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MORE INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED IN BERIT BECK CASE

We're expected to learn more about the arrest of a Kenosha man for the 1990 murder of 18-year-old Berit Beck.  Sixty-one year old Dennis Brantner was booked on Friday, the same day he had a pre-trial hearing in Kenosha County Circuit Court on an unrelated charge of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  A trial in that case is set for April 13th.  Fond du Lac County sheriff's officials will be releasing more information following a news conference.  Authorities say Beck was heading from her home in Sturtevant to work a seminar in Appleton when her vehicle was abandoned in a Fond du Lac parking lot.  Her body was found six weeks later in a ditch in rural Fond du Lac County.  Last October, a search warrant affidavit disclosed that Brantner's fingerprints were on several items found in Beck's van -- including a bleach kit she bought the same day she vanished. 

RESPECTS PAID TO STATE TROOPER WHO WAS KILLED IN FOND DU LAC 

Law enforcement from throughout the nation attended yesterday's funeral service in Kiel for State Patrol officer Trevor Casper.  The 21-year-old was on his first day of solo patrol last Tuesday, when he and alleged bank robber Steven Snyder died in a shootout in Fond du Lac.  Over a-thousand people attended the service at Kiel High School, where Casper graduated in 2011.  State Patrol Captain Anthony Burrell called the state's youngest trooper a hero with a "servant's heart" who was eager to get out on the road.  Burrell says everyone in the patrol's Northeast Region would miss Casper's smile, laughter, and friendship.  Governor Scott Walker thanked Casper's family for sharing their son with everyone.  A visitation was held earlier in the day at the school, in which honor guards from various law enforcement agencies took turns every ten minutes as two long lines of mourners walked past.  Officers from numerous states wore black ribbons on their badges. Deputy commissioner Ramona Prieto of the California Highway Patrol says an officer's death-on-duty affects all law enforcement -- so it's important that they come together to mourn.  Many from Casper's home town also paid their respects.  Flags were at half-staff throughout the community, and a number of Kiel businesses put up signs of support and sympathy.  Casper will be buried in a private service today.  Walker has ordered flags at the state facilities to remain at half-staff through tomorrow.

FOND DU LAC COUNTY RANKS IN MIDDLE OF RATINGS FOR HEALTH IN STATE 

Fond du Lac County ranks in the middle of the pack for health in the state.  That according to the annual County Health Rankings released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says Fond du Lac County ranks 34th out of 72 countie when it comes to health outcomes.  Mueller says Fond du Lac County is in the top half for health factors.  Mueller says the biggest health problem in Fond du Lac County is still obesity.

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Only a few electric customers in Wisconsin are still in the dark, after high winds knocked out power to several thousand people yesterday.  We Energies said about 28-hundred customers in West Allis lost power when a large tree limb fell on electric lines.  Later, another 29-hundred in West Allis lost their electricity when wire-arcs burned out an entire power line.  Most of those customers had their service back before evening set in.  The National Weather Service said the Milwaukee region had gusts of 40-miles-an-hour yesterday, with sustained winds of 20-to-30.  Monroe had gusts of 52-miles-an-hour, with sustained winds in the 30-range.  Parts of central Wisconsin had freezing rain yesterday morning which may have caused a traffic death.  A 74-year-old driver was killed south of Dorchester in Clark County.  Officials said the driver spun out of control on Highway 13, into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  That driver was ejected, and died at the scene.  A young passenger in the same unit was injured, along with a driver and passenger in the other unit.  They were taken to area hospitals for treatment.  A trough of low pressure was blamed for all of yesterday's icy-and-windy weather.  It has all moved to the east, and a dry day is predicted today throughout Wisconsin except for some rain in the far north. Warmer temperatures are also forecast, with highs in the 50's in most places.

(Thanks for help Raymond Neupert, WSAU, Wausau)

-3/30-

A house in Waukesha was deemed uninhabitable yesterday, after 330 chinchillas were found living in cages.  Police were asked to check on the family's well-being -- and once they entered, officers were overcome by the smell of ammonia and animal urine.  A fire battalion chief told reporters that adults were breeding and selling the chinchillas, and the high ammonia levels made the home unlivable.  Waukesha's Humane Animal Welfare Society removed the chinchillas, plus two cats.  Officials said almost two dozen of the chinchillas were dead.  Some of those were inside the house, while others were found in the home's garage.  Police continue to investigate.

-3/30-

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies nabbed a 17-year-old boy in a stolen car as part of a weekend campaign to catch drunk drivers.  Officials said the teen stole the keys from the jacket of an employee at a restaurant in Brookfield where he used to work.  The stolen vehicle later rolled over on Interstate-43 on Milwaukee's north side.  Three teenage passengers, ages 14-and-15, were treated at Children's Hospital for injuries suffered in the Friday night crash.  The sheriff's office said the driver was booked on possible charges of vehicle theft, causing injuries by reckless driving, and first-time O-W-I.  The other three teens face possible charges of being passengers in a stolen vehicle.  The 17-year-old was the youngest of those cited in the Milwaukee County drunk driving crackdown. The oldest of the eight drivers was 47.  Their average blood alcohol content was point-16 -- twice the state's minimum of point-zero-eight.  Two of the motorists were repeat offenders.