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9 November 2017 News


Wisconsin State Patrol troopers and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a man at gunpoint after the man told troopers they did not have the constitutional authority to make traffic stops. State Patrol Lieutenant Dan Gruebele says the man approached troopers along Interstate 41 in Washington, Brown, and Outagamie counties over the weekend, telling the officers he didn’t believe they had any authority to stop cars or enforce traffic laws in Wisconsin. Lieutenant Gruebele says it turns out the man was on probation and was arrested at gunpoint on Interstate 41 near Highway 23 in Fond du Lac. Gruebele says the man’s actions placed the safety of the officers and other motorists in jeopardy. He says the man is apparently affiliated with the sovereign citizen movement that believes the United States government is illegitimate.

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Three lucky players matched all five numbers in the ”Badger 5” drawing Monday night, and one of the tickets was purchased in Green Lake County. The individuals bought their tickets at the Kwik Trip on South Fulton Street in Princeton, The Store on French Street in Peshtigo, and the Mobil station on Milton Avenue in Janesville. The three will split a jackpot of $71,000. Badger 5 is a daily lotto game available only in Wisconsin.

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Two teenagers are taken into custody following a recent drug bust in Fond du Lac County. The Sheriff’s Office says on Friday, Deputy Justin Weisbecker and his K9 partner Koda conducted a traffic stop on Seven Hills Road near CTH H in the town of Empire. During the stop, the deputy located four one gallon Ziploc bags full of marijuana, totaling just over two pounds in weight. The two occupants of the vehicle, 17-year-old Dakota Mueller and 18-year-old Spencer Owens, both of Fond du Lac, were arrested and transported to the Fond du Lac County Jail. Owens and Mueller were charged Tuesday in circuit court with Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana, and have since been released on bond.

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Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a Republican bill lifting Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining — a ban he himself helped put in place as a legislator. Lawmakers passed statutes in 1998 that require sulfide mining applicants to show a similar mine has operated in North America for 10 years without polluting and a similar mine has been closed for 10 years without polluting. State environmental officials have never made a final determination that any applicants ever met those standards. Walker voted for the ban as a member of the Assembly. The Assembly passed a bill last week that lifts the ban. The Senate followed suit on Tuesday evening, sending the bill to Walker’s desk. Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, says the governor supports the bill and intends to sign it. Evenson says if any state in the country can conduct safe and environmentally sound mining it should be Wisconsin.

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Election recounts would be more limited in Wisconsin under a bill that has cleared the Legislature. The measure comes in response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s 2016 recount request even though she finished fourth in Wisconsin. Under the Republican bill, only candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections could seek a recount. Democrat Hillary Clinton lost to Republican Donald Trump by less than that margin in Wisconsin, but Stein — not Clinton — requested the recount. Democrats have argued that if a candidate wants to pay for a recount, there’s no reason to stop them. The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who supports the measure.

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