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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Mt. Horeb teen dies from fall at State Fair

WEST ALLIS - A teenager has died, after he fell from the back of a pick-up truck while handling cattle at the Wisconsin State Fair.

19-year-old John Klossner of Mount Horeb died yesterday at Froedtert Hospital in suburban Milwaukee. Authorities said Klossner and four others were riding in the back of the truck early on Aug. 3, just outside the State Fairgrounds. The truck was going under 20-miles-an-hour when the group urged the driver to speed up. Police said the vehicle accelerated quickly, causing Klossner and another passenger to be thrown from the open tailgate. Both landed on their feet, but Klossner fell back and hit his head on asphalt.

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A 12-year-old Illinois girl has died at Madison hospital from injuries suffered in a go-cart accident. Police in Rock Falls, Illinois said the youngster was riding the go-cart at her father’s house, when it hit the rear of a flat-bed truck that was parked in a driveway. Officials said the girl struck her head on the truck frame, and her chest was rammed into a trailer hitch. She was taken to a local hospital and was then flown to UW Hospital in Madison where she died last night. The mishap occurred earlier yesterday. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

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A Waupun police lieutenant is scheduled to enter pleas September 18th to two of the nine criminal charges against him in a recent crime spree. 43-year-old Bradley Young of Brandon waived a preliminary hearing in Barron County. He’s been ordered to stand trial on felony counts of vehicle theft and fleeing officers. Meanwhile, Young awaits his first court appearance on seven charges there – vehicle theft, criminal damage, obstructing police, possessing burglary tools, and three counts of burglary. Authorities said Young broke into a restaurant and stole a pick-up truck last Monday in Green Lake, and then headed to northwest Wisconsin. There, he allegedly crashed the stolen truck during a police chase, ran off, and stole a vehicle near Rice Lake last Tuesday. Young – a 22-year Waupun police veteran – was captured late last Tuesday at a cabin he reportedly entered west of Spooner in Polk County. He also reportedly told officers he broke into a pair of grocery stores in Berlin in June, and Markesan in July.

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A Sheboygan teen who helped a friend kill his great-grandmother might get out of prison five years earlier than the friend will. 14-year-old Nathan Paape was sentenced to life in prison today, with his first chance a supervised release in 31 years. Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren said Paape was more of a follower in the slaying of 78-year-old Barbara Olson last September. The judge said Paape was slightly less culpable than 14-year-old Antonio Barbeau, who was sentenced yesterday to life with a minimum supervised release date of 36 years. But while agreeing that Paape played a lesser role, the judge said quote, “He followed in a way that no person should consider.” A medical expert said the two struck Olson at least 27 times with a hammer and a hatchet – although the teens claimed they beat her no more than eight times between them. They admitted killing Olson for the money. They got away with $150, plus some jewelry – which they placed in Olson’s unlocked car in a parking lot with the hope that someone would steal it and be implicated in the murder. 

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Newly-uncovered search warrant shows that a judge in Milwaukee agreed to let police order a man’s stomach to be pumped, to see if he swallowed cocaine – but doctors wouldn’t do it. Two Milwaukee Police officers were chasing 30-year-old Terrance Fleetwood in February. They were sure he swallowed a bag of cocaine, so they got a judge to approve a warrant ordering a “naso-gastric aspiration” – a surgical procedure in which police were hoping to pull the alleged cocaine from Fleetwood’s stomach up through his nose. His attorney, Bridget Boyle, said she’s thankful the doctors wouldn’t do the operation without Fleetwood’s consent. After that, police monitored him for five days to see if any drugs would come out of his system. None did, but Fleetwood was still charged with intent to distribute cocaine, and two counts of obstructing officers. He was also charged with bribing a public official, for promising to tell an officer about other crimes in exchange for not looking inside of him for cocaine. In June, Fleetwood pleaded guilty to the two obstructing charges, and was sentenced to around nine months in Milwaukee County’s lock-up in Franklin. Boyle and the prosecutor in the case tell theMilwaukee  Journal-Sentinel they could never remember police seeking to pump a drug suspect’s stomach for evidence. 

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Organizers say the number of protesters have steadily increased at the State Capitol rotunda… so have the number of arrests and citations. Today, Capitol police arrested and cited 20 more protesters for gathering without a permit. One organizer of the “Solidarity Sing-Along” says despite the number of tickets being issued, they are constitutionally protected and the protests will continue until Governor Scott Walker is no longer in office. 

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Election officials have approved a new rule to keep poll observers at least six feet from voters. In a unanimous vote, the rule would prevent observers from being near voting tables where voters give their name and address, but no further than 12 feet. While observers will be allowed at the open polls, they would be prohibited from using cellphones and cameras. The Government Accountability Board says the new rule now awaits approval in the legislature.

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Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) says she is sponsoring legislation to strengthen research and innovation. Senator Baldwin spoke about The Next Generation Research Act, during a visit with researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin today. Senator Baldwin says it’s a policy bill that will improve the way research dollars are allocated - not a funding bill. She adds the Senate bill is receiving strong bipartisan support and she is looking for Republican co-sponsors.  

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Small businesses in Wisconsin could sell stock shares online to potential investors, under a new bill announced today. Republican lawmakers are seeking co-sponsors for a measure to allow so-called “crowd-funding.” The concept allows people to donate money online at sites like Kick-starter. The funds would help a business owner or project creator. The Wisconsin measure would allow small companies to sell up to two-million dollars in crowd-funding. David Dupee runs a crowd-funding platform out of Milwaukee, to raise money for craft brewers throughout the country. He says Wisconsin can be a pioneer in the concept, because only two other states have passed laws which allow crowd-funding. 

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A Wisconsin State Assembly committee is scheduled to vote two weeks from today on a bill to end the state’s do-not-call list for telemarketers, and merge it with the national no-call list. Among other things, it would mean that Wisconsinites would no longer have to re-register for the no-call list once every two years. That’s because the national no-call list has people sign up permanently. Assembly Republican Keith Ripp of Lodi said it’s redundant to have two no-call lists. He says the measure could save $190,000 a year. Sandy Chalmers of the Consumer Protection Bureau says the money could be used for added enforcement against violators. Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach of Middleton, who first proposed the state’s no-call list, said there might be a problem with statewide announcements that Wisconsinites with out-of-state area codes would still receive, even if they’re on the list. Jim Dick of the Consumer Protection agency said a publicity campaign could help alleviate that concern. 

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If you’re looking for Governor Scott Walker this week, you probably won’t find him. The Republican Walker is on vacation all week. His spokesman, Tom Evenson, refuses to say if the governor is vacationing in Wisconsin, or outside the state. The time-off comes after Walker hosted the National Governors Association conference in Milwaukee, attended a number of events at the Wisconsin State Fair, and inspected storm damage in northeast Wisconsin almost a week ago. 

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Freight ships that never leave the Great Lakes could get an extra two years to install new technology to treat the ballast water that keeps them afloat. Neighboring Minnesota is the only state which has ballast rules for fresh water ships. The Gopher State’s Pollution Control Agency is giving people until September 11th to comment on the delay. The agency’s Jeff Udd says the state does not believe the technology exists yet for lake boats to meet the ballast treatment mandate – but officials think the technology will be in place by 2018 when the rules would now take effect. The ballast rules are designed to curb invasive species like zebra mussels which arrive from foreign ports – as well as between Great Lakes ports. The Great Lakes shipping industry plans to oppose the new rules, saying it’s not responsible for bringing in new invasive species. Environmentalists say the guidelines should be even stronger, because of how invasive species hurt native eco-systems.  

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