WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Evansville man sentenced to 28 years prison for hiding and mutilating a corpse
A southern Wisconsin man will spend 28 years in prison for burning the body of an 18-year-old woman who answered his Internet ad for sex. Thirty year old Nathan Middleton of Evansville received a maximum sentence yesterday. That's after he pleaded guilty in March to two Rock County felony charges of hiding and mutilating a corpse. The incident happened last October. According to prosecutors, Middleton claimed that he had sex at his home with Aprina Paul of Fitchburg -- she died after taking drugs -- and he panicked and burned her body. Investigators failed to prove that Middleton intentionally killed Paul. An attempted escape charge was dropped in a plea deal. Officials said Middleton wrote his mother about a month after he was arrested, and asked her blow up a window at the Rock County Jail so they could run away to Mexico. She never received that letter.
Kewaskum High School will have counselors on hand today, to help students and others come to grips with the deaths of two students. Two boys died after their car collided with a Washington County sheriff's squad car yesterday morning on County Trunk "H" near Kewaskum. The deputy was treated at a hospital for minor injuries. The names of the two students were withheld while their families were being notified. Student Montana Graskey told Milwaukee's W-I-S-N T-V that both were in the school's F-F-A chapter and the school trap team. One would have been a junior this fall, and the other a senior. Deputies said the students' car crossed a center and struck the oncoming sheriff's car. Officials said rainy conditions may have been a factor. The State Patrol continues to investigate.
A flash flood watch continues until tomorrow morning in west and southwest Wisconsin. Two-to-four more inches of rain fell in Grant County since late last night, closing streets in Muscoda (mus'-co-day). The southern third of Wisconsin has had more than two days of severe weather. The National Weather Service has confirmed a seventh tornado -- this one east of Rewey in Iowa County late Monday night. It stayed on the ground for up to a mile-and-a-half, damaging three buildings and dozens of trees. Yesterday, straight line winds of over 70-miles-an-hour struck parts of Dane County east of Madison. Those storms kept going east to Milwaukee, knocking down trees, power lines, and home siding in some places. Wisconsin Emergency Management says it will cost three-to-four million dollars to repair the Country View Elementary School in Verona after a tornado early Tuesday. Officials hope to have the school ready for fall classes on September 2nd. Recreational trails in Jackson County were closed at last word, after two more rounds of rain.
New flood warnings are in effect on several rivers that rose rapidly. They include the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien and Buffalo County, the Yellow River at Babcock, the Rock River at Waupun, the Trempealeau River at Dodge, and the Black River at Galesville. A flood warning on the Sheboygan River was canceled overnight. There's a chance for more rain today -- and storms are likely to return tonight.
Wisconsin's largest printing company says it will close two of its plants in neighboring Minnesota and Illinois. Quad-Graphics of Sussex said yesterday it would shut down its commercial printing facilities in Saint Cloud Minnesota and Woodstock Illinois. The Saint Cloud Times says the shutdown in that city is a consolidation move, after Quad recently bought the Brown Printing Company of Waseca Minnesota for 100-million dollars. Spokeswoman Claire Ho said full-time employees at both plants would be eligible for separation packages -- and job opportunities will be available at two other Quad-Graphics plants in Minnesota and ten in Wisconsin. The Saint Cloud plant expects to close in late August, affecting 280 employees. Quad acquired the plant in 2010 when it bought the large Canadian firm of World Color.
Authorities say they've broken up a theft ring in which construction equipment was stolen from several places in Wisconsin. Thirty-two year old Edward Peterson of rural Medford is charged in Taylor County with 14 criminal counts, mostly for receiving or concealing stolen property. Eight of those charges are felonies. Twenty-five year old Christopher Steig of Delavan faces seven similar counts, and all but two are felonies. Both are due back in court July first. Prosecutors said Peterson and Steig stole heavy equipment items, including an excavator which had a G-P-S system that law enforcement could tap into. Authorities said they traced it from a job site at Boscobel in southwest Wisconsin to a barn about 150 miles to the north in Taylor County. Investigators said Peterson gave Steig a verbal shopping list, and he didn't want to know where the equipment came from. Other stolen items included a pair of skid-steers, an electric generator, and a jackhammer. Peterson is free on bond. Steig was still in jail at last word under a five-thousand dollar bond.
Normal activities resume today at U-W Platteville, after a tornado damaged a half-dozen campus facilities late Monday night. Summer students are returning to classes after two days off. The university also says it will resume student registrations, placement tests, and functions at the Pioneer Activity Center. Students at several summer camps were sent home after the tornado canceled their activities. About 150 youngsters at a basketball camp were moved to safety just before their dormitory at Rountree Commons was hit with major damage. The Bridgeway Commons dorm was also damaged along with Southwest Hall, Engineering Hall, the Greenhouse, and the Pioneer football and soccer stadium. Those facilities won't be used until they're repaired and declared safe.
Two men had to be rescued from a flooded ditch in Germantown yesterday, after their truck left the Highway 41-45 expressway during a heavy rainstorm. Fire Chief Gary Weiss said the men could have drowned, had their vehicle landed upside down. The rescue operation took about a half-hour to complete. Fire-fighters encountered chest-high water in the ditch, so they used ladders to reach the vehicle and get the two victims to an ambulance. Weiss said a number of by-standers stopped to help, including an orthopedic surgeon. One of the men suffered a back injury, and was placed on a paramedic board. Officials say both are expected to survive.
A husband-and-wife from far northern Wisconsin will be sentenced August 22nd, after pleading guilty to having thousands of dollars worth of prescription painkillers. Twenty-seven year old Andrew Meshigaud and 25-year-old Charlie Sunn Meshigaud, both of Lac du Flambeau, entered their pleas in federal court in Madison yesterday. Both were convicted of possessing Oxycodone with the intent to sell it. Prosecutors said the couple made several trips to Milwaukee to obtain their products, after wiring over 50-thousand dollars to the seller of their 30-milligram pills. The arrests came after an investigation by the state Justice Department, Oneida and Vilas county deputies, and Lac du Flambeau tribal police.