person is taken into custody after a stand off and hostage situation
in Green Lake County, near the Marquette County line.
The incident happened Thursday morning at a farm on State
Highway 73, North of County Highway Y in the Town of St. Marie.
According to Green Lake County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark
Putzke, a call was first placed to Marquette County 911 around 11:05
a.m. in regards to a possible gunpoint abduction.
A few minutes later, a call was placed to Green Lake County
911 from an unknown female asking for help.
Putzke says officers from Marquette, Green Lake and Wausahra
Counties arrived at the location of the 911 call around 11:20am and
learned a male individual at the location had fired at least one
round from an assault rifle while two residents of the farm were
trying to leave. The
man did end up holding an elderly woman at the farm following the
shots. Putzke says the
Green Lake County Tactical Unit was paged, a perimeter established
and negotiations began with the suspect.
Around 1:10 p.m. the man – identified as a 54-year-old male
from Wautoma - agreed to give up his weapon and was taken into
custody without incident. The
man is currently being held in the Green Lake County Jail on a
charge of false imprisonment. Putzke
says the elderly woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment
of non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation continues.
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Some of America's foreign trade partners are refusing to buy Midwest
egg and poultry items due to the outbreaks of the avian flu. Over
seven-million chickens and turkeys have been killed since early
March -- mostly to keep the H-5-N-2 virus from spreading, after it
struck dozens of farms in Wisconsin and elsewhere. The Badger
State has had six outbreaks in Jefferson, Barron, Chippewa, and
Juneau counties. Yesterday, the bird flu was confirmed for the
second time in Barron County, in a flock of 90-thousand turkeys.
A few countries like China, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand
have cut off all imports of poultry products from the U-S.
Thirty-three other nations -- including Mexico and Canada -- have
declined to bring in poultry from entire states. Others like
Hong Kong have limited their bans only to counties where the bird
flu virus has been confirmed. Jim Sumner, who heads the U-S
Poultry-and-Egg Association, said he'd like to see nations with
statewide import restrictions go down to the county level. He
said 110 countries still have no restrictions in their trade with
the U-S. The bird flu is expected to subside once it warms up.
Within a month after that, Sumner said it's likely that some
of the import bans may be relaxed. U-S poultry exports have grown in
recent years. Last year, 39-million-dozen processed eggs were
sold to other countries -- up from 15-million in 2012.
Two Republican state lawmakers want to end a long-running perk for
themselves. Senate veteran Rob Cowles (coles) of Green Bay and
freshman Representative David Steffen of Howard propose to stop
letting lawmakers accumulate unused sick leave, and cash it in for
free health insurance after they leave the Legislature. Current
lawmakers would not lose anything, since credits already accumulated
would still be honored. Cowles and Steffen are asking their
colleagues to co-sign the measure. Cowles tried but failed
eight years ago to end the perk. The 132 current senators and
representatives have built up almost two-and-a-half million dollars
in unused sick leave benefits -- which averages over 18-thousand
dollars per member. Last year, former legislators got a total
of 367-thousand dollars worth of free health care premiums from
their unused sick leave.
Milwaukee is about to lose one of its best-known for-profit
colleges. DeVry University said yesterday it would close
campuses in eleven cities throughout the U-S, including Wisconsin's
only campus in downtown Milwaukee. The shutdown is scheduled
for December 31st. Almost 250 graduate and under-graduate
students will be given options to complete their course work in
DeVry's online classes -- which will continue. They could also
transfer to other DeVry schools out-of-state, or transfer to a local
college or university with similar programs. David Dies, who
heads the state's Educational Approval Board, said he would try to
make DeVry give refunds to its newest students if they're not
interested in the other options. Milwaukee has had a DeVry
campus since 1983. Many for-profit schools have had enrollment
declines and tighter admission standards, due to a government
crackdown on high student debt levels. Just over 110 of the
247 DeVry Milwaukee students are in the Keller Graduate School of
Management. About half the Milwaukee students take their
classes online. Eighty-percent have a mix of online and
Folks in Lake Mills are being urged to boil their tap water until
further notice. Officials said the community had a recent drop in
water pressure, thus making it easier for contaminants to enter the
system. The water pressure has since been restored. But
W-I-S-C T-V in Madison says people should still boil their drinking
and cooking water as a precaution, until samples can be taken that
would confirm the safety of the water system. The Lake Mills
water utility plans to flush the distribution network, and increase
dosages of chlorination.