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RIPON MAN FOUND NOT MENTALLY ILL IN ACCIDENT

A Fond du Lac jury determines a Ripon man was not suffering from a mental illness when he drove his jeep into his home and a neighbor’s house.  The jury returned the verdict against 37-year-old Nathan Disterhaft even though two psychologists and a psychiatrist testified that Disterhaft did have a mental illness.   A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 12th following a conviction of recklessly endangering safety.   According to a criminal complaint, Disterhaft and his wife were smoking marijuana at their Ripon home when Disterhaft began acting strangely and stated he had a plan.  According to the complaint Disterhaft backed his Jeep into the porch of their home narrowly missing his wife and then accelerated into a neighbor’s home.  Nobody was hurt.

HEFTY BAIL SET IN ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE IN FOND DU LAC

A hefty cash bail has been set for a Fond du Lac man charged with attempted homicide.  Twenty two year old James Tucker Jr. made his initial Fond du Lac Court appearance Wednesday on charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless injury and aggravated battery, all by use of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Robert Wirtz set bail at $500,000 cash.  Tucker was arrested last week in connection with a shooting incident in September near the Hometown Harbor Apartments on North Seymour and Arndt Streets.  A Milwaukee man suffered a gunshot wound in the incident. According to a criminal complaint the shooting followed a confrontation between two groups of people.  According to the complaint the victim, Marquis Mallett, was shot as he was running from the scene.

SIXTH DISTRICT HOUSE CANDIDATES TALK ABOUT ISSUES DURING DEBATE

The two candidates for Wisconsin's only open U-S House seat highlighted a laundry list of disagreements during a debate in Oshkosh.  State Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris sparred over taxes and entitlement programs among other things.  The two are hoping to replace Fond du Lac Republican Tom Petri, who's stepping down after 36 years in Washington.  Grothman says benefit programs like Medicaid and food stamps are "killing America," and as he put it -- "It is destroying our work ethic and destroying our families."  Harris, a Democrat, says Grothman was exaggerating what the poor receive.  He accused Grothman of wanting to cut income taxes for high-income people while reducing benefits for low-income folks.  On global warming, Grothman says cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants would harm Wisconsin’s economy.  He says the U-S has not seen global warming for 15 years, and said emission limits would address a problem that might not exist.  Harris says it might be up for debate whether global warming is man-made -- but he said the effects are hard to deny.  The comments were made during the debate Thursday morning.

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With 11 days until Election Day, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke is using some national fire-power to try and round up votes in Milwaukee. Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Burke in the city today -- and President Barack Obama is due into Milwaukee on Tuesday.  Apparently, Burke is trying to overcome a significant shortfall in Milwaukee's voter turnout in the last regular gubernatorial election in 2010.  The Journal Sentinel said only 47-percent of Milwaukee voters turned out four years ago, when Democrat Tom Barrett carried the city by 90-thousand votes.  Meanwhile, three suburban counties had a larger combined turnout of 63-percent as they helped elect Republican Scott Walker.  Most places get lower turnouts in the governors' elections than in the presidential contests -- but in Milwaukee, the difference is especially pronounced.  The Journal Sentinel said Democrats got 80-thousand more votes in the city in the 2012 presidential contest than in the 2010 governor's race.  That's the equivalent of four-percentage points for a normal mid-term statewide contest.  Still, Democrats remain optimistic amid growing numbers of voters.  Polls still show the Burke-Walker contest as a dead heat.

-10/24-

State revenue officials have told Milwaukee County courts to stop paying crime victims with a program that intercepts tax refunds from those who owe money to the state.  Milwaukee County Clerk of Courts John Barrett used the program to pay victims 172-thousand dollars in court-ordered restitution last year.  His office took state tax refunds from convicts who failed to pay victims back themselves.  The previous year, the state's largest county only recovered seven-thousand dollars from those behind on their restitution.  Barrett said the state Constitution guarantees restitution to crime victims -- but the state says the tax refund intercept program is only meant for those who owe money to government agencies, and not to crime victims directly.  Barrett said the state learned what he was doing when the county received a state payment in error -- and he couldn't give it back because it was already handed out to crime victims.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says at least one other Wisconsin county does the same thing.  Outagamie County in Appleton has been certifying restitution debts for state tax refund interceptions since 2006.

-10/24-

Whooping cough has become a health concern in La Crosse County.  Forty-three pertussis cases have been confirmed in La Crosse County this year.  That's almost double the 23 cases reported for all of last year.  County health nurse Christine Gillespie says a dozen cases have occurred in one school district, which she does not identify.  Patients have ranged in age from five-months to 29 years in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, and West Salem.  Whooping cough can be fatal if not treated.  Initial symptoms include mild coughing, a runny nose, and a small fever.  A year ago, parts of central Wisconsin saw increases in whooping cough.  Officials there blamed it in part on school youngsters not keeping up with their immunizations.