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10 November 2017 News


An Appleton man is in custody after he provided the heroin that led to the overdose death of a woman in Berlin over a year ago. On July 11th, 2016 the Berlin Police Department responded to a home in the 100 block of Swetting Street for a report of a female that was deceased. Investigators at the scene found drug related paraphernalia and the death was ruled a drug overdose. Through investigation, the Berlin Police Department was able to identify one male subject involved in delivering the heroin to the Berlin female. He is identified as 33-year-old Samuel Moreno-Baza. A charge of 1st degree Reckless Homicide has been referred to the Green Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Moreno-Baza currently remains in custody.

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A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s captain says a tree stand accident in Fond du Lac County is a reminder for deer hunters to make sure their deer hunting equipment is working properly. A hunter was seriously injured after falling 19 feet when two cables on his stand snapped. Sheriff’s captain Ryan Waldschmidt is an avid deer hunter and says its important to wear a safety harness just in case you lose your balance or your tree stand fails.

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A group of northern Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would end the state’s efforts to manage wolves unless the federal government removes them from the endangered species list. The Republican lawmakers say in a memo seeking co-sponsors that wolves are wiping out deer, livestock and pets. Great Lakes wolves are on the federal endangered species list, which means no one can hunt them. Under the bill, Wisconsin police and wardens would be prohibited from enforcing any federal or state law relating to wolf management or prohibiting killing a Wisconsin wolf. The Department of Natural Resources would be blocked from spending any money on wolf management other than to reimburse people for livestock losses. The bill would no longer apply if wolves are removed from the endangered species list.

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Wisconsin’s economic development board approves the key provisions of a contract implementing a massive incentive package for a Foxconn Technology Group plant. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in September that provides nearly $3 billion in cash to Foxconn if it invests $10 billion in a new flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant and employs 13,000 people. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board voted 8-2 Wednesday to approve the key terms in a contract executing the package. The 15-year deal ties state tax credits to Foxconn’s annual job creation numbers and calls for Foxconn to pay back the credits if it fails to meet those benchmarks. The deal also calls for Foxconn CEO Terry Gou to personally guarantee 25 percent of the payback amount. Walker and Foxconn officials are expected to sign the contract as early as Friday.

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The legal drinking age would be only 19 in Wisconsin under a bill circulated by the former president of the Tavern League and two other Republican lawmakers. The proposal unveiled Wednesday calls for lowering the drinking age from the current minimum of 21 only if Wisconsin would not lose its federal highway funds. A federal law passed in 1984 penalized states with a reduction in federal highway money if they didn’t have a minimum drinking age of 21. The bill sponsors say that at age 19 “there are very few things that you cannot do,” but drinking is one of them. They say lowering the drinking age would negate the need to spend “countless hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars” enforcing drinking laws, especially on college campuses.

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