WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Three die in Madison stabbing
Authorities in Madison have released the names of two women who died in a double-stabbing, and the man suspected of killing them who was shot by police. The Dane County medical examiner's office identified the three this morning as 57-year-old Robin Grossmann and her 34-year-old daughter Charity Grossmann. The dead suspect was 33-year-old Londrell Johnson. Madison Police said at least one officer shot Johnson soon after police entered an apartment on Friday afternoon in response to a 9-1-1 call on the city's northeast side. Johnson was taken to a hospital where he died. Police said he stabbed three people, and one survived. All the victims are from Madison. Police continue to investigate the stabbings. The state Justice Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
A long-delayed trial is finally scheduled to begin this morning for a north central Wisconsin woman accused of killing two friends in a drunk driving crash. 26-year-old Ashley Baumann of Merrill faces seven felony charges in one-car mishap in June of 2012 that killed 33-year-old Jessica Hartwig and 31-year-old Misty Glitch, both of Merrill. A 29-year-old woman survived. Prosecutors said Baumann's car was going almost 100-miles-an-hour when it rolled over several times in Merrill. The case has had long delays over witnesses, evidence, and other technical court issues. A jury is scheduled to be picked this morning for a trial that's set to run through a week from tomorrow. Baumann is charged with causing homicide and injury by driving drunk with a prohibited alcohol level -- plus reckless driving. The state agreed to drop two other counts at a recent pre-trial conference.
Ho-Chunk Indians will soon decide whether to change the way their casino profits are handed out to teenagers, so they can avoid spending them recklessly. The Wisconsin State Journal says the tribe is in the final week of a 90-day comment period on doling out the cash in smaller amounts -- or making young people first get jobs, military service, or a college education. Each adult Ho-Chunk tribal member gets 12-thousand dollars a year from profits at its casinos throughout Wisconsin. For children, the payments are put into a trust fund -- and they don't see a dime of it until they're 18, get a high school diploma, and show that they're financially literate. Still, a number of young people are reckless in spending that their sudden windfalls. Some have regretted that, and tribal leaders have responded by proposing new guidelines on how the funds are handed out. The 13-member Ho-Chunk legislature would have to pass the measure -- and then the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs must give its blessing.
A man is under arrest for allegedly stabbing his cousin to death in far southern Wisconsin. It happened in Delavan just after three yesterday morning. Several people were in an apartment when officers found the victim. He was taken to a Janesville hospital where he was pronounced dead. One other person suffered minor injuries, and was treated at the scene without being sent to a hospital.
The company that brought us the famous Milwaukee Brewers' racing sausages has been sold to a private equity firm in San Francisco. Tall Tree Foods, which is owned by Altamont Capital Partners, said this morning that it bought Milwaukee-based Klement Sausage. Terms were not disclosed. The announcement said Klement would keep the offices, plants, and management team that it has in Milwaukee. Klements' C-E-O Ray Booth will stay in that role. Former chairman John Klement said Tall Tree Foods will grow the brand. Among other things, that firm owns the Blue Ribbon Bacon-and-Sausage company in Texas, and Richard's Cajun Foods of Louisiana. Altamont Capital Partners oversees one-point-three billion dollars of investments. There was no immediate word on the fate of the Klements' racing sausages, which have enjoyed national notoriety for years. Other Major League teams have imitated the long-running Klements' sausage races at Brewers' home games. Two incidents involving the sausages attracted heavy national publicity in recent years -- the tripping of a sausage by former Pittsburgh slugger Randall Simon, and the theft of a sausage costume from an event in suburban Milwaukee.
A central Wisconsin man is expected to appear in court today, after he allegedly shot and wounded two relatives during a card game. Marathon County investigators are still trying to figure out why the shootings occurred. They happened on Saturday night in the town of Maine, northeast of Wausau. Officials said at least three shots were fired into the victims' chests. Two shots hit a male, and one struck a female. Both were taken to the Wausau hospital with serious injuries. The suspect is a 21-year-old man who remained in jail pending a court appearance.
The Green Bay Symphony will be disband after next year, in part because fewer people appreciate orchestral music as a key part of the arts. The 101-year-old group has seen drops in both attendance and donations in recent years. As a result, the Green Bay Symphony plans to go out with a bang, with a Star-Spangled Celebration on September 13th as the first of five farewell performances. Executive director Dan Linssen said disbanding was a hard decision -- but the orchestra cannot keep providing high-quality concerts while not knowing if they can cover their costs every time. He said the symphony has lost 30-to-50-thousand dollars in recent years, due to lost sponsorships and drops in ticket revenues. Linssen calls this an "evolutionary phase in the arts." He said orchestras must be sensitive about what the next generation appreciates in the arts -- and clearly, it's not symphony concerts.
About 24-hundred gallons of diesel fuel that seeped into the ground following a train accident near Waterford will be cleaned up within 24 hours. That's according to Fire Chief Richard Mueller. He said the contaminated soil will most likely be replaced with new dirt. The accident occurred late last night in the Racine County town of Waterford. Officials said a Canadian National fuel train hit a piece of metal on a track and punctured a diesel tank. About four-thousand gallons were spilled, and 16-hundred of that was recovered. No one was hurt, and no area residents were evacuated.