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MAN CHARGED IN MOTORCYCLE SHOP SHOOTING BOUND OVER FOR TRIAL

A Wisconsin man accused of starting a hostage standoff at a motorcycle shop is bound over for trial.  Forty-six-year-old Brian Flatoff of Stevens Point waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.  A Winnebago County judge ordered Flatoff to stand trial.  Flatoff faces murder and attempted first-degree homicide charges in the December 5th standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah. One man died and a police officer was injured after a bullet bounced off his helmet.  Flatoff also faces charges for a disturbance at a woman's home that preceded the standoff. His arraignment is set for March 17th.  Michael Funk was fatally shot as he left the motorcycle shop. Police say Funk was armed and didn't obey police commands to drop his weapon. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating.

DNR WANTS GOBY SIGHTINGS IN LAKE WINNEBAGO SYSTEM REPORTED

An invasive species poses a threat to Lake Winnebago.  Tim Campbell of the UW Sea Grant Institute says round gobies could harm the fishery in Lake Winnebago, the Fox River and Wolf River systems should the invasive fish move farther into the lake. The invasive fish was found last fall in Little Lake Butte des Morts. Gobies have been present in the Great Lakes system since the 1990s, but this is their first appearance on inland waters. Campbell says anglers need to report any goby sightings to the DNR, so the agency can better track the fish. 

AREA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTES TO GET UPGRADES

The Legislature's budget committee approves state health officials' request to spend more on Wisconsin's mental health institutes.  The Department of Health Services wants to spend an additional $15.8 million beyond the state budget on upgrades at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute near Oshkosh, the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, and three centers for the mentally disabled in Madison, Union Grove and Chippewa Falls.  The agency wants to make information technology improvements at the facilities, increase space for criminally committed patients at Mendota, install a new patient monitoring system at Mendota, begin work on a new unit for women at Winnebago and boost efforts to restore criminal defendants' competency in the Milwaukee County Jail.  The Joint Finance Committee approved the request unanimously Wednesday.

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WISCONSIN BUDGET-UW EXTENSION

MILWAUKEE (AP) The University of Wisconsin System-Extension plans to eliminate about 80 positions as part of a reorganization plan drafted to absorb a budget hit.

Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Wednesday that the job reductions will come from a branch that works with people at a local level on agricultural, parenting and economic development issues through offices in each of the state's 72 counties.

Sandeen says no county offices will close, but the job eliminations in the 700-person Cooperative Extension division will be clear in about a year. She says about 40 of the positions on the chopping block already are vacant.

The move follows cuts from the two-year state budget Governor Scott Walker signed in July, trimming $250 million from the UW System. Extension's share of that cut is about $7 million.

 

SENATE-WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE (AP) U.S. Senate hopeful from Wisconsin Russ Feingold is trying to stay neutral in the ongoing Democratic nomination fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Feingold is trying to win his way back to the Senate, where he served 18 years, before being ousted in 2010 by Republican Ron Johnson. It is one of the most closely watched Senate races this year, and a seat Democrats are hopeful they can win as they try to reclaim the majority.

Johnson also has not endorsed anyone in the muddled Republican presidential race before Wisconsin's April 5th primary.

Feingold did not endorse in either the 2004 or 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.

And there's little incentive for Feingold to endorse this year as polls show he is will liked by both Clinton and Sanders supporters.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Some Republican lawmakers want to create a law enforcement oversight committee with the power to review new surveillance technologies, use of military weapons and John Doe investigations.

The legislative committee would have subpoena power and access to closed John Doe proceedings.

Bill author Representative David Craig, a Republican from Big Bend, said in a public hearing Wednesday that police are dealing with a rapid progression of surveillance technologies, such as drones, that have the potential to invade privacy. He says it's the state's role to ensure good conduct by state agents..

Law enforcement officers and some Assembly committee members spoke against the bill, saying it would create more red tape for agencies. The public hearing clears the way for a committee vote.

 

SULFUR REGULATIONS

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Legislature's budget committee has approved a bill that would relax Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations.

The Republican bill would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans for complying with sulfur dioxide emission requirements to the state. It also would eliminate a requirement that if the Department of Natural Resources believes emissions will exceed 325,000 tons annually the agency must recommend to lawmakers whether the state should adopt an enforceable limit. DNR officials say Wisconsin's limitations have been largely superseded by federal regulations and utility emissions don't approach those limits.

The measure also would eliminate requirements that utilities pay 1.2 percent of their revenue into the state's Focus on Energy program, instead requiring them to pay based only on their retail sales.

The committee approved the bill 12-3 Wednesday.

 

KILLINGS BY POLICE-MADISON

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A Madison City Council member has withdrawn her resolution commemorating the teenager shot and killed by a police officer.

Alderwoman Marsha Rummel emailed her colleagues this week about her resolution to commemorate March 6th as Tony Terrell Robinson Day. Robinson was fatally shot last year by Officer Matt Kenny, who was later cleared of any criminal or departmental wrongdoing.

Alderman David Ahrens says the resolution would "re-ignite a lot of bad feelings" Robinson's death. Numerous protests followed the shooting of the biracial man by a white police officer.

WISC-TV reports the city attorney is advising against such a resolution because of pending civil rights litigation by Robinson's family. Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin, is urging the community to help their neighbors or do something else positive on March 6th.

 

MADISON-PARKING LOT SHOOTING

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A Madison man accused of fatally shooting a former grocery store co-worker has been ordered to stand trial.

Twenty-six-year-old Christopher O'Kroley waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court.

A criminal complaint says O'Kroley blames Caroline Nosal for getting him fired at Metro Market. The complaint says the 24-year-old Stoughton woman rebuffed O'Kroley's advances and complained to management that he was harassing her. Nosal was fatally shot in the parking lot of the store on Feb. 2.

O'Kroley is also accused of shooting at a Madison police officer who returned fire before O'Kroley was arrested. He's charged with first-degree intentional homicide and reckless endangerment. He will enter pleas to the charges against him when an arraignment is scheduled.

 

ILLEGAL BEER SALES

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) A Minnesota bar owner and manager are charged with illegally bringing in a Wisconsin beer for resale.

The Hennepin County Attorney's office has charged 37-year-old bar owner Brandon Hlavka of St. Michael and 28-year-old manager David Lantos of Brooklyn Park each with a single felony of transporting alcohol into Minnesota for resale.

Authorities got a tip last April that Maple Tavern in Maple Grove was illegally importing and selling Spotted Cow beer. The beer is brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company in Wisconsin and is not a licensed manufacturer in Minnesota.

According to the criminal complaint, agents served a search warrant on the bar and recovered three Spotted Cow kegs and receipts for the purchase of 10 kegs from two Hudson, Wisconsin liquor stores.

The two are scheduled to appear in court March 2nd.