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MAN INVOLVED IN POLICE SHOOT OUT IN FOND DU LAC IS CONVICTED

A Fond du lac man involved in a shootout with police a little more than a year ago has been convicted.  At a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Fond du lac County Circuit Court Shannon Rogler entered no contest pleas to multiple counts including recklessly  endangering safety with a  dangerous weapon.  Rogler was initially charged with attempted homicide.  That charge was dismissed and read into the record.  District attorney Eric Toney says all of the counts carry a maximum prison sentence of nearly 60 years in prison.  A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and bail was revoked.  Police say Rogler set fire to a vacant house on North Hickory Street and then was involved in a standoff with Fond du Lac police at his apartment in the Elms Mobile Home park on South Main Street on December 9th 2013. He surrendered to police after about five hours.  Nobody was injured.  Rogler fired multiple shots at officers on the scene, but according to the criminal complaint Rogler said he was not trying to kill the officers.

SANITY TRIAL IN NEENAH WALMART SHOOTING CASE

A Winnebago County jury determines a woman who shot and wounded a co-worker at a Neenah Walmart may have been mentally ill at the time, but knew her actions were wrong.  Jurors deliberated about 4 hours before making a decision in the sanity trial for Justine Boyd. The 48-year-old woman pleaded no contest and was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide last week.  Boyd shot Sharon Goffard in August 2013 inside the store's liquor department. Boyd returned to her cash register and continued to work before her arrest. Goffard survived following blood transfusions and several surgeries.  Boyd's defense attorney argued that the defendant suffered from paranoid delusions and was preparing for a drug cartel to assault her.  A judge revoked Boyd's bond after the verdict was read Wednesday night.

BADGER-CARE RECIPIENTS MAY HAVE TO PAY PREMIUMS

About 150-thousand low-income adults in Wisconsin might have to start paying premiums to keep their Badger-Care -- and they might have to pay more if they smoke, or engage in other risky behaviors.  The Legislative Fiscal Bureau uncovered those proposals when it analyzed Governor Scott Walker's two-year, 68-billion dollar budget package.  It said the governor would need a federal Medicaid waiver to charge premiums for the first time to the lowest-income childless adults on Badger-Care Plus.  The proposal did not disclose the exact types of risky behavior that could trigger premium increases.  Jon Peacock of the Wisconsin Council on Children-and-Families says he wonders if a single person making less than 11-thousand-800-dollars a year could pay any premiums.  He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Obama administration would probably not approve Walker's waiver request.  Peacock said a few states like Iowa and Indiana charge premiums for their Medicaid coverage -- but if they didn't pay, the poorest people still got at least some care.  Claire Yunker of the state Health Services agency says the details for the waiver request are still being prepared -- and it would be premature to comment further.

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Governor Scott Walker said the way he handled the Madison union protesters in 2011 helped prepare him for dealing with world terrorists.  Walker, a potential G-O-P presidential hopeful, made the remark yesterday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington.  Democrats and union leaders condemned the remark, but the Walker camp said there was no way he was comparing any American citizen to the Islamic State.  During a question-and-answer session, Walker said, "I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that threats from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil.  We need a leader with that kind of confidence."  Walker continued, "If I can take on 100-thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world."  New York union representative Jim Tucciarelli said it's not terrorism for Wisconsin citizens to speak up for what they believe in.  Betsy Kippers of the state's largest teachers' union said it was "disgusting" that Walker would compare educators -- whom she called "everyday heroes" -- to international terrorists.  A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said that if Walker finds it appropriate to compare working people to brutal terrorists, he's less qualified to be president than he thought.  Walker said he only mentioned the protests to show he could handle a difficult situation. Walker campaign spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski later said her boss was really saying that when he's faced with adversity, "he chooses strength and leadership." Walker has been at-or-near the top of early state and national polls among possible G-O-P White House candidates.  A number of those hopefuls will speak at the conservative conference this weekend.

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A southwest Wisconsin man has been sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison, for taking a 14-year-old Iowa girl across state lines for sex.  A judge in Cedar Rapids ordered 30-year-old Christopher Heath-Lowther of Platteville this week to register as a sex offender, and spend 10 years under a supervised release after his prison time.  According to F-B-I testimony, the girl told authorities that she had sex with Heath-Lowther on four separate occasions in Wisconsin and her home town of Maquoketa (muh-coke'-eh-tuh) Iowa in late 2013 and early last year.  Agent Thomas Reinwart testified at a previous hearing that the girl became pregnant by the defendant, and she gave birth.

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A man in his 60's died in a house fire in suburban Milwaukee.  The blaze broke out around 2:30 yesterday afternoon in Cudahy.  Early reports indicated that the cause was accidental, but arson investigators are still looking into it.  Fire-fighters from Milwaukee and nine other communities were called, to provide extra support in the cold weather.  They had the blaze out within 20 minutes. W-I-T-I T-V said two brothers lived in the house.  One was outside shoveling snow when the fire started, and the other was found dead in a front room