30 November 2017 News
An impressive site near Waupun when a gas line caught fire near Ballweg Implement with flames shooting 50 feet into the air. State representative Joan Ballweg says she could see the flames from her store. Waupun fire chief B.J. DeMaa says Alliant Energy was doing repair work to the line Wednesday morning when it appears a valve didn’t close properly. Highway 68 and Ver Hage Road were closed for approximately 2 hours while the gas supply was shut off and pressure drained from the line. Two properties were evacuated as a precaution and 10-15 customers were without gas service as of 10:30am. All roads were opened and firefighters cleared the scene around 10:45am and there were no injuries to report.
The Department of Natural Resources is investigating an accidental pheasant hunting shooting incident this month that sent the wife of the former Fond du lac County District Attorney to the hospital with minor injuries. State DNR Hunter Education administrator, John King, says Denise Kaminsky was hit in the face, wrist, hand and lower leg. She was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and released. She is the wife of former DA Dan Kaminsky. King says the shooter, Fond du Lac attorney Kirk Everson, did not see Kaminsky when she ran into a field chasing after her pet dog. She was not a member of the hunting party. The incident happened November 12th on private property in the town of Empire. King says the DNR is investigating and will forward a report to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
Racine County is the latest government entity to approve funding for Foxconn and its plan to build a manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin. The county board voted unanimously Tuesday night to provide up to $764 million for the Taiwanese company’s project in Mount Pleasant. Foxconn says the $10 billion flat screen manufacturing complex could eventually employ 13,000 people. Mount Pleasant approved the local funding on Monday. The county and village contract with Foxconn includes property tax payment guarantees. The local funding is in addition to up to $3 billion in state incentives already approved by legislators and Gov. Scott Walker.
A Wisconsin man convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in a case featured on the Netflix series “Making A Murderer” has once again been denied a new trial. Steven Avery’s request was rejected Tuesday by Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz. Avery had asked the judge to reconsider her Oct. 3 decision rejecting his request for a new trial. Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 slaying of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery insists police framed him. Avery’s attorney says she had new testimony and evidence to present that warranted a new trial. But the judge said Tuesday that she finds no basis to reverse her earlier decision. Avery is also seeking an appeal of the ruling with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.