BOMB THREAT SUSPECT GETS MORE CHARGES
Waupun bomb threat suspect was back in court this week facing
additional charges. Aaron Schreiber was charged in Dodge
County Circuit Court with identity theft and bail jumping. He
is accused of using a stolen debit card at a Juneau Kwik Trip store.
Schreiber appeared in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court this week
with five counts of a child sex offender working with children.
According to a criminal complaint Schreiber violated his
status as a sex offender by officiating five middle school
basketball games in Waupun. Schreiber
was earlier charged in Dodge County with 15 counts of making bomb
scares, 16 counts of bail jumping and 10 counts of a child sex
offender working with children. He is accused of phoning in
bomb threats to a library and hospital in Waupun and businesses in
Beaver Dam, Fox Lake and Ripon.
OLSEN BELIEVES COMMON CORE BILL WON'T PASS
chair of the state Senate's education committee has doubts a bill
overhauling Wisconsin's Common Core standards can pass this session.
Lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a bill Thursday that
would create a state panel with the power to write new math and
reading standards for Wisconsin's public schools. The bill faces a
tough path though. Republican state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon)
expects its several votes short of the support it needs to pass in
Olsen, who chairs the committee considering the bill,
does not support it in its current form...and he has no plans to
hold a vote until it can pass the Senate. That's prompting criticism
from state Senator Leah Vukmir, a sponsor of the proposal. Senate
Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald has also expressed doubts about
the bill's chances of passing before the session wraps up this
CO. CLERK OPPOSES BILL TO ALLOW ELECTION OBSERVERS CLOSER
Fond du Lac County Clerk is on record in opposition to a bill that
would allow election observers closer to poll workers on election
day. Currently observers are placed 6-12 feet from the
registration and check in tables where poll workers interact
with voters. A legislative committee held a public hearing
Thursday on a bill that would allow observers to stand not less
than three feet nor more than eight feet from the table.
Fond du Lac County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says she’s concerned
voters’ privacy would be compromised. Freiberg says the
bill would also put pressure on poll workers trying to do their
job and make polling places more contentious.
RUNNING WATER IN RIPON
are dropping once again in Wisconsin, and that means to continue
running water to prevent pipes from freezing.
Ripon Utilities Manager Chris Liveris says with this being
the coldest winter in years, it’s causing some issues with frost,
which is leading to an increased risk for freezing pipes.
says they are obligated to thaw out pipes the first time for a
customer if they freeze, but any additional thaws will be billed out
to the customer. Liveris
says this is because the cost and time needed to thaw the pipe is
rather large due to the amount of work done in the whole process.
He says in some instances they have had to dig out in the front yard
of people's homes as well as the street to get to the valve - so
their cost then includes excavators, his staff, and restoring the
streets and sidewalks in the spring.
With some rumors circulation that any slight warm up
means no more need to run water, Liveris
says the temps are not nearly warm enough to create any major thaw,
and in turn may even push the frost deeper into the ground.
So Liveris says they are urging residents to continue
running water until another
statement is issued that it is safe to stop running water.
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Another effort is reportedly underway to end the 30-year-old
practice of letting Wisconsin voters register at the polls on
Election Day. Wis-Politics-Dot-Com says Senate
Republican Glenn Grothman is asking his colleagues to sponsor
a bill that could speed through the Legislature in the final
weeks of its two-year session. In a memo, the West Bend
lawmaker said his constituents raised concerns about long
lines at the polls due to same-day registration -- as well as
the integrity of the voting process itself. Republicans
have tried several times to end Election Day registration.
They scrapped the idea in 2012 due to the costs of
making such a change.
It would be harder for Wisconsinites to vote early, under a
bill endorsed yesterday by the Senate Elections Committee.
On a 3-to-2 party line vote, majority Republicans
recommended no absentee voting on nights and weekends. Hours
would be restricted to between 8 a-m and 7 p-m during the two
weeks before an election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
called the bill an attempt by Republicans to limit voting in
bigger cities with the most Democrats. G-O-P committee
chair Mary Lazich (lah-zick) said the bill is meant to create
uniform standards statewide. She noted that smaller
places don't have the resources to hold night-and-weekend
voting. Lazich also said her party worked with Democrats
on the latest proposals. Also, the committee modified a
bill to let incumbent state officials receive campaign checks
from lobbyists any time during election years. They
endorsed a ban on those checks from January through April 15th
-- earlier than the previous ban which extended to June first.
The panel did not act on a bill in which special
interests would not have to say where they get the money to
run "issue ads." Lazich said the bill did not
have enough votes to pass in the Senate.
A Wisconsin Rapids woman will not be institutionalized for
threatening to kill a federal administrative law judge. Norma
Prince was put on three years' probation yesterday. Federal
Judge Lynn Adelman (ay'-dle-man) said the 51-year-old Prince
can control her mental health issues with medication and
proper supervision. The threat was made in January of
last year, during a hearing in Wausau on Prince's Social
Security disability benefits. Authorities said Prince
got upset and threatened to shoot Judge Thomas Sanzi, who
presided over the hearing by telephone. She also
threatened to cut off the judge's head before the hearing was
abruptly adjourned. Prince's husband told a federal
agent that his wife bought a pair of 22-caliber rifles about a
month before her hearing.
Scott Walker says he'll focus on the propane fuel shortage in
his new role as chairman of the Midwestern Governors
Association. Fuel prices shot up in January as cold
weather increased the demand. Supplies were already
smaller, after farmers used more propane than usual to dry
their crops last fall. The price hikes left a number of
rural Wisconsin residents in the cold due to broken fuel
contracts. The Republican Walker said it exposed a
number of problems throughout the Midwest that he wants to
start addressing immediately. Walker responded to the
Wisconsin shortage by making more fuel aid available to
low-income residents, and easing rules to make it easier for
drivers to ship propane. The Midwest governors' group
had earlier asked President Obama for federal help. Walker
becomes the fourth Wisconsin governor to lead the Midwest
association. Jim Doyle led the nine-member group seven