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3 November 2017 News


A former secretary at a Waupun school is convicted of stealing money from two school accounts. Kathleen Schwark pleaded no contest to an amended misdemeanor charge of theft in a business setting. Waupun Police Chief Scott Louden says Schwark stole the money from the schools’ sunshine and soda accounts while working as a secretary at Meadowview Primary School. Louden says Schwark admitted to investigators that she took the money from a school account that had been set up at a local financial institution. A restitution and sentencing hearing will be scheduled.

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A judge dismisses a lawsuit that a woman filed after police killed her husband during a standoff at a Wisconsin motorcycle shop. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach says the actions of Neenah police officers Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross were reasonable. The officers shot 60-year-old Michael Funk in December 2015 at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah. Funk was a hostage and had drawn his handgun as he tried to escape. Police believed Funk was the hostage taker. Attorney Gregg Gunta, who defended the city of Neenah and the officers, says he’s pleased the suit was dropped but that the “whole thing was sad.” A lawyer for Funk’s widow says he will appeal. The criminal case against the man accused in the standoff, Brian Flatoff, is pending.

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice anticipates clearing the backlog of hundreds of untested sexual assault evidence test kits by the end of 2018. Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday another $2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance will help ensure that backlog of untested kits is finally eliminated. The evidence has accumulated at law enforcement agencies and hospitals over the previous decades. The DOJ says work is complete on 436 of the 4,069 inventoried kits that were designated for testing. Another 1,626 kits are currently being processed or waiting to be tested at the outside lab used by the DOJ. Of the $2 million in funding, about $264,000 will actually be used to test backlogged kits. The grant money will also be used for training those who deal with assault victims, among other things.

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The largest shopping mall in the country is again pushing back on early Black Friday sales by closing on Thanksgiving — but this time, it plans to take it a step further. The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is offering holiday pay on the Friday after Thanksgiving for the 1,200 people it directly employs. Mall of America was among the retailers that took a stand against encroaching on Thanksgiving last year, as other shopping centers and big box stores opened on the holiday to capture early sales. But owners of other malls are taking similar steps. CBL Properties will close its 75 shopping centers around the country on Thanksgiving, though stores, theaters and restaurants with exterior mall entrances will be given the option to open.

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