enforcement from throughout the nation attended yesterday's
funeral service in Kiel for State Patrol officer Trevor
Casper. The 21-year-old was on his first day of solo
patrol last Tuesday, when he and alleged bank robber Steven
Snyder died in a shootout in Fond du Lac. Over
a-thousand people attended the service at Kiel High School,
where Casper graduated in 2011. State Patrol Captain
Anthony Burrell called the state's youngest trooper a hero
with a "servant's heart" who was eager to get out on
the road. Burrell says everyone in the patrol's
Northeast Region would miss Casper's smile, laughter, and
friendship. Governor Scott Walker thanked Casper's
family for sharing their son with everyone. A visitation
was held earlier in the day at the school, in which honor
guards from various law enforcement agencies took turns every
ten minutes as two long lines of mourners walked past. Officers
from numerous states wore black ribbons on their badges.
Deputy commissioner Ramona Prieto of the California Highway
Patrol says an officer's death-on-duty affects all law
enforcement -- so it's important that they come together to
mourn. Many from Casper's home town also paid their
respects. Flags were at half-staff throughout the
community, and a number of Kiel businesses put up signs of
support and sympathy. Casper will be buried in a private
service today. Walker has ordered flags at the state
facilities to remain at half-staff through tomorrow.
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Only a few electric customers in Wisconsin are still in the dark, after high winds knocked out power to several thousand people yesterday. We Energies said about 28-hundred customers in West Allis lost power when a large tree limb fell on electric lines. Later, another 29-hundred in West Allis lost their electricity when wire-arcs burned out an entire power line. Most of those customers had their service back before evening set in. The National Weather Service said the Milwaukee region had gusts of 40-miles-an-hour yesterday, with sustained winds of 20-to-30. Monroe had gusts of 52-miles-an-hour, with sustained winds in the 30-range. Parts of central Wisconsin had freezing rain yesterday morning which may have caused a traffic death. A 74-year-old driver was killed south of Dorchester in Clark County. Officials said the driver spun out of control on Highway 13, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. That driver was ejected, and died at the scene. A young passenger in the same unit was injured, along with a driver and passenger in the other unit. They were taken to area hospitals for treatment. A trough of low pressure was blamed for all of yesterday's icy-and-windy weather. It has all moved to the east, and a dry day is predicted today throughout Wisconsin except for some rain in the far north. Warmer temperatures are also forecast, with highs in the 50's in most places.
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A house in Waukesha was deemed uninhabitable yesterday, after 330 chinchillas were found living in cages. Police were asked to check on the family's well-being -- and once they entered, officers were overcome by the smell of ammonia and animal urine. A fire battalion chief told reporters that adults were breeding and selling the chinchillas, and the high ammonia levels made the home unlivable. Waukesha's Humane Animal Welfare Society removed the chinchillas, plus two cats. Officials said almost two dozen of the chinchillas were dead. Some of those were inside the house, while others were found in the home's garage. Police continue to investigate.
Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies nabbed a 17-year-old boy in a stolen car as part of a weekend campaign to catch drunk drivers. Officials said the teen stole the keys from the jacket of an employee at a restaurant in Brookfield where he used to work. The stolen vehicle later rolled over on Interstate-43 on Milwaukee's north side. Three teenage passengers, ages 14-and-15, were treated at Children's Hospital for injuries suffered in the Friday night crash. The sheriff's office said the driver was booked on possible charges of vehicle theft, causing injuries by reckless driving, and first-time O-W-I. The other three teens face possible charges of being passengers in a stolen vehicle. The 17-year-old was the youngest of those cited in the Milwaukee County drunk driving crackdown. The oldest of the eight drivers was 47. Their average blood alcohol content was point-16 -- twice the state's minimum of point-zero-eight. Two of the motorists were repeat offenders.