Free Communities of Fond du lac County is teaming up with local
law enforcement to get the message out about the dangers of
binge drinking and driving during the Super Bowl this
weekend. Clinical supervisor of Addiction Services at
Agneisan HealthCare, Amy Johannes says the message is to Drive
Sober on Super Bowl Sunday. Johannes says binge drinking is
defined as about five drinks for men and four drinks for women
over a two hour period. This Sunday, Drug Free Communities
of Fond du Lac County is encouraging people enjoy the game
without drinking or limit your alcohol intake to a couple of
drinks during the game and stop drinking during the third
quarter, have a designated driver, and never let a friend who has
had too much to drink drive.
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Menominee Indian leaders and Kenosha area lawmakers say they'll keep pressing Governor Scott Walker to change his mind about rejecting the tribe's Kenosha casino. At a news conference in Madison yesterday, Menominee vice-chair Crystal Chapman-Chevalier said there's still time, in her words, "to right this wrong for all of Wisconsin." The Republican Walker said last Friday he would not approve the proposed Hard Rock gaming resort in Kenosha. He said it could force taxpayers to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to the competing Potawatomi tribe for contractual obligations, if that tribe loses revenue at its nearby Milwaukee casino. Walker had until February 19th to give his decision to the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs. The governor has said the Bureau would not let him change his mind -- although casino supporters believe he can do so before February 19th. Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha refutes Walker's claim that the project could hurt taxpayers. He said the Menominee tribe posted a 250-million dollar bond to cover any potential losses to the state. Walker, a potential 2016 candidate for president, announced his decision a day before speaking to conservatives in Iowa who reportedly urged him to reject the project. Chapman-Cavalier would not say if she thought politics drove the governor's decision, saying, "Look at the facts and judge for yourself." She also said the Menominee tribe was considering legal options if the casino rejection is finalized.
A Dubuque Iowa man will spend 50 years in prison for hijacking a taxi in Platteville and killing its driver near La Crosse. Twenty-six year old Timmy Johnson Junior was sentenced yesterday in Grant County on reduced charges of reckless homicide, kidnapping, and armed robbery. He had pleaded no contest in the death of 79-year-old Merle Forbes Junior last June, just hours after Johnson completed jail time for another crime. Prosecutors said he was high on P-C-P when he called a cab to go to a secluded spot where he planned to kill himself. However, Johnson assumed Forbes would hurt him -- so he stabbed the cab driver with a stolen knife, put him in the trunk, and drove north to La Crosse. That's where police started chasing him at speeds up to 115-miles-an-hour before the cab rear-ended another vehicle and flipped over. Three people in the other vehicle had minor injuries. Johnson's lawyer blamed it all on his client's under-treatment for mental illness. Prosecutors said he clearly had a pattern of dangerous behavior, with 30 prior convictions.
A Milwaukee teen who said he accidentally shot his brother is now facing a negligent homicide charge. Eighteen-year-old Dennis Jackson appeared in court yesterday, where a judge set bond at five-thousand dollars and ordered electric monitoring upon release. Jackson is due back in Milwaukee County Circuit Court a week from today for a preliminary hearing. He's charged in the shooting death of his 23-year-old brother, Leroy Smith, at a Milwaukee home on Monday. Witnesses quoted Jackson as saying it was an accident. Police said he initially denied handling the weapon until he was confronted by the witnesses' statements. Jackson then told officers he was trying to clear a jam from his handgun when it accidentally went off.