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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Stand-off in Stanley resolved peacefully

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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Stand-off in Stanley resolved peacefully
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

STANLEY - The Stanley Police Department and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office report a four-hour standoff Saturday morning was finally resolved with no one injured. 

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Authorities got a call before 7 a.m. that a gun had been fired in the City of Stanley.  When they arrived on the scene, 41-year-old James E. Coburn was seen walking back inside his home.  His wife and children were in the building with him.  Coburn wasn’t responding to efforts to communicate and the house was surrounded.  He eventually surrendered at 11 a.m.  Coburn is being held at the Chippewa County Jail.  He is charged with recklessly endangering the safety of others.

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The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office reports a 33-year-old woman has died after an accident with a train late Friday night.  The Canadian National Railroad called that office to report one of its trains had hit a pedestrian in the Village of Gilman a few minutes before midnight.  Heather Johnson had lived in that village for the last several months.  No foul play is suspected in the accident, but sheriff’s investigators are checking the evidence to make sure they know exactly what happened. 

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A Delta Airlines Flight headed to New York City from Minneapolis had to make an unscheduled stop in Milwaukee Saturday morning.  The crew decided to divert the flight when the pilots detected what was called a smoky odor on board.  The 148 passengers were placed on another plane and went on the La Guardia International Airport yesterday afternoon.  A spokesperson for General Mitchell International Airport says the plane landed safely at about 11:15 a.m.  The smoky odor was being checked out.

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State Assemblyman Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) will face a jury trial in October on sexual assault charges.  Kramer was charged last March with two felonies.  Kramer’s attorney says his client will fight allegations he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party gathering in Muskego three years ago.  Those charges were filed earlier this year after the former state Assembly majority leader was accused of harassing two other women in Washington, D.C., February 26th.  Kramer had his position of authority taken away the next month.  He is to return to court October 23rd in Waukesha County.

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Parents in the Waukesha School District say the book “Looking for Alaska” by John Green contains inappropriate language and advanced sexual content.  Nonetheless, after a school board committee meeting held Friday night, that book is still available to students.  Ellen Cox says she doesn’t think the book is suitable for middle or high school students.  It was recommended reading for her daughter by an AP English teacher.  The parents can appeal Friday’s decision by the board of education.  Two other books are also being challenged by parents – “The Kite Runner” and “Chinese Handcuffs.”

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Workers have completed the last eight miles of The Heart of Vilas County Trail System.  A 45-mile bike path now connects St. Germain with Manitowish Waters.  Private donations paid the two-million dollar price of the latest addition.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday.  Some businesses in Boulder Junction say they are already seeing benefits from the connector.  One hotel is completely booked up by people using the trail.  Plans are to connect to Mercer in the coming years.

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