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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Flood warnings up for Pepin and Buffalo counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for several counties. Along the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers in southwestern Wisconsin, flood warnings have been issued. Locally, Pepin and Buffalo counties have received flood warnings as snow melt and rain are swelling local rivers, especially the Chippewa River at Durand and downstream. The flooding is not expected to subside until later this week.

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Parts of southeastern Wisconsin saw massive thunderstorms and ping-pong sized hail yesterday. The National Weather Service in Sullivan says strong winds and temperature differences of 35 to 40 degrees mixed a perfect recipe for a strong spring system. In Manitowoc County, the wind was so strong it ripped the roof of an elementary school off. No one was reportedly injured. The storm also knocked down trees and power lines.

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Two more state Assembly members are leaving. Fourth Assembly District Representative Chad Weininger, a Republican from Green Bay, announced he will leave the Assembly to become the director of administrations for Brown County but will not resign. Weininger says his office and staff will remain open to serve the district, until a new representative is elected in November. The 42-year-old adds that his pay will be donated to a local charity.  Also, Assemblyman Duey Strobel of Cedarburg announced he will run in the Republican primary to replace U.S. Congressman Tom Petri of Fond du Lac, who announced his retirement over the weekend. 

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A former deputy sheriff found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is going to prison. 26-year-­old Michael Brayton was a Langlade County deputy, but that ended after he had a sexual relationship with a 15­-year-­old girl. Brayton entered into a plea deal, where his 22 felony charges were reduced to just one, which he pled guilty to. During his sentencing Friday, Brayton apologized to the victims and for tarnishing the reputation of the Sheriff’s Department. Marathon County Judge Michael Moran gave him 3 years in prison and 7 years on extended supervision, which surprised observers in the gallery. Brayton will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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