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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: DCI taking over investigation of officer shooting motorist

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

PLOVER - The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the case of an officer-involved shooting in Plover Friday night. 

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The incident happened during a traffic stop on Highway 54 when a 33-year-old Manawa man was pulled over for erratic driving.  He was shot several times by the officer and is now in a hospital for treatment.  Plover police say the officer is on administrative leave.  He’s been with the department for eight years.  While the investigation was being conducted, Highway 54 was closed to traffic for just over 10 hours. 

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The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigation the drowning of an Iowa man in the Mississippi River near Potosi.  Fifty-three-year-old Jerry S. Thill of Dubuque had reportedly been camping with four other men on an island on the Wisconsin side of the river.  That island is located across the river from Finley’s Landing Park in Iowa.  Authorities say Thill had gone into the river, according to witnesses, “to check (to see) why the fishing was so bad.”  The other four men were also from Dubuque.  They told deputies Thill was in water up to his chest and appeared to be fine when he suddenly start looking distressed and tried to swim.  Twenty-three-year-old Steven C. Kruckenberg says he swam out to the older man, but wasn’t able to maintain a strong hold on him.  Thill went under and didn’t come back up.  An Iowa Department of Natural Resources boat used sonar to locate the body.

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A 32-year-old La Crosse woman has had the charges filed against her elevated from misdemeanors to felonies in the death of an older dog owned by her ex-boyfriend.  Selina Boulton was first charged last December.  She is scheduled to return to court next Friday.  La Crosse police say they found the 13-year-old basset hound dead November 14th, with its choke collar tight around its neck and a frying pan nearby.  An autopsy revealed the dog named Jixer had died of asphyxiation as the result of severe trauma.  It had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a stab wound.  When checked, Boulton’s blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.

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Milwaukee city officials say work is being done on an “app” which would make finding a parking space downtown much less challenging.  The app would let people pay for parking on their phone.  It would also alert them when their parking time is about to expire, so they don’t have to keep running down to put more money in, or eventually come down to find a ticket on the windshield.  It could also help if you can’t remember where you parked.  Milwaukee is accepting proposals from companies until August 28th, hoping to have the parking app available by the end of the year.

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Tossing a beer can gets a 22-year-old man from Rosholt in trouble with the law.  That led to a police chase at high speeds, ending with the driver crashing into an embankment and running across an interstate, trying to get away.  The problems started Thursday afternoon when a person in the car Jamie Olson was driving allegedly tossed his beer can away and an officer saw it.  The passenger from Kronenwetter was cited.

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He may be the sheriff of Milwaukee County, but he’s still a law enforcement officer.  Sheriff David Clarke pulled over a driver who appeared to be trying to run another car off the road last Thursday.  Don T. Bush told the sheriff the driver of the other car was his girlfriend.  She returned to the scene and told Clarke the man was her ex-boyfriend and actually had been trying to run her off the road.  Her sons, ages 12 and 15, were in the car with her at the time.  Bush reportedly has a history of domestic violence.  Clarke called Milwaukee police, who responded and took the man into custody.  They found that Bush had an outstanding municipal warrant for operating after having his license suspended.

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