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach was based on planted evidence and false testimony. But Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said in a ruling Tuesday that Avery failed to establish grounds to warrant a new trial. Avery was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in Halbach’s death. The conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was overturned last year. A federal appeals court heard arguments in that case last week. He remains in custody.

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The exact location of a potentially massive Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin is about to be unveiled. Racine County leaders and representatives of Foxconn said Tuesday the site location will be unveiled at an event this morning in Sturtevant. The Wisconsin Legislature approved a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn, but the state’s economic development agency is still working on the final contract. Foxconn has narrowed its search for the display screen factory to Racine County, in between Milwaukee and Chicago. Foxconn says the company may invest $10 billion in the state on the factory campus that could employ up to 13,000 people. Critics have questioned whether Foxconn will invest that much in Wisconsin.

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Republicans are proposing eliminating any state air pollution rule that goes beyond federal regulations. Reps. Jesse Kremer and Cody Horlacher and Sen. Duey Stroebel have introduced a bill that would eliminate any state air pollution rules that go beyond federal regulations. They said in a memo seeking co-sponsors that the state regulates nearly 300 more air pollutants than the federal government and less than a third of those pollutants are actually emitted. They say the state regulations are overly burdensome on businesses. The Department of Natural Resources would still be allowed to promulgate rules going beyond federal regulations in the future but those rules would be in effect for 10 years. Messages left with environmental groups Midwest Environmental Advocates and Clean Wisconsin weren’t immediately returned.

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